Avison Young in Waterloo Region
Avison Young’s roots in Waterloo Region began in October 2010 with the opening of Avison Young’s Southwestern Ontario office. After starting with two agents we have since grown with offices in both Waterloo Region and London, expanding our reach throughout the Southwestern Ontario market. Our agents have vast experience completing commercial real estate transactions allowing our office to service clients for all of their real estate requirements.
Located in Southwestern Ontario, Waterloo Region is known for its vibrant culture and deep heritage. Many Canadian and international manufacturing, logistics, technology and financial companies are based here due to the region’s strong economy, land availability, proximity to all major highways and U.S. borders, and other advantages.
Avison Young’s Southwestern Ontario offices have agents handling the Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Niagara and Woodstock markets as well as the London-to-Windsor area. Southwestern Ontario has a population of more than 1.5 million people and access to three major Canada-U.S. border points. The area features a diversified company base and a world-renowned post-secondary education system. With access to major markets, an educated workforce, an established economic base and an outstanding quality of life, Southwestern Ontario is an ideal destination for companies.
Driven by the IT and communications sector, including companies such as Research in Motion, Google and Communitech, the Kitchener-Waterloo office market has continually been strong. Guelph’s office market continues to grow at a steady pace, driven mostly by the University of Guelph and agri-sector. Brantford and Cambridge have historically had flat vacancy rates while London has consistently been a strong office market.
The retail market has been growing steadily over the past five to10 years with an influx of both smaller tenants and big-box users. They are attracted by the strong population growth in the area as well as developers’ new and rejuvenated sites.
The Southwestern Ontario industrial market is continuing to repair itself after a number of plant closures. Though absorption time for buildings to be purchased or leased is still longer compared to that of larger markets, vacancies are being filled by local users, companies and newcomers. Over the past 10 years, several Greater Toronto Area (GTA) firms have come to the area in order to capitalize on favourable pricing, available land and other high quality product availability.
The investment community continues to look at the Southwestern Ontario market for retail, industrial, office and multi-residential opportunities. This demand is driven by a lack of product in larger markets and both institutional and private investors looking for good income-producing properties with comparatively higher cap rates.
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