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February 7, 2018
Capital growth nudges 2017 investment returns
Capital growth nudged up 2017 investment returns for the 43 portfolios participating in the REALPAC/IPD Canada Property Index. Annual results, released in Toronto late last week, show a 6.7 per cent total return across 2,455 directly held standing assets — an improvement from the 5.7 per cent total return the index posted in 2016 — even as income yields slipped to an all-time low.
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Montreal breaks office market record
Montreal’s growing technology sector is one reason why office tenant demand in the city hit a record high in 2017, setting up what could be the first landlords’ market in more than 20 years, according to CBRE.
Sears leaves large vacancies in Regina
Many Regina landlords are deciding they would rather deal with smaller and mid-size tenants after Sears Canada declared bankruptcy.
The Power of Digitizing Paper in Property Management 
From servicing tenants and managing staff, to working with vendors and putting out proverbial fires, there’s little time to spare in property management. However, with advancements in digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence, stakeholders now have access to tools that can help them save time and resources when it comes to tackling some of the more onerous tasks – particularly, paperwork.
Plans to redevelop Montreal Eaton Centre with $200-mil investment
Ivanhoé Cambridge is fueling $200 million into its Montreal Eaton Centre redevelopment as part of the firm’s $1-billion plan for Projet Nouveau Centre, a flagship property facelift and revitaliztion of the downtown core.
25 York is Canada's first Fitwel-certified office building
The first office building in Canada to receive Fitwel certification is Menkes’ 25 York Street, a tower that has helped revitalize Toronto’s waterfront since it was completed in 2010.

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Retail leads GTA investment transactions in Q4
The Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) commercial real estate market recorded $14.5 billion in investment capital for 2017, outpacing the 2016 tally of $11.8 billion. 
Morguard buys office building in Airport Corporate Centre
Morguard has acquired 5985 Explorer Drive in Mississauga, Ontario.
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Canada ranked second in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list. Canada has a total of 2,970 LEED certified projects totalling 40.77 million gross square metres.
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ICYMI: New U.S. tax rules alter competitive landscape
Toronto lacks a tax advantage that the 19 other contenders on the short list to host Amazon’s second headquarters now enjoy. The recently adopted U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides companies based in the United States with an effective tax rate of 13.125 per cent on a portion of earnings derived from selling services and/or intellectual property into foreign markets. Read More »

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