Hamilton’s high-density sector maturing

Just like mid-month, the end of December witnessed good transaction levels. No major deals took place in Hamilton, which could be a sign of things to come in 2023.

The largest transaction of the week took place in Cambridge, where Smartstop Self Storage purchased a 200,000 sq. ft asset for $36 million ($176/sq. ft).

The second largest transaction occurred in Thorold, where Bioveld purchased approximately 450,000 sq. ft of an industrial asset, with additional land, along the Welland Canal and will reportedly lease to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

In Hamilton, the largest deal was for a 9,000 sq. ft office, which sold for $1.85 million ($206/sq. ft), which is about the typical value for most of the (very few) office transactions.

In the news, Hamilton‘s high-density sector is maturing, immigration to Canada hit a record in 2022, and the labour market crushed forecasts.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

The GHA Sales Transaction Database offers you this week’s CRE transaction activity.

News Headlines

Greenbelt infrastructure issues could delay homebuilders 
The Toronto Star, December 30, 2022

Hamilton’s high-density sector is maturing
RENX, January 6, 2023

Hamilton Jamesville redevelopment stalled by CN appeal
The Hamilton Spectator, January 6, 2023

Labour market crushes forecasts, increases odds of rate hike
BNN Bloomberg, January 6, 2023

Record number of condos to hit Toronto market in 2023
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Immigration to Canada hits record in 2022
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Why those waiting for a return to normal commercial real estate will get left behind
The Financial Times, January 2, 2023

1.4 acres of Stoney Creek residential sold to Mountainview Building Group

Alex Manojlovich presents Forge & Foster's Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report Year in Review on January 25 at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. We encourage savvy investors and well-informed citizens alike to join us for valuable insights at this free public event. Refreshments provided. RSVP today!
Alex Manojlovich presents ‘Forge & Foster’s Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report Year in Review’ on January 25 at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. We encourage savvy investors and well-informed citizens alike to join us for valuable insights at this free public event. Refreshments provided. RSVP today!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

The midpoint of December saw good volumes but no major translations.

The largest transaction occurred in the Niagara Region, where 46 acres of ICI land traded for $12 million (approximately $250,000/acre).

In Hamilton, the largest deal was for 1.4 acres of residential land in Stoney Creek, which was sold to Mountainview Building Group for $3.2 million ($2.2 million/acre).

In the news, The Spec looked into Hamilton’s urban boundary expansion, City Centre Mall has closed, and RBC reported a slow national housing market for December.

It will be interesting to see year-end data as we typically see larger transactions close, but it may be muted due to interest rates.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

News Headlines

Hamilton’s forced urban boundary expansion happened quickly –  how quickly for new homes to follow
The Hamilton Spectator, December 22, 2022

New law threatens to strip development protection from Hamilton wetlands
The Hamilton Spectator, December 30, 2022

City Centre Mall closes its doors for future development
CBC News, December 31, 2022

Downtown fire leaves significant damage to King St property
CBC News, December 20, 2022

Infill development approved despite objections from residents, housing advocates 
The Record, December 20, 2022

Strategic Storage Trust acquires 132,000 sqft Cambridge facility 
SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. press release via BusinessWire, December 20, 2022

Housing Market stays quiet to end 2022
RBC Monthly Housing Market Update, December 15, 2022

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Brantford twine factory redevelopment a labour of love

From Daily Commercial News, by Don Wall,

Forge & Foster’s 190,000-square-foot adaptive reuse project at the site of a former twine factory in Brantford, Ont. is another example of how the firm sizes up a heritage property that’s past its prime, assesses its redevelopment value and makes a final investment decision with something akin to love in its heart.

The firm’s director of strategy and research Alex Manojlovich and director of asset management Jess Malta frequently use the word “beautiful” when describing the 120-year-old Cordage Heritage District property at 111 Sherwood Dr.

The original twine factory, Brantford Cordage, at one time employed 900 people with rail cars that would be loaded for export. It was the largest rope manufacturer in Canada before its demise in 1968. A rope and twine-making operation is still present on the property.

Enter Forge & Foster, which is redeveloping the four existing brick buildings into a mixed-use commercial community. The project boasts a growing and eclectic list of tenants including a church, cycle shop, event space, bridal centre, craft brewery, poutine shop and pottery space.

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Alternative Investments: 8 New Ways to Grow Your Wealth

Are you looking to grow your wealth in new and innovative ways? If so, alternative investments may be the solution for you.

Alternative investments can include a wide range of options, such as fractional investing, venture capital, and more. By diversifying your portfolio with alternative investments, you can help reduce your risk while also increasing your potential for earnings.

So, if you’re ready to explore some new investment opportunities, read on for more details. Not only are these investments rising in popularity and becoming part of the average investor’s portfolio, but you may be surprised at just how beneficial they can be!

8 ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

fractional investing

Fractional investing is a relatively new investment opportunity that allows you to invest in assets such as real estate, art, and wine. With fractional investing, you don’t have to purchase an entire asset – you can buy a small slice of it instead.

This makes it a more affordable option for investors, and it also allows you to diversify your portfolio more easily.

