Blog, Market Discussion

Has there been a Paradigm Shift in CRE Industry?

Listen in to our Founder, Amar Nijjar, moderate the Q1 2021 Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association (CRELA) Webinar and engage in a highly informative discussion on “How the CRE Industry is changing post COVID.”

The property owners/developers gave insights on how the pandemic affected their investment strategies backed by market data and intelligence reports.

Topics Discussed:

  1. Office sector: To be, or not to be? Renovation of Existing and Development of Suburban Spaces  
  2. Multifamily Sector: Development, Rent Collection and Rent Growth
  3. Retail Sector: Experience vs. Convenience? In-Person vs. E-Commerce?
  4. Industrial Sector: How will increasing Land Prices affect Development Returns?

Overall, the industry experts had a positive outlook on the economic recovery of the Commercial Real Estate industry with the office sector expected to make a major comeback in the near future.

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CRELA Webinar 2 - office vacancy analysis
Blog, Market Discussion

Is the CRE Industry Undergoing a Tectonic Shift?

Back in September our team hosted a panel of Senior Executives from the Commerical Real Estate Lending Industry to discuss the shift (if any) in their appetite and underwriting criteria due to the impact of COVID-19 and a pending second wave.

In this webinar, we flip sides to the property owner and property developer perspective to discuss how COVID may be shifting their investment thesis.

Topics Discussed:

  1. Multifamily Sector: Rent Collection, Rent Growth (or decline), and how has the impacted project economics?
  2. Office Sector: CBD Markets have become “Ghost Towns” – is it logical and does it make sense to convert Office into other asset types? Has Suburban Office become more attractive?
  3. Retail Sector: Experience vs. Convenience? In-Person vs. E-Commerce?
  4. Industrial Sector: Given the cost of land has demand for industrial in secondary markets increased? Rental vs. Strata?

Overall the panel members had a very positive outlook on what is expected to come now that the vaccine is more of question of ‘when’ vs. ‘if.’ The two darlings still seem to be the Multifamily and Industrial Asset Classes.

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Blog, Market Discussion

Commercial Mortgage Lender Update

Listen in to our Founder moderate a panel of Senior Executives from the Canadian Commercial Mortgage industry including a market update from Colliers International.

Topics:

  1. Office and Retail Sectors – With the impending Wave 2, how will Lenders respond to extended vacancies?
  2. Hospitality and Retirement Sectors – Will there be opportunistic lending?
  3. How has COVID Impacted your financial institutions underwriting criteria?
  4. Residential Construction – Are you bullish or bearish on exit prices?

Overall, the panel members discuss what is expected to come with a potential second wave of COVID-19 and what type of recovery is expected in the years to come.

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