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February 8, 2017
Investors see slip in 2016 investment returns
Canadian real estate delivered uncharacteristic, although not entirely unexpected, low investment returns in 2016. Annual results of the REALPAC/IPD Canada Quarterly Property Index, released late last week, reveal a year of below-average performance for index participants’ directly held assets.
Courting tenants with office staging a rising trend
An increasing number of landlords across Canada are refreshing old office space with new build outs in order to attract growth tenants and to remain competitive in markets with high vacancy rates.
Fortress, Kingridge sell Oakville commercial site
Fortress Real Developments and Kingridge Developments have sold a six-acre commercial site in Oakville, Ontario, to the Region of Halton.
 
Why Security Should be Your Number-One Priority
The Parkside Hotel & Spa is a seven-year-old luxury hotel located in downtown Victoria. Since this property offers four-star accommodations and amenities, it was a particular shock to staff and guests to find unwelcome and potentially dangerous visitors on guestroom floors and in areas that are restricted to staff only. Despite the fact that the hotel already employed security during the day, these individuals found their way in off the street, posing potential health and safety issues for both guests and staff.
Survey pools Canadian hotel investment trends
Ten factors influencing decisions to invest in the Canadian hotel market.
Real estate employers keep a lid on salaries
Real estate employers are lamenting their limited pool of job candidates, but still keeping a lid on salary levels.

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Oxford Properties accelerates smart connected building strategy
Rogers Communications and RYCOM Corporation will implement the Cisco Smart Building platform across Oxford Properties’ entire Canadian commercial and retail portfolio by the end of 2017.
Oakridge Centre mall in Vancouver changing hands
QuadReal Property Group is planning on buying and redeveloping Oakridge Centre, one of Canada’s premiere regional malls.
B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal is valuable tool for stratas
The British Columbia government has now established the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal (the CRT). The CRT is designed to be accessible to individuals who need an affordable, quick, and practical way to resolve a strata dispute. Here are some reasons for the decision and tips, such as what a strata corporation can do to prevent a complaint.

Immersive hotels respond to desire for unique experiences
Hotels are no longer just a place to sleep or eat; they have become social connectors, "ambassadors of all things local, curators of personal narratives, as well as tangible extensions of a community."
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