Friday, March 17, 2017

Alberta's Budget

Varcoe: Good, bad and way too much ugly in new Alberta budget - The flip side of this inaction means a $10.3-billion deficit this year. Meanwhile, debt is expected to hit $45 billion in this new budget year and escalate to $71 billion by 2019-2020. Read it HERE

Trudeau Cabinet Approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway - "That is less economic, and more dangerous for communities, and is higher in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than modern pipelines would be." Read More Here 

Winners and losers in Alberta’s 2017 budget - Winners and losers listed here

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Frontload your life


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March 16th., 2017

Volume 22, Issue 05

Dear Friends and Partners,

Frontloading… I associated this term with the bulk of fees paid upfront when investing in managed funds and various paper assets. Then I stumbled across an article that uses this term as a way to invest early, do the hardworking upfront and reap the rewards later.

Its sage advice to start early, invest as much as you can and grow your assets from as young an age as possible. But, not everyone does. In the article (link below) that promotes this - it takes a rather naive spin on it, but the basics are right. I say naive because all sorts of s*it can and will hit the fan that you have to adjust to in life.

Thrifty, money minded Millennials promote staying at home and saving money before going out on their own. Sure, we did it differently and it worked. These guys will do it there way and it should work out too - unless of course they want to live in 250 sqft ergonomic, recycled, biodegradable communal boxes, then the plan may need readjustment…

Good advice for the younglings though: "Frontloading your life is working hard now so that you don’t have to work so hard later. It’s kind of like making a snowball. At first you’re packing the snow and rolling the ball around to make it bigger. After a little work your ball starts to roll down a hill and gets bigger and bigger and bigger, all on its own.”  Read it here.

 King Edward Park: 4-Plex Apartment, cash-flow central 

Turbo charge your portfolio. This legal 4-Plex apartment has great upgrades and terrific curb appeal. Excellent access; 10 minutes from downtown; 8 minutes to UoA, a winner to add to any portfolio. 1972 built, meticulously maintained.

 Newer appliances, shingles, flooring and suite upgrades over the past 1-5 years. Coin laundry down, separate meters for each unit and a mix of 3 X 3 bd suites and 1 X 2 bd - all above ground. Features oversized parking pad.

This property has a tried and true layout and is built to last.Terrific access to local amenities in mature King Edward.  Price includes reserve fund and light reno conversion costs to make the property shine! This is a turn-key deal. Excellent access downtown and in the highly rent-able and desirable neighbourhood of King Edward.
  
Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. King Edward is a mature neighbourhood that is convenient for tenants working downtown and attending U.O.A. HUGE upside potential due to the great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton's desirable growing core.


Purchase price: $849,000
Total Investment: $200,030
Your Estimated 5 Year Profit $172,599
Your pre-tax Total ROI is 80% or 15% per year



These 4 suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!


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Shell’s high-tailing is annoying, but there is lots to like about the Canadianization of the oil sands

By Claudia Cattano, Financial Post, March 14th., 2017

After a couple of decades of globalization, the oilsands are back to being owned and run by a tight oligopoly of Canadian companies.

The rush of foreign players brought capital, research and development, employment and an international flavour to the industry. But it also pushed up costs because of an escalation of competition, moved control and profits abroad, slowed down decision making and attracted a lot of bad publicity to the deposits by making them the poster child for the international anti-fossil fuel movement. READ MORE HERE 

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Tough times remain even as turnaround year predicted for Alberta economy
“It’s going to take quite some time before it gets back to where it was before the crash in oil prices."

By CBC News, March 10th, 2017

The worst may be over for Alberta's economy but 2017 will still feel like "tough times" for many people living in the province, says the Conference Board of Canada's chief economist.Craig Alexander discussed Alberta's economy — expected to lead the nation in growth this year at 2.8 per cent — during a conference in Calgary on Friday.   GRAB THIS ARTICLE

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Economy may be improving, but many Alberta oil patch jobs will never come back

By Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press, March 1st, 2017

Tens of thousands of oil and gas workers laid off during the downturn have been waiting for the patch to get back on its feet, but many of the jobs could be gone for good.

A rapid change in technology is playing out across the industry, after plummeting crude prices that began in 2015 forced companies to cut jobs and other costs wherever they could over the past two years.

Now, with oil holding steady above US$50 a barrel since December after having bottomed out to about $26 in early 2016, energy analysts say the growth of automation and other labour-saving efficiencies could hold back many jobs from returning with the economic recovery. FOLLOW THIS STORY

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Spring Uplift

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Glenn Simon Inc., Suite 1217, 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tel 1-888-780-5940 Fax 1-888-276-4517
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Dear Friends and Partners,

Talk is turning more positive as of late in AB. Perhaps part Trump, trade deals, pipelines or simply – spring, the news is brightening. It’d be nice if we could talk ourselves into an improving economy but it doesn’t always work that way.

