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Over-asking: Secrets of Commercial Property Sellers

This is part of a multi article series aimed at getting the highest asking price for commercial real estate and selling it to qualified buyers the fastest. With commercial realtors collecting between 1.5% to 5% of the selling price plus expenses, its no wonder owners of commercial real estate properties are looking to cut these unnecessary transaction […]

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4 ways Private Equity is better than Funds or REITS

Superior returns depend on 1 key ingredient. Structure. Private Equity (PE) has been returning higher yields, lower volatility, bettering Sharpe ratios across portfolios for years. For smart money managers, it’s their secret sauce. They use PE to balance their clients’ volatile equity portfolios. Pensions are placing more capital to private equity every year because of its superior returns, […]

Looking closer at expert risk

2016 is going to be financial chaos, oil crashing, Canadian peso, worst is yet to come, imminent war. The US fed raised the interest rate 0.25% and the world is coming undone. These are what the headlines lead you to believe. But look back to fall 2008, all news, all everyone was talking about was destruction of capital. But back in late […]

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Six Pitfalls of Deal by Deal Property Investments

One fund, one property, one deal. This is how the majority of real estate investments are made. Investors know the property, how much it costs and are able to see the income statement and balance sheet. While this may be the market norm and appears straight forward, it introduces unintended secondary reactions and hidden pitfalls not generally found in other real estate investment […]

Killing Us: Urban Sprawl

ban Sprawl is killing us early, keeping us unhappy and costing municipalities tens billions. Here are some ideas to help stimulate a conversation. On the table is huge savings in energy and the elimination of unnecessary infrastructure. Smart city planning can even a double the wage of the average person.   Property Tax breaks Counterintuitive, but strategic in the long term. In […]

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Fixing Canada’s Infrastructure with Volcanoes

 Above: close up of a failed rebar on a bridge overpass in Calgary anada’s infrastructure is failing and Canadians need to re-think the future. The problem with modern approaches to infrastructure is the constant need for maintenance, renovation and replacement. It could be that the RFP, lowest bidder process and lack of true building material […]

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Are REITs relevant part II

Last article covered the basics of some misconceptions of REITs. In part II we address how managers “add value” and dodge restrictions imposed on them. The term “adding value” is short hand to justify management overhead. That value is supposed to be the profit, realized or not yet realized in a business that management created solely though its skill […]

Are REITs Relevant?

Created in the USA during the Eisenhower era, REITs have dominated real estate investment capital and in the past have returned healthy yields. Unchanged, they were introduced to Canada in the early 90’s and have flourished in popularity. Their primary attractiveness being their monthly dividend. This series aims to examine REITs, their structure, environment in […]

Entering Alberta’s new dark age?

Blown out of the water after 40 years, the Progressive Conservative (PC) party was tried, found guilty and hung from the neck until dead. Their atrocious track record of mismanaging opportunities and funds have come to an end. But is the devil you know better than the one you don’t? Is Alberta entering into a […]