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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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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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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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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3Q20 industrial vacancy rate improves over last quarter

Although Saskatchewan’s GDP is projected to decrease by 5.5 per cent in 2020, our latest quarterly industrial market survey shows the industrial vacancy rate in Saskatoon has dropped.

A remarkable fact when you consider the financial hit that our economy has just endured due to the pandemic.

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My digital detox in a wired world

What’s my definition of a digital detox? To me it means no screen time.

Screens include my computers, laptop, smart phone and televisions. I happened to grow up before the video game craze so that one’s not on my list.

Studies show that much of society today is addicted to digital. I could very well be included in that group!

I’ve experimented with withdrawing from use of electronics for a day in the past; I decided to make it a once a week, permanent habit early this year.

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The mall needs to be okay

I’ve not been shy about my love affair with the traditional interior mall as a retail institution.

While skeptics have been predicting their inevitable death, the interior mall seems to innovate and survive in spite of its critics.

But could the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic finally have done them in?

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