August 24, 2020 / By: J.Greenwell

Where Does Your Rent Go? | Part One

Personal Interest, Canadian Cities, Tenant Tips, Apartment Rentals

So what do our property taxes pay for? Nearly everything we rely upon in our day-to-day lives!

One very important reason to pay your rent is because we all rely on the services provided for by property taxes which the government takes from the rent you pay your landlord. These are the services that keep our cities running and our communities clean and healthy. It's important that the government charges enough to fund their services, but not so much that people can't afford to live or do business in a city. 

NHL Hub City- Edmonton, Alberta Details

August 12, 2020 / By: T.Carron

NHL Hub City- Edmonton, Alberta

Personal Interest, Canadian Cities, Apartment Tips, Edmonton

2020 has been a year for the history books. And in an attempt to return to normalcy some professional sports have been given the green light to resume operation and begin play. One of those sports is the NHL. The Playoff season began at the end of July and will continue in the months to come. 

Tips to Combat Boredom During the COVID-19 Isolation in your Apartment Details

April 3, 2020 / By: T.Carron

Tips to Combat Boredom During the COVID-19 Isolation in your Apartment

Personal Interest, Apartment Tips, Tenant Tips, COVID-19

You, your dog, and your family, just like the rest of the world -- are in quarantine, shelter in place or some other form of lockdown, which means that your usual means of entertainment are probably off the table. Keeping yourself busy during these long days can be a challenge, or an opportunity to learn new things and get creative. In this post we are going to list of 10 things you can do, to help keep yourself busy in your Mainstreet apartment during the COVID-19 crisis.

Tips For Working From Home in an Apartment. Details

March 20, 2020 / By: T.Carron

Tips For Working From Home in an Apartment.

Personal Interest, Apartment Tips, Tenant Tips

Working from your apartment? The world as we know it has changed drastically in the past few months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with that so has the daily operations of many businesses globally.  In this post, we will walk you through some helpful tips to remain productive, positive and sane in a time that the world has transitioned to the WFH model and self-isolation.

Canada Population Highlights Details

January 10, 2020 / By: Dustin Rennie

Canada Population Highlights

Personal Interest, Canadian Cities, Investors, Immigration, Alberta, Real Estate, Edmonton, Calgary

In 2019, Canada was the fastest growing country in the G7, with a recorded population growth rate of 1.4%. This was double the per-capita growth of the United States and the UK. Canada also posted over 4x the growth of France & Germany. If this trend continues, Canada could top the United States in Economic Growth this year as immigration being the driving force.

International Students Fuelling Rental Demand Surge Details

January 2, 2020 / By: J. Greenwell

International Students Fuelling Rental Demand Surge

With over 700,000 international students choosing to study in Canada each year, the country has seen a surge in demand for residential units. Mainstreet Equity identified this growing niche early on, recognizing that these students represented both significant spending power and long-term rental consumers, possessing the financial wherewithal to study abroad and so committing to one city for at least three to four years as well.

Types of Real Estate Investment in Canada Details

December 21, 2019 / By: J. Greenwell

Types of Real Estate Investment in Canada

Personal Interest, Investors, Real Estate

Real Estate Investing can be daunting to newcomers. In this post, we'll explain the differences between the three types of common real estate investments: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Real Estate Funds (REFs), and Real Estate Operating Companies (REOCs). We'll also provide a little background on each. 

Canada: A top destination for International Students Details

December 16, 2019 / By: Adhiraj Brar

Canada: A top destination for International Students

Students, Student Housing, Immigration, Foreign Students, Investors, Personal Interest, Apartment Rentals, Canadian Cities

Deciding where to attend college or university is one of the biggest decisions most people will make in their life, this can be especially daunting if you are an international student. This post looks at some key facts and data points on foreign students in Canada.

Additional Costs to Remember for First Time Renters Details

December 13, 2019 / By: T.Carron

Additional Costs to Remember for First Time Renters

Apartment Tips, Apartment Rentals, Millennials, Personal Interest, Rental Properties, Apartment Hunting

Renting an apartment for the first time? This can be an exciting, yet stressful time. We are here to help your transition into adulting as seamless as possible. This post will shed some light on the additional costs that come with renting an apartment and prepare you for them. 

