Christmas is a time to reflect and appreciate all the good
things that happened over the past year.
Commercial real estate agents are no different.
And as such, I submit to you the greatest gifts tenants,
landlords, buyers and sellers gave me in 2019.
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
That’s a ten per cent increase over the past ten years,
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.
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?
The Regina Leader-Post published an article in 2008 with Stu
Rathwell, a franchise partner in the new Regina’s Chili’s Grill and & Bar.
Stu shared that his Saskatoon location would be open by that
His optimism about the Chili’s brand was hopeful; if things
took off as he was hoping, he predicted people could expect to see several more
open across the province.
Fast forward to 2019.
If you happened upon Saskatoon’s Preston Crossing the last
week of February, you may have caught sight of Stu’s dream deflating right before
You may be in your last year of university and considering your career options or, have just come to the realization that your current professional path is not going to be your lifework.
The idea of a career in commercial real estate sales is appealing. What’s your next step?
Talk to a few different Brokers. There can be significant differences between commercial real estate companies.
It’s beneficial to gain the perspective of more than one Broker to determine if the career is right for you.
If you decide to move forward, you’ll have a good sense of which company you would prefer to work for and the process they go through to decide who and when they hire.
Here are some questions to raise during the interview process.
Have you ever stumbled onto one of those websites that features abandoned spaces?
My favourites are old malls. Once so bustling and now so neglected.
But what if you were looking at a vacant mall that was brand new?
For the purpose of this conversation, let’s assume you are sitting on cash or liquid asset(s) and have decided to invest a portion of your available capital into commercial real estate.
What factors need to be considered to make a prudent investment decision?
I wrote about the advantages of partnerships, but let’s say the idea of a partnership does not interest you.
Receiving that first response from a Tenant we’ve not encountered before, after waiting for their review of a lease, it is always interesting.
We represent both Tenants and Landlords; this article has been written from the perspective that I am representing the Landlord.
At times the Tenant is prepared to execute the document “as is” and at times they will request hundreds or more of changes. We have seen request that number exceed 1,000 changes.
We know all commercial real estate leases are written with a bias towards the Landlord, but what are the main reasons that Tenants object to the document?
One of my biggest challenges is being unable to find the right fit for tenants. In a commercial landscape that remains under-serviced for retail it’s not exactly my fault.
We did see some new construction of retail in 2018, so it’s probably time to revaluate where the inventory levels sit versus vacancy, midway to the end of the third quarter of 2018.
Looking at the numbers by area, who do you ask: landlords or tenants?
As a commercial real estate agent my job is to line up tenants with landlords, and sellers with buyers.
Unlike a sale, where both sides part ways at the end of transaction, I think leasing is a lot about building a relationship.
However, much like in our personal lives, we all know some relationships are just not meant to be.