Fractional investing is a great way to get started in the alternative investment market because it allows you to invest in assets that you wouldn’t normally be able to afford.

This can be a great option for people who are new to investing and want to get their feet wet.

Remember, several different platforms offer fractional investing, so be sure to do your research before choosing one.

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venture capital

Venture capital is an alternative investment that involves investing in early-stage companies. This can be high-risk, but it also has the potential for high returns. This investment is great for people who are willing to take on a little more risk to potentially earn a higher return, and for anyone that loves being a part of new and innovative ideas.

If you’re interested in venture capital, you’ll need to research the companies you’re considering investing in and be comfortable with the risks involved.

private equity

Private equity is the purchase of ownership in a company that is not publicly traded. This investment is typically made by a group of investors, and the goal is to improve the company’s performance and then sell it or take it public.

Private equity investing is a great option for people who want to be more hands-on with their investments and who are comfortable with a higher level of risk. Although private equity can be high-risk, it can also offer high returns.

art

Investing in art can be a great way to add some diversity to your portfolio. Art can be a good investment for both short-term and long-term goals, and it can appreciate in value over time. Art is a great investment for people who have an eye for aesthetics and who enjoy collecting.

When investing in art, it’s important to do your research and purchase pieces that you believe will hold or increase in value.

wine

Now we come to a fun (yet often overlooked!) investment opportunity.

Like art, wine is another asset that can appreciate in value over time. Wine is a popular alternative investment because it can be enjoyed both now and in the future. Some bottles can generate returns of 10-12% per year.

However, it’s important to remember that wine is a volatile investment, so you should only invest what you’re comfortable with losing.

It’s important to do your research before investing in wine, as some types of wine are more likely to appreciate in value than others.

peer-to-peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is a form of alternative lending that allows investors to lend money to borrowers without going through a traditional bank. This can be a good option for people who are looking for lower interest rates and don’t want to go through the hassle of applying for a loan.

Peer-to-peer lending also offers the potential for high returns, but it’s important to remember that it can be a risky investment.

reits

Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, are a type of alternative investment that allows you to invest in real estate without actually buying property. REITs are an excellent option for people who want to invest in real estate but don’t have the time or resources to do it themselves.

REITs are a diverse investment, and there are many different types to choose from yielding a wide variety of returns. To get started investing in REITs, you can purchase shares on a stock exchange.

private placements

Private placements are alternative investments that are not available to the general public. They are typically only offered to accredited investors, which means they come with a higher level of risk. Private placements can be a good way to get access to alternative investments that you might not otherwise have access to.

You can find private placements through a variety of sources, such as angel investors, venture capitalists, and private equity firms.

When it comes to alternative investments, there are many options to choose from. New and innovative companies, technologies, and ideas make it easier than ever to get involved in lucrative projects!

It’s important to do your research and understand the risks involved before investing. These alternative investments can be a great way to add diversity to your portfolio and grow your wealth.

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Investing in a Volatile Market: Strategies to Succeed

It’s no secret that the current market is incredibly volatile. Prices are bouncing all over the place, and it can be hard to know what’s the right thing to do when it comes to investing in your future. 

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the strategies you can use when investing in a volatile market, as well as some common mistakes people make during times like these.

So whether you’re a seasoned investor or just starting out, read on for some valuable insights!

what happens during periods of market volatility?

During periods of market volatility, prices tend to go up and down rapidly, making it hard to predict which way the market will move next. This can be a scary time for investors, as there is always the possibility of losing money. However, it’s important to remember that market volatility is normal and happens every few years.

When the stock market is volatile and inflation is on the rise, it can be difficult to know how to protect your investments. But there are some strategies you can use to help safeguard your portfolio.

Remember, there’s no “right” approach for everyone!  The best strategy for you will depend on your individual circumstances and goals. Be sure to speak with a financial advisor so you can figure out a plan that works for you.

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the top 6 strategies investors can use during a period of market instability

1. Diversify your Portfolio

One of the best ways to protect your investments during a volatile market is to diversify your portfolio.

It means investing in a variety of different asset types, including stocks, bonds, and cash. This will help to mitigate your risk if one particular asset class starts to decline. It also means investing in a variety of geographies and investing in products.

As an example, your portfolio may include a combination of stocks from different sectors, such as healthcare, tech, and finance, bonds with different maturity dates, or different countries, like Canada, the US, and Europe.

2. Consider Alternative Investments 

Alternative investments can be a good way to diversify your portfolio and protect against inflation. Some examples include real estate trusts, commodities, and hedge funds.

3. Stay disciplined with your investing

It can be tempting to try to time the market during periods of volatility. Often, investors will veer off course in search of a great deal. However, this can be a recipe for disaster. The best way to approach investing during a volatile market is to stick to your investment plan and refrain from making impulsive decisions.  Investing longer periods of time, years rather than months helps even out the ups and downs of the market, and realize market growth over the longer term.

4. Review your investment mix

As market conditions change, so should your investment mix. Regularly reviewing and rebalancing your portfolio will help ensure that your investments are properly diversified and aligned with your goals. This means selling off assets that have increased in value and buying more of the assets that have lost value.

