Financial Management

Resilience still lacks climate action profile

Resilience still lacks climate action profile

Climate change adaptation measures are typically viewed as risk management rather than levers for investment returns, but they are inherently linked to building and portfolio value.
Defaulted real estate loans on the upswing

Defaulted real estate loans on the upswing

Many creditors and debtors are now grappling with the fallout from a largely unexpected change in market conditions over the course of their loan agreements.
Taxing debate awaits Toronto commercial parking

Taxing debate awaits Toronto commercial parking

Debate about a proposed surcharge on commercial parking spaces in Toronto has been deferred until City Council begins to consider 2025 budget measures.
Clean energy projects serve mix of purposes

Clean energy projects serve mix of purposes

Clean energy projects present a burgeoning means for Indigenous peoples to assert stewardship of natural resources, nurture sustainable economic growth and curb reliance on fossil fuels.
Exposure to U.S. office loans grows unsettling

Exposure to U.S. office loans grows unsettling

Regional and mid-sized banks in the United States are considered most vulnerable to losses on commercial real estate loans, particularly those tied to that country’s shaky office sector.
State of good repair lags in Toronto

State of good repair lags in City of Toronto

Toronto is backsliding on the upkeep of municipal facilities, with a state of good repair backlog that’s projected to surpass $1 billion this year and then continue accumulating to nearly $1.47 billion by 2033.
Investment returns show slipping values in 2023

Investment returns show slipping values in 2023

Canadian investment returns for 2023 show retail improvement, industrial deceleration and continuing office value decline, as capital loss balances out income growth for a flat total return.
Lenders set to curtail office exposure in 2024

Lenders set to curtail office exposure in 2024

Lenders generally expect to curtail office exposure while increasing overall allocations to Canadian real estate in 2024, findings from CBRE Canada's annual survey reveal.
Climate action levers key amid competing crises

Climate action levers key amid competing crises

Strategists are pondering the most effective climate action levers to keep attention focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other events and pressures commandeer priority-setting agendas.
Commercial ratepayers carry heftier tax share

Commercial ratepayers carry heftier tax share

Commercial ratepayers took on a larger share of the property tax burden in eight of 11 large Canadian cities this year, with 2023 commercial tax rates more than tripling residential tax rates in six of those cities.
Distressed asset sales remain a steady fraction

Distressed asset sales remain a steady fraction

Distressed asset sales were a nominal and relatively consistent fraction of the Canadian commercial investment property market in the first half of 2023.
Promises aplenty ahead of Manitoba election

Promises aplenty ahead of Manitoba election

Manitobans are hearing promises aplenty as political parties offer up tax cuts, rate freezes and incentive programs ahead of the provincial election, set for October 3.
Ontario keeps clinging to 2016 market values

Ontario keeps clinging to 2016 market values

The recent regulation to postpone Ontario's property reassessment for another year stretches the assessment cycle to double its originally intended time span.
Toronto strives to find more cash

Toronto strives to find more cash

Commercial properties are central to Toronto’s efforts to find more cash as the city government considers how to address massive budget shortfalls projected for 2024 and into the future.
Human capital elusive for real estate employers

Human capital elusive for real estate employers

Employers are pressed to fill new kinds of positions and to bolster tech savviness throughout their organizations, while facing labour shortages and a highly competitive market for certain skills.
Office conversion prospects judged challenging

Office conversion prospects judged challenging

Viable conversion candidates must begin with a basic structural prerequisite, but construction costs, location, surrounding amenities and assumptions about future office values all influence the business case.
Trophy office towers widening gap from the pack

Trophy office towers widening gap from the pack

Trophy office towers could be anchored atop the market for the long term as the past decade’s wave of new building subsides and little further development is anticipated.