Measure by Measure to Cut Costs and Keep Property Owners Happy

Keeping tenants happy, buildings occupied, and property values high are top priorities for property management firms. In reality, that’s easier said than done – especially
SuiteSpot turnover management

Transforming the Turnover Process

More and more property management stakeholders are leveraging advanced systems and resources to take the risk and headache out of turnover management.
Property Management

Must-Have Skills as Property Management Evolves

A day in the life of a property manager is far different than it was a decade ago, but there are must-have skills that remain timeless.
climate resiliency

A Property for All Seasons

It's important to determine a property's ability to withstand the elements before it's put to the test, yet many property managers and owners keep climate resiliency low on their list of priorities.
Fair Housing Plan

Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan: The Impact on Ontario Apartment Owners

In this article we highlight the major items from the Fair Housing Plan, review the details contained in Bill 124, and discuss the importance of apartment owners retaining the right for vacancy decontrol.
electric vehicle

Taking Charge in the Age of EVs

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here; and with it, a demand for property stakeholders to accommodate a growing volume of plugged-in commuters.
affordable housing

Focus on Affordable Housing

First National's Daniel Bragagnolo discusses the financing complexities of affordable housing and the advantages of CMHC's new Flex Program.
elevator repairs

Bill 109 Proposes Strict Rules for Elevator Professionals

A new private members bill is gaining traction on Parliament Hill that, if passed, will hold elevator contractors more liable for the state of elevator repairs.

Why CMHC’s policy changes are positive for borrowers

This summer, the CMHC rolled out a series of policy changes that have changed the game for mortgage loan insurance for multi-unit residential properties.

Taking Energy-Saving Actions for Ontario’s Cap and Trade

In 2017, the province of Ontario advanced its role in the fight against climate change with the launch of its provincial cap and trade program.
single speed elevators

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.
First National

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.

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.
How to invest for success in a hot rental market.

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.

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.

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.
cash flow

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.