Pet business is nothing to bark about

Canadians have never been more in love with household pets.

According to the latest statistics from the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), there are 8.2 million dogs and 8.3 million cats in Canadian households.

That’s a ten per cent increase over the past ten years, reports CAHI.

This equates to approximately 41 per cent of all homes having one dog, or 37 per cent having one cat.

It’s no surprise then that the pet business is booming.

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The art of passionate selling

As a commercial real estate broker/advisor, the type of assignments I take varies significantly.

They’re never boring; there’s a different nuance to every deal!

I started my career in real estate sales when I was 20 years old and to this day, still find it immensely rewarding when a client’s goals are met through a closed transaction.

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Nashville’s Canadian connection

I was privileged to be invited along on yet another great ICR sales adventure, with the company treating us to a trip to Nashville this past month!

Nashville, Tennessee is known best by its nickname of Music City as the home of country music.

According to a study completed through Belmont University, the City is home to over 80 record labels, 130 music publishers, 180 recording studios, 27 entertainment publications and estimated 5,000 working union musicians.

Belmont estimated in 2006 that the music industry, through tourism as well as direct and indirect industry spending contributed $6.38 billion to the local economy.

Quite the economy indeed, when you consider the first citizen to inhabit Nashville had a wildly different background from music.

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Agreement for Sale vs Vendor Takeback: which is really better?

With commercial mortgage rates at historic lows and good availability of funds, we don’t find occasion where these alternative finance options are often used.

There are however times when an alternative strategy is required for the buyer to fund the deal.

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Federal election implications for CRE

It seems like just yesterday that Justin Trudeau shocked Westerners with a decisive victory in the 2015 federal election.

However, it’s been a brisk four years and now everyone’s hitched back up on the old campaign trail.

As is the season, all parties are setting their plans forward for Canadians should they get a chance to lead.

I may have to read between the lines a little, but is there anything in these election promises for the commercial real estate industry?

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How does MY option to renew work?

It was represented to you that you have an option to renew.

There is a specific clause in your lease that spells out details of that option to renew.

However, can that clause effectively achieve what you intend it to?

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Is an apartment building residential or commercial?

Technically, I suppose they’re both!

Though apartments buildings may exist in traditional residential zoning, they absolutely qualify as a commercial investment

Here’s why.

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I want the advisors I engage to challenge me

I started writing my blog to increase my social media footprint. While it has helped, it’s no longer my purpose.

Rather, I now enjoy expressing my thoughts on issues that pop up in my week. It’s usually something that has happened that inspires me to write about a topic…here’s what’s on my mind.

I want to work with a professional, whether it may be financial, medical or technical, that’s prepared to, at times, tell me what I need to hear.

If I am working with an individual or firm that is always selling me and/or agreeing with my line of thinking, I’m inclined to move on.

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Are government employees sicker than the rest of us?

Too sick for work can be a subjective term.

I must admit I’ve pushed the limits and found myself exiled from the office on more than one occasion for coming to work when I should legitimately be at home.

I would say my average yearly sick days would even out around 3 or 4 maybe.

Which puts me well below recent statistics that say government employees are averaging in at 12.2 days lost per year.

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