Regina City Council was publicly criticized last week for a land sale they engaged in with an undisclosed buyer.
Some of the outcry is from adjacent property owners who may or may not have had use for the land themselves.
But any criticism from the general public about the cloak and dagger secrecy of the sale may not be fair.
While we saw quarter over quarter decreases throughout 2020, the drop in Saskatoon’s industrial vacancy for the last three months has exceeded my prediction for the entire current year.
The industrial sector has seen a net absorption of almost 150,000 square feet (SF).
In January, I forecasted we would be at 4.8 per cent by year end.
Our recently released Industrial Market Report recorded that rate had already dropped to 4.71 per cent. That represents over a 60-basis points reduction within one quarter.
My review of the market stats would indicate that is the largest quarterly drop we have seen in over 10 years.
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.
Smart companies will look beyond potential cost savings and base their decision on how to best invest in their most important asset…their employees.
I’m often asked what I believe will be the impact of the work from home transition on office occupancy.
I think it’s a matter of planning and investing where the money will be best served.
When an economy starts slipping people may still be going out to eat or shopping but the first luxury they cut is travelling.
And one of the industries that feels that impact most closely are hotels.
With a lot of news focussing on airlines, hotels appeared to be largely left out of federal aid until later stages of the pandemic.
With new national air travel quarantines coming into effect Feb. 22, will this act as a Band-Aid for struggling hotels?
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.
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?
No one can pinpoint a precise market number.
Run for the hills If a broker represents that they know exactly what your property is worth.
Doubly so if a commercial real estate broker tours you through property and does not point out the defects, as well as the features.
So who can you trust?
From fur trading to e-commerce, the oldest and most resilient retailer in Canada has been the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) since 1670.
The company’s roots go back so far, they pre-date Confederation by nearly 200 years.
If ever there was an example of reinvention, over and over again, it will never be said that this retailer went down without a fight.
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.