Our clients appreciate the level of professional service we bring to small Canadian communities. They also appreciate the hands-on attention to detail we apply to their properties in Canada’s largest urban centres.
STRONG, LASTING RELATIONSHIPS
In over 50 years of services we have distinguished ourselves by forging strong relationships with long-term clients, tenants, brokers, financiers, trades and design professionals, assessment authorities, and industry organizations. We build these relationships in Canada’s urban centers and rural communities.
HANDS-ON MANAGEMENT STYLE
We believe “you can’t manage what you don’t see”. In other words, we make regular site visits. Some for general inspections; some to liaise with site staff and tenants; and some to coordinate design professionals and trades involved in property renovations or expansions.
Getting out in the field also ensures that we sense the pulse of the community, keep tabs on the competition, and recognize opportunities that benefit our clients.
We are experienced at negotiations with key anchor tenants. We know how to accurately assess their contribution to your tenant mix and how to strike a balance between concessions and value.
Securing the right tenant mix increases traffic, improves occupancy rates and cash-flow, and ultimately results in higher asset market values.
We have a strong focus on managing tenant relationships. Tenants are our customers and contribute to the value of the asset. We pride ourselves on great relationships with tenants such as Tim Hortons, Winners, RBC, BMO, and Vancity.
At our inception in 1965, we managed properties on lands leased from the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. We continue to work with the Cowichan Tribes — one of our longest-standing clients.
Among other successes this earned us an introduction to the Tzeachten First Nation in Chilliwack. In 1997 we constructed a 67,000 sq. ft. Save On Foods anchored neighborhood shopping centre for them. On our advice, the Tzeachten exercised their Option to Purchase the development in early 1998 and retained us to provide ongoing property management.
In late 2011 we took on the management of Eagle Landing shopping centre anchored by Walmart and Home Depot. In January 2015, 450,000 sq. ft. were completed and open for business. This project is 50% owned by the Squiala First Nation.
Our work with First Nations and the companies that work with them includes negotiating land leases; managing real estate developments; brokering joint venture partnerships and consulting on real estate issues and opportunities. First Nations property developments have a unique set of cultural and economic implications. Our experience and insights have earned us a respected role in developing and managing these projects and relationships.
BIG OPPORTUNITIES IN SMALL PLACES
While we’re completely at home in Vancouver and Toronto, we also thrive in small communities such as Parksville, Chilliwack, and Duncan, BC; Peterborough and Brampton, ON; Red Deer, Drayton Valley, and Stettler, AB; Brandon, and Thompson, MB; and Prince Albert, SK.
There is a special talent required to successfully manage properties in these small communities. We invest the time to develop a rapport with local service providers and trades; local planning and permitting agencies; business improvement associations; tenant organizations and chambers of commerce. Creating and maintaining these working relationships with good calibre companies and organizations is mission critical in small communities. They are often irreplaceable.