"Morguard Corporation released its 2020 Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report, providing a detailed 2019 market update and an overview of the 2020 investment trends to watch. The report, Morguard's 22nd annual edition, states that investor-confidence remained strong in the multi-suite residential, industrial and office segments in 2019 as demand continued to outpace supply of properties in these asset classes. For 2020, Morguard forecasts a positive outlook for Canadian real estate assets and a retail segment that will continue to adapt to industry changes.
The full report, with regional insights and video, is available on Morguard's website at morguard.com/research.
"Commercial real estate remained one of the most attractive and stable long-term investments in 2019 and will continue to attract interest from investors in 2020," said Keith Reading, Director of Research at Morguard. "The real estate industry, along with the Canadian economy, continued to expand in 2019 despite the global trade dispute and challenges in the oil and gas sector impacting domestic business confidence."
The multi-suite residential asset class performed at a healthy level for investors in 2019. Nationally, economic growth and ongoing demographic trends continued to support strong rental market conditions throughout the year. Increased demand from downsizing baby boomers and families looking to rent due to the high cost of home ownership in major cities drove the segment's strong performance. In 2020, positive rental demand patterns and constrained supply will continue to place upward pressure on rents in major cities."