Category Archives: Local Kitchener Waterloo

the42 Condos in Waterloo

Have you see the42 Condos yet?

This mid rise condo development was just completed this year, and has a prominent Uptown Waterloo location at Bridgeport & Peppler.

Momentum Developments is getting a lot of love around Waterloo these days for the release of their new development, RED Condominiums, which debuted last night to a VIP crowd and proceeded to sell out half the building.

the42 Condos on Bridgeport

The residential condos were completed this summer, and the building was registered as a condo last month.  Once a condo building is registered, owners receive title (ownership) and can sell their units on the MLS if they wish.

the42 Condos Resale Prices

Since registration, two condos have sold at the42, and the prices bode very well for everyone who bought back in 2008 during pre-construction.

A 2 bedroom unit was just sold by a private owner, and it sold for $392 per square foot.

A second unit was sold, and it hit $400 a square foot.

the42 Condos have been a very good investment so far – the average price was under $300 per square foot when these were sold pre-construction.

the42 Condo Interior Images

PS – remember these great pics? They’re from a 2 bedroom + den at the42 owned by WonderfulWaterloo member Sampson

the42 condos

Feel like there is more natural light in this kitchen than most other?  You’re right.

The owner of this residence worked with the builder to customize the floorplan, moving the kitchen adjacent to the terrace and it’s wall of windows.  I think it looks terrific – and it’s unique.

Notice the low VOC bamboo floors, just one of the lower impact “green” options that Momentum Developments offered at the42.

the42 Condos For Sale

For pricing & availability of the42 condos in Waterloo, call me at 519-772-4376 or email me directly at Benjamin AT BenjaminBach DOT com.

If you are interested in other Waterloo Condos, let us know what you are looking for. We have a selection of condos available under $200,000, as well as other pre-construction developments.  Whatever type of real estate investment you’re looking for, we can help you with it.

There are currently two units at the42 condos for sale – let me know if you’d like to set up a private tour.

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Red Condos in Waterloo has HUGE Opening Night

It’s been a busy day of sales for Momentum Development’s newest Waterloo project, RED Condominiums on King Street at Allen in Uptown Waterloo.

They had a VIP launch last night, and are now over half sold – after just one day!

RED Condominiums in Waterloo by Momentum Developments

RED Condominiums in Waterloo 1/2 Sold Out

Momentum sold more than half the units at RED.

Every unit under $300,000 sold.

Every Studio unit sold. (Pricing was between 218,900 and 241,900)

Every 1 bedroom condo sold. (Pricing was between 257,900 and 344,900)

All but one of the Sub Penthouse residences (fifth floor) sold.

One Penthouse residence sold.

There is a great selection of 1 bedroom + den units, and two bedroom units left – everything else has been sold.

Big congratulations to the team at Momentum Developments – you’ve brought another exciting project to Waterloo, and the market has responded with a resounding ‘Thanks!’

If you’re interested in floorplans, we have them available here:  RED Condo Floor Plans.  If the floorplan you’re looking for hasn’t been added to our site yet, just send me an email & I will send it directly to you.

For pricing information, call me at 519-772-4376 or email me directly at Benjamin AT BenjaminBach DOT com.

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How to Price a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

Value of a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building


One of things I find myself talk to real estate investors about these days is how to value a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building.  Seems there are lots of people looking to acquire high quality apartment buildings, but there is small supply of these buildings for sale, especially when we start talking about more than 50 units.

Most owners are happy to hold their buildings now  – multi family real estate is a notoriously stable investment during good times and bad (and stable investments are held in higher regard during recessionary times), but buyers are eager to deploy their capital into a stable asset.

This spread between available supply and current demand makes it a great time to sell your Kitchener Waterloo apartment building; case in point, we have recently seen quality multi family investment properties come to market and receive multiple offers in the first few days.

How to Price a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

If you were going to sell your Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building, how would you price it?

Right now, there is a large difference in ‘per suite’ asking prices for comparable apartment buildings online, with several active multi-family listings being priced considerably higher than comparable recent sales.

(Note: there are some properties, like brand new buildings or luxury apartment buildings, that sell for outside the normal range. For example, see: Two Waterloo Region Apartment Buildings Sell For $45+ million)

Click play to watch this quick video we put together looking at the prices of apartment buildings in Kitchener Waterloo

If you own a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

If you have any questions about the multi-family investment market in Waterloo Region, call me directly at 519-772-4376 or email me at Benjamin@BenjaminBach.com

KW Commercial is your one stop shop for commercial, investment, retail and multi family advice and brokerage in Waterloo Region.  

We have buyers currently looking for a large Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building – call us to discuss the sale of your property.

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Apple Store Coming to Kitchener Waterloo

NEWS Alert: Apple Store coming to Conestoga Mall in Waterloo

Over at BenjaminBach.com there is big news that will affect the commercial real estate landscape in Kitchener Waterloo.
Apple is opening a retail store in Conestoga Mall.
Now, this isn’t confirmed by Apple or Ivanhoe Cambridge yet (owners of Conestoga Mall), but there are some tell-tale signs that allow us to confidently state that Apple is coming to town.
Click through to Apple Store coming to Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to see the proof for yourself!
What impact will this have on the commercial real estate market in Kitchener Waterloo, especially retailers in the area ?
Benjamin Bach comments, over at his main blog:
Having Apple as a destination tenant at Conestoga Mall is great news for all the other stores in the area – except maybe Future Shops’s Apple department – because people will head to the mall to check out the new toys at Apple, and they’ll inevitably browse around and grab food at adjacent businesses.
What does it mean for competing retailers like Carbon Computing?  When Apple has come into similar communities, it has been hard for independent authorized retailers to stay in business and maintain a valuable point of differentiation.
It seems like the $75 million investment into Conestoga Mall over the past few years is paying off for owner Ivanhoe Cambridge.  Even more good news for the mall will follow – I predict that Target moves into the Zellers space too (the other option being the Zellers space in Bridgeport Plaza)

Commercial Real Estate Development in Waterloo

Over at BenjaminBach.com we’re looking at three commercial real estate developments in North Waterloo.

