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Supply and Demand of Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

Supply and Demand of Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

Vancouver’s real estate market fundamentals remain strong. When discussing “Fundamentals”, one needs to analyze the two sides of any market, “Supply” and “Demand”. The Canadian market, particularly the Vancouver market, has suffered from a severe lack of supply for...

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Supply Chain and Rising Interest

Supply Chain and Rising Interest

Real estate markets are subject to cyclical ebbs and flows. Additional black swan events such as the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the far-reaching consequences of the war have a pronounced effect on global capital markets and interest rates. Naturally, the real...

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Importance of community engagement and support

Importance of community engagement and support

Aultrust Financial combines finance with development to help build distinctive communities. Without the community’s input and support, our projects would not be able to offer the benefits that the community needs.  Priorities of our communities have changed...

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Investing in private mortgages

Investing in private mortgages

Bank of Canada announced holding the key interest rate at 0.25% until at least 2023. In a candid press release the newly appointed Governor of Bank of Canada, Tiff Maclem, expressed the bank’s commitment to hold rates low in no uncertain terms: “It’s going to be a...

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Forgotten Middle-Class

Forgotten Middle-Class

Dan and Sephana were about to graduate from high school. They lined up in their gowns, lining up, to walk up the stage and receive their diploma. Though their lives, and their parents’ lives, had winded through different paths, they had a similar dream. They imagined...

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COVID-19, Economics, and Housing Prices

COVID-19, Economics, and Housing Prices

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of nearly everybody, regardless of their age, religion, geography, or wealth. Over the weekend, I observed a six-year-old boy who was strictly maintaining a two-meter distance from his grandparents. A middle-aged woman told me people...

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3000 Henry: a project that benefits the community

3000 Henry: a project that benefits the community

Investment in the correct real estate project is key to living by our principles of integrity, good-will, and social responsibility. One of these investments is 3000 Henry. 3000 Henry 3000 Henry is a stunning design by AMA architect Tim Ankenman, on a beautiful...

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Financing community developments

Financing community developments

Aultrust was born from a deep-rooted conviction to principles of integrity, goodwill, and social responsibility. Our goal is to create well-designed, meaningful, and community-based projects by bringing good people, companies, and ideas together with the funding...

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Canadian Pension Funds investing in alternative assets

Canadian Pension Funds investing in alternative assets

Canadian Pension Plans have increased their investments in alternative assets from 10% to 39% since 1990. Today alternative assets are a larger portion of the Pension Funds' asset mix than stocks. Similar trend is also observed in the US endowment funds and Pension...

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What is rent-to-own (RTO)?

What is rent-to-own (RTO)?

Housing affordability has become the number one economic and social issue of our times. It has been a key focus of the recent federal election and is certainly a top agenda item on every city council across the lower mainland region and indeed, probably across the...

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Lock-off units Q&A

Lock-off units Q&A

City planners and architects across Canada and BC are all looking for ways to produce lower cost, more versatile housing options for the “missing middle” with some success. The Missing Middle phenomenon is the lack of suitable and affordable housing options for a...

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Changing the way communities view developers

Changing the way communities view developers

Priorities of our communities have changed drastically with the realities of climate change, shifting demographics and socio-economic drivers that are shaping our cities. We can no longer afford to view development in isolation. A broader and more inclusive viewpoint...

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What are alternative investments?

What are alternative investments?

Alternative or Alt investments have risen in popularity in recent years as the low-interest-rate environment and reduced volatility has driven yields down on traditional assets. What are alternative investments? Broadly speaking, an alternative investment is any...

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