Businesses in Edmonton Are Asking For A Break in Property Taxes

Joe Rustom, chef and owner of Parkallen Restaurant, said the current business climate in Edmonton is making it difficult for small companies.  A second generation owner, Joe’s parents started the business in 1982.  Over the past decade in particular, taxes have risen considerably, with Joe now estimating his property taxes and utilities cost between $3,500 –[…]

An Eyebrow Raising Graph on City of Edmonton Spending

We’ve been sounding the alarm bell on property taxes for awhile now, so we were very glad to see a number of business associations formalize an advocacy group to encourage City Hall to put a freeze on municipal spending. The group, known as Prosperity Edmonton, has gathered data from different levels of government to show[…]

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[…]

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: 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[…]

Oil Prices have Increased 70% in the Past Year

Hillary Clinton is not President of the US, and Amazon did not choose Edmonton for it’s first western Canadian fulfillment centre.  While we struck out on those two guesses, we also predicted back in November that oil would hit $70 / barrel sometime this year (which it did this week, marking a 70% increase since 2017).   While we were wrong[…]

Idle Trains, Stalled Pipelines and $70 Oil

There’s an optimism in Edmonton’s industrial market that we haven’t seen since 2014.  Not that it’s anywhere close to the flurry of activity we saw prior to the plunge of oil prices, but it’s markedly better than it’s been the past few years.  If we were to do a rough sketch of the activity we’re seeing,[…]

More Office Inventory Coming to West Edmonton

Rampant office vacancy and astonishing low office sale prices have dominated headlines these past three years.   As an example, the Milner Building on 10030 – 104 Street (177,645 square feet) sold last year for $7,500,000.  It was also purchased six years earlier for $40,170,000 (an 81% price drop). As we wrote about previously, that particular building, along with three others sold at the[…]

Oil Update – Edmonton Commercial

It may not feel like spring quite yet, but the drilling industry is in the midst of the annual “spring break-up”.  Around this time each year, the earth thaws and the ground becomes soft, muddy and generally harder to work in.  It is a period of considerable slow down, as evidenced by recent statistics showing roughly 3/4[…]

Our Prediction is Close to Reality

A few months ago, when oil was hovering in the low $50’s, we made a prediction that oil would rise to $70 sometime in 2018.  Some people scoffed.  Others laughed.  Our own friends started sending our calls straight to voicemail.  We even lost 15 followers on Instagram.  Okay, maybe we have a flair for the[…]