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Canadian CRE Market to Maintain its Edge in 2020 Per Morguard Reports

The Canadian real estate market is alive and well. In fact, it is anticipated to be as strong as ever in 2020 following its upsurge in 2019, per Morguard. 

Morguard Corporation is a Canadian real estate company that publishes its predictions in the 2020 Canada Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report. Below, I’ve highlighted the most vital forecast information from the Morguard report.

 

Canada’s CRE is on an Upward Trajectory

The retail facet of the CRE has displayed phenomenal growth in 2019 and continues to evolve in the new year. In the middle of last year, the national retail vacancy dived by 100 basis points to reach 5.8%.

By the by, numerous investors have seen big potential in Candian retail CRE assets, so much so that this nation has welcomed a staggering $3.1 billion investment in retail properties.

Given that this estimate is way above the long-term average, commercial real estate properties across Canada will continue to be seen as an incredibly formidable investment in the new decade.

 

Non-Retail CRE Also Sees Its Fair Share of the Action

Morguard has also forecasted that other commercial real estate segments in Canada will perform splendidly in 2020. 

 

Housing

The housing market in Canada has finally achieved some stability after experiencing a sluggish 2019. Home sales and prices have steadily grown for 7 months consecutively in Toronto and Vancouver. 

Over the span of the next 2 years, the national housing sector is anticipated to improve the real estate market significantly. The rental apartment industry has a track record of the biggest ongoing growth that will continue to generate positive numbers in 2020. 

In 2018, the rental apartment sector generated a whopping $8.3 billion in multi-family investments. In 2019, the figure was approximately $4 billion in the first half alone. 

Trends clearly show that more Canadians are downsizing and renting out their apartments. Morguard anticipates that rent rates will skyrocket with this growing demand. 

 

Corporate

The Canadian corporate segment is claiming a slice of this pie. With a soaring performance last year, the nation’s tech industry is largely to be credited.

Till mid-2019, Canada generated $5.5 billion in the office segment in investments alone. During that time there was an 11% national vacancy rate. Today, Vancouver and Toronto display the lowest vacancy rates in North America as far as downtown office space is concerned.

In Alberta, Calgary has been experiencing low energy prices and skyrocketing corporate vacancy rates which are over 20% at the moment. 

 

Industrial

The industrial sector in Canada showed record investments totalling $12.7 billion in 2018. This trend continued well into 2019 and is expected to do so in 2020 as well. The country is in need of more industrial spaces to meet the growing demand. During the first 6 months of 2019, the national availability was just over 3% which was the lowest in 20 years.

 

Conclusion

The CRE market in Canada has displayed an impressive performance in 2019 in spite of the international economic disputes and stunted GDP growth of 1.5%. Canada has one of the fastest-growing populations and this is one of the most essential factors that has aided the commercial real estate market in its steady growth.

The rental segment continues to hold its own and Canada will witness an influx of investors in 2020, per Morguard. CRE assets have made capital investments a very attractive proposition. All in all, the market is expected to be on an upswing in 2020. 

For more information, please visit;

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/canadian-cre-market-to-stay-strong-in-2020-morguard-reports

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Hamilton City Centre Redevelopment Plan

Hamilton City Centre is presently in the process of being sold to IN8 and the process is expected to be fully finished by the end of this year. While the selling price has not yet been disclosed, experts say the property value is around an estimated $24.55 million. IN8 states that their vision is to make the city centre a place to live, work, and play; helping to stimulate Hamilton’s economy and downtown area.

 

Hamilton City Center

The city centre was built in 1990 by Cadilac Fairview. Previously called the Eaton centre it housed the popular Eatons department store. Eaton was just a tenant though, and so in 1999, they moved out of their space in the building. Throughout the years afterwards, the building owner has changed multiple times and time has taken its toll on the building. Because of this, the city centre has been due for revitalization and an update for a while now. Currently Hamilton City Center has a high vacancy rate but also has a few recognizable retailers as tenants as well. Tenants like Fairweather and Hart along with Thunder Bowling Alley and Crunch Fitness to name a few.

The design of the building is a bit lacking and dated, having a terrace that was intended for events, activities, and bands but soon plans and idealizations fell through and it is now mostly used by people just looking for a place to smoke. The lack of windows also hinders the appearance and environment of the building as well.

