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Ever wonder what it would be like to be part of a $1,000,000,000+ portfolio of real estate and where and what you would buy?
This week, Cory and Matt welcome Alex Messina, VP of Acquisitions for Nicola Wealth Real Estate, which oversees over $8.5 billion dollars worth of some of the best real estate in North America.
From a growing self-storage portfolio to ground-up development, Nicola Wealth is involved in it all, and to hear their strategy and where they are most excited about for 2023 is a must-listen-to event.
Tune in as Alex highlights some of the key focus points that have guided their portfolio over the past couple of years and where they see things headed in 2023 and beyond. It's a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from someone like Alex, who has contributed to Nicola's massive success over the past decade—not just in BC, but all over North America.
VP of Acquisitions, Alex Messina, sits down with us to share what makes a good deal, where the market goes in 2023, and how Nicola Wealth Real Estate has grown an $8.5 billion portfolio and counting!
What is Nicola Wealth Real Estate?
Nicola Wealth Real Estate is the in-house firm for Nicola Wealth Management, which is a Vancouver-based financial planning and investment firm, managing $13 billion in client capital. The real estate team has an $8.5 billion real estate portfolio across North America and across many asset classes. We cover a lot of ground buying assets on our own and with partners.
What areas and asset classes does Nicola Wealth Real Estate operate in?
We have quite a diverse portfolio in Vancouver where we’re based. We have office, industrial and a self storage brand called Advanced Self Storage. We have eight locations of Advanced Self Storage in BC and one coming in Ontario. It’s an asset class we really like and are looking to expand in.
We’re also looking to build up our multi-family projects in Vancouver and Victoria. We currently have 2,100 units in the pipeline.
Outside of BC, we have assets in Calgary (mostly industrial), Winnipeg (mostly industrial), and a large portfolio in Ontario (industrial and creative office).
In the US we own 20,000 residential rental units, mostly in the south and south east where there are no rental controls, great population growth and great job growth. So that would be markets like Houston, Dallas, parts of Florida, Atlanta, Raleigh, etc.
On the industrial side in the US, we’re mostly focused in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas and Minneapolis. We’re buying existing product and building new product.
How have you approached the last three years of uncertainty? Have you had to pivot?
A few years ago, we made a conscientious effort to change our fund composition and focus on three main assets:
That played out very well during the pandemic. There was strong demand for all of these asset classes.
We don’t own a lot of office product, in fact we own no high-rise office product, and that’s by design. We see greater demand for low-rise, flexible office space. Coming out of the pandemic, we’ve seen the demand for office shift with the emerging work from home trend.
For us, it’s all about fund composition and being in the right market. Going forward, that strategy is prevailing. As cap rates rise, the only way to offset that is with higher rental rates. We think our portfolios are really well positioned to weather the rise in interest rates and cap rates.
What makes a good deal?
Our preference is to acquire off-market. There’s not less competition but we’re able to shine because we’re entrepreneurial and quick to react. We want to know how the deal plays with our overall strategy and how we can add value.
We don’t acquire assets where there’s nothing for us to do. We want to find an opportunity to add value, whether it’s repositioning or even on the financing side.
Nicola Wealth Real Estate has been involved in a lot of joint venture projects. Can you tell us about some past successes and any new projects in the pipeline?
On the development side, we have two approaches:
On the Merchant Development side, we’ve had great success with partners developing strata industrial. Starting in 2015, we focused on small and medium bay product. We started in Vancouver and then began working in Kelowna, Victoria and Ontario.
On the Build to Own side, we’re building rentals in Vancouver and Victoria. We have a five person team focused on key projects, such as a site we have in Mount Pleasant on Main Street. It’s a 35,000 square foot site where we’re planning to develop two purpose-built rental towers. In the interim, it’s being used as artist studios, which is a great way for us to give back to our community.
We have another great opportunity at Cambie and 7th, which will be a 10-storey, mass timber office building, and the new home for Nicola Wealth. We’re hoping to start construction towards the end of next year.
Can you tell us about your partnership on an office project in downtown Kelowna?
It’s a very exciting project we have with Mission Group in Kelowna called The Block. It’s a 12-storey office building and we’re currently at the 10th level under construction. It also has a sister project which is a residential condo tower.
There hasn’t been a lot of office development in downtown Kelowna so we see a great opportunity to create a marquis building. We’re doing pre-leasing right now and it’s gone reasonably well.
What real estate markets are you most excited about in 2023?
Canada is easy because there aren’t too many big markets to choose from. We like Vancouver for all of the obvious reasons. We like Victoria and Kelowna a lot too because of the great population growth; both have major universities, hospitals and airports, which are great economic drivers.
And we really like Toronto. It’s the biggest market in Canada and has a big industrial market, great population growth and great employment drivers. In Canada, it’s Vancouver and Toronto. We’re also looking at Montreal and will eventually expand into that market.
In the US, there’s much more choice. Being western-based, we’re more western-focused. We like Seattle – there’s a great tech talent pool there. We also really like Phoenix, Dallas and Las Vegas. They’re all large markets with great industrial opportunities, located on major distribution corridors. Even as things quieted in 2022, the leasing opportunities in those cities were tremendous.
