“I think we’re eating in linens right now,” I said casually
to my mom recently.
We were taking in the tastes offered by Midtown Common, the
new Midtown Plaza food court located in the Sears vacancy.
Any semblance of the historic retailer, however, has all but
The shopping space has been replaced with exposed concrete
and a modern look.
Basically everything Sears wasn’t.
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.
A focus on deal timelines are a necessary evil in our
commercial real estate world.
They are the thread that binds conditional lease and sale
But what happens when issues arise beyond your control that
negate those agreed upon timelines?
We were recently called in to value and market a single
tenant property with an existing lease in place. The tenant had been granted an
option to renew during their last renewal negotiation.
I informed the owner that we would have been able to achieve
a higher price if we were able to go to the market as a vacant property.
Oh sure, everyone has ideas about how to get a space leased
But when is the last time someone made a list about how not
to get a space filled?
Wait no more, landlords, I have a list as such for you.
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.
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.
But I have heard this comment before, so let’s get it out in
the open and have a chat about it.
It’s easy to see the bad news stories about brick and mortar
stores shuttering from the overwhelming move of consumers to e-commerce.
But I don’t think retail will ever die completely.
Rather, there is a disruption to the way we’ve known it to
be and commercial real estate landlords will have to navigate their way through
this new landscape.
While both the industrial and office sectors have displayed somewhat volatile vacancy rates over the past five years, the retail sector has consistently performed well.
Aside from Regina straying slightly over 4 per cent in 2017, both cities have otherwise achieved a number below 4 per cent since 2013.
Let’s take a closer look at each city.
There are times when it is not wise to invest in commercial
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