 

IN8

Waterloo-based IN8 has a history of doing redevelopment for mixed-used facilities for over 20 years. Their focus is “high-density urban intensification”. With around 16 completed mid to high-rise multi-residential projects, they have worked on various developments total more than 2,500 residential units, including the DTK condos; which will be the tallest tower in Kitchener standing at 39 storeys tall.

 

The Opportunities ahead

IN8 is interested in this building and Hamilton because of how many heritage buildings it has, the relatively low cost and affordability, the potential waterfront opportunities, the Hamilton LRT B-line with a planned rail transit line between Eastgate Square and McMaster University, and its location near GO transit which spans all across Toronto. With GO transit and the new B-line transit, there is a lot of potential for a lot of new residents, customers, and businesses.

IN8’s vision with this project is to revitalize the building, making it a place for people to live, play, work in the downtown core of Hamilton. A goal with this is to also incentivize people to work and live in Hamilton, so IN8 is planning on having both residential and commercial elements in the new development of Hamilton City Center.

The city of Hamilton wants development, both residential and employment growth in its downtown core and so is incentivizing businesses by having decreased development charges, heritage building grants, tax grants, and interest-free loans. 

The development will take a while though, IN8 would like to take at least about 2 years to plan and research to find what is the best course of action with the building with construction starting in at least approximately 3 years. There is also a potential for parts of the building to just be revitalized and not fully demolished and remade. The Hamilton City Center is more than 3.54 acres with over 550,000 square feet of commercial area, so there is a lot to work with and IN8 says that it has more potential than to just be a tower.

Read more about the redevelopment, IN8, and the Hamilton City Center here:

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/hamilton-city-centre-proposed-redevelopment-plans

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Ontario Cannabis Retailers Opening Up to Selling Online and Over the Phone

One year after pot legalization and it seems Ontario has been struggling to uphold brick and mortar businesses. With a minuscule 24 stores fro the whole province many people still use the black market for their weed. Now the province wants to take more initiative to combat the underground market by increasing the amount and availability of approved retailers.

 

Selling Over the Phone and Online

It was announced on November 6th, 2019 that the government of Ontario. would allow stores to sell pot online and over the phone, buyers would then pick up their order in the brick and mortar store. Delivery is discouraged though for now, so the strict age verification process can be more easily upheld for both businesses and clients protection.

Edibles would also be allowed to be bought online or through phone since it recently became legal. There is a 60 day waiting period before edibles officially are on sale though, allowing time for sellers to have their edibles submitted and reviewed. Introducing this will almost certainly boost sales and access to legal weed, especially if the prices will be more competitive against the black market. Cutting out the black markets’ stronghold on cannabis sales will help to regulate to product and increase safety.

 

Pot Across the Provinces

Despite Ontario’s high population, Ontario is actually last in terms of the number of pot stores in the province. Province-wide there are about 24 stores for 14.57 million people. Northwest territories also has a low amount of stores, standing at just 5, but taking into account the population; that’s 1 store for every 9,000 people out of 38,780, significantly more population-wise than Ontario.

The ranking goes from Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Manitoba. The title for the province with the largest number of stores goes to Alberta with over 300 licensed private marihuana providers for 4.37 million people. Alberta’s industry is so strong that they have more stores than every other province combined and by 2012 the number of stores could even increase to 500.

This new initiative could open up the Ontario market and introduce more sellers in the province to help level the playing field a bit more. Because there is such a large discrepancy between Ontarios population and the number of pot stores province-wide the illegal underground industry is still very much thriving and the government wants to combat that in any way that it can.

 

Updated Legislation to Accommodate Growth

While Ontario seems to be falling behind, the government has made strides to update legislation and aid cannabis retailers to try to promote their growth and development. The plan is to increase the allowed amount of stores from 25 up to allowing 75 pot stores to open this fall. Having sales available over your phone and online will make the brick and mortar stores much more accessible and consumer-friendly in this age of online shopping and Amazon orders.

There is also the possibility of a new aspect of the cannabis industry to help it grow and fight against the illegal underground industry, with retail spaces for the products there is a chance of tourism. Just like a brewery or distillery doing tours and having back and forth conversations with the brewers working, it would provide a new experience for consumers while also providing an opportunity to educate on the product and growing process. These sorts of situations would be an advantage over the black market, providing a consumer-friendly environment and encouraging growth within the industry.

