How smart companies will address work-from-home

Smart companies will look beyond potential cost savings and base their decision on how to best invest in their most important asset…their employees.

I’m often asked what I believe will be the impact of the work from home transition on office occupancy.

I think it’s a matter of planning and investing where the money will be best served.

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Countdown to mandatory hotel quarantine

When an economy starts slipping people may still be going out to eat or shopping but the first luxury they cut is travelling.

And one of the industries that feels that impact most closely are hotels.

With a lot of news focussing on airlines, hotels appeared to be largely left out of federal aid until later stages of the pandemic.

With new national air travel quarantines coming into effect Feb. 22, will this act as a Band-Aid for struggling hotels?

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My predictions were wrong (but cut me a little slack!)

I promised you that I’d hold myself accountable in my Jan 2020 post and report back to you. 

So, how did I do? At that time, I predicted a decline in the overall Saskatoon industrial vacancy rate from 5.65 per cent per cent in 2019 to 4.8 per cent.

That’s after a significant 2 per cent decline in 2018 and a 0.9 per cent decline to 6.8 per cent in 2019.

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Avoid commercial real estate roadblocks

Have you ever come across a roadblock, turned to take an alternative route and found yourself up against another obstacle?

During Saskatoon’s construction season (basically anytime not designated Winter), it can be frustrating trying to find a route without some hurdle.

Likewise, commercial real estate buyers and sellers can potentially encounter endless roadblocks during the course of a transaction.

Unlike driving, though, you can anticipate these snags and potentially veer around them.

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More than meets the eye on retail site selections

My short commute route takes me past two nationally branded gas stations.

Both locations seem to be compatible in exposure and traffic count with front elevations that showcase up-to-date versions of their respective brands.

Why then is one site far more successful than the other?

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Ho, Ho, Holding out hope for next year

The past year has been a roller coaster for the commercial real estate industry.

Just when it looked like were gaining traction it seemed the world had another thing in store for us.

But I’m hopeful for 2021 and therefore I choose to focus on what’s in store for us.

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Trust happens when I’m transparent with clients

No one can pinpoint a precise market number.

Run for the hills If a broker represents that they know exactly what your property is worth.

Doubly so if a commercial real estate broker tours you through property and does not point out the defects, as well as the features.

So who can you trust?

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Can Canada’s oldest retailer hang on?

From fur trading to e-commerce, the oldest and most resilient retailer in Canada has been the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) since 1670.

The company’s roots go back so far, they pre-date Confederation by nearly 200 years.

If ever there was an example of reinvention, over and over again, it will never be said that this retailer went down without a fight.

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Industrial sales close in the blink of an eye

This may sound counterintuitive as we navigate the economic impact of a pandemic.

But I’ve recently reported that our Saskatoon industrial vacancy rate actually dropped in 3Q20 demonstrating the economic resilience of this asset class.

Two industrial properties I recently brought to the market sold within one week. 

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Value is in the eye of the CRE beholder

There is one thing universal to commercial real estate transactions when it comes to investment buyers and sellers.

Buyers want the highest cap rate they can find; and sellers want to challenge the market with the lowest cap rate it will withstand.

Often the value of the property lies somewhere in between.

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