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INTERIOR B.C. • ALBERTA • SASKATCHEWAN • MANITOBA SECTION

6 SYNDICATES TARGET FARMS

Investors harvest profit from Prairie ranchlands

Brett Wilson, chairman of Prairie Merchants: Alberta acres will grow houses, but Saskatchewan is the prize

17 AIRDRIE’S ADVANTAGES

Calgary ‘burb lures with low taxes, CN upgrades and fast highway access

.C. hoo: Ju

23 BUILDING AN INSTANT TOWN

BHP Billiton conjures fast community for 2,500 potash miners

25 FLIN FLON BODY EXPOSED

High-tech aerial surveys find signs of potentially huge copper discovery SPECIAL SECTION • A22

LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES

PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENT 40069240 RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES TO CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT: 102 EAST 4TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER, B.C. V5T 1G2

$4.29 APRIL 2012 Vol. 27/Issue 4


B2 Interior British Columbia Colliers International Centre Group Commercial Realty Kelowna, B.C. 250.763.2300

www.westerninvestor.com APRIL 2012WESTERN INVESTOR

Colliers International Centre Group Real Estate Services Kamloops, B.C. 250.372.7000

www.colliers.com/kelowna

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JACK SHABBITS & ERIC WEBER*

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MIKE GEDDES*

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MOTEL, HOTEL & BUSINESS CONSULTANTS s MEMBER of the Canadian I.C. & I Council

201-1449 St . Paul St., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2E5

O f fice: Fax:

250-862-8100 250-984-0803

Syd Berisoff

Larry Berisoff

Jody L. Miller

Agent/Broker

Associate Broker

Personal Real Estate Corporation

syd@syberrealty.com

larry@syberrealty.com

jody@syberrealty.com

To view photos on these and other opportunities visit our website

www.syberrealty.com

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On the cover Former “Dragon� Brett Wilson now sees investor opportunities in Prairie farmland - and he is not alone. Photo: Jason Stang / www.stangphotography.com



Syndicates, speculators expect to harvest profits

17 "EWBOUBHFHPFTUP"JSESJF 

Incentives, low taxes spur growth in Calgary suburb Download a PDF of all our Regional Roundups online at www.westerninvestor.com

25 8IBUUIFZGPVOEVOEFS'MJO'MPO 

High-tech mining search exposes huge copper body

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McLaughlin Commercial Group - RE/MAX Commercial - RE/MAX Kelowna

APPROXIMATELY 115.68 ACRES LAND ASSEMBLY IN NORTH GLENMORE/ UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

PRIME DEVELOPMENT SITES WINFIELD TOWN CENTRE FULLY SERVICED & READY TO BUILD 2.93 Acres - Lots 1 & 2 1.71 Acres - Lot 1 1.22 Acres - Lot 2 0.90 Acres - Lot 3 2.67 Acres - Lot 4

Minutes from Kelowna’s International Airport. One side abuts golf course in Quail Ridge. Gravel Pit is a permitted use!

$ 3,899,000 $ 2,500,000 $ 1,500,000 $ 1,000,000 $ 3,250,000

INDUSTRIAL STRATA UNIT AVAILABLE

SERVICE COMMERCIAL STRATA UNIT

$SSUR[6)RQWKHPDLQĂ€RRUDQG Located near Reid’s Corner and 5 minutes SF on the mezzanine level. away from Kelowna’s International Airport. Zoned I1. 2 Exclusive loading docks and 1 - Zoned C10. Approx. 1,700 SF with multiple 10’x14’ overhead door. Multiple improvements RIÂżFHVUHFHSWLRQDUHDZDUHKRXVHDQG already in place! boardroom. 1 x 14’x12’ Overhead door.

6.5 Acres – Asking: $6,500,000,00 + HST MLSŽ (Plus DLC – Latecomer Charges)

Asking: $355,000.00 + HST MLSÂŽ

Asking: $299,900.00 plus HST MLSÂŽ

70.80 Acres - Lot D 15.63 Acres - Lot 1 11.62 Acres - Lot 9 9.10 Acres - Lot 10 8.98 Acres - Lot 8

$5,318,000 $1,315,800 $ 962,200 $ 773,500 $ 763,300

This assembly comprises 5 lots that can be purchased individually or as a complete package.