Mainstreet Equity Corp. (TSX: MEQ) Releases 2019 Annual Results Details

December 10, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Mainstreet Equity Corp. (TSX: MEQ) Releases 2019 Annual Results

Investors, Real Estate, Personal Interest

Mainstreet's 2019 results mark the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digit growth in all of our key metrics, solidifying a steady improvement in our operational performance that has continued to deliver non-dilutive value to our shareholders. 

2019 Alberta Population Growth Details

October 28, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

2019 Alberta Population Growth

Personal Interest, Alberta, Canadian Cities, Calgary, Edmonton, Real Estate, Investors, Immigration

Alberta, Canada has experienced upward population growth over the course of 2018 and 2019. The following is a look at the 2019 Alberta population growth trends and where Alberta stands in comparison to other Canadian provinces.

Home Prices in Canada Exceed What Millennials Can Afford Details

July 15, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Home Prices in Canada Exceed What Millennials Can Afford

Canadian Cities, Corporate, Investing, Investors, Millennials, Personal Interest

Canada has seen a surge in property appreciation over recent years, especially in the Vancouver and Toronto areas. The increase in property value has made the dream of homeownership nearly insurmountable for younger generations. With today's property values, many millennials are unable to afford a home in the way that older generations were.

Top Reasons to Purchase Renters Insurance Details

May 31, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Top Reasons to Purchase Renters Insurance

Are you considering purchasing renters insurance? If you are renting an apartment it is highly recommended. Renters insurance is becoming more and more common as many people chose to rent instead of buying a home/condo.

Why Millennials Are Choosing to Rent Over Owning Details

May 21, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Why Millennials Are Choosing to Rent Over Owning

Millennials, Apartment Rentals, Foreign Students, Personal Interest, Rental Properties, Renting

Millennials make up nearly 40% of the workforce in Canada. Homeownership is no longer the end goal for most working adults. Previous generations pursued homeownership, the latest generation of adults (millennials) are choosing to rent rather than own their own homes.

Best Edmonton Neighborhoods For Students Details

May 3, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Best Edmonton Neighborhoods For Students

Are you a student looking for the best place to live in Edmonton? If so, you're in luck: there are a lot of great neighborhoods in Edmonton that are perfect for students. The following are the very best Edmonton neighborhoods for students.

How to Choose the Right Apartment Floor Plan Details

April 10, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

How to Choose the Right Apartment Floor Plan

If you are looking for a new apartment, then you already know that there is a lot of research that goes into this important decision. Here are 4 important factors to keep in mind when choosing an apartment floor plan.

Calgary Bike Lanes & MEQ Apartments Details

February 5, 2019 / By: Dustin Rennie

Calgary Bike Lanes & MEQ Apartments

Canadian Cities, Calgary, Calgary Apartments, Calgary For Rent, Personal Interest, Investors, Transportation

Mainstreet Equity has a number of Calgary apartment buildings situated along the newly established bike lanes. These lanes are designated roadways and individual lanes exclusively for bikers in Calgary's Urban areas.

Apartment Hunting With Pets Details

November 27, 2018 / By: Dustin Rennie

Apartment Hunting With Pets

Personal Interest, Apartment Hunting, Apartment Rentals, Apartment Tips, Tenants, Tenant Tips, Apartments For Rent, Pets

Not all apartments are pet-friendly, and not all neighborhoods are pet-friendly either. At Mainstreet, the majority of our apartments are pet-friendly, but there are a few things you should watch out for when apartment hunting with pets.

Decorating a Small Bedroom Details

November 27, 2018 / By: Dustin Rennie

Decorating a Small Bedroom

Even if you have a small bedroom, you can spruce things up and make it appear much bigger than it really is – with smart design and creativity. Follow these tips on decorating a small bedroom.

Top Pet Amenities in Apartment Communities Details

September 21, 2018 / By: Dustin Rennie

Top Pet Amenities in Apartment Communities

At Mainstreet, the majority of our apartments and buildings are pet-friendly, allowing our tenants to have their animal companions. Here are some of the newer pet features that are available in the marketplace today.

Which Are The Most Popular Apartment Amenities Details

June 4, 2018 / By: Dustin Rennie

Which Are The Most Popular Apartment Amenities

People looking for an apartment these days are more concerned with the amenities in the apartment rather than communal amenities. Here are some of the more popular/in-demand apartment amenities renters are looking for.

