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City of Calgary Assessment Announces 2016 Advance Consultation Period

The City of Calgary recently mailed letters to all non-residential business and property owners regarding the Advance Consultation Period (ACP) for the 2016 taxation year. ACP is an opportunity for owners and their authorized agents to obtain preliminary 2016 assessment values and open discussions well in advance of the finalized values being mailed out in January of 2016.

This year, the Advance Consultation Period will run from October 6 – November 6, 2015.

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Market Value Assessment in Ontario...really ?

In today’s real estate environment and in particular in the Greater Toronto Area, there are very strong levels of buying activity and in particular, when one uses the existing realty assessments as the benchmark for measuring strength.

What do we mean by this and why should I take notice ?

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AEC Response to Calgary Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra on the Issue of Taxes

AEC Senior Consultant, John Smiley, has written a response to address specific tax issues that Calgary Ward 9 Alderman incumbent Gian-Carlo Carra has brought up in his campaign for re-election. As a participant in the assessment appeal "mini-industry" of which Mr. Carra speaks, John and AEC believe that we can offer another point of view for consideration, as John writes below.

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How Green Energy Affects Property Values

The push for sustainable energy is undeniable. From such personal changes like reusable bags for Sunday shopping and personal tax credits for public transit passes to industry changes like LEED certification that is quickly becoming status quo, the effect is evident.

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Viewing the forest through the trees...

When a sale says it all?

"There can be no better evidence of current value of a property than actual evidence of what a willing buyer paid to a willing seller in an arm's length transaction on or about January 1st, 2008"

The quotation above is drawn from a recent decision of the ARB ruling on an appeal of a multi-tenant strip centre located in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

At question was an assessment that was 19% greater than an arm's length transaction that occurred seven months in advance of the January 1st, 2008 valuation date.

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Scarcity vs Abundance

I came across a link to a recent TED talk (March 12th, 2012) that is worth sharing and encapsulates my previous conversation about "Where do you live"....the invigorating element of this message is that we all live in a world of abundance and simply need to step back for a minute and understand and be grateful for how fortunate we are....

I have provided the link to Peter Diamandis' most recent TED talk and urge you to invest 16 mins and reflect on how abundant the world around us is (despite what the media would have us believe)

Enjoy your thoughts...

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You don't know what you don't know...and ensuing dangers

This is my first official blog entry and comes as part of our new website. As a idea guy, I'm going to use this blog to share a bit about my journey, ideas and introduce some tools and concepts that I use to filter ideas, address dangers faced by our clients and talk a lot about confidence and the role that it plays for each of us.

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