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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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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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TARGET Coming To Waterloo, London, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford & Fergus

Big news for the Retail market in WATERLOO Region:

Target Opening in Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph

That’s right – Target is coming to South Western Ontario in a BIG way!

There are five stores opening within a quick drive of Waterloo Region:

Conestoga Mall

Cambridge Centre

175 Stone Road West, Guelph

Gates of Fergus

Stratford Mall

Plus, 2 in London (Masonville and Westmount), several in the GTA and 2 in Hamilton.

None of the Zellers in Kitchener are being converted in the first round of Target Stores.

This is great news for the local COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE market, and comes on the heels of the announcement of Apple’s new store in Waterloo.

Here is the full list of Target stores announced in the first round:

The rest of the stores in Canada are as follows:

Alberta
•       Chinook Centre, Calgary
•       Forest Lawn Shopping Centre, Calgary
•       Market Mall, Calgary
•       Shoppes at Shawnessy, Calgary
•       Signal Hill Centre, Calgary
•       Sunridge Mall, Calgary
•       Bonnie Doon, Edmonton
•       Kingsway Garden Mall, Edmonton
•       Mill Woods Town Centre, Edmonton
•       Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie
•       Bower Place, Red Deer
•       St. Albert Centre, St. Albert
•         Sherwood Park Mall, Sherwood Park

British Columbia
•       Abbotsford Power Centre, Abbotsford
•       Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby
•       Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre, Campbell River
•       Cottonwood Mall, Chilliwack
•       Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam
•       Driftwood Mall, Courtenay
•       Tamarack Mall, Cranbrook
•       Scottsdale Mall, Delta
•       Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Langley
•       Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge
•       Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo
•       Pine Centre, Prince George
•       Oakridge Shopping Centre, Vancouver
•       Village Green Mall, Vernon
•       Tillicum Mall,  Victoria

Manitoba
•       Shoppers Mall, Brandon
•       Grant Park, Winnipeg
•       Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, Winnipeg
•       Polo Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg
•       Southdale Centre, Winnipeg

New Brunswick
•       McAllister Place, Saint John

Newfoundland and Labrador
•       Corner Brook, Corner Brook
•       Cabot Square, St. John,s

Nova Scotia
•       Bedford Place, Bedford
•       Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth

Ontario
•       Durham Centre, Ajax
•       Aurora Shopping Centre, Aurora
•       Bramalea City Centre, Brampton
•       Shoppers World Brampton, Brampton
•       Trinity Common, Brampton
•       Burlington Mall, Burlington
•       Millcroft Centre, Burlington
•       Cambridge Centre, Cambridge
•       Woodbine Centre, Etobicoke
•       Gates of Fergus, Fergus
•       175 Stone Road W., Guelph
•       Centre Mall, Hamilton
•       South Hamilton Square, Hamilton
•       Hazeldean Mall, Kanata
•       Cataraqui Town Centre, Kingston
•       Lindsay Square Mall, Lindsay
•       Masonville Place, London
•      Westmount Shopping Centre, London
•       Milton Mall Shopping Centre, Milton
•       Erin Mills Town Centre, Mississauga
•       Square One, Mississauga
•       Meadowlands Shopping Centre, Nepean
•       Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket
•       1899 Algonquin Ave., North Bay
•       Centerpoint Mall, North York
•       Orillia Square Mall, Orillia
•       Place D,Orleans, Orleans
•       Five Points Mall, Oshawa
•       Bayshore Shopping Centre, Ottawa
•       Billings Bridge Plaza, Ottawa
•       RioCan St. Laurent, Ottawa
•       Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill
•       Bridlewood Mall, Scarborough
•       County Fair Mall, Smiths Falls
•       Niagara Pen Centre, St. Catharines
•       Stratford Mall, Stratford
•       Sudbury Supermall, Sudbury
•       Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Bay
•       Cloverdale Mall, Toronto
•       Shoppers World Danforth, Toronto
•       East York Town Centre, Toronto
•       Flamborough Power Centre, Waterdown
•       Conestoga Mall, Waterloo
•       Taunton Gardens Power Centre, Whitby
•       Devonshire Mall, Windsor

Prince Edward Island
•       Charlottetown Mall, Charlottetown

Quebec
•       Galeries d,Anjou, Anjou
•       Faubourg Boisbriand, Boisbriand
•       Carrefour Angrignon, Lasalle
•       Mega Centre Notre-Dame, Laval
•       Galeries Chagnon , Levis
•       Place Longueuil, Longueuil
•       Place Alexis Nihon, Montreal
•       Place Vertu, Montreal
•       Terrarium Shopping Centre, Pointe Claire
•       Les Galeries De La Capitale, Quebec City
•       Place Fleur De Lys, Quebec City
•       Place Laurier, Quebec
•       Le Carrefour Rimouski, Rimouski
•       Promenades Saint-Bruno, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
•       Carrefour Saint-Georges, Saint-Georges
•       Carrefour Richelieu,  Saint- Jean sur-Richelieu
•       Carrefour du Nord, Saint Jerome
•       Carrefour de L,Estrie, Sherbrooke
•       Les Rivieres Shopping Centre, Trois Rivieres

Saskatchewan
•       Northgate Mall, Regina
•       The Centre, Saskatoon

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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Great Investment Condo For Sale in Waterloo near Schools, Shopping & RIM

Looking for info on the Bauer Lofts or the City Centre Condos? Click here for info on other condos for sale in Kitchener Waterloo

KW Commercial is proud to present 10-335 Northlake Drive in Waterloo, Ontario for sale. Update: This property has been sold to a real estate investor.

