Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Winds Of Change

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May 1st., 2011
Volume 10, Issue 3

Dear Friends and Partners,

On Monday we will have a Federal election. If you didn't cast your vote early, you can cast your ballot on Election Day - May 2nd. For young adults or folks that aren't that familiar with the current party positions, a simple albeit rough guide to finding which party most matches your values can be found at CBC's Vote Compass. It is tool mainly designed to get Canadians interacting (voting) and deflate some of the recent apathy towards voting people have felt. After all, it really is your $300M being spent on this election, so you should at least have a say ☺

With spring finally here you see more for sale signs popping up and tenant inquiries as they shift from one rental to another. A small percentage may move as sellers list their property, another group have leases coming up in May (winter moves are brutal) and perhaps others have spring fever. It is a dance of sorts; buyers wait for sellers to list, sellers list expecting buyers. Tenants give notice to find another property, landlords post vacancies. The duration of a well matched tenancy in Edmonton is approximately 2 years. That is fairly short with many tenants rotating after a 1 year lease. In other parts of Canada I have seen a 4 year average period for rentals. Here we are in spring; a Royal wedding, an election and a couple more For Sale signs in the lawn.

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Western Premiers Worry Ignatieff-led Coalition Will Threaten Energy Energy Industry

By Darcy Henton and Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald April 21st 2011

EDMONTON — The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan teamed up in British Columbia on Wednesday to rail against the prospect of a federal opposition coalition and the threat of energy policies that will hurt the West.

Brad Wall and Ed Stelmach, clad in Vancouver Canucks jerseys along with new B.C. Premier Christy Clark, used a New West partnership meeting to deliver a one-two punch assault and call for a majority government, or at least one formed by the party that wins the most seats on May 2. READ MORE HERE


Thriving in Good Times And Bad:
Edmonton's Clarke Builders More Than Weathered The Recent 'Correction' With A Crowded Slate Of Local Projects

By Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal April 21st 2011

Seasoned business execs who have survived Alberta's volatile economic cycles tend to be a circumspect bunch.
After riding the oil-and-gas rollercoaster for decades, they know how quickly the world can change -for better or for worse.

Back in 2008, when oil prices hit nearly $150 US a barrel, no one expected prices to drop by nearly 80 per cent within months. But that's exactly what happened. READ MORE HERE

Growing Interest in Energizing Downtown Just What The City Needs

By David Staples, Edmonton Journal. April 8th 2011

It's that rarest of days, a truly good news day for Edmonton's downtown.
This mediocre, unlovely part of the city is much closer today to getting two key facilities that belong downtown, a new $340-million Royal Alberta Museum, twice as big as the old one, and the city's main hockey arena.

It's the goal of city council to create a more vibrant downtown. One sound strategy is to group major cultural institutions close together in the downtown. The thinking is that you bring together the people who visit such amenities, thus creating vibrancy and safety in numbers, as well as opening up opportunities for nearby restaurants and shops to have enough customers to thrive. FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

No Rest For the Aged

"The Alberta government wants aging workers to put off retirement instead of putting golf balls as a way to stave off a looming labour shortage.
Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk released Wednesday a strategy aimed at encouraging more mature workers to stay on the job."

As we gear up for a busy stretch in the economy, labour shortages loom. This is a good problem to have, much better than not enough jobs. We'll see more folks drift back to Alberta as the economy starts and an influx of new Canadians pouring in that will help the shortages. I already see an incredible variety of plates every day driving around town.
Read More Here!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Let's Get Real About The Oilsands

Dave Collyer sees growth in the oilsands benefiting developing countries through the support of global demand. He touches on the keystones of making the oilsand's growth environmentally balanced and he takes out a lot of the 'emotion' associated with them. Good article.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Commit to Big Cities

Calgary mayor highlights the way municipalities have been ignored in the campaign - "Whatever happens in this federal election, voters in cities like Edmonton aren't likely to come out as winners. No major party is consistently standing up for the interests of city voters. They all need to do better.

Calgary's progressive new mayor Naheed Nenshi recently studied the platforms of the three major parties and found little in them for the 80 per cent of us who reside in the cities of this country."

Take the political posts with a grain of salt... I think the basic idea here is in the title and worth repeating 'Commit To Big Cities'. We must remain active shaping the direction of our federal, provincial and municipal riding so that we get leadership in place that will help our city grow and expand thoughtfully. Edmonton has so much opportunity and a plan to see LRT expansion coupled with revitalizing the city core are basics. How we spend, reinvest and distribute provincial money to create art and community building activities is also key.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to make a hell of a profit - and still get to heaven!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a small gathering at the U.O.A Listner Hall to hear Dr. DeMartini speak. I have read 2 of Dr. DeMartini's books and found them both to be immensely insightful, practical and potent. He bridges many concepts from business to philosophy.
There were less than 100 people in attendance and I was able to meet Dr. D and talk to him for a few minutes.

My uncle Bill is South African and lives in the Karoo desert. One of his dreams was to build the pension he has out there so that guests can come and see the great expanse of this off the beaten path place. One year Danielle and I spent Christmas in Kloof, S.A. with my family there. It was then that my uncle gave me the Dr. DeMartini book 'How to Make One Hell Of A Profit And Still Get To Heaven'. It became my reading companion throughout the trip from Kloof to Paternoster and circling the Cape of Good Hope. I remember being on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years imprisoned and reflecting upon Dr. D's insights.

