Multi-Million Dollar Sales Piling up in Edmonton

2018 is shaping up to see some huge deals in Edmonton’s commercial real estate market. As we reported a few weeks ago, there have already been some noteworthy sales, with the sale of Edmonton Tower for $400 million leading the way. There are clearly a healthy number of buyers in the market as a number of other[…]

Alberta Population to Hit 6.4 Million by 2046

The Government of Alberta has released a 29 (!) year projection on where they expect the provincial population to be in 2046. That could be an interesting time in the history of mankind, as futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll have singularity (the point at which technology becomes smarter than humans) in 2045. Notwithstanding the follies[…]

2018 Has Seen an Increase in Commercial Sales Activity

As oil prices have increased over the past year, so has commercial real estate activity in Edmonton. 2018 Mid-year 2017 Mid-year 2016 Mid-year Land $228,859,462 $132,533,862 $189,846,527 Buildings $1,082,145,037 $1,077,442,119 $675,904,126 Total $1,311,044,499 $1,209,975,981 $865,750,653 It’s not just the average sale price that has increased either, as the number of total sales has increased from[…]

Construction Project Update: NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre

With a growing population over one million, Edmonton is the province’s post-secondary destination, teaching nearly 200,000 students each year. Between the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Concordia University of Edmonton, King’s College, and Norquest, Edmonton is a leader in academics. But one of the city’s shining stars is NAIT. A polytechnic school that offers both[…]

242 Applications to Open Retail Pot Locations in Edmonton

The City of Edmonton just released information pertaining to the applications they’ve received for cannabis retail locations.  What caught our attention was the fact that 242 applications were received in Edmonton alone, yet AGLC is estimating they will only issue 250 licenses province-wide. Since AGLC has not disclosed how many will be in Edmonton, we[…]

Should Edmonton Property Taxes Continuously Rise to Fund Population Growth?

We’re proud Edmontonians. That was the takeaway Chad wanted to highlight on the Ryan Jespersen Show this week.  On behalf of Prosperity Edmonton, Chad was discussing the need for  the City of Edmonton to hold the line on taxes this year.  Although the rampant increase in City spending put a negative tone on the interview,[…]

$1 Million / Acre Land in Edmonton

$1 million / acre land used to seem far-fetched.  Somewhere along the line, high profile land in dense areas reached that milestone, followed not too long after by land simply on a main road. Now we are even seeing land all over Greater Edmonton selling for over $1 million / acre.  To illustrate, we did[…]

Are Tax Payers Subsidizing Edmonton Golf Courses?

Golf courses are often owned by wealthy people seeking trophy assets.  Along the lines of a wine vineyard or sports team, the owners are less concerned about the investment returns, and more interested in the bragging rights.   There are exceptions of course, as some astute owners have found ways to profit from golf courses.  Consider[…]

Why the Feds Buying Trans Mountain Helps Edmonton’s Commercial Real Estate Market

This week, the Canadian government agreed to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure the expansion goes ahead.  While there is a lot of criticism from environmental and indigenous groups and conservative politicians and pundits, we believe this is a big win for our economy. As we have written about previously, Edmonton’s commercial real estate[…]

Construction Project Update: Whitemud & 75th Street

The Valley Line LRT is part of the City of Edmonton’s “commitment to grow green and create a compact, more integrated urban environment where people have an opportunity and choose to use alternative transportation modes.” Originally, Edmonton’s LRT system consisted of only the Capital Line, which ran from the northeast through downtown to the university[…]