Category Archives: New Development

Question: Who Are The Target Renters For New Rentals?

Here are two important facts it is essential to understand about new rentals and their target renters: Overlooked Fact #1: Anybody and everybody can be a renter. No really, it’s true. Readers who work for property management firms should think about the rental buildings they manage: can you provide a profile of a typical renter? You can’t because your buildings… Read more »

Question: How Fast Will New Rentals Be Absorbed?

To start, let’s state the obvious: the easiest way to ensure your new rental building leases quickly and starts generating revenues as soon as possible is to ask rents which are affordable or ‘attainable’. But few, if any, developers have the luxury of asking rents that the bulk of renters can afford. The reality is that every developer, given development… Read more »

Question: What Rents Can New Rentals Get?

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Choosing asking rents for new purpose-built rentals is one of the key tasks which developers need to get right if they want their new rentals to be successful, both in terms of being absorbed into the housing supply in a timely manner, and in terms of generating the highest possible rent revenues. If your rents are too low your building… Read more »

Three Questions Developers Always Ask

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In my experience as a consultant developers with a new rental building either in the planning stages or under construction almost always ask three important questions. Their first question is almost always “What rents can we get?” Rents make up the bulk of revenues and if rents aren’t high enough then the proposed project might not make sense financially. The… Read more »

BILD’s New Report on Municipal Approvals

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Altus Group recently prepared a report for the Building Industry and Land Development Association, or BILD, which you can download the report from the link below: https://bildgta.ca/advocacy/reports According to Altus, the report is intended to “undertake a study of several factors that may be contributing to housing affordability issues in major housing markets across the Greater Toronto Area, such as… Read more »

You Only Get One Chance To Develop Land

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You only get one chance to develop land. Recently, I was talking to a friend in the industry who, thanks to heavy traffic on the QEW, drove along the Oakville section of Dundas Street (Highway 5) for the first time in a year or two. Locals will know that this part of north Oakville is being rapidly developed as the… Read more »

The Universal Rental Building

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Back in 2014 I was going to dinner with a friend in the industry and I drove past one of those highway interchanges that allow major arterial roads access. In the suburban GTA most highway interchanges have one or two or three hotels clustered around them. That evening I realized that all of those hotels are basically the same: eight… Read more »

Projecting Future Housing Demand: Niagara

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How much housing will be needed in the future? That’s the most important question for developers and lenders who want to know if the new housing projects which they’re proposing to build will be needed. Obviously, it’s impossible to answer that question with much accuracy, since by definition the future is impossible to predict. That hasn’t stopped Ontario’s Ministry of… Read more »

Re-Purposing Parking Garages

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Everyone talks about how autonomous or self-driving cars are coming and when they get here then they might eliminate the need for many renters to own cars. Not everyone agrees they’ll be as ubiquitous or paradigm ‘disrupting’ as boosters claim, and everyone ignores the need to vastly improve and expand public transit which could be just even more transformative than… Read more »

Taking A Close Look At London

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Recently, while fiddling around with some CMHC data for London, I put together the following charts based on some calculations I was making with the data. These charts compare the growth in the supply of purpose-built rental apartments and townhouses versus average vacancies and average rents, by building age, for the period 2004 to 2019. Building age is separated into… Read more »