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Michael Merker, CCIM
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Results, Delivered. 400 Southgate Dr, Guelph – LEASED

400 Southgate Drive, GuelphNAI Park Capital, in conjunction with Read Capital Realty Corp. is pleased to announce the successful lease transaction at 400 Southgate Drive, Guelph, Ontario.

400 Southgate Drive is a 78,303 square foot industrial building, situated on 5.6 acres of land, located in Guelph’s Hanlon Business Park. The property is located in close proximity to the Hanlon Parkway, and only minutes north of Highway 401.

Michael Merker of NAI Park Capital, and Steven Sisolak of Read Capital Realty Corp. represented the landlord.

Michael Lambert of Whitney & Company Realty Limited represented the tenant.

5 Ways CRE Buildings Continue to Get Smarter


Smart technology is improving all the time, incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence to handle more and more complex tasks. Now more than ever, all commercial buildings have to get Smart out of necessity – it is no longer a luxury. Particularly, there are 5 ways that CRE buildings continue to advance and change the industry.

3 Tips for Making an Open Office More Productive

More and more firms are choosing to use the open office format in order to create productivity and improve collaboration among workers.  For workers unfamiliar with this format, it can be a big change from the traditional offices and cubicles of the past. A study by design firm Gensler found that only one in four workers are in the optimal workplace environment.

Here are some great ideas on how to make your open office space more productive and efficient for all your team members.

Guelph Police Headquarters Renovation

Guelph Police Station

About the project

Guelph is a growing city. To keep pace and continue providing high quality police services, the Guelph Police Service (GPS) is growing too.

GPS headquarters is undergoing an expansion and renovation to meet the needs of our community’s police services today and 25 years from now. This work will bring the facility up to today’s health and safety standards, provide the appropriate space—long-term—for police operations and personnel, and replace the building’s aging equipment.

The headquarters building is located at 15 Wyndham Street South, and bounded by Fountain, Freshfield and Farquhar streets.

Top Commercial Real Estate Marketing Trends in 2016

In 2016, the commercial real estate market is expected to grow while demand strengthens. For that reason, it is extremely important that you stay ahead of the curve, especially in this digital age. The best way to accomplish this is by learning some of the more effective marketing ideas specific to the real estate market.

Well-Designed Website

Of all your digital marketing efforts, your website is the hub. According to the latest statistics, 80 percent of investors and tenants conduct searches for commercial real estate using the Internet. Therefore, your website is critical when it comes to brand visibility. With a well-designed website, the volume of traffic will increase and a greater number of visitors will convert to actual customers.

  • Responsiveness—Most importantly, make sure your website is designed for mobile users. Today, a greater number of people use mobile devices instead of computers for online searches. Therefore, be sure to optimize the site for all mobile platforms. That way, your brand and services are communicated effectively.

If you retire and move abroad, should you sell your home in Canada?


Guadalajara Urban Scene (uros ravbar/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

For Barbara and Alex Sgroi, the decision to sell their home in Canada and retire abroad wasn’t so much about leaving Canada as it was about finding their place in the sun.

“We were itching for a change, looking for an escape from winter,” Mrs. Sgroi says.

Friends of theirs had talked fondly of their experiences in Ajijic, a town of 11,000 in Mexico on the shores of Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara. After searching real estate websites, they stumbled upon an idyllic villa, complete with pool and palm trees. Two weeks later they’d bought the place.

“We chose Mexico because it was affordable and driveable,” Mrs. Sgroi says. “We could drive down with our dog and all our stuff packed in the car.”