How to de-risk your spec CRE build

As a brokerage, we track existing and new developments in each commercial sector and thereafter advise clients when and what to build.

For this discussion I’m going to focus on the Saskatoon industrial market.

As a brokerage, we track existing and new developments in each commercial sector and thereafter advise clients when and what to build.

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Evolving conversation on open office

It’s interesting how business philosophies can evolve.

When I joined ICR 25 years ago, everyone had individual offices.  You rarely saw a closed door but each of us had our own space.

Our company culture has always been open and collaborative.

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4 Reasons to engage a chess player to guide your CRE strategy

We navigate an increasingly complex industry.

When I engage a professional, I expect them to listen to my requirements and establish a strategy to fulfill those requirements and needs.

That could mean preparing me for potentially different outcomes and/or establishing a strategy that results in exceeding my expectations.

Much like the game of chess, strategy plays a huge factor in my odds of success.

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Your space is a reflection of your business

Have you ever entered a business that turned you off so quickly that you couldn’t wait to exit?

This happens all too often in the retail and service industry.

What message is your space presenting to potential clientele?

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Buyer beware of often onerous commercial mortgage process

As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, it’s my job to prepare my clients.

Typically, there is a process they will need to go through to complete a lease or purchase.

The purpose of my focus here is to provide an overview of the steps necessary to mortgage commercial real estate.

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Liken your commercial real estate portfolio to a fleet of ships

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you believed that it was in the best interest of someone you know to plan for change, but failed to convince them of your belief?

Sometimes thoughtfully framed stories can be more impactful than our best efforts to convince.

Let me explain.

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3 tenant tips for renewals

Renewals in commercial leasing can be almost as important as securing a lease in the first place.

There is quite a bit of finesse to this process.

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Avoid commercial real estate roadblocks

Have you ever come across a roadblock, turned to take an alternative route and found yourself up against another obstacle?

During Saskatoon’s construction season (basically anytime not designated Winter), it can be frustrating trying to find a route without some hurdle.

Likewise, commercial real estate buyers and sellers can potentially encounter endless roadblocks during the course of a transaction.

Unlike driving, though, you can anticipate these snags and potentially veer around them.

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More than meets the eye on retail site selections

My short commute route takes me past two nationally branded gas stations.

Both locations seem to be compatible in exposure and traffic count with front elevations that showcase up-to-date versions of their respective brands.

Why then is one site far more successful than the other?

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Industrial sales close in the blink of an eye

This may sound counterintuitive as we navigate the economic impact of a pandemic.

But I’ve recently reported that our Saskatoon industrial vacancy rate actually dropped in 3Q20 demonstrating the economic resilience of this asset class.

Two industrial properties I recently brought to the market sold within one week. 

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