Look Smart By Investing Where The Jobs Are

How do you buy Real Estate? Location, location, location.

Buy Property Near The Jobs!

Are you looking to invest in an area where the employment capacity is increasing? Take a look at residential investment properties near Weber Street North between Northfield and Benjamin Road.

This short stretch of road in North Waterloo adjacent to an investment property we just sold is seeing a lot of intensification through redevelopment. Let’s take a look at what’s in the pipeline:

North Waterloo Development Projects

580 Weber Street North, Former NCR Site

Purchased by GPM Investments in 2008 for ~ $20,000,000

Plans for 350,000 – 500,000 square feet of offices in 8-12 buildings

The former NCR site is huge – 37 acres with an existing building of approx 280,000 square feet as is. To give you an idea of the expansion potential, the site currently houses a couple baseball fields.

GPM (the same firm that is developing Sportsworld Crossing) has plans to add an additional 8 buildings (between 2,670 and 50,000 sq ft) to the site, to compliment the existing building. According to The Record, they’re debating whether to modify or replace the existing office building.

 

600 Weber Street North

Under redevelopment by the Marsland Corporation – 106,000 square feet

The Marsland Family owns some prominent office real estate in Kitchener Waterloo, including the Marsland Centre on Erb in Uptown Waterloo, two buildings RIM leases on Phillip, the Sybase building in the University of Waterloo Research & Technology park, and several Class A high-tech offices on Randall.

They are currently renovating their 100,000+ sq ft property at 600 Weber Street North, and have plans for a new 50,000 square foot building next door at 598 Weber Street North. This site is immediately north of the NCR site

Potential redevelopment site, Weber Street North

15 acres, existing building is 152,000 sq ft

This site, just south of Benjamin Road on Weber, is another potential office redevelopment. The site is currently being marketed by CB RE.

Location, Location, Location

Oh – there is also a proposed Light Rapid Transit (LRT) stop at Northfield and Parkside, one block from Northfield & Weber. And SmartCentres just poured millions into a new retail development anchored by Walmart a minute away in St Jacobs.

Your future tenants enjoy things like that.

When you are investing in a residential rental property in Waterloo, you can buy one of the shiny new condos for $$$ in uptown, or buy a comparative bargain in the Northlake neighbourhood near major tech firms, new retail development and LRT.

Your money, your call. For a list of affordable investment opportunities in the North Waterloo area, send me an email at Benjamin @ BenjaminBach.com or call me at 519-772-4376

Note: Leasing at the NCR site is handled through Colliers; 600 Weber is for lease through DTZ Barnicke.

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Investing in Condos, Kitchener Waterloo

Condo Investing

Interesting in buying a condo? Wondering between new construction projects?

Read these articles, then email or phone me to set up a personal condo consultation

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The Kaufman Lofts

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New Construction Condominiums

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Bauer Lofts, Waterloo

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144 Park, Waterloo

Waterloo City Staff recommend Proposal for 144 Park Condo be approved

Why do people love the area near 144 Park condos in Waterloo?

Video of 144 Park – Luxury Waterloo Condo Project

Pictures of 144 Park Condo Sales Centre

Construction of 144 Park Condos in Waterloo estimated at $21 million

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Barrel Yards, Waterloo

News on the Barrel Yards Development in Waterloo, Ontario

Job Growth in Kitchener Waterloo up, outpacing Canada’s rate

Good news for real estate investors who are growing their wealth through buying property in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, canada

Kitchener Waterloo Employment Growth up 7.8%

Some encouraging news for real estate investors looking to buy investment property in an area with a strong job market.  Kitchener Waterloo is growing while many economies across Canada slow down.

Remember Ben’s Rule of Rental Real Estate: Buy rental property in strong job markets, near major employers

From Daily Commercial News:

Strong fundamentals driving Kitchener-Waterloo into 2011

Kitchener, Ont.’s economy is heading into the second half of 2010 in high gear, based on the employment report for July and the building permits statistics for June.

In July, employment growth in the Kitchener-Waterloo metro area (+7.8% year over year) was the fastest among the 27 census metro areas in the country, and more than three times the national average (2.3%).

Year-over-year job gains in July were particularly strong in business services (+42.1% year over year); finance insurance and real estate (+31.0%); professional and technical services (+16.7%); wholesale and retail trade (+16.2%); manufacturing (+15%); and accommodation and food services (+8.3%).

This strong pattern of job creation was accompanied by exceptionally healthy year-to-date gains in residential building approvals (+68%), as well as in all three categories of non-residential building, led by institutional (+134%), industrial (+121.9%) and commercial (+109.8%).

Specific projects that contributed to this increase in building plans include: the Barrel Yards, a 25-storey residential, commercial and hotel project in Waterloo, Ont.; an office/tech building in Waterloo; and a new provincial courthouse designed to put the three courthouses in Waterloo Region under one roof.”

So that’s what the job market in Kitchener Waterloo is doing – what about the rest of Ontario and Canada? A recent headline from The Record reads Canada’s jobless rate edges up; Waterloo Region’s dips to 7 per cent.

I guess that’s why Kitchener Waterloo is the #1 city to invest in Ontario, according to the REIN Top 10 Towns list (see:

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