Asking: $9,132,800.00 MLSÂŽ

SEARS WEST KELOWNA LOCATION

20+ YEARS OPERATING RESTAURANT WEST KELOWNA, B.C.

Gorgeous, new 12,000 SF distribution and highway exposure location. Turn-key package available with one of the best names in the business. Inventory is paid for by Sears and therefore there are no inventory costs!

Your First & Last Call!

Turn-key location available. Highway frontage and great exposure. Dining room has approx. 40 seats. Equipment and inventory are included within the price!

Asking: $425,000.00 + HST Exclusive Listing

Asking: $59,000.00 + HST MLSÂŽ LEASE OFFERINGS - Kelowna



- West Kelowna

NORTH GLENMORE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

 

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    - West Kelowna - Vernon - Lake Country

   

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WEST KELOWNA INDUSTRIAL LAND & BUILDING FOR LEASE Approx. 6,000 SF building footprint. Approx. 1.22 acres with the ability for outdoor storage. 4 x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x14â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Overhead doors, 600 $03SKDVHHOHFWULFDOVHUYLFHRIÂżFHV reception area, and washrooms. Asking: $5,000.00 per Month + HST & NNN

Kris McLaughlin - 250.870.2165


B4 Interior B.C./Business Opportunities BUSINESSFORSALE NEAR CHASE, BC

BARRIERE, BC

For Sale Well maintained, 12 year old, privately owned arena centrally located in the Tournament Capital of Canada. With a fully licensed and established lounge, this rink is exposed to thousands of registered youth and adult hockey/figure skaters. This is a turnkey operation awaiting a passionate owner/operator. The facility runs at near capacity during lucrative peak/winter season, as well as yielding year-round revenue during summer camp and tournament programming. An extensive list of assets will be available for both lounge and rink on request. A list of assets is available on request.

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Established October 2010 A unique shavings mill business manufacturing premium quality shavings from BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surplus pine. The material is compressed into industrial sized packages and is widely distributed. Supply agreements pending. Owner is ready to sell. Business has had strong sales since the ďŹ rst of the year. Turnkey operation.

Ă&#x160; $250,000.00

$700,000 and take over ďŹ nancing. Excellent time to enter!

250-672-9642

Ron at 250.804.3305

www.westerninvestor.com APRIL 2012WESTERN INVESTOR

Call: 250-377-4282 or Email: ichockey@telus.net

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Each office is independently owned and operated.

$588,000

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Open to possible lease/purchase offers.

REACH QUALIFIED BUYERS FOR YOUR LISTINGS

BOB TEGART 250-272-4321

Abe Martens 250-430-1070 RE/MAX Elk Valley

bob@remaxgolden.com RE/MAX of Golden

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COVER From farms to industrial sites, raw land is proving a hot investment across the Western prairies

FRANK Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN/GEOFF KIRBYSON WESTERN INVESTOR n Fort McMurray an acre of industrial land sells for more than $1.2 million per acre. In Vancouver, it can cost the same for a 33-foot-wide home-building lot on the west side of the city. In Manitoba, a surprising shortage of commercial land has driven city prices up to $800,000 an acre. But, across most of regulation-laden Saskatchewan, a million dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or even less â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could buy 1,000 acres of some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most productive farmland.

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This is among the reasons why farmland is looking like the smartest investment, and it has drawn a number of hedge funds, limited partnerships and other investment vehicles to the market. The average price of Saskatchewan farmland increased 11.6 per cent over the past year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the highest average increase in Canada. This follows gains of 2.7 per cent and 2.9 per cent over the previous two years. The price acceleration began in 2003, when Saskatchewan changed the rules to allow Canadians unlimited ownership of farmland (out-of-province buyers had been restricted to owning 320 acres. Restrictions still apply to foreign owners). Since that time the average price of Saskatchewan farmland has doubled. An example is Prairie Merchant, the Calgary-based company controlled by former Dragon Den panellist Brett Wilson. Last year Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company bought 394 acres in Strathmore, Alberta, where it plans to build up to 1,700 homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see farmland as a good investment in several ways,â&#x20AC;? Wilson told Western Investor. He first began buying in Saskatchewan as the ownership rules were being relaxed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the buyer pool had been restrict-

