March 2019 CoStar – Market Report (Edmonton & Alberta)

By John Carter on Monday, April 15th, 2019 in Market Reports. No Comments

MARKET SUMMARY

With the first two months of 2019 behind us, there was no shortage of events fueling political and economic uncertainty in Canadian markets. From Jody Wilson-Raybould’s recent response to allegations that she was pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene in criminal proceeding against SNC-Lavalin to the ongoing extradition case of Huawei’s CFO, all could pose major ramifications for the Canadian economy in terms of trade, employment and growth. Even with these potential challenges facing the federal government, there were some signs of progress. Firstly, Canadian financial markets surged as the S&P/TSX Composite Index rebounded by 11.7% over the past two months after plummeting by 5.8% in December alone. Moreover, the implementation of oil production cuts in Alberta has had a positive impact on oil prices, as the price differential between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Western Canadian Select (WCS) has narrowed to approximately $12.50/barrel. The surge in value of WCS since December to $44.25/barrel has also supported the appreciation of the Canadian dollar to $0.76 USD. Even with the recent increase in oil prices, the Bank of Canada will likely hold off on raising interest rates until the fall of 2019 due to slowing economic growth (both within Canada and globally), easing inflation, weak recent data on retail sales and the tumble that the housing market has taken due to the new mortgage rules and higher interest rates.

The latest GDP data for Canada, which was released on March 1st, shows that the Canadian economy only grew by 0.4% annualized in Q4 2018, reflecting the toll that weak oil pricing, the slow housing market and weak business investment is taking on the economy. Economic growth in Canada is predicted to decline from a lower than expected 1.8% in 2018 to a forecasted 1.5% in 2019. Despite higher prices for WCS oil, Alberta’s economy is expected to remain weak in 2019 until Canada resolves its pipeline issues. As such, GDP growth for the province is only expected to come in between 0.5% and 1.2% for 2019 due to the provincial government’s cuts to oil production minimal energy investment.

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CMHC Rental Reports – Fall 2018 Edmonton, Alberta & Canada

By John Carter on Friday, December 14th, 2018 in Market Reports. No Comments

CMHC has released their fall rental market reports for Edmonton, Alberta and Canada. See full reports linked below and summary of key indicators for multi-family apartment landlords below. Contact us if you have questions about how this affects your property holdings or acquisition opportunities.

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REMAX Commercial Investor Report – 2018

By John Carter on Friday, October 19th, 2018 in Market Reports, News for Alberta Landlords. No Comments

Edmonton

Economic recovery within the Edmonton Region began in 2017 and continues through to mid-year 2018 as reflected in sales activity and decreasing vacancy across several sectors. According to the Conference Board of Canada, Alberta led all Provinces with GDP growth at 4.9 per cent in 2017. In 2018, the ATB’s economic forecast is indicating GDP growth of 2.7 per cent.

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CMHC Rental Reports – Fall 2017 Edmonton, Alberta & Canada

By John Carter on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 in Market Reports, News for Alberta Landlords. No Comments

CMHC has released their fall rental market reports for Edmonton, Alberta and Canada. See full reports linked below and summary of key indicators for multi-family apartment landlords below. Contact us if you have questions about how this affects your property holdings or acquisition opportunities.

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NOW HIRING – Licensed Commercial REALTOR Assistant

By John Carter on Friday, August 4th, 2017 in Opinions and Perspectives. No Comments

About the Company:

RE/MAX River City – Commercial Division has been one of the top performing real estate brokerages in Edmonton for over 25 years. With three locations in Old Strathcona, South Edmonton and Beaumont. Our commercial division has REALTORS specializing in all asset classes, investment sales, leasing and even business sales. With many awards in our history, those we are most proud of are being the #1 top contributing Brokerage in Edmonton to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) charity every year since 2012.  We work hard, have fun and give back to the community we serve.

John Carter is an investment property sales specialist with a focus on multi-family and retail income property. He is the Broker for RE/MAX River City. He bought his first investment property while still in his second year of university. By the time he completed his Bachelor of Management degree he had acquired other investment properties and successfully completed his first condo conversion project—a 12 suite apartment building in Edmonton. Starting his career as a real estate investor gave him a better understanding of client’s needs when working as a Commercial REALTOR. In addition to an over 10 year career in Edmonton, John also worked with a commercial firm in downtown Toronto for three years, forming and leading their multi-family department working with clients ranging from private families to institutional capital, public funds and REITs. John has successfully overseen numerous successful real estate investment projects for clients and investors in addition to managing his own personal portfolio, and has transacted business volume upwards of $90,000,000.

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Shipping Container Apartment Building – West Edmonton

By John Carter on Friday, August 4th, 2017 in News for Alberta Landlords, Opinions and Perspectives. No Comments

If you haven’t already seen in the various news media features, Step Ahead Properties is building Edmonton’s first shipping container apartment building in the west end of Edmonton. We recently had an exclusive tour from Ladacor’s northern Alberta business development manager. Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts.

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