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Avtar, Jim & Kevin: Leading brokers provide 2011 Outlook for Vancouver Investment Market

October 20th, 2010 | Industry Events

A packed house attended NAIOP’s October breakfast to hear the A-list of local brokers provide their thoughts on the current investment market and where it is headed. Jeff Fleming, Vice President, Investments, GWL Realty Advisors, moderated the discussion, posing questions to the three-man panel of Avtar Bains (Colliers International), Jim Szabo (CB Richard Ellis) andKevin […]

RealREIT 2010 – Useful national and international perspectives

September 20th, 2010 | Industry Events

Given my active practice in the field of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other real estate investment vehicles, I have attended the annual RealREIT Conference in Toronto two of the past three years. RealREIT is presented annually by the same group that presents the annual Vancouver Real Estate Forum. Like the Vancouver […]

Bankruptcy: Eliminate the GST and Reduce the Price for Distressed Properties

June 22nd, 2010 | Leasing

When I receive a call from a client inquiring about the purchase of an insolvent or distressed property, one of my first questions is: “How much are the statutory claims?“. Generally, purchasers of distressed property are buying from the secured creditors (whether through a CCAA proceeding, a foreclosure or the […]

HST and Real Estate: How It Works

June 15th, 2010 | Taxes

While the BC government is getting out of the sales tax business, the province’s residential real estate developers will have more taxes to cope with than ever before. Chronology On July 23, 2009, the BC government announced that it had reached an agreement with the federal government to combine the […]

2010 Vancouver Real Estate Forum

May 14th, 2010 | Industry Events

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – ECONOMIC OVERVIEW: DEMYSTIFYING THE FUTURE Speaker: Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank Warren Jestin provided the Forum with his thoughts on the current economic situation and what lies ahead. Among the emerging countries, China, India and Brazil, are growing at a faster rate than […]

First Nation Land Management Regimes – What Developers Need to Know

February 17th, 2010 | First Nations

Many developers are discovering that First Nations own or control a variety of prime real estate lands throughout the Province. A current article by Joel McKay in the February 16-22, 2010 edition of Business in Vancouver discusses how First Nations are using their prime real estate to drive development. Some […]

ICSC Whistler 2010

January 13th, 2010 | Industry Events

When I reported on the Whistler Conference last year, I noted that “…nobody knows whether optimism is warranted. Many I talked with don’t seem to disagree with the notion that after about 18 months, at most, this will largely be behind us and that 2009 will be a tough year, but […]

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