ed for so long the market values for land in Saskatchewan had been depressed, effectively by government intervention,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still see Saskatchewan farmland as a long-term hold â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a limited supply of good, arable farmland and ever-increasing demand for food on a global basis.â&#x20AC;? While Wilson has focused his farmland investment strategy in Saskatchewan, he owns farmland and ranch land in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prairie Merchant is not alone in seeing the potential in Prairie farmland. Other investment firms that are involved in the purchase of Canadian farmland include Calgary-based Agcapita, which is holding about 60,000 acres of Saskatchewan farms; Assiniboia Farmland; Bonnefield Financials Inc. (new in 2010); Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, a division of Manulife Financial Canada, which is already managing $1.3 billion in agricultural real estate in the U.S.;Sprott Resources Corp. operating One Earth Farms, which is mainly focused on renting First Nations land; andHCI Ventures Inc. owned by the Hokanson family from Alberta. While all of the farmland investment syndicates seek opportunities in Western Canada, Saskatchewan appears to be the primary focus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and one of the reasons farmland prices are rising in that province.

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Saskatchewan continues to restrict foreign ownership of farmland, a move that, though intended to protect farmers, according to a study by Bonniefield Financials may be having the reverse effect. David Sparling, chair of agri-food and innovation regulation at the Richard Ivey School of Business (and chairman of Bonnefield Canadian Farmland Corp.) compared data from Saskatchewan with those of other provinces found in the 2006

The Holy Grail of Saskatchewan farmland investing, in reality, is the opening up of Saskatchewan farmland to foreign investors. It is estimated that the amount of global farmland that has been acquired by foreign entities equals about 198 million acres. There is $100 billion waiting to be invested by 120 investment groups, says a study by U.Sbased agri-consultants HighQuest Partners. Major buyers are countries in the Middle East, China, Japan, South Korea and Western Europe. In the last three years China has bought 7.5 million acres of farmland, mostly in Africa. Saudi Arabia has spent $800 million on overseas farms and is looking for more in Africa, Argentina, Australia and Eastern Europe. Japan is also buying huge farms in both Africa and South America. Data collected by the U.S.based International Food Policy Research Institute shows that, in 2010, governments bought nearly 10 million acres of farmland in foreign countries, an area bigger than Brett Wilson of Dragons Den fame is chairman of Belgium. Prairie Merchants, one of several investment groups Politically secure and economitargeting western farmland. cally safe Canada would provide an ideal farmland investment, but the country Census of Agriculture. The study found that, between 1986 and allows provinces to set the rules on farmland 2006, Saskatchewan saw the number of farms ownership. On the prairies, only Alberta has no in the province fall by over 30 per cent com- foreign ownership restrictions. B.C. has no forpared with a decline of 14 per cent in Alberta eign ownership rules, but its Agriculture Land and a national average of 21 per cent. The only Reserve keeps most agriculture land as farms. Still, farmland has proven a rock-solid province to experience a similar decline was Manitoba, where a regulatory environment investment. similar to Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is in place. As well, According to a study by Enquirica over the past 20 years, the number of acres of Research, Canadian farmland has seen a Saskatchewan land owned by farmers declined 10.6 per cent increase in returns over the past by 5.3 per cent, compared with 0.8 per cent and 10 years, compared with 3.8 per cent for the 3 per cent declines in, respectively, Alberta and Toronto Stock ExchangeIndex. The Enquirica study says that by renting out farmland to real Manitoba, the study found. Photo: Dean West

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farmers, “a Canadian investor in farmland can look forward to reliable cash-flow on the order of 6 per cent to 7 per cent, without operational risk.” Farmland values are not only rising in Saskatchewan, they have increased across the country, according to Farm Credit Canada, and are posting double-digit increases in the U.S. According to a recent report on farmland values in Kansas, the average value has soared 25 per cent in the past 12 months, from an average US$3,000 per acre to US$4,000 per acre. Double-digit annual increases in land value were common this past year across the Corn Belt region of the U.S.A.