 

Read more about this new development for cannabis sellers here:

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/ontario-cannabis-retailers-to-sell-online-and-over-the-phone

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Sporting Goods Giant, Décathlon, Set to Open Store in Mapleview Centre, Ontario, in 2021

Looks like the residents of Burlington, Ontario have a huge reason to celebrate. Mapleview Centre will soon welcome yet another industry-leading brand. 

In the Fall of 2021, the plaza will be opening its doors to Décathlon; the biggest sporting goods retailer in the world, marking the store’s second location in Ontario, with the first having opened in Ottawa in September 2019 as part of the retailer’s cross-Canada expansion. 

 

Décathlon Has Had Quite the Prolific Journey Across the Globe

Having had its origins in France in 1976, Décathlon is on a mission to make its high-quality sporting line accessible across the globe. Ontario isn’t the only province on the list of Décathlon’s conquests. In 2018, the world-class retailer opened its first Canadian store in Brossard, Quebec. The French retailer has over 1500 stores sprawled across 52 countries. 

Ivanhoe Cambridge, a real estate firm that owns the Mic Mac Mall in Halifax, has set aside 23,080 square feet of real estate for another Décathlon store. 

Ivanhoe Cambridge and Décathlon revealed that the new store, opening in 2021, will occupy almost 5091 m2 or 54,800 ft 2 of the space in the lower level, formerly home to Sears. 

Décathlon has also revealed that it plans to forge forward with this expansion and open stores in Calgary, Vancouver and the GTA in the very near future. 

The retailer is making it a point to allow future customers to try their goods in a number of testing areas across the store so that purchasing isn’t a problem. At Mapleview, Décathlon will be occupying prime real estate seeing as the spot is a mere 45 minutes from downtown Toronto. 

 

Mapleview is Taking Its Experiential Customer Focus to Greater Heights

Having had a humble start in 1990, Mapleview has made it a priority to enhance the customer journey and house some of the best brands in the world. Between 2008 and 2010, the plaza underwent significant renovations to improve its market and sales trajectory. 

What stores call Mapleview home? Apple, H&M, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Indigo to name just a few! Given its eclectic selection of shopping arenas, Mapleview has delivered a unique personalized shopping experience that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. 

 

Conclusion

Ontario has, without a doubt, become the hub for retail commercial real estate investors. Décathlon making its mark on Burlington will open the floodgates for countless world-renowned brands to chart a course for the province as well. The bottom line remains as sure as ever; the Canadian real estate market is on the up and up and promises to deliver value to customers and investors alike. 

For more, please visit;

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/mapleview-welcoming-a-second-d%C3%A9cathlon-sporting-store-in-ontario

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Video Game Developer BioWare Stakes a Claim in Downtown Edmonton With Brand New HQ!

BioWare has big news! The video game development company that established its HQ in Edmonton, Alberta in 1994, has recently moved shop to the downtown Epcor Tower location. The company has risen through the ranks over the years to establish itself as a globally recognized name in the industry. 

This recent move into their new downtown Edmonton headquarters, in a way, showcases Bioware’s focus on their employees, having grown from three to 300. This expansion is a welcome change as planting one’s roots in one of Canada’s major regions can only bode well for big investments in commercial real estate down the road. 

 

New HQ, New Opportunites

In the new Epcor Tower, BioWare occupies 75,000 square feet on three floors. This affords them more room to flourish and grow, and even expand on their infrastructure. The company has upgraded to hundreds of gaming stations, arcades, recording studios and motion capture studios. 

Because of this expansion, BioWare has achieved positive momentum in the CRE sector. This also gives them access to a more adept workforce and scale their operations to staggering proportions. 

There was some speculation that BioWare was planning to move its headquarters outside Edmonton, but these have long since been dismissed. Considering that it is the mastermind behind some of the most legendary franchises; Dragon Age, Baldur’s Gate, Jade Empire and Mass Effect, it’s no wonder that the company has decided to stay put in the city where it all began. 

 

Generous Tax Credits in Edmonton

Casey Hudson, Manager at BioWare, has stated that the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit in Edmonton rendered the move tremendously easier. 

This is a 25% refundable tax relief incentive that really proves Edmonton and Alberta’s dedication to drawing in and retaining corporations. With BioWare, the credit covered a portion of the building costs, allowing the firm to turn its attention to further expansions. The new move, reports Casey Hudson, has enhanced the work ethic greatly. 

