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Emerging markets: Strategic alternative or business imperative?

The Real Estate Review, Fall/Winter 2010-11

The Real Estate Review

For strategic Canadian real estate investors with a long-term focus, the relative strengths of the Canadian economy and dollar have undoubtedly created near-term investment opportunities in the U.S. But looking further into the future, we may be in the midst of a global shift of power as economic influence migrates from the world’s traditional economic engines (e.g., the United States, Europe and Japan) to Asia Pacific (e.g., China and India). Where broader economic activity and employment lead, real estate and infrastructure are sure to follow—meaning that for investors seeking superior growth, the redeployment of real estate capital to Asia could be an imperative rather than an alternative.

Closer to home, the evolution in regulatory and financial reporting requirements continues as publicly accountable entities gear up for the arrival of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In some cases, IFRS will have implications that go well beyond financial reporting; for landlords, the proposed new lease accounting framework is one such example. This accounting standard change has the potential to impact an entity’s leasing strategy and the way in which landlords and tenants do business.

This edition also examines how tax considerations can significantly impact the return on investment in U.S. real estate for Canadian investors.

To learn more about these key issues and how they will impact the real estate sector in the months ahead, read the fall 2010 edition of The Real Estate Review.

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