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Assiniboia Farmland Limited Partnership is one of the big players in Saskatchewan. In the past seven years, the partnership has accumulated about $50 million in investment capital, according to company co-founder and vicepresident Brad Farquhar. “We now own approximately 110,000 acres of farmland across Saskatchewan already worth about $100 million. The land is leased to more than 140 active farm tenants and we have a solid history of gains and cash distributions. We have a goal of growing to about 400,000 acres in the next three to five years.” Assiniboia’s strategy is simple and not unique to the investment strategy used by other farmland investment groups. “Our strategy is to buy land without overpaying, rent the land to farmers, collect the rent and pay the bills and then distribute the surplus cash to investors,” Farquhar said. About 95 cent of Assiniboia revenue comes from land rent, but the company also generates revenue from oil and gas surface leases, carbon credits, gravel sales, subdividing and selling residential acreages. The exit strategy is to liquidate the land holdings in a limited partnership within five years of the purchase. “We are primarily focused on farmland in tSaskatchewan as it is still undervalued relative to neighbouring jurisdictions,” Farquhar said. In Saskatchewan, farmland prices are also rising because of larger local producers

Saskatchewan farmland: while the average is $550 per acre, prime dark-soil farms in the Regina area can cost two to three times as much.

expanding their land base and the oil and gas (for instance, more sales of wheat and beef). - Cash-flow: By cash renting (i.e., leasing influence, especially in the Bakken oilfields the land to farmers for 100 per cent upfront around the Estevan area. cash payment rather than operating) an investor in farmland can look forward to reliable cash#FBUTUIF549 Investment syndicates buy Saskatchewan flow without operational risk. In addition, as farmland at an average of $550 per acre and cash rents tend to track land prices with a lag, rent it to operators at an average of about $33 farmland rental cash flows tend to be inflation per acre. In prime areas, recent prices and rents hedging themselves. Saskatchewan have been two to three farmland trades at a times higher. discount to global averHere some of the ages Saskatchewan reasons investors are eyeing Canadian price increases over farmland, especially in the last 4.5 years (the Saskatchewan, accordperiod over which ing to Agcapita: Saskatchewan farmland prices began to accel- Low Volatility: Farmland prices exhibit erate) go a long way to bearing out the existlow volatility in general and in particular when ence of this “margin of safety”; Saskatchewan farmland returns (2007 to present, excluding compared with listed equities. - High Absolute Returns: Farmland typ- rents) equal to 11.4 per cent per year. ically generates higher absolute returns than listed equities on the Toronto Stock Exchange .BOJUPCB over most measurement periods. In Manitoba, it is not farmland but industrial - Emerging Market Linkage:As emerging and commercial land that is drawing attenmarkets develop, the consumption of energy tion due to a looming shortage. That can only and agriculture commodities increases rapidly mean one thing, experts agree – prices are on

Saskatchewan farmland prices rose 11.6 per cent over the past year

the rise. Martin McGarry, president of DTZ Barnicke Winnipeg, said land for commercial development is very hard to find. At a minimum, shovel-ready sites are fetching $20 to $25 per square foot, or about $800,000 an acre. “Most of the valuable commercial land is owned by developers. If you want to build your own building, you have to lease from a developer. If you want to buy the land, it’s pretty tough with shovel-ready lots,” he said. It’s much the same situation with the industrial side of the market, where serviced land is difficult to come by in the right size or location that developers often want, despite what appears to be endless land to an outsider. “The vacancy rate for leased and owned premises is the tightest I’ve ever seen. There’s more pressure for somebody new to the marketplace to build and then they’ve got to find land The market just keeps getting tighter. It’s getting a bit ridiculous,” he said. Tom Derrett, an industrial sales and leasing agent at Colliers International, agrees. People often think of Winnipeg as having nothing but land, but the truth is there is a severe lack of serviced land inside the Perimeter Highway for industrial development, Derrett noted. “Anybody looking for land is being forced to get further away from where they used to be,” he said. Land closest to the airport is in the highest demand. Depending on the location, the prices are ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 an acre, he said. “You’ve got different price points. You might have land across the street from another parcel, one is serviced and one isn’t. It’s not so much the supply and demand, it’s the cost of servicing the land that’s driving the prices up,” he said. The situation isn’t nearly as extreme on the residential side, but that doesn’t mean it’s not strong. Shirley Przybyl, president of Winnipeg Realtors, said the housing market has made a habit over the past decade-and-a-half of outperforming forecasts, and things were no different in 2011. She expects increased pressure on land prices as developers seek sites, particularly in the capital city region.◆

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#129593: COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH BEER AND WINE STORE for sale (gross sales of $2,000,000). Great location in Dawson Creek, also 40 apartments, bar/restaurant area and commercial space. Asking $3,500,000. Call for more info.

