Today’s economic climate is placing the Canadian real estate market on a wild roller-coaster ride.

Many developers are looking at the inherent stability of rental apartments, and really, they’re only needing a small portion of knowledge to bolt onto their existing commercial real estate development expertise. I’d like to help them bridge that gap . . .

I’ve always been fascinated by the first-time apartment developer – someone who decides to risk everything in order to develop a piece of land and fulfill a vision.

Having walked that path, and dedicating my life to creating a programmatic approach to apartment development, I wanted to produce a foolproof resource for those courageous people who are taking their first steps into the field.

As I see it, apartment developers are desperately needed to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

In the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis, new developers are necessary to address the lack of affordable housing and rising levels of homelessness. Supply is the key to a healthy and sustainable rental market.

The government isn’t going to be able to wave a magic wand and solve these issues.

It’s up to private developers to take the wheel – and I wanted to write a book that would make the journey easier for both first-time and experienced developers.

This book is a perfect reference for the first-time developer, those pivoting from another asset class (such as hotels, retail, condos . . . ), and even seasoned, veteran developers looking to train or onboard new staff.