In early April 2018, Bedrock Realty owner John Savard was included in an interview by CREB Now, a Calgary real estate magazine. Savard, along with other notable Calgary business people, shared the story of his buying his first home.
Savard’s first home purchase was in Inglewood in 2001. He was 32 years old at the time. As a first-time buyer, he says he was lucky to have a REALTOR® that had closing skills when it came to the purchase, which was a “fantastic thing.”
“It was an up-down duplex, because the mortgage was a little expensive. I bought it with a basement suite and I rented out the garage. I had a roommate upstairs so I could afford my mortgage.”
John Savard, owner Bedrock Realty, recently paid a visit to Uganda, where he volunteered to help have a well built for the residents in the community.
Once operational, the well will supply fresh water to approximately 3,500 people. This will save these families from walking 6 km to fetch fresh water and save them about $30 USD per month. This is a large portion of their monthly expenses.
A huge thank you to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and its members Shane Benis and his father Ben Benis who created this project! We are more than pleased to have been able to assist in this incredible goal!
Calgary commercial realtor and owner of Bedrock Realty, John Savard, was recently included in an article in Calgary Business magazine regarding the current state of the city’s downtown office vacancies.
John Savard, principal, office leasing specialist with Bedrock Realty Advisors Inc., says tenants who had a line of sight on their long-term income streams in 2017 took advantage of low office rents and took out leases for as long as they could, signing seven-to-15-year-old deals.
“I don’t see anyone willing to pay economic rents,” he says. “We saw a lot of activity but that activity was based upon flight to quality. New sublease space coming to the marketplace. Unfortunately, I don’t see that the market has turned a corner yet.”
Thank you to Calgary Business and business reporter Mario Toneguzzi for including us as a trusted resource in your publication!
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.com/home-of-love.
Below are some images of our trip – we can’t wait to go back!
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.
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.”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us secure our new office premises. Your professional expertise and attention to detail made finding new office space a pleasurable experience.
Your understanding of the landlord’s lease and what the landlord’s giving points were helped our firm secure very favourable lease terms. We are confident that you represented our firm’s best interest throughout the entire process.
Your knowledge of the office market saved us money! The recommendation of asking for a free rent period directly helped our firm save a significant amount of money to off-set our moving costs.
Without hesitation, I would recommend your leasing services to my clients, friends and business associates.
Robert B. Ramsay
President, Vantage Engineering Inc.
ACM Automation used John Savard’s services for our office lease renewals in 2003 & 2008. In both negotiations, we did not want to move and were concerned that our landlord would use that against us. John was able to present market comparable alternatives to the landlord so the landlord now had to compete against its competition to earn our tenancy. I strongly feel that John’s involvement created the leverage that ACM Automation required to secure ACM favourable lease terms.
In the fall of 2011, ACM Automation needed to expand our business. A simple solution presented itself as there was vacant space in our building. Expansion in our building seemed easy as we still had 2 years left on the lease that John had negotiated 3 years prior. We thought we had a solution figured out in our direct discussions with our landlord’s agent but I called my trusted real estate broker for his opinion. John advised us on the office market. It seemed to be a reasonable solution to expand in our building given the limited recoveries that we could achieve in the current Sublease market that would make a move too costly.
Owner, ACM Facility Safety
John has been my office space advisor for over 7 years now. His initial role was vital in relocating to our previous location 5 years ago.
In our most recent relocation, our company growth plans crated uncertainty over just how much more office space we would require and therefore crated a delay in our ability to make a timely decision. This delay challenged our search choices such that only a few options existed.
Our search parameters were also limited by location. Our firm’s business requires our location to be close to both City Hall and major transportation arteries such as the Memorial Drive and Deerfoot Trail. John was able to increase the set of office location options by recommending a building in the west end of downtown. I trusted johns’ knowledge of our new building’s ingress and egress of traffic. I have since discovered that John’s recommendation has saved our firm a significant amount of travel time.
John successfully navigated our limited choices and was able to successfully negotiate a very favourable lease for our firm in a location that has turned out better than I would have thought. John’s knowledge of the Landlord’s Lease revealed the giving points that provided us the comfort of a lease that would protect our firm.
Without Hesitation, I would recommend John Savard’s office leasing services to my friends and colleagues.
Brown & Associates Planning Group
John has been our trusted source for the last twelve years, and our last three office locations. He is incredibly knowledgeable and helped us get a prime location that exceeded our expectations.
John takes the pain out of an office move, without a doubt I would recommend working with BedRock Realty.