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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks for manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...

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Nearly everything that we do is inside of a building. Whether it’s going to work, living at home, shopping or eating at a restaurant, the expectation is that the buildings we live and work in are safe and built with high standards. However, one blind spot for many buildings is energy efficiency. According to one University of British Columbia report, in Canada, operating a building draws 50% of the energy produced, and buildings emit 35%...

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In 2018, Isaac Olowolafe Jr., founder of diversified asset management company Dream Maker Inc., launched Dream Maker Ventures. Focused on providing venture capital funding to tech companies founded by entrepreneurs from marginalized groups – such as women, people of colour and people with disabilities – Dream Maker Ventures is an important part of the Dream Maker Inc. family, which works in verticals like real estate, property management and development. For Olowolafe Jr., launching a venture...

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The coming new year looks bright for Canada’s housing market. Unless you’re wishing for more affordable housing options, in that case, you won’t like what the latest forecasts say. Yet, everyone can look forward to lower mortgage rates and help for first-time buyers to help boost the housing market. Here are the latest predictions for property prices in Canada as we head into 2020. House prices to go up Capital Economics reports that momentum is...

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BusinessGoing Global

December 31, 20198 min

Buying a beach house somewhere to escape winter in Canada is an appealing thought. The fact that our dollar can go a long way in many parts of the world and the idea of purchasing real estate outside of Canada is even more enticing. Whether you are a retiree looking for a way to enjoy the golden years or a young professional who can’t make your budget stretch enough to buy a Canadian home, a...

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The Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof is the largest in Canada. It is home to 25 different species of plants, all indigenous to the West Coast, for a total of 400,000 plants. With the gravel, topsoil, and plants this roof weighs more than 11 million pounds. Pretty impressive, right? But even if you are a small business owner with a small shop, an eco-roof is a smart investment. Not only does it benefit our planet,...

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Ninty percent of millionaires reached the million-dollar club through real estate investing. The beauty of real estate is that you don’t need any prerequisites to get started. Even first-time commercial real estate investors can be successful. Here is what you need to know to get you started. Do your research The first thing to do before considering a property is to do your homework. There are so many types of options for you to consider:...

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Canadian commercial real estate investment reached $49.3 billion in 2018 — 68.3% above the 10-year average. That was an annual record for the third consecutive year. 2019 is shaping up to be another banner year. It’s statistics like these that lure amateur investors to turn to real estate. Yet, as with any investment, just because the market is strong doesn’t mean that success is guaranteed. We interviewed Leslie Quinsay, the co-owner of a real estate...

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Many factors can affect whether a real estate firm should put their money into a property or not. Downturns in the economy, population growth and long-term return on investment all usually play an important role. Over the years, these priorities have shifted, and so have investor strategies for managing risk and generating ROI. In PwC Canada’s 2020 report on the Canadian real estate investment landscape, major closures of retailers are creating a subdued sentiment, and...

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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks on manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...