Immigrating To Saskatchewan In 2018 Details

April 24, 2018 / By: Dustin Rennie

Immigrating To Saskatchewan In 2018

Immigration, Foreign Students, Foreign Student, Canadian Cities, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Regina, Personal Interest

Saskatchewan has vibrant communities, job opportunities, affordable cost of living, and plenty of sunshine, making it desirable for immigrants looking to relocate to Canada. What's more - the Canadian Express Entry immigration system makes it effortlessly easy to immigrate to Saskatchewan.
 

It’s your first apartment and you’ve got questions. We can help. Details

March 3, 2017 / By: Spencer Wallace

It’s your first apartment and you’ve got questions. We can help.

Property Management, Apartment Rentals, Apartment Tips, Tenant Tips, Rental Properties, Personal Interest

Moving out can be fun, exciting, liberating and give you a sense of freedom and responsibility that you may not have had before. You might also be nervous and there are questions you might have about getting your first place.

Apartment Design and Damage Deposit – Have Both Details

October 20, 2016 / By: Spencer Wallace

Apartment Design and Damage Deposit – Have Both

One of the biggest challenges of being a renter can be making an apartment feel like home, designing it the way you want, all while getting your deposit back should you decide to move out.

BRRRRR… It’s Cold Outside! How to winterize your apartment & what not to forget Details

November 12, 2015 / By: Sheena Keslick

BRRRRR… It’s Cold Outside! How to winterize your apartment & what not to forget

Personal Interest, Apartment Tips, Tenant Tips, Apartment Rentals, Property Management

Get tips and tricks on how to prepare your apartment for winter. In Canada, winter is part of life, learn how you can winterize your apartment and stay warm this winter.

Creating Positive Energy in Mainstreet’s Head Office Details

September 24, 2015 / By: Graham Coe

Creating Positive Energy in Mainstreet’s Head Office

Personal Interest, Decorating, Human Resources, Calgary

Mainstreet Head Office has undergone some renovations, adding elements of feng shui to our office, in order to create a positive work environment for our employees during this period of economic recession. Our goal was to maximize the positive energy in the workspace of our 110-year-old office building located in Calgary's beltline.

Your target is mobile, are you? Details

August 26, 2015 / By: Dustin Rennie

Your target is mobile, are you?

Personal Interest, Technology

It's 2015, and your business needs to be mobile. Smartphones have seemingly taken over us humans, and thanks to Silicon Valley types that never sleep, the content beamed into these devices is becoming ever more sophisticated, targeted and abundant – you can't afford to miss out on the mobilization of your business.

Trading Places: Are the political landscapes in Alberta and BC shifting? A review of Western Canadian Politics in 2015 Details

August 4, 2015 / By: Graham Coe

Trading Places: Are the political landscapes in Alberta and BC shifting? A review of Western Canadian Politics in 2015

Canadian Cities, Personal Interest, Alberta, British Columbia

Known for its highly debated oil and gas industry, pro-business tax environment, and traditional values, the province of Alberta has long been considered the heart of Conservativism in Canada. In contrast, the province of British Columbia, recognized by its commitment to corporate social responsibility, strong union presence, and progressive social agenda, has always boasted a much more liberal reputation. 2015 has proved to be an interesting year in both provinces, and in many ways, it looks like the political landscape is shifting quickly in both provinces.

Review of Factors Which Influence Interest Rates Details

August 4, 2015 / By: Brendon Abrams

Review of Factors Which Influence Interest Rates

Investors, Accounting, Personal Interest, Real Estate

There are many factors that influence the rate of interest a person or corporation pays on its debt. These range from a review of macroeconomics, social, and political issues to micro issues reviewing the person or corporation's ability to repay the debt. Let's review a few factors which influence interest rates.

Is Short Selling Worth the Risk? Details

June 18, 2015 / By: Brendon Abrams

Is Short Selling Worth the Risk?

Investors, Personal Interest, Accounting

Short selling is a technique used by investors to try to profit from the falling price of a stock. As such, short selling is typically used when an investor believes a stock is overvalued or there is an upcoming event that will trigger a substantial decline in the stock price. An investor may also deploy this technique as a way to hedge overall portfolio risk or balance the risk of one investment relative to another.