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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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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4 ways to show your support for local business

It is certainly weird times out there right now.

With no one able to predict how long this will last, it is imperative that we remember to support local business as they’ll be struggling along with the rest of us.

But how can I support local business if I can’t leave my house?

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Why the vast difference between insurance, appraised and assessment Values?

This question that was asked of me yesterday triggered the notion that there was a need to write about it.

Each of these three valuation processes have different end goals. It’s important to understand which value can be relied upon to represent fair market value.

When either a real estate broker or accredited appraiser is gathering information to determine a value, neither the insurance nor assessed tax values are taken into consideration.

It’s not what everyone wants to hear. If you’re hoping for a high value, you’re more likely to quote the number stated on your insurance policy. Let me explain.

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Is there mega concern for megatrends?

Megatrends are often described as powerful and transformational forces that can change economy, business and society over the course of centuries.

Obvious examples of this would be the use of electricity, the creation of the automobile and in the most recent past, the adoption of the Internet.

We follow quarterly and annual trends in our markets, but what are some of the megatrends being predicted for our economy as they may affect commercial real estate specifically?

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I’m not stretching myself… if I don’t fail

There are times in life where I’ve failed or hit the wall. In those moments, it’s easy to become engulfed with negativity.

However, reflecting objectively on those grim times, they’ve consistently happened for a reason.

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How risky is your investing appetite?

Commercial real estate investing is all about how hungry you are for specific product types.

This desire will, in many ways, be fuelled by your aversion to risk.

How much risk do you think you can chew?

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Would you recommend your CRE broker?

I think it’s fair to say that we don’t recommend people and their services if we don’t like them.

The problem, however, is that often liking someone can hinder us from really considering if you’d recommend them.

Confused? Consider the following…

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I was off the mark in Q4 2019 Industrial Vacancy Forecast

I promised you that I’d hold myself accountable in my Jan 2019 post and report back to you. 

So, how did I do? At that time, I predicted a decline in the overall Saskatoon Industrial vacancy rate from 6.8 per cent to 6 per cent.

That’s after a significant 2 per cent decline in 2018 and a 0.9 per cent decline to 6.8 per cent in 2019.

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