 

Conclusion

BioWare’s HQ shift has proven to be efficient and strategic in positioning the firm to acquire that vital competitive edge. The 25% refundable tax credit is nothing to sniff at, and has allowed the company to go cherry-picking from a wider talent pool, not to mention newer investment avenues. 

This move heralds a new day for the CRE market as a whole as it has complemented the fast-changing downtown landscape. 

 

Learn more right here:

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/new-bioware-headquarters-in-downtown-edmonton

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Canadian Real Estate Losing Out on Massive Foreign Investment? Here’s What the Future Holds!

The commercial real estate (CRE) market isn’t without its fair share of excitement. Recently, they’ve been a spate of trends in retail real estate and residential housing that have largely swayed consumer habits and preferences. 

Both domestic and foreign investments in the market play a role in the value of CRE and ultimately, its demand. 

The latest trend to hit town? Foreign investment in the commercial CRE sector! Let’s talk about this a little more. 

 

The CRE Market and Foreign Investments 

The core assets that draw in institutional investors are top-tier office buildings and rental apartments in urban areas. However, these are in short supply and as a result, prices may soar higher than what buyers are willing to shell out. Thus far for 2019, such types of transactions have totalled about $1.5 billion. 

New retailers are tossing their hat into the CRE ring for several reasons, one of them being that Canada affords opportunities for growth and expansion. Renovation projects have witnessed a welcome surge in recent times as a result. 

Despite this positive upswing, reports from Bloomberg suggest that foreign investment in the Canadian commercial real estate market backslid by about 70% since last year. The data period taken into consideration was the first 6 months of 2019.

Against the backdrop of the $5 billion racked up over the first half of 2018, 2019 has seen a downswing to about $1.5 billion, giving forecasters and real estate gurus plenty to ponder about. 

 

What the Future Holds For Foreign Intervention in the CRE 

Upon analyzing these numbers, the first thing that should come to mind is the factor/s that are causing this decrease in foreign cash inflows. 

Altus Group Ltd., reports that foreign investments in this sector spiked in 2018 due to the purchase by Blackstone Group Inc. and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. of a Canadian industrial landlord for a whopping $3.8 billion. 

If we do not consider this transaction, the figures for the first half of 2019 perform way better than the figures seen in the first half of 2018. 

 

Conclusion

Fluctuations in foreign investments are nothing new, however, industrial and retail CRE, top-tier corporate investments and urban housing are performing really well, as they have been doing year after year. 

Like a fly to honey, these attract more foreign and domestic investments. 

 

Learn more right here: 

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/canadian-real-estate-the-trends-in-foreign-investments

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Investment Portfolio: Protect What You Build

Building your investment portfolio takes an abundance of effort and time. Each investment, whether short-term or long-term poses significance to your overall portfolio and acts as a potential stream of income. Ergo, protecting your investment portfolio is just as important as building it. Most methods of protecting your portfolio are within reach and can be done internally. 

Here are a few key ways you can protect your investments and make the most out of them: 

Diversify your investments

Diversification of investments is imperative when it comes to protecting and building upon them. You’ve most likely heard the age-old phrase, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. This holds merit when it comes to investing. While a stream may prove to be financially beneficial, should any disruption arise, you could risk losing everything you put in. Diversifying your investments allows you to gain from various streams. Should one fall through the cracks, you won’t lose everything and your other investments could make up for any loses. 

Invest in hard assets

The type of streams you invest in play a huge role in their protection. While liquid assets allow you to have access to cash, it can make it easier to spend. Hard assets lock your investment in place meaning the money put forth is in the form of said investment and requires a lot more work to take out.

Real estate is a prime example of a hard asset. The money is locked in into a tangible asset which will grow profit from there. Although the cash is not easily accessible, the asset still falls under your name and overall net worth. Hard assets are a great method of generating income without the temptation of overspending. 

Keep income growth in mind

Generating income is the bread and butter of investments. Whether you are looking to generate high profits in a shorter time frame or you’re looking for a long-term investment, it’s important to understand the potential profit associated with your investments. Some may invest for the sake of wanting a share in a certain realm, but may not consider any cost margins or profit gain. 

