3 protection mechanisms for transacting real estate in a volatile financial market

1.    Don’t try to time the market. Buy and sell in the same economy. Trying to create or carve out an arbitrage in a volatile market is where people get burned. Unless you're an economist, an actuary, or write financial instruments for a living, arbitrage is fickle. One of the important ignored nuances around this concept … Continue reading 3 protection mechanisms for transacting real estate in a volatile financial market

The 3 best real estate listings in a shut-down spring market

3-Pointer  Below is a list of the 3 types of listings that will perform the best while the spring market is on pause, in the event of a shutdown comparable to Italy or Wuhan. I think that we’re currently at the onset of what seems to be an interesting shift in consumer psychology, where the … Continue reading The 3 best real estate listings in a shut-down spring market

3 hidden ways coronavirus is going to impact the real estate market.

Coronavirus, more formally known as the disease Covid-19, and the infection Sars-Cov-2, just became a lot more real for North Americans, as it's finally permeated our two favourite things, the economy, and pop-culture. There is a travel ban between Europe & USA. All major indices are in bear-market territory. The NBA is shutting down, an … Continue reading 3 hidden ways coronavirus is going to impact the real estate market.

Firms exist to make profit. Towns exist to make progress.

Municipalities (cities, towns, regions, etc.) are more than just a place to live. They're a firm within the economy, and like every other firm in the economy, they want to sell you something. The way that they sell you something is through a supply chain that starts with the land registry system and ends with … Continue reading Firms exist to make profit. Towns exist to make progress.

The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

I recently had a conversation about this with my brother, who is a landscape architect. We're working together on a project right now, and we were looking at a house called "The Millbrook House" trying to figure out if we should set up a visit for inspiration. It almost felt out of place to be … Continue reading The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

Planning adaptive reuse: tomorrow’s wasteful nature is today’s urban planning

I was on the phone this morning with an individual who is looking to put two large residential rental towers in the middle of designated employment land that are not yet serviced. Naturally, the municipality did not like this idea. Who's surprised? This site is located about 500m across the road from a power centre. … Continue reading Planning adaptive reuse: tomorrow’s wasteful nature is today’s urban planning

A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

Being half-Swiss, I spent a lot of time in Switzerland, as a military conscript there. I was captivated by the mountains every moment I was there. My Omi (grandmother), a Swiss immigrant to Canada, seems to be similarly emotive towards the large bodies of water we have here. This fascinated me, and has always given … Continue reading A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

One of the easily ignorable differences in the future analysis of the Shores of Lake Simcoe is the differences in urban planning and settlement patterns over the course of the histories of these municipalities. Both municipalities have their historic cores, with a couple of 190X homes densely put together to capitalize on some random enterprise … Continue reading A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

Investment capital is moving further and further away from the core. We've already seen it East & West along the 401. As a result, I find myself often providing detailed market analysis and planning reviews for clients in smaller and smaller municipalities. I have a lot of groups looking for high-margin infill sites, and a … Continue reading A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

Stuck on the Highway It's just a cultural norm in the GTA that you can send a text and just say "stuck on the highway" and you're automatically excused from being late. In the GTA, it seems that housing capital migration is "stuck on the highway", too. I had to spit out my conclusion quickly … Continue reading How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways