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Single Speed Elevators Holding Property Owners at Risk

New directives by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) are placing greater liability on property owners with legacy elevator technology.
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Innovation Transforms Historic Landmark Hotel

Built in 1903, the Fort Gary Hotel recently underwent extensive renovations to bring it up to modern standards. Find out how one of Winnipeg’s most iconic buildings is reaping the rewards of advanced building automation.
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Q&A: Knowing Your Apartment Funding Options

These are opportune times for apartment builders, and ones that require a nuanced understanding of the markets and respective lending options.
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Rental Construction Financing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has $2.5 billion available in lower cost loans for rental construction financing.
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What Apartment Owners Look For in a Lender

First National's Robert Fleet and Peter Cook have some advice for apartment owners that are looking for a lender for their property.
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How to Invest for Success in a Hot Rental Market

“The rise of permanent renters," has ignited a hot rental market for apartment buildings. However, investor demand far exceeds supply.
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Affordable Housing Crisis Sparks Innovation

New funding models and innovative building techniques are expected to revolutionize the affordable housing sector in Canada.
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Building from the Ground Up: A Great Foundation for Investors

After a lack of new construction for many years, market conditions have set the stage for a fresh wave of apartment development.
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Why Savvy Investors Should Take a Look at Apartment Buildings

Uncertain economic times and a saturated condo market in Canada’s urban centres have prompted more commercial real estate investors to consider purpose-built apartment buildings as a savvy, safe investment.
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Understanding the Importance of Cash Flow

Brian Kimmel, Assistant VP of Commercial Financing at First National, explains why cash flow can be a fairly misunderstood concept, especially among novice investors.
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Post-Fire Restoration

For residents of a three-storey apartment building in North Vancouver, December 7th, 2011 was just like any other day—that is, until a fire broke out
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Higher Rents, Better Returns

Many apartment owners often wonder about strategies that they can use to justify higher rents in their buildings. They are often looking for a way
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Financing Capital Improvements

First National Financial LP provides apartment owners with tips and insights for financing capital improvements to upgrade building quality.
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New Construction Financing

New rental construction is a hot topic these days, but the headlines don’t tell the whole story. Construction financing is complicated and only a small percentage of deals are truly viable. Find out what three key considerations govern all successful financing outcomes.