Advice from the business trenches

The North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) hosts an annual event called Lesson’s I’ve Learned wherein they invite local business leaders to share their journeys.

There are takeaways every time I attend.

Sometimes the ones that resonate the most with me come from unlikely folks.

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Value is in the eye of the CRE beholder

There is one thing universal to commercial real estate transactions when it comes to investment buyers and sellers.

Buyers want the highest cap rate they can find; and sellers want to challenge the market with the lowest cap rate it will withstand.

Often the value of the property lies somewhere in between.

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Verbal Offer is No Offer

If in a negotiation you hear the Seller say: “I’ve already been offered $X sum of money,” and that amount seems somewhat unrealistic, ask if it the offer was in writing.

It’s interesting how many times the response is, “no, it was not in writing.”

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Fair is fair

Fair is a pretty relative term in the commercial real estate universe.

It depends entirely on which side of the transaction you are as to what your perception of fair may be.

In regard to commercial leasing, does fair apply to the landlord or tenant?

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Don’t miss this critical element in CRE investment purchase

If you’ve purchased a commercial or residential condo, you would have encountered an estoppel certificate. 

There are many reasons for obtaining a condominium estoppel. They provide insight into the project reserve fund, illustrate if there are any unpaid contributions or arrears and determine if its bylaws and policies are in good standing.

Estoppels are just one of many due diligence items I encourage buyers to ask for.

The information I’m discussing here is applicable only to single and multi-tenant investments (excluding multi-family rentals).

Let’s look at the importance of obtaining estoppel certificate(s) during your investigation of an investment property.

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May the Fourth be with you

Last week Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced a phased in plan to reopen the province for business in the wake of Covid-19.

While some people are saying it is too soon, most agree that it has been long enough.

So how will this unfold for commercial real estate tenants?

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Industrial will evolve as the preferred CRE asset class

The sudden, real impact of COVID-19 can be seen in supply chain disruptions, lower consumer confidence and reduced consumer spending.

Trying to measure the macro picture, the scope and duration of the economic stoppage is not easy.

For those corporations who are currently sitting on surplus capital, waiting for the bargains to surface, it is still too early to assess how property values will be affected.

It is however, becoming clear which sector will emerge as strongest asset class.

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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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What to know before you buy a business

There are important elements to consider when reviewing a business with the intent to purchase.

Taking the time complete a thorough investigation is critical to discover the hidden facts.

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