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Last Year Was Memorable For Hotel Investments; This Year Looks Strong
Written by Mark Sparrow & Deborah Borotsik   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

HotelierArticleIt looks like 2013 is the year to beat in Canada’s hotel investment sector since transaction volume approached $2.1 billion and represented the third-strongest year ever recorded. Transaction volume has only surpassed this threshold during the height of unprecedented merger and acquisition activity in 2006/2007 when annual volume averaged $3.8 billion. Activity this past year was fuelled by strengthening operating fundamentals, relatively stable cap rates in most markets, an abundance of equity capital, availability of diverse product and the relative ease of obtaining low cost debt financing. Solid domestic fundamentals mitigated global market concerns, including a rising U.S. dollar, volatility in European capital markets, hesitant growth projections in Asia-Pacific and the threat of escalating global conflicts such as the Ukraine crisis.

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The Future Looks Bright for the Hotel Real-Estate Market
Written by Robin McLuskie   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

OpenMarketsThoughts of the global financial crisis moved to investors’ rear-view mirrors in 2013 as exhibited by the strong demand for a variety of assets. The proof is in the numbers as hotel transaction volume rose to more than $2 billion in 2013. Last year, the market was flush with capital, and the strong and diverse rotation of buyers and sellers took advantage of current conditions. Improvements in the lending environment were exhibited throughout 2013 and into 2014, aided principally by the all-time low cost of credit and an expanding universe of lenders attracted to the Canadian lodging industry. Below is a list of 10 reasons why it’s the optimal time in the Canadian hotel investment market for both capital flows and debt availability.

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Do Hotel Investment Opportunities in Western Canada Outshine Those in the East?
Written by Laura Pratt   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

takeyourpickCanada’s investment landscape offers an interesting dichotomy, as it’s difficult to avoid characterizing the current and pending level of hospitality investment in the West as more thriving and promising than in the East. But there are pockets of strength and weakness scattered throughout the country, and both regions have inherent and unique challenges. So, let’s examine both sides of the coin.

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Do Your Homework Before Committing to a Hotel Purchase
Written by Rebecca Harris   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

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Due diligence has always been essential to any hotel purchase, but the process is (or should be) far more intensive today. With tighter lending requirements and increased awareness about environmental issues, buyers need to arm themselves with more and more information before they sign on the dotted line. Four experts from different sides of the hotel sector weigh in on what investors need to know.

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