This well maintained two bedroom condominium is in a terrific Waterloo location near high tech companies like RIM, Descartes, AGFA, Google, Open Text, as well as the two Universities and Conestoga College. It is currently tenanted.

Map of area around Northlake Condo for Sale in Waterloo

Click map to enlarge

Built in the early 1990s, this complex is ideally set near the St Jacobs Farmers Market, beautiful walking trails, and is a short drive to an Expressway onramp which leads to 401 highway access. Pearson Airport is about a one hour drive away, depending on traffic of course.

There is a Light Rapid Transit (LRT) station planned at Northfield & Parkside, a short walk away (at the top of the map below). The proposed LRT plan would allow a tenant to walk to the LRT station & take it all the way to Fairview Park Mall, and eventually Sportsworld Crossing and into Cambridge, Ontario.

Proposed LRT map. Click map to enlarge

The combination of a quiet country setting, proximity to major employers & access to transportation makes this a location tenants will continue to love.

We have a number of clients who own units in this complex, it has done well by Keller Williams clients over the years.

Offered for sale at $ 145,000

For more details, contact Benjamin Bach at 519 570 4447 or via email

KW Market update, June 2010 – Kitchener Waterloo MLS data

A smart real estate investor is one who is educated on what’s going on with the market.

So, what is going on with the residential real estate market in Canada? Let’s turn to my friend Jay Papasan, with this month’s update

This Month in Real Estate – Keller Williams International

Canada’s economy continues to remain stronger than many other major national economies, and is affirmed by the Bank of Canada’s first rate increase since the beginning of rate cuts in 2008.Cana

As rates begin to rise, experts believe the housing market is poised to soften. Incomes rise at a relatively constant rate, while the housing market tends to rise in steps with periods of stability followed by periods of more rapid appreciation. The past decade has been one of appreciation following the 1990s (when prices were fairly flat). Thanks to a solid mortgage market, prudent lending, and responsible borrowing, experts anticipate the market will generally remain more balanced and prices will stabilize. This is a positive indicator for the long-term health of the market and for the wealth accumulated by homeowners.

While it’s important to keep in mind that the country’s commodity-based economy leaves it somewhat more susceptible to external forces such as global demand, currency rates, and commodity prices, things continue to look up for Canada from a year earlier.

Housing Market:

Home Sales

Existing home sales activity totaled 42,078 units in April, up 20.1% from last year and down 2.6% from last month. Experts believe there will be a gradual calming of the recently “hot” home sales activity over the next year, citing rising interest rates and a change in mortgage regulations that may have encouraged some buyers to push their timeline forward to purchase before the regulations took effect on April 19.

Average Home Price

Low supply and strong demand continued to boost prices. The national average home price was $344,968 in April, up 12.2% from April 2009 and up 1.2% from March. Experts anticipate home price appreciation will slow, but prices will remain stable – a positive sign for the long-term health of the housing market.

Inventory

Sales-to-Listings Ratio

In April, 79,678 new homes entered the market. Presently, buyers continue to have a wider variety of options as the uptick in new listings draws the market back into solidly balanced territory on a macro level. As is always the case with real estate, the micro level of locations differ from place to place.

Sales to Listings Ratio Levels for the Canadian Real Estate MarketMortgage Rates

Average for: 25-Year Amortization, 5-Year Term
In April, the Bank of Canada lifted its conditional commitment to keep rates steady until July and made its first increase at the beginning of June. Rates are expected to continue rising but are anticipated to stay within a range that will leave homeownership in reach for many buyers.

(see: Whats going on with Mortgage Interest Rates in Canada?)

Sources: Conference Board, The Canadian Real Estate Association, Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Bank of Canada


Notable News:

Canadian Borrowers Well Prepared for Rate Hikes

As interest rates are trending upward and housing activity is expected to cool down, a survey by the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) shows that Canadians are in a strong position to weather the new mortgage market condition.

•Increasing home equity is easing consumer concern about rising mortgage rates.
•Many Canadians have used cost savings from historically low rates to make higher-than-required payments and will now have more breathing room as rates increase.
•Mortgage debt is a priority for Canadians with the vast majority, 93%, having never missed a payment.
•Many mortgages were renegotiated at significantly lower rates, one percentage point or more on posted interest rates.
•A high percentage of Canadians remain positive about the housing market and are bullish about house prices.

Sources: Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Pro

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Apartment Buildings in Cambridge Ontario Sells for BIG Bucks

(originally posted at Investment Property in Cambridge Ontario sells for $45+ million on June 28th)

Large Apartment Building Sold in Cambridge Ontario

Last week we looked at Two Waterloo Region Apartment Buildings that Sold For $45+ million.

Here is a video with some more information on the sale:

To recap, the investment property in Cambride, Ontario was purchased at a 5.7% cap rate.

Between both apartment buildings there are 225 units, and the average rent is above $1500 per month.

High valuation, but the properties generate premium income, are prestigious assets, and are very recent (6 years and 1 year) construction.