Required steps to valuing development lands

As brokers, landowners engage us to provide an opinion of value on development land.

At the same time, those landowners often offer, what is believed to be, comparable land sales within close proximity to the subject property.

What they may not realize is that there could be a whole back story to that supposed comparable land sale that render it incompatible as a sale comp.

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Best practices for negotiating Commercial Real Estate

There are many working parts in offering to purchase or lease a commercial real estate property.

Determining the strategy you will employ in a negotiation, however, can have a big bearing on the outcome.

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Good news stories during pandemic

I can’t handle reading any more news on how the pandemic has decimated the economy.

If you know my background, you aren’t surprised that I have a lot opinions about how media is operating these days.

Overstating the obvious isn’t making anything better, I liken it to reporting on the umpteenth snowstorm this winter.

So I am on a personal mission (at least this week) to report only on the uplifting stories despite the pandemic!

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Why you should sell your Commercial Real Estate now

There has never been a better time to cash-out of your Saskatchewan industrial and retail commercial real estate.

While there is currently demand from owner occupants for office buildings, that demand however is not the same for multi-tenant office due to typically higher vacancy in that particular asset class.

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Don’t let Tenant insurance fall through the cracks

Insurance is a difficult line item to justify sometimes until you need it.

Do I have enough? Can I actually access it if I need to?

What happens if I just don’t have any?

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Hard to place CRE tenants

Commercial real estate landlords, regardless of their vacancy, don’t have to be excited to rent to just anybody.

Sophisticated landlords can get downright picky.

This isn’t necessarily a reflection of discrimination towards any type of tenant, however.

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Should you hire a broker to negotiate your lease renewal?

Some Landlords believe they can renew their Tenants at the same rental rate that a Broker is able to negotiate.

Alternatively, Tenants often believe they can do a good job representing themselves in their renewal.

Whether a Landlord or a Tenant, your commercial real estate representative can make a solid case why you should contract an experienced broker to represent you.

I am not referring to dual agency but rather single agency where a Broker would represent either a Tenant or a Landlord.

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Farmers’ Market could make a comeback to Riversdale

The City of Saskatoon doesn’t appear to be moving quickly but they are progressing with discussions to reopen a farmers’ market in its previous location.

The announcement came out publicly during this week’s City Council on Monday, August 30th despite negotiation in play since February 2020.

So who is the mystery tenant?

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Every toy (store) has a story

Rumours of the impending demise of the Canadian Toys “R” Us stores has been swirling since their U.S. parent filed bankruptcy in September 2017.

At that time it wasn’t widely understood that the Canadian stores were separate of this filing and, in fact, somewhat profitable along with the other 1,600 stores around the globe.

News of a recent sale of the 81 Canadian stores speaks to the long-term viability of the toy retail franchise.

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4 Reasons to engage a chess player to guide your CRE strategy

We navigate an increasingly complex industry.

When I engage a professional, I expect them to listen to my requirements and establish a strategy to fulfill those requirements and needs.

That could mean preparing me for potentially different outcomes and/or establishing a strategy that results in exceeding my expectations.

Much like the game of chess, strategy plays a huge factor in my odds of success.

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