The real tangible forecast we have to work with  will release their budget in Q2. This is expected to bring some major projects on the books bolstered by private or 3P projects as well; Cross Cancer (Calgary), 2 hospitals in Edmonton as well as the EAD Tower builds will continue to add more labour jobs. Fort Mac will continue to rebuild and ramp up from spring (more government rebuilds on way) this is obviously a mixed blessing; jobs for some, relocations for others and cost to infrastructure.

There is also development in bio-pharma in AB with one large facility looking to be built around Edmonton (see article below). The wild card is oil; cyclically speaking we’ve seen prices stabilize at around $48 bl. If $48 is the new norm (or less) and we can make it work through new technology, then great. If we are headed to a ‘forced diversification’ and over supply, not so good. But, at least we’re ready for that now.

Real Estate is flat except for key areas and building types. Rates are still low, but on the move up. Most energy and construction related projects take 18 months to gear up. That means that we need to continue to manage diligently and keep an eye out for sharp deals as we play the long-term strategy.

With proper management and solid reserves, now is a good time to add to your (residential) portfolio provided you have the tenacity to ride a 5-7 year plus cycle. Commercial and industrial you’ll need to be more selective and prudent with lease-ups (forget DT office space). If in the right area (yup – still “Location, location, location!”) you can benefit from properties that serve the growing industries. Onwards and upwards!

King Edward Park: 4-Plex Apartment, cash-flow central 

Turbo charge your portfolio. This legal 4-Plex apartment has great upgrades and terrific curb appeal. Excellent access; 10 minutes from downtown & 8 minutes to UoA, a winner to add to any portfolio. 1972 built, meticulously maintained. 

Newer appliances, shingles, flooring and suite upgrades over the past 1-5 years. Coin laundry down, separate meters for each unit and a mix of 3 X 3 bd suites and 1 X 2 bd - all above ground. Features oversized parking pad. 

This property has a tried and true layout and is built to last.Terrific access to local amenities in mature King Edward.  Price includes reserve fund and light reno conversion costs to make the property shine! This is a turn-key deal. Excellent access downtown and in the highly rent-able and desirable neighbourhood of King Edward. 
    
Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. King Edward is a mature neighbourhood that is convenient for tenants working downtown and attending U.O.A. HUGE upside potential due to the great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton's desirable growing core.

Purchase price: $849,000
Total Investment: $200,030
Your Estimated 5 Year Profit $172,599
Your pre-tax Total ROI is 80% or 15% per year

These 4 suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!

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Alberta economy on road to recovery Alberta conference board says 
By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal, February 23rd., 2017

Alberta should post Canada's fastest economic growth this year as the energy industry improves and consumer spending picks up, a Conference Board of Canada report says.
The provincial economy is expected to grow by 2.8 per cent in 2017 and a further 1.9 per cent in 2018, according to the non-profit research group's winter provincial outlook released Thursday.
Alberta posted Canada's largest economic decline in 2016.
"After two tough years, the bleeding in Alberta's oil and gas industry is finally being staunched and the province's economy is on the road to recovery," the report said.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE 

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City opens first office tower in Edmonton'd Ice District
By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal, February 22nd., 2017

Acrobats and jugglers performed Wednesday in the lobby of the Edmonton Tower for the official opening of the first major office building completed in the downtown Ice District.
The 27-storey structure at 101 Street and 104 Avenue will house about 2,000 city employees, including 100 who starting Monday will run a new second-floor customer service centre where people can buy licences and permits, pay taxes and pick up transit tickets.
Seven downtown counters that now provide these services will close Friday, including ones in City Hall and Chancery Hall.
"This tower's significance for the City of Edmonton as a municipal corporation is that it is already changing the way we work as an organization, and very soon it will change the way that Edmontonians access services," Mayor Don Iveson said.   GRAB THIS STORY
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Council sends 80-storey tower proposal back to developer
By Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal, February 21st., 2017

City council sent a contentious parkland deal back to the developer Tuesday, saying more work is needed to protect the public interest.
"If this all comes together, the city would get a landmark building with a really innovative approach to a park with permanent public access. If it doesn't come together, the city needs a way to cost-effectively go back to Plan A," said Mayor Don Iveson, after council debated in private the land sale meant to enable an 80-storey tower project in The Quarters.
Plan A was to expropriate the Alldritt Group land, which currently has two derelict buildings, and build a signature park at the end of the new Armature Park, creating a direct connection with the river valley.  MORE HERE
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 I appreciate all your calls and emails. I'm looking forward to helping you with your next step towards building real wealth.