There’s slightly different drivers behind each of Phoenix, Dallas and Las Vegas, which has allowed us to diversify our portfolio. Phoenix has seen a lot of great growth in manufacturing. We’re seeing a diversification of these cities’ economies.
Is it full steam ahead for Nicola Wealth Real Estate this year?
Like everybody, we’re tapping the breaks. We had an active start to 2022, but did most of our work in the first half of the year. Everyone expected interest rates to rise but not as fast as they did. As they began to rise, we all began to slow down.
We’ve been looking at a lot of opportunities but a lot of development groups are feeling a capital squeeze. That will further constrain new supply, particularly for multi-family rental. Therein lies an opportunity.
We want to keep our multi-family rental projects moving forward, especially as other supply gets pushed to the sidelines.
Where does inflation go in 2023 in terms of construction costs?
We’ve seen construction costs rise quickly over the last few years. We’re not seeing a major softening in prices but we are expecting prices to level off. That provides clarity.
A lack of clarity around costs, financing, interest rates and take up values has been a huge issue in development lately. So we’re starting to see signs that construction costs might level off, but it’s early days.
For the mom and pop commercial investors, what would you be looking to acquire? What asset class and in what location?
I really like multi-family rental. The nice thing about that asset class is that it comes in different scales. With so many new projects pausing or never starting, we will see less supply. But with new students and immigration, demand isn’t stopping.
So it’s about picking good in-fill locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, the North Shore, etc. The closer you can get to the core, the better the long term appreciation. Picking strong neighbourhoods in and around Metro Vancouver is a very safe and rewarding strategy.
Multi-family rental is all about growth. It’s not about the existing yield you’re buying into but your ability to sustain and grow that yield.
Will Nicola Wealth Real Estate be expanding their portfolio on Vancouver Island?
We are really focused on major markets and strong secondary markets. We have projects in Victoria and really like Victoria. We have a couple of smaller projects in Nanaimo, two retail centres and one senior housing community. That’s another great market, but it’s asset-class dependent.
For Nanaimo, our interest is mostly in multi-family residential. We also have to think about scale. If we want to keep a multi-family rental long-term, we’re thinking about 100+ units. We could also look at Nanaimo for self storage.
What are your predictions for the real estate market in 2023 and beyond?
It was slow coming into the start of 2023 and I think that’s going to continue. We need to watch interest rates: Will they continue to level off? If they do, that allows more clarity and confidence in opportunities. If they level off by the end of the year, transactions will pick up again.
Are we heading for a recession in 2023? I think here in Vancouver we may narrowly avoid a recession because we have a diverse economic base and a lot of growth happening.
We also have to factor in the capital squeeze that is happening. The nice thing about the Vancouver market is that there’s a lot of private capital and a lot of capital on the sidelines. So if interest rates level off and transactions resume, we may see a bit of a reset in seller expectations.
I don’t necessarily think prices will move dramatically. I think it will be more about moderating expectations. Sellers were used to unconditional offers and short timelines. But now buyers are more careful.
Pricing may come off 10-15% but the sky isn’t falling. There’s just so much demand. As soon as there’s clarity in the market, people will jump back in. That may result in prices not adjusting as much as some people are hoping for.
Beyond that, it’s hard to predict. I think there will be great growth in multi-family rental and rent prices due to population trends, the housing shortage and strong demand for strong markets.
The 6 Pack: Getting to Know VP of Acquisitions for Nicola Wealth Real Estate, Alex Messina
Favourite vacation spot?
Maui, particularly Kaanapali. Before I had kids, I used to travel to more exotic places and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to go to Maui. But then I had kids and tried Maui. Turns out, it’s pretty nice!
What’s your last meal on death row?
It’s going to be a long meal! I’m Italian so I’ll go with really good pizza and Indian food.
Pearl Jam. I saw them at The Gorge in Washington State and it was awesome. Great venue and great to see them in their home state.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
I probably shouldn’t be singing. But I’ll go with Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. I’m embarrassed to admit it!
One book you recommend?
For something lighter, I’ll say Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It was recently made into a mini-series. It’s an amazing tale, but I’d encourage you to read the book first.
What advice would you give a first-time investor?
Be patient and look at things over the long run. Real estate is a long term investment; you need long term convictions and strategies. It’s not a business designed to make a quick profit.
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Cory and the team are hitting the beach this week for a well deserved break. Next week we are back with another phenomenal episode. Stay tuned!
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Wishing our listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Maxime Charron, President of LeadingAhead Energy, an industry-leading electric car charging solution provider, talks about how the impact that electric vehicles are having on society is causing more and more developers and commercial landlords to install EV car charging solutions on their properties.
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Did you find the perfect commercial property to invest in, but you’re not sure where or how to start? Matthew Dunnigan, commercial mortgage specialist from Impact Commercial Group, breaks down all the steps needed to acquire that commercial investment property you’ve always wanted.