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#130083 - Prime location on Alaska Ave. in Dawson Creek - close to all retail and downtown and still on main artery through the City. Total of 17,000 sq. ft. of new space and can be divided into whatever you need. Popular new restaurant now open, lots of parking.

#129952 - FOR SALE OR LEASE Multi purpose building with 2 units now leased leaving 11,000 sq ft. available. Upgrades include updated roof and furnaces Asking price is just $397,000

$3,125,000 MLSÂŽ10039365

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#130029 RETAIL STOREFRONT on 102nd Ave. for sale, 3500 sq. ft on a corner location, paved parking, good visibility can be used for ofďŹ ce, retail, or your own small business. Owner will consider leasing as well. Reduced to $119,000 as is

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#129257: THE SOUTH PEACE UNITED CHURCH IS FOR SALE. OVER 11,000 SQ. FT. - Sanctuary, hall, kitchen, ofďŹ ces, and support services. Excellent corner location, zoned commercial, very good condition, ready for an ofďŹ ce or residential conversion. $495,000 #133401 - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY located on the east side of Dawson Creek. Belsum Auto Recyclers Ltd has a proven track record and shows a good return. Includes 6.5 acres of prime industrial land on Hwy #49, a heated main shop with 3200 sq.ft. and an adjoining 2400 sq. ft. building used for stripping vehicles. Lots of inventory, and equipment includes 3 forklifts and a skid steer. Asking $1,200,000 for the land, buildings, and turnkey business with inventory. #133128: NEW STRIP MALL has 4 available spaces left for lease, 1,750 sq ft each. Great location on 8th street between Tim Hortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & The Brick. Lease rates start as low as $16/sq. ft. Start your business here. Strip mall is 10,000 sq. ft. Also for sale at $1,800,000

L A N D #129635: RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT LANDS, one parcel of 25 acres on the north west edge of Dawson Creek for sale, superb location for residential homes, the timing is right as we need more residential lots for our busy market place. Asking $625,000 #129877: ONE ACRE OF MULTIPLE RESIDENTIAL LAND suitable for 37 unit apartment or condo complex. Across from the hospital in a prime residential area of Dawson Creek. $179,000 #127836: SUBDIVISION FOR MOBILE HOMES! Total of 39 mobile lots are possible on this 4.6 acres, zoning in place, some services are already in, 3 lots have been subdivided. Call for more info. Asking $300,000 #127441: 80 ACRES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND with highway frontage, railway tracks, water and sewer in the City of Dawson Creek. Asking $31,250 per acre

#135241: COMMERCIAL LAND NEXT TO THE GOLF COURSE. Great location and potential! 10.33 acres that are zoned C-3 (highway commercial) between the driving range and regional district offices, close to a large campground. Lots of options, borders the Alaska Highway. $1,000,000 WILL BUILD TO SUIT - AIRPORT ONE ACRE LOTS Developer has 3 one acre lots in a row at the airport with highway frontage...will build a 5000 - 7,000 sq, ft. pre-engineered steel shop, provide a graveled and fenced yard with a 5 year lease starting at $ 14.00 per sq. ft. for the shell. Also willing to build and sell to tenant. One lot now leased and sold. Only 2 left! #127066: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 0.74 acres at the intersection of 17 Street and Alaska Highway. Ideal location for strip mall, service station, etc. $295,000


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IDEAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS! 9610 - Sikanni Road

8224 - 93rd Street

2,000 sq. ft. bay w/front reception, offi ce & Mezz. Shop consists of radiant heat, 14’ overhead doors, main door & fl oor drain. If you need 4000 sq ft the adjoining 9612 - Sikanni Rd. (N4505287) is also available.

1050 sq ft of offi ce w/ hardwood fl oors. Front reception & display area & the shop with 3 bays, 1 is drive through/wash bay. Radiant heat, mezzanine area, 14’ overhead doors. Fenced compound all on city services.

