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Canadian Crowdfunding Summit 2016

March 15, 2016

Over 440 participants attended CCS2016 at MaRS Discovery on March 3.  This was an incredible event that brought together a diverse crowd of companies, investors, providers, industry experts and leaders in the crowdfunding, fintech and altfi sectors.  Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa officially opened the summit and endorsed the emerging Crowd Funding industry, Michael Bancroft, Executive producer of Bloomberg Canada TV as Master of Ceremonies, high ...

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2015 Returns are in: Commercial Real Estate +8% vs Stocks and Bonds -10%!

March 4, 2016

Figure 1 Canada’s Property Index recorded an 8.0% total return in 2015, which is an improvement from the 7.4% result in 2014 (Figure 1 above). By comparison equities and bonds yielded -10.0%. in 2015. Globally, Canada ranks in the middle compared to the other countries tracked, and while Canada’s 8% return may seem low compared to the 25% posted by Ireland, but remain -47.7% lower than ...

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Real Capital Conference Toronto: Panel on Crowd Funding

February 29, 2016

Left to Right: Darin Renton (Partner Stikemans LLP), Don Mcdonald (CEO Waverley), Amar Nijjar (CEO R2Crowd), D'Arcy McGee (Evton Capital partners)  & Zulf Karim (Head of BD at TMX). RealCapital 2016 conference was held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre and focused on Commercial Real Estate Specific key issues and trends by bringing together owners and investors with sources of public and private equity investment and debt financing in the ...

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R2Crowd Speaks About Real Estate Crowdfunding in Canada

February 19, 2016

Raising Private Capital — Crowdfunding and Beyond was a discussion panel hosted by Gowlings in Toronto on February 18th, 2016. Our own COO and Co-founder, Chad Gemmell gave an overview of the R2Crowd Platform and his perspective on Real Estate Crowdfunding in Canada. Here are some highlights from the discussion.

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Stabilized Vs. Unstabilized Real Estate Investment

February 17, 2016

Prior to investing in a commercial or residential property, it is important to understand how to evaluate the investment. Investors need to determine their risk tolerance as to whether they are better suited to invest in stabilized or unstabilized real estate assets. For a property to be considered stabilized, it must have the following characteristics: The property is fully leased or leased to the market occupancy Property rents ...

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Quad Windsor

February 11, 2016

QUAD WINDSOR Address: 1150 and 1250 Saint Antoine Street, 600 and 750 Peel Street, Montreal Type: Multi-phased office and residential development Development Size: Office buildings and residential developments will total 5 million square feet Partners: Cadillac Fairview, Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Club de hockey Canadien Status: Under Construction Quad Windsor is a new, multi-staged development in downtown Montreal next to Windsor Station and the Bell Centre, ...

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Direct Investing via Real Estate Crowdfunding vs REITs?

February 1, 2016

  Investing in real estate has become increasingly popular over the last few decades, and there are now multiple avenues that you can choose from to allocate your investment. Owning a rental property is one option; however, many individuals lack the capital and experience needed to get started. Alternatively, there are a few other ways to invest in real estate without having to purchase an entire ...

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Seeing Red? That’s why you should be in Real Estate!

January 19, 2016

The shock from the relentless slide in oil prices is spreading ever further into our economy and financial markets, with the dollar, the stock market and bond yields all descending to new lows...Public markets today are extremely interconnected and if China sneezes, rest of the world catches pneumonia! Investments into commercial property through direct LP investments via crowdfunding portals can shield an investor from vagaries of capital ...

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Real Estate Project of the Week – January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

BAY PARK CENTRE Address: 81-141 Bay Street, Toronto Type: Multi-phased office and Retail development Size: 8 Acres Development Size: First of two office towers will be 1.5 million square feet and 48 stories Developer: Ivanhoe Cambridge Status: Under Construction Bay Park Centre is an innovative multi-paced office and retail development on the south edge of Downtown Toronto, steps from the Air Canada Centre and Union Station. The project is being constructed by ...

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Invesment Thesis 101: Real Estate vs Stocks

January 14, 2016

  This is a question that is asked often, and the answer fully depends on the preference of the individual. An investment in real estate is a commitment to purchasing a physical piece of property where the net profits are controlled by the investor. When you invest in stocks, you are buying a share of a corporation. The corporation has a Board of Directors, who decide ...

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