Commercial sector: Veteran shares what brokers need to focus on

Commercial sector: Veteran shares what brokers need to focus on CEO on how brokers should be advising clients in the commercial space Throughout the trials and tribulations of 2022 in the mortgage space, the commercial realm has also seen a changing landscape with interest rates and borrowing costs on the rise. That’s not to say that opportunity doesn’t remain. One …

Why some builders are getting cold feet on apartment construction

Rising interest rates are giving many pause for thought in the commercial space The rising-interest-rate environment that has gripped Canada in 2022 is having a significant impact on the country’s commercial financing market, with a noted shift seeing builders gravitate away from purpose-built apartment projects and towards condo construction. That’s according to MCommercial CEO and founder Michel Durand (pictured), who …

How are worst-hit commercial asset classes recovering from pandemic?

  How are worst-hit commercial asset classes recovering from the pandemic?      Some green shoots are appearing, although difficult times are likely still ahead.      They were two of the commercial asset classes that were most badly pummelled during the COVID-19  pandemis – but with public health measures slowly easing across Canada, much attention will now turn to …

”Industry Icon” named by the CMP Magazine

A COMMERCIAL MINDSET  Michel Durand founder and CEO of MCommercial reflects on the career that’s helped him become one of the commercial mortgage sector’s leading lights. For Michel Durand, commercial mortgage brokering isn’t just something you can dip your toes into. It’s a full-time commitment – a pursuit that requires the utmost dedication, devotion and professionalism in order to find …

How Commercial Brokers can Distinguish Themselves in the Industry

Michel Durand Founder and CEO MCommercial Michel Durand oversees an organization whose agents specialize in negotiating and securing commercial mortgages specific to different asset classes, with loans that are generally $5 million or more. He says that puts an extra onus on each agent to master the asset class they’re working on and steer the deal over the finish line. …

CMP spoke with Michel Durand in the space to find out what commercial brokers need to know to navigate a still evolving landscape.

MICHEL DURAND / PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL BROKER / MORTGAGE ALLIANCE COMMERCIAL What do brokers need to do to succeed in the commercial market? Michel Durand: There are no secrets here, and it’s no different than what it takes to succeed in any market or industry. First, surround yourself with the best professionals to help you accomplish your objective – I …

CMP interviews Michel Durand on “How to survive in Today’s Bleak Commercial Lending Space”

  Michel Durand, CEO of Mortgage Alliance Commercial, says that he’s been able to use his trusted position amongst prospects, clients, and lenders to broker a record number of deals in the wake of the pandemic. He says that current market conditions are shaped more by anxiety than the real impacts of the pandemic. Despite bleak headlines and dire, COVID-coloured predictions for …

Residential Agents Can Hit Jackpot With Commercial Referrals

But synergy between the two sides is sorely lacking in the real estate industry, experts say. Residential real estate professionals may be leaving money on the table by neglecting to send referrals to commercial practitioners. But agents on both sides of the business should partner with each other to expand their clientele and improve their bottom lines, a panel of brokers …