Your success continues EVERYDAY, let me help you build for tomorrow.

"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you."  -Dennis Waitley
 Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar
 




Friday, February 17, 2017

Family Day Weekend Flu

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
Glenn Simon Inc., Suite 1217, 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tel 1-888-780-5940 Fax 1-888-276-4517
www.glennsimoninc.com   email: info@glennsimoninc.com

February 16th., 2017
Volume 22, Issue 3

Dear Friends and Partners,

It's seems the flu bug has stopped at our home for a visit. The bright side is that it's perfect timing on a long weekend with no plans and nothing but time to get better.

Take care and enjoy Family Day Weekend!

Central (Downtown) Edmonton: West Jasper Place, 6-Unit Cashflow Apartment

Turbo charge your portfolio. For those wanting a low risk investment in a gentrifying area with 6 units under one roof - here it is. This 6-plex offers is 5 minutes to Grant MacEwan, 6 minutes to Hospital, 10 to downtown.

This is property has many 3 of the 6 units recently upgraded. 4 X 1BD, 1 X 2 bedroom and 1 X BACH, all units are above grade (no basement suites). 1974 built, 6 parking stalls and great curb appeal.

Terrific access to local amenities in highly rent-able West Jasper Place. Property is zoned R7 and is a legal, purpose built apartment. Purchase price to include reserve fund and light renovation budget to make it standout - rolled into mortgage. This is a turn-key deal. Excellent access downtown and in the transitioning neighbourhood of WJP.

Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. WJP is a mature neighbourhood that is convenient for tenants working downtown or attending Grant MacEwan. HUGE upside potential due to the great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton’s growing centre.


Purchase price: $680,000
Total Investment: $161,200
Your Estimated Pre-Tax 5 Year Profit $102,145
Total ROI is 63% or 12.6% per year

These 6 (legal) suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!





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Which Canadian cities will boom (or not) in 2017

By Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post Canada, January 16th., 2017

Toronto and Vancouver are once again set to come out on top of all major Canadian cities when it comes to economic growth, says an economic forecast by the Conference Board of Canada.

The two cities have seen the strongest economic growth in Canada over the past year. At one point, they accounted for all the net job growth in the country.

The Conference Board expects these cities to repeat their top performance next year, though their economies will grow more slowly due to an expected slowdown in the housing market, brought on by new mortgage rules and declining affordability.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE


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Varcoe: Alberta’s report card reveals scars economic upheaval, signs of recovery


By Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald, February 9th, 2017

Report card day arrived late last week as the provincial Finance Department unveiled its “Year in Review” study on Alberta’s sputtering economy in 2016.

It reads like a teacher’s commentary about a student having trouble concentrating in class, with lousy marks awarded in many areas interspersed with a few middling grades.

“Considering that we’ve been a straight-A student for so long, I would call 2016 a C-minus,” says ATB Financial chief economist Todd Hirsch.

“It was a pretty rough year, but not a disaster … so I’d say a C-minus, maybe bordering on a D.”

That’s fair, given the upheaval of 2016. GRAB THIS STORY
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Oil firms resume rail shipment as crude oil pipelines fill up again

By Jesse Snyder, Financial Post, February 13th, 2017

CALGARY — A looming pipeline shortage could force more barrels of Canadian oil onto rail cars over the next few years, as oilsands companies look for alternative shipping options amid a gradual rise in production.

The oil industry’s pipeline woes have eased in recent months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two major pipeline proposals, and after U.S. President Donald Trump invited TransCanada Corp. to resubmit the  Keystone XL pipeline permit. 

However, the earliest date of completion for any new pipeline project is around the end of 2019 — if there are no delays. With oilsands production expected to rise over the next five years, and with Canada’s pipeline system near capacity, oil firms are tapping crude-by rail once again. MORE HERE
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I appreciate all your calls and emails. I'm looking forward to helping you with your next step towards building real wealth.
Your success continues EVERYDAY, let me help you build for tomorrow.

“We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”  -Joseph Campbell

Warm Regards,


Todd and Danielle Millar









Monday, February 06, 2017

Money Mantra Advice

These are good "money mantras", take a look at these MSN slides so that you can buy one of these and not end up like this.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Power of Purpose

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
Glenn Simon Inc., Suite 1217, 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tel 1-888-780-5940 Fax 1-888-276-4517
www.glennsimoninc.com   email: info@glennsimoninc.com



February 1st., 2017

Volume 22, Issue 02

Dear Friends and Partners,

Lately, I’ve been reminded of Nate Silver’s quote; “We must become more comfortable with probability and uncertainty.” That may feel like understatement, but it's not a determent. When your surroundings seem unstable it is natural to stop and take stock before moving forward. Paradoxically, we do the same when things are good. If your life is going well, you may be less likely to make pivotal changes.

