Federal election implications for CRE

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?

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How does MY option to renew work?

It was represented to you that you have an option to renew.

There is a specific clause in your lease that spells out details of that option to renew.

However, can that clause effectively achieve what you intend it to?

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Do I have a deal for you

There are many real estate investors who wish they’d just got into a market before a boom.

Appreciation of real estate investments has made many people wealthy over time.

For those willing to take the risk, the reward can be real.

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What to know before you buy a business

There are important elements to consider when reviewing a business with the intent to purchase.

Taking the time complete a thorough investigation is critical to discover the hidden facts.

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Sage advice for the entrepreneur

As I looked into the eyes of a classroom of entrepreneurs last week I wondered what wisdom I could impart.

My first thought was, good on you. You’ve found a passion and you want to share it with the world!

My secondary thought was, awesome, here comes a commercial real estate agent ready to deflate all your hopes and dreams.

I jest.

But I have heard this comment before, so let’s get it out in the open and have a chat about it.

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Can we put a price on landmarks?

Our Lady of Paris, the literal translation for Notre-Dame de Paris, has received an outpouring of public sympathy following a devastating fire last week.

Having seen Notre-Dame in person I can tell you it’s something to marvel.

The full cost of the fire is still being tallied but I’m not sure you can put a price on something that is nearly irreplaceable.

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When not to buy commercial real estate

There are times when it is not wise to invest in commercial real estate.

Alternatively, many potential investors don’t take the plunge out of fear of the unknown and years later regret it.

Let’s look at some examples of when you’d be advised not to purchase.

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High density spot zoning creates hardship

I purchased my second single family home in 1979. It was located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a good neighborhood.

The downside was it backed onto a retail strip mall. That wasn’t a concern for me however because everything within that retail corridor was one storey.

Within a year of owning the home, it was announced that a five-storey office building would be constructed overlooking my rear yard.

I immediately sold the property.

Even though the project was public knowledge, I believed it would be easier to sell before it could be seen that the windows in that towering structure would have a full view of my yard.

From that early, first hand experience I can relate to homeowners that are suddenly faced with a project that significantly impacts the value of their home.

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Wasn’t there a Chili’s here yesterday?

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 year’s end.

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 your eyes.

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