My digital detox in a wired world

What’s my definition of a digital detox? To me it means no screen time.

Screens include my computers, laptop, smart phone and televisions. I happened to grow up before the video game craze so that one’s not on my list.

Studies show that much of society today is addicted to digital. I could very well be included in that group!

I’ve experimented with withdrawing from use of electronics for a day in the past; I decided to make it a once a week, permanent habit early this year.

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Investors should be parking cash in industrial CRE

In spite of the negative economic impact of COVID-19, the sale and lease activity within our existing industrial market continues.

The vacancy rate has risen marginally by 0.12 per cent to 5.86 per cent, according to our recent Q2 market report.

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The mall needs to be okay

I’ve not been shy about my love affair with the traditional interior mall as a retail institution.

While skeptics have been predicting their inevitable death, the interior mall seems to innovate and survive in spite of its critics.

But could the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic finally have done them in?

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The oxymoron of office culture for remote workers

The dialogue is starting around this latest experiment in the office sector.

We’ve seen other experiments in recent years such as the open office concept and co-working concept. COVID-19 has accelerated a work-from-home (WFH) trial that might otherwise have taken years to duplicate.

Will WFH emerge as the disruptor that some are suggesting?  

Will organizations be able to maintain culture within, while the experiment is underway?

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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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New challenges await social distancing office users

Despite patting ourselves on the back for flattening the curve in Saskatchewan, we flatlanders are not out of the woods yet.

In the anticipated build up to employees returning to their traditional workspaces, stringent protocols will be in place for office users in particular.

A return to our previous normal practice seems a long time away and some speculators predict the Covid-19 pandemic will change office interaction permanently.

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Navigating difficult client conversations

Most of us have never experienced a financial maelstrom of this magnitude, in our business careers. 

It’s a stressful time for many property and business owners; it’s difficult for most of us to forecast with any confidence what our sales volume for the next six months will be.

There is a good chance you may encounter some tense conversations with clients or associates who are understandably anxious about their current state of affairs. 

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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 to 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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What might CRE look like after Covid-19?

There is no question about the effects of the Covoid-19 pandemic on Canada’s economy.

This sudden misfortune has tested the strength of the commercial real estate industry in ways we’ve never encountered before.

So what does the future hold for tenants when this is all over?

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