Last night's talk was about the 'Hierarchy of Values' and how your highest values will be your most organized and position you with your number one goals. These goals might be family, relationship, money, health, business or social. You may not even beware of what those values are if you're not careful - that is where many folks spend there time in delusion.

On the lower scale of Hierarchy lives your neglected values, often in chaos. Dr. DeMartini breaks down what drives you to have your current values, identifies them and shows you ways to replace or hone them to meet your highest intrinsic value; the one thing that serves others and makes you happy.

If you like what you read here and want to see Dr.. DeMartini in action, he will be in Calgary, Alberta over the weekend. Check him out - you will be changed.

The Valour House

I imagine the transition from fighting in a war to civilian life must be extremely difficult. In many cases battle haunts solders throughout their life. If you have been wounded abroad it adds the pressure of rehabilitation and the reworking of family dynamics. Edmontonians have gotten together to raise money and create this unique 'home' You can also donate here.

"Valour Place will provide “hope away from home” for injured soldiers, veterans and their families when in Edmonton, Alberta for medical treatment and rehabilitation.

The first facility of its kind in Canada, Valour Place will enable Canadian military families to live together in a supportive environment during a difficult time."Read more here

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This and That

Alberta Economic Optimism is the Highest in Nation -"Last year Alberta was one of two provinces that saw a decline in employment so you were late in this employment recovery story but that all changed in January as you had the best job numbers in a month since May of 06," RBC Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Craig Wright

I’ve heard leading economists Todd Hirsch and Mary McGregor speak this year. The news for Alberta looks to be one of stable and long growth. 2013 to 2019 really show the economy expanding and projects being built. From 2020 to 2030 many of the larger projects currently booked will come to completion. From 2030 onwards the building growth simmers down, but maintenance and operation continue steadily.

Premier Shells Alberta Economy - "Last week, Stelmach ambushed the oil industry by rolling out proposed regulations to halt oilsands production on two million hectares - including land that had already been leased to two dozen different oil and mining companies.

Those companies had followed all the rules. They went through the necessary hearings, complied with all the regulations, paid their fees and were approved.

That's a contract. And based on that contract, those companies spent money and hired workers."

Stelmach isn’t leaving soon enough… Regardless if you are pro, anti or in the middle when it comes to Alberta’s Oilsands – what you DON’T do is rip up a contract. Then again, some would say you’d stay your term as Premier too, without bailing out in the middle, but in this case, the sooner an unstable Premier such as Stelmach leaves, the better.

Edmonton Stories - A great site to get insight into living, visiting and working in Edmonton. There are some pretty interesting stories.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Boom to Doom

You'll notice that these articles continue to resurface as the mood and economy change. You'll see pro-oilsands and anti-oilsands as the political climate swings back and forth from boom to doom. Quite often the core information doesn't change; just the spin on it. At any rate this article outlines the oilsands and the use of natural gas in extracting it - there is some good general info here.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Peter Kinch's Mortgage Minute - When will interest rates rise?

We did just see a rate hike about 2 days ago. Luckily I've been able to lock in rates with my bank for my next purchase. Peter Kinch thinks October for the next one. I think buy while you can because prices will rise and interest rates make a huge difference in your cashflow. Lock in if rates increasing worries you and if it doesn't ride the variable over the long term it's proven to cost you less.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

On Sale Now Near You!

It's Millar Time! - Canadian Real Estate Magazine features Todd and Danielle Millar in their Annual Special Edition. Get insight into how we got started, our lessons passed on to you and Todd Millar's Top 5 hints so you get an expert's knowledge boiled down into useful information. On Sale at most retailers near you!

Alberta Hitting Stride

"After being particularly affected by the recession and late to the recovery, the Alberta economy is once again hitting its stride with “robust crude oil prices” and an increase in drilling activity, says a report by TD Economics." Calgary Herald

I think we are. It is a long, dark walk out of the recession though. Will the next 'boom times' be sweet enough to erase and make us forget the sourness of the down-times? Probably not, and that is a good thing.

The growth ahead seems to be much more steady than the big spikes of 2006 and 2007. I also think this growth period will stretch out much further too - leading into a bigger, more diversified province.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Does Don R. Cambell really kick ass?

According to the article from 'Kick Ass Canadians' Don does. Don has helped me align specific elements of my business and has offered invaluable solutions to a few particularly complex real estate questions. Believe me, stuff gets complex when you work with partners outside of Canada, never mind the regular hurdles an investor faces daily. After time you begin to roll with things or get out of the game.

The best investors (the most profitable ones at least) invest without emotion - that is true. But, all the while tenants, employees, partners, husbands, wives, children and the world - are running around emotionally charged. It can get overwhelming at times.

One of the many likable traits Don has is his bluntness (well, I like that about him). He calls it like he sees it. If you like unbridled doses of truth, Don is your guy.

Now, Don may not look like a massive He-man, but he isn't a sissy either. He is a verbal ninja with words like razor-sharp throw stars, he defends the good. I would go as far to say if Don Campbell and Chuck Norris were in a fight.... Never mind.

Yes, Don is a kick ass Canadian.