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Analyzing a property using CAP Rates

What is a CAP rate? A CAP rate (Capitalization Rate), is the rate of return for real estate investment property which is derived from income the property produces. The basic equation for explaining CAP rate is: CAP rate = Net Operating Income (NOI) / Current Market Value (Sale Price) As well, if you have a […]

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Not All Development Charges Are Equal

When travelling between municipalities, as a result of their autonomy, the statement, “not all Development Charges are equal”, seems like an obvious fact. However, within the confines of a single municipality this statement seems to be often overlooked. It is extremely important for Landlords and Tenants to be aware of different development charges within their […]

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Be Aware of Parking Requirements

Whether you are a tenant, landlord, developer, or investor, municipal parking requirements for commercial and industrial buildings are not something you want to ignore. Parking requirements differ quite a bit between municipalities and therefore must be examined and understood extensively in order to fully understand the consequences they have on leasing and functionality of the […]

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Development Charges and the Effects

With many city centers, like Barrie, going through cycles of population growth, a  natural product in such cases is a need for residential, commercial, and industrial new developments. New development, in any form, requires tedious planning on both the municipality and developers behalf.   The positive outcomes of these new developments are large capital injections and […]

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Are You Ready For Spring?

Every winter the snow falls and every spring it melts. As a homeowner or business owner there are certain steps and things to look for in order to ensure a smooth transition into spring. With snow melting this can pose some serious issues that can be mediated and prevented.

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Barrie “Mixed-Use Intensification Zones”

Today, the City of Barrie will be hosting an Open House meeting to discuss proposed new Mixed Use zones aimed at the Intensification Areas. These areas are considering a mid-rise of built form, ranging from three to eight stories. The areas in questions include the Urban Growth Centre, and the major corridors of Bayfield Street, […]

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Barrie and Canada: Investment Outlook

Barrie’s Near Future According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation  Barrie is expecting an 8.8% increase in Single-Detached housing starts moving into 2014 and a 5.3% increase the year following. Similarly Multiple dwelling starts are expected to see positive increases proceeding into 2014 and an increase in percentage change continuing into 2015. As well, […]

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Location, Location, Location

Of course everyone, when buying a home or property, has heard that it is all about location. This statement could not be truer than when it comes to commercial property. With the days of the phone book slowly evaporating, having that perfect spot to place your business is an essential key success factor. However, where […]

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Why You Should Hire a Property Management and Leasing Firm

Whether you have a residential, commercial or industrial property, hiring a property management firm in Barrie is an essential component of turning your real estate investment into a financial success. Professional property management firms are well versed in their industry and can improve the quality of a property by utilizing their vast wealth of industry knowledge. While […]

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