By doing this, you ensure that your portfolio stays diversified and aligned with your investment.

For example, if you’re close to retirement, you may want to adjust your portfolio to be more conservative. On the other hand, if you have a longer time horizon, you may be able to weather the ups and downs of the market and take on a bit more risk.

5. Be prepared for market corrections

A market correction is when the stock market experiences a sharp decline. These declines are often seen as a normal part of the market cycle. However, they can be difficult to stomach if you’re not prepared for them. Learning how to ride out a market correction will help you stay the course when your investments start to decline.

6. Try dollar-cost averaging

This involves investing a fixed amount of money into security or securities at regular intervals. By buying these securities over time, you’ll be able to average out the price and reduce your overall risk. This technique can help smooth out the ups and downs of the market.

With these tips, you (and your investment portfolio) will be better prepared to handle any periods of economic instability!

here are the 10 mistakes to avoid when investing during a period of market VOLATILITY

1. don't try to time the market

People often do this when they think the market is about to crash and they want to sell before it does. But no one can predict the future, so this strategy is often unsuccessful. If your timing is wrong, you could lose a lot of money or miss out on a rebound.

2. Don't invest everything at once

When the market is volatile, it’s often best to invest gradually over time. This way, you’ll be able to average out the price and reduce your overall risk.

3. Don't put all your eggs in one basket

As we mentioned above, diversification is key when the market is volatile. By investing in a variety of asset types and classes, you’ll be able to reduce your risk.

4. don't panic

It can be tempting to sell everything when the market is crashing, but this is often the worst thing you can do. If you sell too quickly, you’ll likely miss out on the rebound. Through diversification and smart portfolio management, you’ll be better prepared to avoid the dreaded “panic sell” mentality.

5. don't try to guess the bottom

A lot of people think they can predict when the market will hit rock bottom and start to rebound. But again, this is often unsuccessful. If you wait too long to buy, you could miss out on a lot of gains.

6. Don't get emotional about your investments

It’s important to remember that investments are just that – investments. They go up and down, and you need to be prepared for both. Getting too attached to your investments can cloud your judgement and lead to bad decisions.

7. don't forget about the fees

When the market is volatile, every penny counts. Be sure to check how much you’re paying in fees and expenses. These can eat into your returns and add up over time.

8. I’m factor in your taxes

When you sell investments for a profit, you’ll likely owe capital gains taxes. Be sure to factor this in when making decisions about when to sell.

9. always stick to comfortable levels of risk

Just because the market is volatile doesn’t mean you should take on more risk than you’re comfortable with. Be sure to stay within your risk tolerance levels and don’t make impulsive decisions based on market fluctuations.

10. don't forget about your goals

When making investment decisions, it’s important to keep your long-term goals in mind. Don’t let the market dictate your decisions. Stick to your plan and stay the course.

The more you hold onto your long-term investment vision, the less likely you’ll be swayed by short-term market fluctuations.

Although it seems simple, keeping these strategies in mind will help you feel more secure as you invest and grow wealth for your future (especially when the market becomes unpredictable)!

Investing during periods of market volatility can be difficult, but there are some strategies you can use to help reduce your risk. By diversifying your investments, using dollar-cost averaging, and avoiding common mistakes, you’ll be in a better position to weather the storm.

By staying diversified, investing gradually, and focusing on your long-term goals, you’ll be well on your way to success.

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Arlington Hotel

Ontario passes housing bill, Bill 23

Carmen’s Group acquired The Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Event Centre from The Other Bird.
This week witnessed adequate transaction levels as the year began to wind down.

This week’s largest transaction occurred on Hamilton Mountain, where a sizable 72-unit multi-residential sold for $16.75 million ($232,000/unit).
This price is slightly above market value, and overall it’s great to see a multi-residential transaction take place in Hamilton as it continues to hold the lowest capitalization rates.

Most of the remaining deals occurred in rural areas throughout the region, with the Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Centre in Paris standing out, selling at $6.2 million.

In the news, Ontario passed Bill 23, Adi Developments settled with a building regulator, and RBC will buy HSBC Canada in a record-breaking domestic banking deal worth $13.5 billion.

News Headlines

Ontario passes housing bill, Bill 23 amid criticism
CBC News, November 28, 2022

Up to $25 million per year in revenue foregone due to Bill 23, says Hamilton
The Hamilton Spectator, December 1, 2022

CEBL team Honey Badgers leaving Hamilton amid upcoming arena renovations
The Hamilton Spectator, November 28, 2022

Carmen’s Group purchase Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Event Centre
The Hamilton Spectator, November 29, 2022

Adi Developments settles with building regulator over Burlington Condo project
The Hamilton Spectator, November 30, 2022

RBC to buy HSBC Canada for $13.5B – biggest domestic banking deal on record
The Globe & Mail, November 29, 2022

Government land needed to solve shortage of warehouse space
The Globe & Mail, November 29, 2022

Canada wants to welcome 500,000 immigrants per year to 2025 – Can our country keep up
The Globe & Mail, November 26, 2022

Auditor General: Ontario’s real estate regulator is ineffective
The Globe & Mail, November 30, 2022

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