Alberta seems to be one of Canada's favourite spots in which to settle down. One of the reasons for Alberta's popularity in terms of real estate transactions has to do with land transfer taxes. Most buyers tend to overlook land transfer taxes, but many are becoming more aware of the hidden costs of real estate.
Edmonton Tower has been sold to an investment management company. In one of many real estate transactions in Alberta, the particulars of the deal haven't been disclosed. The first phase of 27-storey, LEED-Gold office tower in Edmonton's ICE district has more than $2 billion of assets invested, and a similar amount is set for Phase Two. This particular area in downtown Edmonton has been earmarked for mixed use, sports and entertainment.
Lethbridge is on the move. The Alberta city is having a particularly good year when it comes to industrial-related real estate transactions. In fact, it has been touted as an industrial real estate hot spot. The second largest city in southern Alberta -- Calgary is the first -- is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's home. It is the largest agricultural research facility in the country.
It has been five years since much of Calgary saw horrendous flooding. There are some areas along the Elbow River with signage telling people to stay off the land that is owned by the province. Those six lots in that particular area are among dozens of real estate transactions since Alberta bought these properties for its floodway relocation program.
There's always a lot going on in the world of wheeling and dealing real estate. In Alberta, real estate transactions are indeed healthy as they are for most places in Canada with more local deals than ever. These transactions are different depending upon what has happened recently in their markets. For instance, deals in markets that have been hotter like Toronto and Vancouver are different from deals going down in recovering markets like those in Alberta.
British Columbia has seen its share of real estate deals from Wild Rose Country residents. But if Canmore has any say in the matter, more Alberta residents will stay in their home province to ink real estate transactions. With B.C.'s speculation tax that penalizes nonresident buyers, Albertans may look to their own province to purchase seasonal real estate. The resort town may look more appealing than ever.
A prominent Canadian company is looking at setting up cannabis lounges in its western outlets. These potential real estate transactions in Alberta give a new meaning to having a mellow cup of Joe. The company hopes to team up with National Access Cannabis Corp. (NAC) to roll out the plan where it's legal to do so. NAC has basically been focusing on the medical marijuana industry so far, but this would give it an inroad to the retail market.
Many people are beginning to become more energy conscious and it's actually showing up in where they're choosing to live. Walkable real estate transactions in Alberta are on the rise. It seems some homeowners don't want to take their vehicles to work and choose to walk to their jobs. Another thing prospective homeowners are looking for is closeness to various shops and venues -- for the very same reason. They don't want to drive.
A recent survey regarding the housing market shows that investors from China may be cooling off on the housing market. The survey indicates that real estate transactions in Canada made by Chinese citizens are starting to slow down and it could be because of new regulations regarding foreign investment. Apparently, it's not because these investors want to stop making acquisitions, but because deals are hard to come by.
The technological age is here without a doubt. Bitcoin is digital currency that uses encryption to regulate and generate currency units and to verify transfer of funds. An office building in Calgary is earmarked to be the first in Alberta to accept this type of currency for payment of rental space. If this any indication, cyptocurrency may be used in the near future for other types of real estate transactions as well.