I find it a necessary and rewarding exercise to force the question of ‘purpose’ to myself at these times. You can ask this question in any facet of your life; money, health, relationships. It is particularly good for investing in unsettled times and helps focus on the core rational for doing so. If you’re not already doing it, try it. Identify and clarify the ‘purpose’ of what you are doing and check it to see how compatible it is in your big picture. Relevancy matters.

The actions we choose either lead us closer or further away from our core goals. Taking regular stock of these goals and purposes is how we measure where we are and determine our overall state of happiness, safety and health.

Whether looking to stocks, precious metals, mutual funds, GICs or a plethora of other investments you’ll be hard pressed to find investments that produce as stable a return as income property. Real Estate isn’t immune to downturns either, and you’d be naive to think otherwise. Cycles may be longer or shorter, valleys deeper and peaks not quite so high or any variance in between; this is the uncertainty we all face.

Check out this terrific article that Steven Kaufman wrote on The 7 Tips Entrepreneurs need to know before investing in Real Estate, good stuff!




Central (Downtown) Edmonton: West Jasper Place, 6-Unit Cashflow Apartment

Turbo charge your portfolio. For those wanting a low risk investment in a gentrifying area with 6 units under one roof - here it is. This 6-plex offers is 5 minutes to Grant MacEwan, 6 minutes to Hospital, 10 to downtown.

This is property has many 3 of the 6 units recently upgraded. 4 X 1BD, 1 X 2 bedroom and 1 X BACH, all units are above grade (no basement suites). 1974 built, 6 parking stalls and great curb appeal.

Terrific access to local amenities in highly rent-able West Jasper Place. Property is zoned R7 and is a legal, purpose built apartment. Purchase price to include reserve fund and light renovation budget to make it standout - rolled into mortgage. This is a turn-key deal. Excellent access downtown and in the transitioning neighbourhood of WJP.

Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. WJP is a mature neighbourhood that is convenient for tenants working downtown or attending Grant MacEwan. HUGE upside potential due to the great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton’s growing centre.


Purchase price: $680,000
Total Investment: $161,200
Your Estimated Pre-Tax 5 Year Profit $102,145
Total ROI is 63% or 12.6% per year

These 6 (legal) suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!

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Edmonton real estate market looking unsettled, expert says
By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Sun, January 17th., 2017

Edmonton has been sailing through relatively calm waters during Alberta's economic meltdown, but there could be choppy days ahead, real estate specialist Don Campbell said Tuesday.

The capital has benefited from a stable government workforce and such major construction projects as northeast Anthony Henday Drive, Rogers Place and towers in the Ice District, said Campbell, senior analyst at the Real Estate Investment Network.  READ MORE HERE

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Alberta’s ‘bittersweet’ recovery: Don’t expect a job surge anytime soon, TD warns
Despite GDP growth forecast, report says ‘it will likely take some time to filter through the job market'


By Robson Fletcher, CBC News, December 20th, 2016

Alberta's economy is still expected to lead the country in growth over the next two years, according to the latest forecast from TD Economics, but the report warns that doesn't mean jobs will suddenly come surging back to the province.

"This year's top performing economies, B.C. and Ontario, are expected to lose some momentum thanks to a cooling in the housing market, while Alberta and Saskatchewan head to the top of the leaderboard," the report reads.

"But, this will be bittersweet, as the job markets in these oil-producing economies are expected to remain soft, leaving unemployment rates historically elevated.”  GRAB THIS ARTICLE


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Kevin Libin: Why is Alberta’s economy the only one the Trudeau Liberals are plotting to ‘phase out’?

By Kevin Libin, Financial Post, January 30th., 2017

Which Canadian leader will finally lay out a national plan to phase out Ontario’s auto industry?

Obviously, with the auto sector accounting for half-a-million jobs in Canada, at least 1,200 Ontario parts and equipment suppliers, and about 20 per cent of Ontario’s GDP and 12 per cent of Canada’s, it’s not something we can phase out tomorrow, naturally. But the more than two-million vehicles produced in Ontario annually burn billions of litres of carbon-heavy gasoline every year, emitting tens of millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide. This cannot go on.  FOLLOW THIS STORY


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I appreciate all your calls and emails. I'm looking forward to helping you with your next step towards building real wealth.
Your success continues EVERYDAY, let me help you build for tomorrow.

“It’s always good to be underestimated.” - Donald Trump

Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar