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2020 Annual Economic Outlook​​

The 2020 Canada Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report from Morguard predicts a positive outlook for commercial real estate assets in the multi-suite residential, industrial and office categories. The retail segment will remain resilient as it continues to adapt to shifts in consumer spending habits and e-commerce. In 2019, investors continued to place capital into commercial assets as Canada’s economy continued to expand, despite the global trade dispute and challenges in the oil and gas sector that impacted domestic business confidence. Commercial real estate, as one of the most attractive and stable long-term investments in 2019, will continue to attract interest from investors in 2020 with positive rental demand patterns. The report is published yearly with quarterly updates and is developed based on our experience in property management, Canadian REITs and property investment.

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Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Reports


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2020 Q2 Update - Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report 

According to the second quarter update of the Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report, some segments of the Canadian commercial real estate industry remained resilient. While the office leasing market softened between April and June, the industrial and multi-suite residential segments performed at healthy levels. In the interim, the retail property segment continued to struggle as restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced non-essential retailers to close. Investors will continue to be selective when acquiring Canadian commercial investment properties over the near term. The uneven economic recovery is expected to begin across Canadian provinces in the second half of 2020.

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2020 Q1 Update - Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all areas of the commercial real estate industry in the first quarter of 2020 according to Morguard’s first quarter Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Research report. Investor confidence and sales were both impacted due to global trade effectively coming to a halt and “non-essential” businesses closing because of the spread of the virus. The strength of the industrial leasing sector continued in the first quarter with the national vacancy rate only slightly above the record-low of a year ago, though the near-term outlook will be impacted. What the road to recovery will look like and how long the industry will feel the effects of COVID-19 are the longer-term questions to consider.

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2019 Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report 

In the 2019 Canadian Economic Outlook & Market Fundamentals report, Morguard predicts another year of robust commercial real estate investment activity in Canada, with healthy demand for quality assets. Over the last 18 months, investors placed capital into the market with confidence, resulting in record-high transaction volume. Commercial property investment shows no signs of slowing as investors continue to show interest in core properties with strong tenant profiles across Canada’s major markets – especially as density and repositioning continue to shape the real estate landscape. Morguard's report covers commercial, industrial, multi-suite residential and retail markets. It is published yearly, with quarterly updates to the report. Morguard develops these reports based on our experience in property management, Canadian REITs and property investment.

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Download a copy of the 2019 Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Quarterly Updates: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4



2019 U.S. Economic Outlook & Multi-Suite Residential Rental Market Fundamentals

The U.S. multi-suite residential rental property market is projected to continue producing solid returns for investors into the coming year, according to the inaugural edition of Morguard’s U.S. Economic Outlook & Multi-Suite Residential Rental Market Fundamentals Report. The new U.S.-focused report features national and regional trends for multi-suite residential rental properties, as well as a forecast of the sector’s expected near-term performance. 

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