A plan by Hudson Bay Company (HBC) to unlock the real estate values of its vast property holdings could run into dramatic price differences among its holdings in Western Canada.
On October 19, the venerable retailer, founded in Canada in 1670, announced it had formed HBC Properties and Investments (HBCPI), a dedicated real estate and investments business to “manage, maximize and enhance” the 40 million square feet of gross leasable space that HBC owns across North America.
Richard Baker, HBC’s executive chairman and CEO said, “This is an exciting phase of our company’s transformation and provides us with a significant opportunity to unleash the full potential of our real estate and investments business. Under this new organization, we will build upon our strong foundation of valuable real estate assets in key demographic areas. We will also continue our strong track record of maximizing our portfolio and generating value from these assets, as we did through the sales of the Lord + Taylor flagship building and our interest in European real estate assets,” He added, “HBCPI is well-equipped to further elevate and increase the value of our portfolio.”
HBCPI sold HBC’s Lord + Taylor building in New York City last year for $1.1 billion. It unloaded the company’s share of European assets for a reported $1.5 billion.
The plan to monetize real estate could include downtown locations in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
The 168,000-square-foot Edmonton store is slated to close this fall. The Winnipeg downtown store, once the HBC flagship outlet in Canada, is scheduled to close February 2021 after more than 125 years in business.
In Vancouver, HBC had a conditional agreement in 2018 to sell its downtown store at 674 Granville Street to RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust for $675 million, but the transaction failed to go through.
The site, which includes 767,000 square feet of land at the corner of West Georgia Street, is currently assessed at $251.6 million by BC Assessment.
As a comparison, the 650,000-square-foot Winnipeg downtown building was valued at zero in a January 2020 appraisal done by Cushman & Wakefield.
According to the appraisal, the building is worthless, but the site would likely be developed with retail and other commercial uses, such as offices or multi-residential development.
This would likely be the fate of other HBC downtown locations in Canada.
HBCPI now owns New York-based Streetworks Development, a large-scale property development division that specializes in mixed-use redevelopments.
“This new division focuses on creating multi-use spaces that feature a variety of services and experiences across the workplace, retail, residential and entertainment categories,” according to a HBCPI statement October 19.
Okanagan-Shuswap real estate markets not slowing down – Kelowna Capital News
Home sales in the Central, North Okanagan and Shuswap markets continue to soar.
According to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB), residential sales in November of this year topped last year’s sales by 71 per cent, but came in at 15 per cent less than October’s 1,062 sales.
The supply of homes, OMREB found, still struggles to meet the high demand.
“We continue to see high residential housing demand despite a mild seasonal slowdown generally seen during this time of year,” said OMREB President Kim Heizmann said in an announcement on Dec. 2.
“Looking at the numbers we can see that consumer demand is not being met due to record low listings, which creates upward pressure on pricing. Essentially, the demand is so high that is difficult for inventory to build up.”
Compared to 2019, single-family homes across the board have increased in sales and price. In November, the most homes in the region sold in the Central Okanagan, totalling 291 sales. The highest average price also rested in the Central Okanagan, at $728,900, up 10. 5 per cent from last year. The lowest prices in the region, while also climbing, are found in Shuswap/Revelstoke, at $480,600. The North Okanagan fell between the two.
It’s a similar story for townhouses, as well as condos/apartments. However, condos in Shuswap/Revelstoke are closer in price to those in the Central Okanagan, at $342,000 compared to $387,300.
The average number of days to sell single-family homes substantially decreased, by about 20 per cent across the board compared to last year.
However, compared to October, the number of days to sell all home types went up 8 per cent to 88 days.
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Record-Setting Sales Continue in November on Montreal's Real Estate Market – GlobeNewswire
L’ÎLE-DES-SŒURS, Quebec, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has just released its residential real estate market statistics for the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for the month of November, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.
A new November sales record was set in the Montreal CMA despite the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential sales jumped by 32 per cent compared to November of last year.
“We also saw a historic 57 per cent increase in the number of new condominium listings on the Island of Montreal, the highest level since the year 2000 when the real estate brokers’ Centris system began compiling market data,” said Charles Brant, director of market analysis at the QPAREB.
- Year-to-date sales have increased by 7 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.
- Sales continued to increase in several periphery markets, including the North Shore (+48 per cent), the South Shore (+37 per cent), Laval (+34 per cent) and Vaudreuil-Soulanges (+32 per cent), as well as on the Island of Montreal (+21 per cent). In contrast, sales in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu slowed, registering a 3 per cent increase, due primarily to a record drop in new listings in this market over the past several quarters.
- By property category, plexes (2 to 5 dwellings) registered the largest sales increase (+34 per cent) followed closely by condominiums (+31 per cent) and single-family homes (+31 per cent).
- There was a significant increase in active listings for condominiums (+14 per cent) and plexes (+7 per cent), numbers that have not been seen for a month of November since 2012 and 2014, respectively. This was in contrast to single-family homes, which registered a sharp decline (-38 per cent).
- With market conditions that are still very much to the advantage of sellers, median prices continued to increase significantly for single-family homes (+23 per cent) but tended to slow down for condominiums and plexes (+9 per cent).
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Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley remain a sellers' markets, say real estate groups – CBC.ca
Housing sales in Metro Vancouver fell almost 17 per cent in November compared to the previous month, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
But the industry group says as trends go, demand remains high, making it a sellers’ market.
REBGV’s monthly tally shows 3,064 homes sold last month across the region, compared to 3,687 in October 2020.
Compared to November 2019, sales were up 22.7 per cent.
Colette Gerber, REBGV chair, says demand from buyers has been at “near record levels” since the summer.
“This is putting upward pressure on home prices, particularly in our detached and townhome markets,” she said.
The Sunshine Coast showed the largest increase in year-over-year sales according to the data, with Squamish and the Gulf Islands not far behind.
“The rise of work-from-home arrangements and physical distancing policies is causing some home buyers to opt for less densified areas,” said Gerber.
The total number of Metro Vancouver homes currently listed for sale is 11,118, representing a 10 per cent decrease from October 2020.
Gerber says the current market favours sellers because demand is outstripping supply.
The Multi Listing Service home price index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver — detached homes, townhomes and apartments — is $1,044,000, a 5.8 per cent increase year-over-year and a 0.1 per cent decrease compared to October 2020.
Benchmark prices in each of the three categories are:
- Detached home: $1,538,900
- Attached home: $814,800
- Apartment: $676,500
The sales scene in the Fraser Valley is even hotter, according to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
It describes the level of demand as “unrelenting,” even though like Metro Vancouver, November sales dropped by 8.3 per cent from October.
In total, there were 2,173 property sales, an increase of 54.7 per cent compared to November 2019.
The boards says monthly sales records were set in September, October and November compared to previous years.
“We expected November activity to moderate due to the season, but the desire for family-sized homes and their benefits continues to dominate,” said president Chris Shields.
“Since the summer, we’ve seen the strongest demand in our board’s 99 year history, specifically for single-family detached and townhomes,”
The FVREB calculates the benchmark prices for the region as:
- Single family detached: $1,061,500
- Townhome: $570,100
- Apartment/condo: $435,900
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