If you are unsure about which realms can help you produce the most income, do your due diligence when it comes to research. Set a target goal of how much income you want your investments to produce on a monthly, quarterly, yearly, or overall basis and align your portfolio with that. Typically, the riskier the investment, the more income can be generated in a shorter time frame, however, there are a plethora of long term investments that can bring you in a high profit. 

Protection is key when it comes to making the most out of your investments. The better protected they are, the higher the potential for gain. 

 

Learn even more ways to protect your investment portfolio here: https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/6-simple-strategies-for-protecting-your-investment-portfolio

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What’s Behind The Rise of Luxury Shops In Canada?

Retail markets continue to thrive well into the year and there is no sign of them slowing down at any time. While certain niche markets may not be able to content, there are those that keep the industry afloat. One retail market in the retail sector is thriving despite the hardships it has faced in the last 12 months. 

The luxury retail market has been flourishing across Canada and consumers are receptive to this new wave. Take a walk in the downtown core of Vancouver or the hustle-and-bustle in the heart of Toronto and you will find a superfluous amount of luxury retailers. The luxury clothing sector, in particular, amasses for a large portion of success the retail markets are seeing. 

What is influencing this growth within the luxury retail market?

Canadians have proven to have an appreciation for European fashion which is most notably crafted by high-end designers. The appreciation accumulated from the fashion market overseas has seen vast success in Canadian markets. Canada boasts a high sense of trust when it comes to this market. While there are places scattered around the country to obtain counterfeit goods, law enforcement is working to eliminate them. The hefty price tags associated with luxury goods, the certificate of authenticity, and the overall atmosphere of a shop are key indicators that goods within are 100% authentic. 

Luxury goods are purchased for two reasons: high quality and social status. Certain luxury goods utilize materials of higher quality, increasing the longevity of the item, thus, being grounds for hiking up the price. Social status is also a major contributor to the growth of luxury good sales. Many believe boasting luxury goods entails and reiterates their wealth and status.

What areas are luxury retailers prevalent in?

Luxury retailers are strategic when it comes to their placement in order to optimize profit. Typically, luxury retailers will look at the jobs and average incomes in the surrounding neighbourhood where they are considering allocating their business. Luxury retailers are most prevalent in Affluent areas such as Bloor Street West, Yorkville Village, Yorkdale, and the downtown core of Vancouver City. 

Aside from affluent areas, luxury retail shops are also prominent in the downtown core of major cities. Because the downtown core of these popular cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal) are hot spots for tourists, there is a greater probability to generate business with those foreign to the country. 

What does the future of luxury retailers in Canada look like?

Although the luxury market has had rough patches, it has continued to make an upward trajectory. As long as the demand remains high, luxury retailers will continue to dominate and make a substantial profit. With more luxury shops opening their doors all across Canada, it comes to no avail that there is certainly a high demand for these goods. This retail market speaks to, not only Canadian citizens but to tourists as well, who deem Canada as a safe and trustworthy place to purchase luxury goods. 

 

Want to learn more about the luxury retail market and real estate opportunities surrounding it? Read more here!

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Big Developments Pour Into Smaller Manitoba Cities, Towns

Cheaper land and lower business operating costs are fueling increased demand for commercial real estate and new economic opportunities in smaller Manitoba communities outside of Winnipeg.

Richard Crenian, president of ReDev Properties, noted the trend in a recent blog post. In it, he said many CRE investors “are taking advantage of lower prices in once considered sleeper towns in Manitoba. Investors’ interest has specifically been concentrated on the outskirts of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway.”

Crenian also singled out other communities such as Steinbach, Brandon, and Portage la Prairie, which have all attracted the interest of big players.

Availability of land and costs are key driving factors in the interest, Crenian told RENX in an interview. The story is similar to what’s happening in other areas of the country such as Balzac just outside of Calgary, municipalities outside Edmonton and many outlying communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

“People are going to all of these small places because it’s about affordability,” said Crenian.

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Richard Crenian | The Business Series | Expecting the Unexpected

Richard Crenian talks about setting-up expectations to manage day-to-day challenges. Business is an enigma, you plan carefully, you strategize, you execute and yet most businesses will, at times, present you with a dilemma that is unexpected. As a manager, you are expected to foresee the many crossroads that your business may be facing such like changing economics, market demand, regulations, competition, employee downtime, production and service issues.

Are you business ready?