ICR Strategy RE: COVID-19
As the impact of COVID-19 is felt across this country and continues to evolve, we want you to know that ICR’s Emergency Response Team is focusing on prevention strategies, ensuring appropriate responses as the situation develops. The current risk to the individual may appear to be low, however the risk to society is immeasurable. We are discussing preventative measures to limit the exposure of our staff to the virus and business continuity plans.
Did you know when you’re buying or leasing that you can
engage a commercial broker to search listings, organize viewings, and write
offers, among other duties, for the low cost of… ZERO?
This relationship is referred to as a Buyer’s broker and as
the name suggests, they work for you and you alone.
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.
a real estate broker or accredited appraiser is gathering information to
determine a value, neither the insurance nor assessed tax values are taken into
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.
Megatrends are often described as powerful and transformational
forces that can change economy, business and society over the course of
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
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?
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
How much risk do you think you can chew?
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…
There is definitely a trend in the commercial real estate
industry to open office concepts.
There are a number of reasons why it works for some office users,
but it may not make sense for everyone.
I’ve never professed to be a psychic, but I think looking over the trends of the past year I can safely make a few bets on the commercial real estate market for Saskatoon in 2020.
The City of Saskatoon has tabled their epic discussion on a
two-year budget for 2020/2021.
While the preliminary budget released this summer projected a 3.97 per cent property tax increase overall, we can all breathe a sigh of relief because it will only be 3.7 per cent.
Wait, what the heck?! That’s still a lot!
This is not good news for anyone, especially commercial
property owners who already carry a greater tax load than their residential
With commercial mortgage rates at historic lows and good availability of funds, we don’t find occasion where these alternative finance options are often used.
There are however times when an alternative strategy is required for the buyer to fund the deal.