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INVESTORS SEE VALUE IN URBAN PARKING LOTS AS FUTURE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS

Posted in Development, Industry Trends

INVESTORS SEE VALUE IN URBAN PARKING LOTS AS FUTURE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS

Investors are increasingly targeting parking lots for potential multifamily redevelopment, especially in urban areas, according to industry sources. “Given the multifamily market has been so strong for the past decade, we’re at a point that really justifies development,” says Rob Goldstein, assistant portfolio manager at CenterSquare Investment Management, a global investment manager focused on actively managed real estate and infrastructure strategies. “We’ve seen debt costs decrease and...

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WOOD HIGHRISES TO SHOOT UP THANKS TO NEW BUILDING CODES

Posted in Development, Exterior Building, Industry Trends

WOOD HIGHRISES TO SHOOT UP THANKS TO NEW BUILDING CODES

Tall towers have defined cities as “jungles” of concrete and glass. But what if we built highrises out of wood instead? Proponents say that could have two benefits: The wood stores carbon for the lifetime of the building, which (temporarily) prevents it from entering the atmosphere. It would reduce emissions linked to steel and cement production. The latter is the second-largest industrial emitter in the world, after the fossil fuel industry, generating seven per cent of global...

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6 TECHNOLOGIES DISRUPTING THE PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

Posted in Industry Trends, Technology

6 TECHNOLOGIES DISRUPTING THE PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

No industry is immune to technological advances, but real estate is one niche that has been traditionally slower to adopt new trends. Not any longer! PropTech is booming and changing the way we buy, sell, and interact with our properties. Big Data The real estate and property management industries are uniquely positioned to benefit from big data. The more data we have, the more data-driven decisions we can make. Websites like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin have disrupted the real estate industry...

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REIT buys Edmonton mixed-use rental portfolio for $205M

Posted in Appraisal, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

REIT buys Edmonton mixed-use rental portfolio for $205M

A three-complex, high-rise apartment portfolio with a total of 832 rental suites, plus commercial space, sold for $205 million, reports Marcus & Millichap. Property type: Multi-family Locations: Oliver Place: 10130 117 Street NW; Grand Central Manor: 10904 102 Avenue NW, 19094 109 Street NW, and 10903 103 Avenue NW; Riverside Towers: 8610/20 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton Number of units: 832 rental suites combined Commercial property size: 38,702 square feet (approx.) Built: Oliver Place,...

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‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Insurance, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

Downtown Windsor landlord Marie Vieira successfully argued an eviction case in front of Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) last November. At the time, she received verbal confirmation that a tenant who caused more than $15,000 worth of water damage to two rental units after forgetting to turn off the tap would be evicted. Due to a backlog within the LTB, however, Vieira says she’s still waiting to receive a sheriff’s notice that will allow her to formally evict her...

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

City politicians today will debate whether the city should offer cash incentives to builders and homeowners to create affordable housing in new developments as well as in existing homes. Two proposed affordable housing programs would offer loans of up to $20,000 per unit when a developer builds a new project or when a homeowner converts a part of their house into an apartment. “We have been talking about the idea of inclusionary zoning, and talked about it and talked about it and talked about...

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Edmonton rental market sees vacancy rate decrease despite growing supply

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Edmonton rental market sees vacancy rate decrease despite growing supply

The rental market got a little tighter over the last year in Edmonton with the vacancy rate falling to 4.9 per cent from 5.3 per cent in 2018, even though supply was on the rise. “The overall vacancy rate has decreased due to greater demand from a growing population supported by migration,” says Pershing Sun, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. market analyst. Despite growing demand, the market still remains favourable to renters in the city as supply continued to grow with “more than half of...

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Property Managers Face Unprecedented Change In 2020

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

Property Managers Face Unprecedented Change In 2020

Property managers are at the center of the collision between rising rental demand, declining profitability, changing regulations, and the nationwide shortage of affordable places to live, according to the fifth annual survey of 1,738 property managers by Buildium and the National Association of Residential Property Managers. In addition to the property managers, the report also surveyed 1,118 renters, 603 rental property owners and 217 association board members in 340 metro areas. Chris...

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Rents up 4.3% in Canada, Rentals.ca report says

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Rents up 4.3% in Canada, Rentals.ca report says

Average monthly rents for 3 largest cities led surge in 2019: Toronto at 9%; Montreal at 25%; Vancouver at 11% The average monthly asking rent for Canada rose 4.3 per cent year over year at the end of December, according to the January National Rent Report from Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting. The nation’s three largest cities experienced significant rent increases in 2019 for all property types listed on Rentals.ca: Toronto at 9 per cent; Montreal at 25 per cent and...

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GTA Rental Supply Pipeline Reaches Nearly 70,000 Units

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GTA Rental Supply Pipeline Reaches Nearly 70,000 Units

Urbanation’s quarterly rental survey collects data for new purpose-built rental projects under construction and in the pre-construction development stage, as well as for every new purpose-built rental apartment project that has been completed in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) since 2005. At the end of 2019, the number of purpose-built rentals under construction in the GTA reached 12,367 units — the highest level since the 1970s when modern rent controls were enacted. The number of rentals that...

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