Barbara Carss

Ontario retailers probe alcohol sales viability

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Ontario retailers ponder alcohol sales viability

Leases and logistics will be major factors in whether Ontario retailers can act on pending flexibility to sell beer, wine, cider and ready-to-drink alcohol-infused beverages in grocery and convenience stores.
Pending climate-related disclosure rules highlight data requirements

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A transparent need for data strategies

Based on self-reporting, many of the commercial real estate firms subject to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s pending climate-related disclosure rules are grappling with how they will comply.
Promise of safe haven woos foreign investors

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Promise of safe haven woos foreign investors

Foreign investors contemplating Canada’s multifamily market may see more theoretical than actual opportunity, given the current scarcity of available product.
Capital gains tax adjustment unnerves CRE

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Capital gains tax adjustment unnerves CRE

The jump in the capital gains inclusion rate is expected to have an immediate impact on property sales, while being factored into longer term asset management and investment decisions.
Resilience still lacks climate action profile

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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.
Potential property tax relief looks uneven

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Potential property tax relief looks uneven

A potential incentive for new purpose-built rental housing in Ontario comes with adverse implications for existing multifamily properties, thanks to the mathematics of property tax allocation.
Defaulted real estate loans on the upswing

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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.
Energy storage prompts battery of precautions

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Energy storage prompts a battery of precautions

In step with the projected surge in energy storage installations, fire safety advisors are actively working to help clean tech adopters understand and mitigate the risks.
Investment returns show slipping values in 2023

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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.
CRE fosters all-in approach to decarbonization

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CRE fosters all-in approach to decarbonization

Daunting net zero targets in the buildings sector are spurring an all-in approach to decarbonization that assigns roles to finance, engineering, management and operational teams.
Building electrification projects impart lessons

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Building electrification projects impart lessons

The business case for electrification works best when retrofits are synced with the end-of-life of existing mechanical equipment and/or asset repositioning plans
Outdoor lighting principles hail the dark side

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Outdoor lighting principles hail the dark side

Guiding principles for responsible nighttime lighting define how light should be applied, but, first, prospective installers are advised to consider whether lighting is even necessary.
Interest rates subdue multifamily development

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Interest rates subdue multifamily developers

Fallout from higher interest rates may continue to subdue multifamily development, but lenders express more confidence in prospects for new purpose-built rental and high-rise condominium projects next year.
Lenders set to curtail office exposure in 2024

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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

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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.
AI labour

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Generative AI poised to realign CRE status quo

Emerging generative AI applications could realign the status quo within commercial real estate’s property administration, brokerage and investment management services.
Conversion momentum draws on combo of factors

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Conversion momentum draws on combo of drivers

Replicating Calgary’s nascent office-to-residential conversion momentum in other markets will likely depend on the same combination of weak office values, strong housing demand and generous incentives.