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THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 TRENDING STORIES
1. Inside CBRE's latest workplace transformation
In a palette of white on white, CBRE’s signature block letters stand out with a quiet confidence, backlit in the elevator lobby and recessed into the reception desk. This is the commercial real estate-transaction and advisory firm’s new Toronto West office, but it could almost be any one of its Vancouver, Montreal, London and Halifax offices, whose workplace transformations preceded it in the last 18 months. A wood-clad cutout for lounge seating signals otherwise, with the word “west” engraved in capital letters.
 
2. Courts taking note of unreasonable positions
A recent decision in a parking space dispute drives home the role of de-escalation in condominium conflicts.
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3. Vancouver at epicentre of record low cap rates
Record low cap rates still look good from a yield spread perspective, Canadian real estate analysts advise.
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4. Fibre-optic internet shifts CRE industry
Buildings with access to fibre optic-ready office space have a competitive advantage compared to assets without this amenity.
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5. Environmental performance indicators surveyed
JLL’s newly released 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index places Canada among 16 countries deemed to be transparent, yet falling short of other countries.
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