Calgary Commercial Realtor Featured in Business in Calgary Magazine

Calgary commercial realty company Bedrock Realty was recently featured in the May 2017 issue of Business in Calgary magazine. Below is the article, or see it for yourself in the online version of the magazine here.

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A recession like the one Alberta has experienced over the past few years can devastate industries, communities, and corporations. It’s important to have advisors who understand the cycle and can help clients weather the storm. John Savard of Bedrock Realty Advisors is one of those resources.

In the 14 years that he has been working as a commercial and office realtor in Calgary, Savard has seen it all.

“I’ve seen a few different markets going from a balanced market to an extreme landlord’s market to a tenant’s market and back again. Now we’re fully in a tenant’s market,” he says.

That’s great news for Savard’s clients. He specializes exclusively in tenant transactions, eliminating the conflict of interest some competitors encounter when representing both sides of the coin.

“We believe we can only serve one master. We feel we can offer the best services to our local tenant clients because we don’t have anyone else’s interests at heart,” he says.

With the downtown vacancy rate sitting at around 25 percent, there is an immense amount of office space available and tenants have their pick. Savard uses his expertise and experience to ensure clients are getting the best deal possible regardless of what they need.

His clients fall into one of three categories: those seeking lease renewals, those looking for a new space or those subleasing. And in a recession market, early renewals are a great way to help clients improve their own bottom line.

“You don’t want to waste the opportunity that exists in a recession,” he says. “Now is a time to create significant value for your company by getting a much lower lease rate.”

Savard and his team at Bedrock have been successful in helping clients negotiate early lease renewals with landlords. By blending their current, likely higher, lease rates with ones more indicative of today’s market, clients enjoy an immediate reducction on in their real estate costs while landlords keep tenants in their buildings for an extended term. While rates will likely rise in the near future, the low rates are a great opportunity for Bedrock Realty’s clients today.

Over the past 14 years, John Savard has helped hundreds of tenants negotiate their perfect commercial space, establishing him as one of the top performing commercial brokers in the field. And as Calgary climbs out of this recession and grows stronger, thanks to his guidance and expertise, Savard’s clients will be stronger too.

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Bedrock Featured in CREB

John Savard was recently quoted in CREB Now as an expert in the office leasing market. Below is a portion of the article. Read the Full Article.

Commercial real estate felt the pinch of a slumping economy in 2016 and Calgary’s suburban office market was no exception.

From headleases – between a landlord and a tenant – to subleases – where a tenant puts some of their excess space on the market – commercial real estate outside the core had its challenges.

“A significant amount of very, very large blocks of vacancies are available on the sublease market and the headlease market, for that matter, and we have not seen a great number of tenants going in to take those spaces,’’ said John Savard, principal, office leasing specialist with Bedrock Realty Advisors Inc.
Suburban office vacancy rose 0.3 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2016 to 22.6 per cent, according to a recent Barclay Street Real Estate report.

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John Savard of Bedrock Properties Ltd., discusses Calgary’s commercial real estate market with CREB Now. Click photo to view full article.

 

Bedrock Feeds 600 Families in Philippines

As many of you already know, we here at Bedrock are very passionate supporters of the Antipolo Orphanage in the Philippines.

In December 2016, we travelled to the orphanage in Manila, where we helped feed 600 families in the city for Christmas. These people were the poorest of the poor in Manila, with many of the families struggling to eat and get even the basic necessities.

It was such a pleasure to be able to be there to help all these families. This is such a valuable charity that really makes a difference int eh lives of others.

If you’re interested in learning more about the charity or donating yourself, visit http://graceybwebber.wixsite.com/home-of-love.

Below are some images of our trip here – we can’t wait to go back!

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Bedrock proud to help B&A Planning Group with Relocation

B&A Planning Group - Calgary Herald ArticleAs featured in the Calgary Herald this week, Bedrock Realty had the pleasure of helping B&A Planning Group take advantage of the current market and relocate their offices to an entire floor of the prestigious west tower of Penn West Plaza.

Read the whole article by David Parker in the Calgary Herald here.

Bedrock Supports Free the Children

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On Saturday, Sept. 24 Bedrock Realty participated in the 5k Walk for Water in Chestermere.

On Saturday, September 24, the team at Bedrock Realty participated in the Walk for Water, a 5K walk in Chestermere in support of Free the Children. As part of We Day, this charity event helps raise money to build wells in third world countries.

For more information or to help support this wonderful charity, visit www.we.org/we-day/we-day-events.

Bedrock Featured in CREB

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Bedrock Realty’s John Savard was recently featured in a CREB article. Click the image to view the full article.

Bedrock’s John Savard recently had the opportunity to chat with on of Calgary’s most prolific business writers, Mario Toneguzzi, about a story he was working on regarding Calgary’s office condo scene. Below is an excerpt from the story, Read the Full Article.

“I start the conversation with my client’s growth plans,” he said. “If they tell me they will most likely be the same square footage in seven years, then I highly recommend purchasing an office condo. It is at the seven-year point that the mortgage paydown is substantial enough – assuming only a minimal asset appreciation – that your return on investment is greater than paying rent.

“If my client’s seven-year plan has it growing its square footage, then a purchase may not be a wise choice. If my client outgrows its condo before the seven-year point, then it has to find new space and put the condo on the leasing or for sale market.”

Read the Full Article.

Bedrock Featured in the Calgary Herald

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Bedrock Realty was featured in the July 15 edition of the Calgary Herald’s Business section and the Financial Post. Click to download the PDF.

The Bedrock Realty Advisors team is thrilled to be featured in today’s edition of the Calgary Herald’s Business section and the Financial Post!

The Herald’s David Parker wrote the article, and we just want to give him a big thank you for taking the time to learn about us and feature us in the paper. We are very excited to be a part of Calgary’s office real estate industry and we look forward to continuing to help our clients get the office space they need at the price they deserve!

Read the full article or Download the PDF.

Bedrock Realty Launches!

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We are very excited to announce the launch of Bedrock Realty Advisors, Calgary’s newest real estate brokerage specializing in downtown commercial and office space.

“I’m very excited to be able to bring my expertise and knowledge of Calgary’s downtown commercial real estate to this new venture,” says Bedrock’s owner John Savard.

While Bedrock may be new to the Calgary downtown commercial real estate scene, Savard is not – in fact, Savard has been a steady presence in the industry since 1989 when he made the move from Toronto to Calgary.

Since then Savard has worked at numerous commercial brokerages, representing hundreds of clients internationally in their office leasing deals.

“Unlike other brokerages who represent the tenant and the landlord, we represent the tenant only,” says Savard. “We work hard to get them the right space to meet their needs and at a fair price.”

To learn more about Bedrock’s services, Contact Us today!