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Commercial Properties Skyrocket in Numbers 2015

According to Real Capital Analytics, $533 billion of commercial real estate changed hands last year, up 23% from a year earlier. The volume also was roughly 4% more than what had been projected as of November 2014.

The total was still well shy of the record $574.9 billion of deal volume that took place during the market’s peak year of 2007.

Foreign investors accounted for $91.1 billion, or 17.1% of the transaction volume last year, up from the 10% average in each of the previous four years. The foreign charge was led by the Canadians, who completed $24.6 billion of deals. Those investors include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ). Ivanhoe Cambridge, an affiliate of CDPQ, purchased Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village apartment property for $5.3 billion late last year.

Investors from Singapore took the second largest piece of the foreign investment pie, completing $14.8 billion of deals in 2015. Norway followed with $8.5 billion of deals, and Chinese investors completed $6.8 billion of deals.

Under normal circumstances, foreign investors would likely increase their activity going into 2016. After all, certain restrictions have been eased as a result of changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. (These changes were implemented with the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.) For instance, foreign pension funds are no longer are subject to withholdings under the original act.

However, many foreign investors are likely getting pinched by the sharp drop in oil prices. According to analysis by Morgan Stanley, Norway, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar combined for $18.6 billion of U.S. deals, a substantial volume. Since each country is reliant almost exclusively on oil revenue, their ability to generate cash will decline with the drop in oil prices.

In fact, as oil prices were plunging last year, sovereign wealth funds were redeeming capital from investment vehicles (not necessarily tied to real estate) to which they had committed. Morgan Stanley found that some $100 billion of capital was redeemed from 11 asset managers by oil-dependent investors last year. That trend could continue this year if oil prices continue to decline, or stabilize at today’s lower prices.

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MAC Rally of Hope – Raising Money for Canadian Cancer Society

Our amazing team of riders have officially finished their 10,000 kms in 12 days! They started in St. John’s, NF on July 19th and finished in Vancouver, BC on the 31st, stopping in six cities on the way.

This is Mortgage Alliance’s 7th year riding across Canada to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. So far we have raised over $1,000,000 and expect to have raised $150-200 thousand this year alone!

Despite the gusty winds in Newfoundland, heavy fog in Sault St. Marie, tornado in Manitoba, or the down trench rain pour in Saskatchewan, the team pushed through to make it across the country safe and sound.

You can still support the cause by clicking HERE. Join us in fighting against cancer!

Here is our team halfway across the country at Swift Current – featured in the local newspaper.

 

We’d also like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and the generous donors for all their help and support!

http://www.macrallyofhope.ca/

State of the Commercial Retail Market with Keith Watters

Keith Watters has been in the commercial mortgage business for many years. As an experienced agent, he is a great asset to the Mortgage Alliance Commercial team. Over the years Keith has been faced with almost every challenge possible when helping clients obtain financing.  As a mortgage broker, he gets to see all the action from the center field – both from the lender side and the retail side of the business. So when the Canadian Mortgage Professionals interviewed him about the state of the commercial retail market, here is what he had to say:

Q: What’s the state of the commercial retail market right now?

A: There’s lots available. As long as the interest rates stay low, the market will still be going. That’s what’s driving this whole market now – the low cost of borrowing.

Q: How should a lender decide whether to make a deal on a retail property?

A: the lenders I work with usually lend just on real estate. But then they look at the applicant, the retail outlet, as the guarantor. They tend to be real estate lenders rather than business lenders. But in the same breath, they have to make sure that retail outlet has the background experience and the cash flow to service the debt. That’s why they go back, usually, to a three-year history to see how [the business] is performing. If it’s a retail outlet, most lenders will lend on 65% of the value, and they’ll lend on “How would that property rent if it were vacant?”

Q: With retail being a tough market even in good years, how are lenders’ attitudes toward that business right now?

A: Lenders aren’t backing away. Right now in this market, we have too much money chasing not enough deals, so lenders are, at least in the Canadian market, tending to be fairly aggressive – as long as there’s real estate value there and the applicant has good cash flow.

Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the commercial market over the next year?

A: I think availability. There’s a lot of money chasing good commercial deals. As soon as a good commercial plaza comes on the market, it’s just like residential housing – there’s multiple offers.

 

Article Reference: http://www.mortgagebrokernews.ca/contents/e-magazine.aspx?id=191044

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Lenders Have Become Less Conservative

Interest rates are yet again at an all-time low, with credit unions like Meridian offering residential mortgage rates of as low as 1.49 per cent. Rates are even more attractive on the commercial side of mortgages. We can officially say the spring market is underway.

In a recent interview with the Canadian Mortgage Professionals (CMP), Mike Lee, head of Mortgage Alliance Commercial in B.C., stated that “interest rates are really pretty spectacular.”

“One of the asset classes that has become really spectacular is multi-family apartment buildings because, as an example, I just got quoted from a lender for an apartment building loan, CMHC insured, over $1 million, they’re quoting 1.75 per cent for a five-year [rate at press time]. It fluctuates daily, though,” Lee says. “A five-year term at 1.75 per cent is ridiculously low; it’s like free money. Some are even offering ten-year terms at 2.43 per cent. That’s insane.”

This has also peaked the interest of property owners to refinance, which in turn provides ample opportunity for brokers.

“Lately a lot of what I’ve been doing is refinancing anybody who has an apartment building because who knows when these rates will come around again,” Lee says. “When you’re talking multi-million dollar loan amounts, that sort of difference is always worth exploring because the monthly amount means huge savings. Even if there is a penalty to pay out it may only take a couple of years to justify [incurring the penalty]; it depends on the situation.”

With rates hitting record lows, take advantage of the opportunity. You can contact us with any questions you may have at (416)499-5454 ext 102 and we would be more than happy to help you with your financing needs.

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A Beacon Shines in the Commercial Mortgage Brokerage Industry

We are proud to announce that our very own Michel Durand has been nominated once again this year as the Best Commercial Mortgage Broker of the Year!!

Michel, is the President and principal broker of Mortgage Alliance Commercial Canada (MACC), as well as Co-Founder of Multi-Prêts Commercial (MPC). Both entities service commercial mortgage brokerage needs for clients across Canada. Michel has been in the commercial mortgage lending arena for over 25 years, 12 of which were with major Canadian financial institutions.

Michel’s vast experience in the commercial mortgage sector, and his dedication to improving the reputation of the brokerage industry provides him with a unique and clear perspective on the challenges as well as the opportunities that both borrowers and lenders face in today’s economic environment. He works tirelessly at keeping all participants in the commercial mortgage field informed of the current issues affecting borrowers as well as lenders in the industry to ensure that each is able to take advantage of the current market trends.

The Gala Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the Canadian Mortgage Professionals (CMP). The CMP recognizes and celebrates excellence across the entire spectrum of mortgage brokering. This annual black-tie gala is the event highlight of the year that attracts the biggest names in the business throughout Canada.

Should you have any commercial mortgage needs or simply wish to discuss a project, don’t hesitate to reach out to Michel or any of the team members at Mortgage Alliance Commercial Canada.