Gabe Klein on the Start-Up City

| June 27, 2016

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Based on his unique combination of experiences as a food truck entrepreneur, a Zipcar executive, and as the head of transportation for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., Gabe Klein delivers provocative remarks about the secret to success in the new global economy.

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QuadReal Property Group

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, QuadReal Property Group is a Canadian real estate investment, development and management company operating on a global scale. The company’s $24.5 billion portfolio spans 23 Global Cities across 17 countries. Owned by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), formerly bcIMC, one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, QuadReal was established to manage its real estate investment portfolio.

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How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Could Affect Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Article | March 16, 2020

The long-term effects of the coronavirus on the economy remain unknown, but we can predict some acute short-term effects on the commercial real estate market in general, and in particular on contractual relationships in this arena. There are many different implications of the force majeure concept described above for the commercial real estate world, but here we will describe just a few of them. The coronavirus outbreak has already had an impact on the supply chain for various materials required for construction. Similarly, government restrictions, such as curfews or lockdowns, could interfere with the ability of contractors to have the labor needed for construction, and there may also be delays in the issuance of construction approvals and permits. Suspension of or delays in the ability of contractors to complete construction could be covered by force majeure provisions in construction agreements.

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8 Ways to Vet a CPA for Your Real Estate Investing Business

Article | March 16, 2020

Even though it may sound like a simple undertaking, vetting a good certified public accountant for your real estate investing business takes a lot of research and effort. The best certified public accountant (CPA) advice for investors usually comes from one who either invests themselves in real estate (RE) or has many clients who do. These types of CPAs may also hold certified financial planning (CFP) certifications. Although most CPAs are knowledgeable about taxes in general and can sometimes assist investors in getting the most tax advantages for their real estate investments, CPAs who invest in RE themselves do have a great advantage in firsthand knowledge of investing.

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Real Estate Is Soaring, But Not Like 2008

Article | March 16, 2020

Unlike last year, the residential real estate market kicked off 2020 with a bang! In their latest Monthly Mortgage Monitor, Black Knight proclaimed. The housing market is heating entering 2020 and recent rate declines could continue that trend, a sharp contrast to the strong cooling that was seen at this same time last year. Zillow revealed they’re also seeing a robust beginning to the year. Jeff Tucker, Zillow Economist, said. Our first look at 2020 data suggests that we could see the most competitive home shopping season in years, as buyers are already competing over…homes for sale. Buying demand is very strong. The latest Showing Index from ShowingTime reported a 20.2% year-over-year increase in purchaser traffic across the country, the sixth consecutive month of nationwide growth, and the largest increase in the history of the index. The even better news is that buyers are not just looking. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that closed sales increased 9.6% from a year ago. This increase in overall activity has caused Zelman & Associates to increase their projection for home price appreciation in 2020 from 3.7% to 4.7%.

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Material Shortages Causing Housing Problems – Real Estate Market Update

Article | March 16, 2020

Spring is here, and with it comes home buying season. If you’re in real estate, it’s about to get really interesting. There are also some unique challenges you and your buyers might be confronting in the market now. Let’s get to what you need to know. The housing market has been red-hot for quite a while now. Sales for both new and existing homes have been on an absolute tear. But last month, both of these metrics took a step back. One likely reason for this is no doubt a moderate increase in mortgage rates. However, it seems to me we talk about that enough. Today, we would like to spotlight another factor causing issues in the housing market and possibly even delaying construction of homes in some areas. There’s a real shortage of the necessary materials for constructing and renovating homes at this point. According to a December report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 71% of builders were facing a shortage of at least one material. That means the houses that were being built in December that may just be getting ready to come on the market now may either be delayed or come with higher prices. The material most in demand was lumber, with 31% of contractors experiencing a shortage.

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QuadReal Property Group

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, QuadReal Property Group is a Canadian real estate investment, development and management company operating on a global scale. The company’s $24.5 billion portfolio spans 23 Global Cities across 17 countries. Owned by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), formerly bcIMC, one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, QuadReal was established to manage its real estate investment portfolio.

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