Canadians have never been more in love with household pets.
According to the latest statistics from the Canadian Animal
Health Institute (CAHI), there are 8.2 million dogs and 8.3 million cats in
That’s a ten per cent increase over the past ten years,
This equates to approximately 41 per cent of all homes
having one dog, or 37 per cent having one cat.
It’s no surprise then that the pet business is booming.
As a commercial real estate broker/advisor, the type of
assignments I take varies significantly.
They’re never boring; there’s a different nuance to every
I started my career in real estate sales when I was 20 years
old and to this day, still find it immensely rewarding when a client’s goals
are met through a closed transaction.
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?
“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.