$14.00/ sq. ft. + NNN - MLS# N4505336

REDUCED $810,000 - MLS# N4504836

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$299,900

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10711 - 91st Ave Updated office space, new windows, doors and updated forced air furnace. 1100 sq. ft. of office space attached to 3250 sq. ft. of shop. + 6500 sq. ft. of additional shop space available. $15.00/sq ft + NNN - MLS# N4505100

5.238 ACRES IN A GREAT LOCATION! Lot 11 - 87A Avenue M-2 zoning, easy access to the East bypass road make this a great place to build a shop and set up business. $1,128,750 MLS# N4505220 Lot 12 also available $1,128,750 MLS# N4505221

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• 39 rooms/ 5 acres commercial with 4 bed house • N.O.I $380k. • Cap rate 17% • On Hwy 16. • Potential business from mining, forest industry projects and LNG pipeline starting summer 2012.

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$1,200,000 - MLS# N4504915

KATHY MILLERCURTIS ROBINSON PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION

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20-25%+ ROI/Cash on Cash! 4-Plex for Sale - $269,900

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7919 Hwy 97 Sth.

‘Wee Chippie Fish & Chips Seafood” BUSINESS

9080 Penn Rd.

5075 Domano Blvd.

4098 Continental Way

LAND FOR SALE - Approx 30 Acres on Hwy 97 Sth. Plans call for Provincial road through the property linking Hwy to Sintich Rd. And the development of five separate 2 + Acre Commercial lots.

LAND - 3,609 sq ft main floor 120 seat restaurant specializing in authentic English fish & chips. 1,559 sq ft second floor living accommodations, may be converted to a banquet facility plus 2,227 sq ft basement.

FOR LEASE – 25,660 sq ft quality warehouse located in the Danson Industrial Park.

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678 Vancouver St.

760 Kinsmen Pl.

FOR LEASE – 1,985 sq ft of top quality second floor office space. 6 offices, meeting room, lunch room & common area. Net Lease.

FOR LEASE– New first-class building in prime location. Ready for occupancy September 2012. Main floor 4,300 sq ft available and daylight basement 2,000 sq ft. Zoned C-4.

9543 & 9565 Anzac Cres.

1150 – 3rd Ave.

FOR SALE - 1.88 Acres. Zoned M-2. Industrial lots, cleared, level & serviced.

FOR SALE – Fully renovated downtown retail/ office building. 3,000 sq ft per floor, plus full basement. Main floor is also an attractive retail space.

1550 – 1st Ave.

978 & 996 Central St.

ONE OF A KIND OPPORTUNITY. 3 concrete block warehouse on 3 Acres. 44,080 sq ft total space. Well maintained with 11 loading doors, 13 O/H doors, 3 phase power & highway access.

FOR SALE – located on corner of 10th and Central. Must be sold together. Value is in the land. Currently Zoned RS2, the City says can be re-zoned to C4.

201 Victoria St. FOR SALE – Prime Second Ave. & Victoria St. corner site. 32, 262 sq ft two-storey offi ce/retail building.

Fisher Rd. FOR SALE – 127.88 Acres of prime development land. 146 lots zoned single family, services at lot line. 4.65 Acres zoned RM3 for multifamily, 1 lot zoned RM-1. 62.47 Acres in OCP Phase 1 for future development.

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BOWDEN ALBERTA

RESORT: Asking $4.0mil 60 Acres in Rocky Mountain, 6 months open MOTEL: Asking $1.3mil 51 Rooms, Sale $500,000 in Vegreville, AB MOTEL: Asking $3.79mil 38 rooms in Edmonton

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MOTEL: Asking $1.79mil 45 rooms in Pincher Creek CAR WASH: Asking $2.95mil Sale $600,000 I hour from Edmonton

DON WILSON 403 559 7781 dwilson.vsm@gmail.com

Thomas Koh (CIR) 403-680-9827

Val Toffoli

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F O U R P L E X F O R S A L E I N R O C K Y M O U N TA I N H O U S E Asking price $ 465,000

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Legal description: Lot 36a & 36b Block 7 Plan 772 2764 Civic Address: 5743 & 5745 53 Street. Close, Rocky Mountain House Property size: approx. 7000 sq ft Financial information: Gross revenue: $47,160 per year Currently: all 4 occupied Taxes: $4500.00 for 2011 Tax Year

