June 2013 Monthly Report
First, a mea culpa: last month, we speculated that it was likely that we would now have an NDP government. Like everyone else, we were wrong. With the Liberals' reelection, it's likely that there will not be any big surprises that will impact the housing market. Expect the status quo.
One sector that will likely benefit from having a Liberal over an NDP government is the commercial real estate market. After a strong run in the residential real estate market over the past several years, more and more people have begun asking questions about commercial real estate and its viability as an investment product. The answer to this question is that commercial real estate has proven to be a strong, stable investment, especially when compared to the recent volatility in the stock market or the infinitesimal interest rate returns being paid out by banks.
BC, in particular, has seen a disproportionate number of fortunes being made in commercial real estate (http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Cancer+donation+sets+record/6676983/story.html). In fact, 4 of the 8 BC-based billionaires made their fortunes through commercial real estate investments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadians_by_net_worth).
So what are the similarities and differences between residential and commercial real estate?
Residential and Commercial real estate share some commonalities and the licence to trade either asset is the same. That being said, because there are several key differences, real estate agents typically focus on one category or the other. There are exceptions, of course, and in smaller markets, agents often need to sell all manner of real estate. Macdonald Realty's sister company, Macdonald Commercial (http://www.macdonaldcommercial.com) offers professional commercial real estate services in all seven (7) main commercial real estate asset classes:
Pros of Buying Residential Real Estate:
Because of this, buying a principal residence is one of the best investments you can make. That said, if you're considering buying real estate as a pure investment, you may also want to consider commercial.
Pros of Buying Commercial Real Estate:
The reason that many people shy away from commercial real estate is one of familiarity. Everyone has had the experience of living in a residential property and therefore has at least a rudimentary knowledge of what it is. In commercial, there are so many different asset categories that even seasoned commercial agents tend to focus on a few of them. After all, a nursing home, a parking lot, and a hotel all require different management skill sets. Fortunately, professional property management companies, like Macdonald Commercial (http://www.macdonaldpm.com/), can help you manage a wide range of assets.
If you're interested in learning more about investing in real estate, either commercial or residential, feel free to contact me at the address above.
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