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Renderings for the Radio Arts building, which is set to begin construction in November at 206 King St. W. in Hamilton.

Radio Arts condo development to begin in November

This week witnessed below-average transaction volumes. However, there was a variety of noteworthy deals.

This week’s largest transaction was in Hamilton, where Guido De Brès Canadian Reformed High School Society purchased a former elementary school for $15.5 million ($175/sq. ft). That price is in line with a former school in Dundas that sold two weeks ago.

In the hospitality sector, Big Coffee Inc. purchased the former Masonic Hall in Dundas for $1.65 million ($332/sq. ft), and Radius Hospitality Corp. picked up 18-20 Hess St. S. for approximately $2.3 million ($446/sq. ft).

Also of note: local firm Effort Trust purchased 37.75 acres of vacant land in Thorold for $4.7 million ($124,000/acre).

In the news, the Radio Arts condo development will start construction in November, Hamilton saw a big drop in per capita municipal spending, and Canada will fund a rent-to-own program as part of its $2 billion housing plan.

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

Plan underway to remove 206 King St W building debris, Radio Arts development to commence November
CHCH News, September 4, 2022

Hamilton sees big drop in per capita municipal spending 
The Hamilton Spectator, August 27, 2022

MLS ® Residential Market Activity for REALTORS® Association of Hamilton and Burlington Areas
August 2022

Canadian universities rushing to address student housing shortage
The Globe & Mail, August 28, 2022

Revised plan for Schneiders site in Kitchener includes 12 new buildings, 2,400 rental units
The Record, August 26, 2022

Three highrises more than 500 rental apartments proposed for South Kitchener
The Record, August 31, 2022

Labour shortage has Canada planning to pick and choose immigrants 
The Financial Post, August 31, 2022

Canada to fund rent-to-own program under $2 billion housing plan
The Financial Post, August 30, 2022

Alex Manojlovich’s Weekly Market Report: Hamilton LRT construction to begin in 2024

The largest transaction in Hamilton this week was for this office building at 630 Main St. E.

This week witnessed a decent volume of deals. Hamilton was the top performer, while Brantford was a rare no-show.

The volume of transactions has been objectively healthy so far. However, it will be interesting to monitor the ripple effects caused by the Bank of Canada‘s latest rate increase.

This week, the area’s largest transaction was for an unaddressed property on Dobbie Dr. in Cambridge. The vacant industrial land parcel sold for $5.64 million (approximately $1 million/acre).

The largest transaction in Hamilton was for an office building at 630 Main St. E., which traded for $4.7 million ($243/ sq.ft). It’s a good price considering the asset class and location.

In the news, the Hamilton LRT process is underway, there are updates on several Hamilton development projects, GHA residential rental rates are rising quickly, and Toronto is increasing development charges by 46%.

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

News Headlines

Procurement process for LRT to start later this year, construction in 2024
CBC News, July 18, 2022

Two LiUNA towers to remake Hamilton skyline
Daily Commercial News, July 18, 2022

Condo development flattened by fire will go ahead as planned
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Winona builder appeals towering LiUNA Gardens plan to OLT
The Hamilton Spectator, July 18, 2022

New Horizon Development Group’s Stoney Creek tower plan headed to OLT
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Two-way Main St conversion part of Hamilton LRT design talks
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Barton St. parking lot could become vibrant residential infill
The Bay Observer, July 21, 2022

Mayor backs museum at waterfront
The Hamilton Spectator, July 20, 2022

Evolving Workforces: Scoring Tech Talent 2022 — North American Report
CBRE, July 2022

GTA condo rents climb at fastest pace on record
BNN Bloomberg, July 19, 2022

Toronto condo sellers turn to rental market
The Globe & Mail, July 20, 2022

Toronto council hikes development charges 46%
The Globe & Mail, July 19, 2022

BMO: BoC’s 1% point rate hike, a hammer to housing market
The Globe & Mail, July 18, 2022

Canada’s inflation rate hits 8.1%, but signs suggest peak is near
The Globe & Mail, July 20, 2022

Benjamin Tal

CIBC’s Benjamin Tal on inflation, interest rates and CRE

The Bank of Canada is attempting to convince people it’s serious about decreasing inflation, which reached 6.9 per cent last month – the highest rate in 31 years.

Steve McLean, RENX, June 8, 2022

CIBC managing director and deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal told an audience at the June 7 Land & Development conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, however, that rising interest rates should be at least as big a concern.

The Bank of Canada increased its policy interest rate by half a percentage point on June 1 to 1.5 per cent as part of its effort to get the inflation rate back to its two per cent target.

Madeleine Nicholls

CRE is a female-friendly career option

RENX, March 7, 2022

Madeleine Nicholls has been in the commercial real estate business for more than 20 years and the Vancouver managing director for Colliers International is surprised more women aren’t picking up on the female-friendly aspects of the job.

A commission sales job may not have the stability of a 9-to-5 salaried position, but it has its advantages for young women who are thinking of starting families and who are looking for a high-paying profession that offers them options. READ MORE >>

Hamilton airport attracts flurry of industrial sales, development

Hamilton airport attracts flurry of industrial sales, development

Steve McLean, RENX, March 1, 2022

Pictured: A 55-acre industrial development site at 9555 Airport Rd. in Hamilton, acquired by Hopewell and Nicola Wealth. (Courtesy Hopewell)

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport has grown to become one of Canada’s largest airports for domestic air-cargo distribution, and developers, investors and users are scooping up nearby land for logistics and fulfillment centres.

“It speaks to what’s happened with industrial lands in Southwestern Ontario as well as Hamilton more specifically,” Joe Benninger, vice-president with CBRE’s Southern Ontario investment team, told RENX. “Hamilton was a tough place to sell land three or four years ago. READ MORE >>

CRE a hot investment sector, senior execs agree at RealCapital

CRE a hot investment sector, senior execs agree at RealCapital

STEVE MCLEAN, RENX, MARCH 3, 2022

(pictured: Adam Paul, president and CEO of First Capital REIT.)

A record amount of capital is available for commercial real estate investment, senior industry executives agreed during the closing panel at the virtual RealCapital conference on March 2.

The panelists provided insights on recent CRE performance and views on what to expect during the coming year, and the availability of capital was a central theme. READ MORE >>

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