Changes to Condominium Act

Changes to Condominium Act

As Barrie rapidly expands, so does the pace of new condominium developments. Condo living is an attractive lifestyle to many, however it is important to understand that condos should be properly run. You should have high expectations as a unit owner, and having a professional condominium management company in place can ensure those expectations are met. Make sure your property manager is up to speed on the following changes to the Condo Act that recently occurred:

• Mandatory licensing of managers
• The new Condo Tribunal
• Periodic Information Certificates
• Board meetings by electronic means
• AGMs: Advance Notices of owners meeting and reduced quorum
• New voting methods and new proxies

Having the right condominium property management firm in place is essential to the successful operation of any condominium corporation and will ensure proper maintenance of the building.  It will ensure the declaration, rules, regulations and by-laws are adhered to and are in accordance with the Condo Act. It’s also extremely important to protect your investment and understand the importance of the reserve fund to prepare for upcoming major repairs and replacements and avoid any unexpected special assessments.

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 desired CAP rate you can use it to determine what price you wish to offer for a property. If you know what the Net Operating Income will be you may rearrange the equation above as follows:

Current Market Value (Sale Price) = Net Operating Income (NOI) / CAP rate


Net Operating Income

Net operating income (NOI) is determined by taking all annual income generated by an income-producing property after all income collected from operations is taken into account, and deducting all operational expenses.

Why is this important?

It is common practice to receive spreadsheets produced for properties outlining income and expenses that have certain expenses such as property management fees excluded or annual maintenance costs stated lower than average for a comparable property, which are often justified by the current owner performing these duties resulting in lower expenses and higher NOI. It is important to analyze all statements provided on a property thoroughly and to be able to highlight any anomalies and inconsistencies. In a case where a major expense is not reported accurately or if the operational expenses do not fall in line with how you or your purchaser will be operating the property, the NOI will be skewed and result in a perceived CAP rate which does not reflect the actual operations of the income producing property.

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 increases in operational revenue through increased taxes. Continue reading “Development Charges and the Effects”

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 the perfect location is for your business depends a lot on what your business does.
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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 it may be tempting to manage your own property, consider the following reasons why you should hire a property management firm. Continue reading “Why You Should Hire a Property Management and Leasing Firm”

What to Consider when Buying Land in Barrie

Whether you’re deciding to purchase land for sale in Barrie for a custom home, commercial/industrial development or as part of a long-term investment strategy, land can be a great investment.  However, whatever the reason, there are some factors buyers need to consider before moving forward with their buying decision. Continue reading “What to Consider when Buying Land in Barrie”