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REGIONAL ROUNDUP Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest suburb appears poised on the cusp of a permanent building boom

"EWBOUBHF"JSESJF city Calgary-based warehouses close to the Deerfoot Trail freeway are sometimes accessed WESTERN INVESTOR only through snow-day gridlock. Then there are the numbers that matter conf youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for signs of an eco- siderably to many large building leaseholders: nomic slowdown in Alberta, you might lease rates and tax rates. be wise to close your eyes while touring Airdrie, says Marsden, does comparatively through Airdrie. well in both categories when lined up against Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest suburb the metropolis to the immediate south. remains in a relatively permanent boom mode, recording 8 per cent-plus population growth -PXUBYFT again in 2011 and building permit values that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your property taxes are significantly lower, easily surpass other, more populous second- anywhere from 13 to 17 per cent,â&#x20AC;? Marsden tier Alberta cities like steady Lethbridge and explained. On top of that, Airdrie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have oilpatch-dependent Red Deer and Grande a business tax. Calgary is still contemplating Prairie. how to get rid of its business levy. In Airdrie, 6, 7 or 8 per cent growth is the Taxes played a role in the decision of norm. TransCanada Turbines to relocate a producAnd if you look at the influences for the next tion facility to Airdrie, Marsden notes. The few decades, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect that to change too company opened a new shop with 180,000 much. square feet of production space along Highway For starters, Airdrie is better positioned now 2 in summer 2011. as a transportation and logistics centre than it Airdrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing growth has also produced was five years ago; and, depending on who you a huge new labour pool in the city for potentalk to, will likely improve even more when tial employers, and while Airdrie residents CN Rail opens its new inter-modal yard north- have shown a willingness to drive to Calgary east of Calgary next year. for work, the potential is there for large, new â&#x20AC;&#x153;With CN now going up to northeast Calgary, employers to reduce commuter numbers over outside the city limits, Airdrie becomes a lot time. more viable,â&#x20AC;? said Colliers International As things now stand, only about one-third industrial associate Paul Marsden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As of employed Airdrie residents actually work opposed to being a 40-minute drive from the in their home community, according to city inter-modal yards, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now 15 minutes.â&#x20AC;? census figures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been significant growth in the 'BTUGMPX population over the last three to five years. Marsden understands the Highway 2 cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s What thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing is creating a critical mass lure to larger industrial clients. Those clients of people for the workforce to draw from,â&#x20AC;? have immediate access to Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north-south Marsden noted. highway backbone, not to mention the TransCanada Highway bypass around the north end *OEVTUSJBM of Calgary. The latter means there are now Marsden is involved in marketing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new virtually no traffic snarls or delays to ship Highland Park industrial subdivision on behalf east or west from Airdrie. In contrast, inner- of Beddie Group, and says that factors such as

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ABOVE: Highway 2 roars through Airdrie and is fuelling demand for industrial land and manufacturing facilities. INSET: TransCanada Turbine recently opened an 180,000-square-foot production plant beside Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest highway corridor.

lower land costs also help to make Airdire projects such as Highland Park attractive. Airdrie industrial land typically sells for 70 to 75 per cent of the cost of Calgary land ($425,000 to $475,000 in Airdrie, as compared with up to $700,000 in Calgary) making it possible for companies such as Beedie to offer shell lease rates as low as $5.95 per square foot on new warehouse space. Kent Rupert, the City of Airdrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development team leader, noted Airdrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractiveness while summarizing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 numbers in mid-February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was another great year for Airdrie business,â&#x20AC;? Rupert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the expansion of existing businesses to new strip malls to construction of a large-scale industrial building [a $9 million building in Highland Park], the market reflected there is still a lot of confidence in the Airdrie market.â&#x20AC;?