Peter Leung, the Investorpreneur himself, who has amassed an international real estate portfolio in London, Vancouver, and Hong Kong, provides his insight on how to get started in commercial real estate and how commercial offers greater opportunities for investors who require funding.
So many commercial real estate deals happen off the MLS, so where do investors go for market data? Raymond Wong, Vice President, Data Operations of Altus Group, details why Altus is a one-stop shop when it comes to data and research in the world of commercial real estate across Canada.
Senior writer Frank O’Brien of Glacier Media, home of Business in Vancouver and Western Investor, shares where he sees the winners and losers in the post-COVID era. He also gives a sneak peek at the upcoming Best in BC, where he and his team predict the 5 best real estate markets in 2022.
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Impact Commercial’s Jon Switzer, owner occupier financial specialist, shows business owners how to unlock their revenues, enabling them to become their own landlord, and in some cases, with as little as 0% down including closing costs. Jon highlights the do’s and don’ts when purchasing real estate for your business.
Have you ever wondered how a property goes from an old house into a new multi-level condo building? From the years of approval and planning that takes place to the “not so big” profit margins developers work off of, Jordan MacDonald, CEO of Fabric Living, gives a first hand look at the development process in Vancouver.
Over the past year and a half, the world has seen many changes… but is the office space one of them? Drew Ratcliffe of And-Co, a new all-in-one, multi-level, office community, complete with a wellness studio, restaurant, and event space, shares his vision of what he feels the future of office space in Vancouver will look like.
There is no question the hospitality sector has been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Glowbal Group CEO Emad Yacoub, one of Vancouver’s most prominent restaurateurs, discusses the challenges the industry has had to overcome to survive and what the future of the business looks like.
Ever wonder about that 5′ x 5′ self storage unit that you rented for $110/month to store all that crap you never use? Pat Wood, formerly one of the authorities, if not THE authority, in self storage appraisals and consulting, discusses why this asset class has seen a huge run in the past couple of years.
Ever wanted to buy commercial real estate, but never felt you had the financial ability to do so? Mitch Jarvi from Addy, a crowdsourcing investment platform, walks through the new opportunities Addy offers to its members by acquiring shares in various commercial real estate properties for as little as $1.
What asset class has the lowest vacancy rate in North America, surging demand from tenants, and seems to be annually increasing lease rates? Connor Braid, Managing Broker of William Wright Commercial’s Victoria office, discusses the industrial asset class in Greater Victoria.
Ever wonder how an appraiser or bank views your purchase? Thomas Wieckowski from Campbell & Pound breaks down the appraisal process, how to value risk, and how a bank views your property. Thomas sheds some great insight for your next commercial purchase and what to consider during the offer process.
What tax benefits does commercial real estate offer? Want to buy a commercial property and avoid paying property transfer tax? John Juranyi from Davidson & Company Accountants discusses tax tips and the benefits of owning commercial real estate.
The world of insurance has faced unprecedented challenges, with the result being expensive premiums and deductible hikes. Derek McCoy, COO of Real Estate Owners and Managers Insurance Group, discusses the causes, concerns, and costs of insuring commercial real estate today in BC.
Are you looking to buy commercial real estate, but have no idea how to take care of the property? Warren Smithies, CEO of Martello Group, walks you through the benefits of having a professional management company oversee and manage your property, which leads to increased value for owners without having to lift a finger.
Who has the dirtiest job in commercial real estate? Shane Rigter of Next Environmental, a leader in environmental testing in the commercial real estate industry, discusses how the dirt below your feet can affect you buying the building above the surface.
Ever wonder how tenants and landlords coincide for 5, 10, or sometimes even 20 years together? Scott McInnes, founder of McInnes Law Group, breaks down what a commercial lease is, how it applies to commercial real estate, and how it differs from residential leases.
Ever thought about buying commercial estate and thought it was impossible to qualify for financing? Put away the notepad and calculator as Alan Haigh, co-founder and managing partner of Impact Commercial, breaks down how to buy and invest in commercial real estate.
Have you ever wondered how commercial real estate works or better yet, what it even is? We got you covered with the launch of the Vancouver “Commercial” Real Estate Podcast hosted by Cory Wright. What asset classes fall within the commercial industry, where to buy, how to buy, and everything in between—Cory breaks down everything you need to know to get started.
For all the curious minds interested in commercial real estate investing, grab a coffee and pull up a chair because we have exclusive stories and tips from commercial real estate brokers, investors, developers, economists, urban planners, and everyone in-between. From the successes and failures to the motivations and lessons learned, the Vancouver Commercial Real Estate Podcast is your insight into commercial real estate in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, and beyond.
What's the best real estate market to invest in? What are the commercial real estate asset classes and property types? Hosted by Cory Wright, founder of William Wright Commercial, and co-hosts Adam and Matt Scalena of the Vancouver Real Estate Podcast, our podcast opens the door to real estate investing for everyone from beginner investors to experienced real estate professionals. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Follow the Vancouver Commercial Real Estate Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favourite streaming platforms.
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