Indeed. The city recorded an average of 27 new businesses licensed each month in 2011 and, according to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satisfaction survey 89 per cent of businesses believe Airdrie is a good place to do business.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a popular place to move to, according to city stats. New-housing building permits hit 1,070 units in 2011, including 629 singlefamily homes, 182 duplex units and 259 multifamily units. The past year marked a recovery in permits for multi-family units, which fell to zero for 2008, 2009 and 2010 after accounting for 1,543 units in the three previous years, roughly 34 per cent of the market in 2005-07. Multi-family units account for 24 per cent of new housing in the city in the past nine years,

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zoning is restricting growth as major U.S. retailers and restaurants look to Canada for expansion, the report suggested. Saskatoon’s city centre should be protected and be a top priority for office and residential infill, particularly the area surrounding the 25th Street extension in the north downtown, according to the report. Mayor Don Atchison suggested the city install minimum building heights to restrict low-rise developments in the core downtown, ensuring the city centre is built up. The growth prediction of 1.8 per cent is “conservative,” Atchison added. According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatoon will lead all Canadian cities in economic growth this year, at 4.2 per cent. Last year, Saskatchewan’s largest city was rated as the third-fastest growing in population in Canada, according to Census Canada. The city already also has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and that is expected to fall to 4.4 per cent this year.

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High readings from VTEM-equipped helicopters indicate the potential for “significant sulphide bodies (conductors) and that’s a very good sign that base metal mineralization can be found,” he said. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more; the high-grade Reed Copper deposit is 100 metres from the highway and it starts 20 metres from the surface,” Mark added. VMS is currently drilling holes to back up its initial findings and determine the potential for a new mine. This type of technology didn’t exist just a few years ago, but VMS’s projections indicate

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there could be as much as a quarter-billiondollars’ worth of metal to be mined in the belt. And considering the world demand for copper – thanks mainly to China and India – the findings could lead to some significant investment in Flin Flon, he said. This optimism is shared by Mark Kolt, municipal administrator in the town of 5,250. He said the more mining companies, both big and small, that commit to drilling more exploration holes, the better off Flin Flon will be. “We haven’t grown as quickly as we would

have liked. We do see the world beginning to take small steps out of the economic doldrums,” Kolt said. “On the whole, communities like Flin Flon remain relatively well positioned going into the future.” HudBay Minerals Inc. is still the major employer in the area, and mining is at the heart of Flin Flon’s employment. Some steps have been taken to diversify Flin Flon’s economy over the years. The arrival of a few big-box stores a decade ago –Wal-Mart arrived in 2002 and was followed a year later by Canadian Tire – helped the town become a shopping destination for a trading area of about 25,000. “Retail is the biggest thing that could be pointed to over the past 10 years [for growth in the town]. The big change is, instead of having to leave the region to shop, a lot more shopping is done in town now,” he said.

There is one negative development on the retail side: the recent closing of the Loblaw’s Extra Foods store. A “for sale” sign has not been erected and the company continues to pay taxes on the property, leading many to wonder what’s in store for the former store. If the mining industry takes off as hoped, an already tight housing market will get even tighter. Cheryl Hordal, a broker at Nordmark Realty, said there aren’t enough homes to go around in Flin Flon to begin with. “When times are good, people come here and everybody wants a home. There doesn’t seem to be enough of the $200,000-plus homes.” There are three categories of housing in Flin Flon, Hordal said – starter, mid-range and upper end. A typical starter home costs less than $100,000. A mid-range property will fetch between $100,000 and $150,000 for 1,200 square feet while the top-end homes will run between $200,000 and $235,000 for about 1,300 square feet that includes three bedrooms. Prices have remained relatively static over the past year, but that could change fast i f Ventures’ readings prove accurate, local realtors suggest. ◆

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the lawsuit, the judge observed that if par baking had not been introduced, the cost of baking from scratch would have increased to something like 30 cents per doughnut today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is one aspect of the Tim Hortons franchise that the plaintiffs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain about: coffee,â&#x20AC;? Strathy wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee is what Tim Hortons has been about since the very first day. It remains so today. Tim Hortons owns the coffee brand. It owns the trademark. The franchisee acquires the right to use the trademark.â&#x20AC;? The plaintiffs may still appeal the ruling.

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urrey, B.C.-based De Dutch Pannekoek House Restaurants Inc. is opening its first location in Edmonton this summer. President and founder Bill Waring said the Edmonton franchisee plans to open additional locations and the company is also looking to open in Toronto, as well as a corporate restaurant at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Founded in 1975, De Dutch Pannekoek House currently has 21 locations throughout British Columbia, 17 of which are franchised. De Dutch Pannekoek House franchises cost between $350,000 and $400,000 with a 5 per cent royalty fee and 3 per cent advertising fee.

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