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Monthly Archives: July 2012

San Francisco Infill building consists of stacked prefab apartments: smart, and livable

San Francisco Infill building consists of stacked prefab apartments: smart, and livable

Smart Space, an infill building of prefabricated apartment units in San Francisco. Is this the future of building in dense urban environments? The micro-housing trend has not yet caught on in Toronto, as it has in New York City and other places, including San Francisco. Micro-housing is being touted as the solution to several modern… Continue Reading

For shift workers, blackout blinds could help you get a better day’s sleep

For shift workers, blackout blinds could help you get a better day’s sleep

Blackout cordless shades from Blindsgalore have honeycomb construction to provide superior insulation and sound absorption, and was the winner of the Best Technical Innovation Award (2010, Window Covering Manufacturers Association).   A recent analysis of previous studies that involved more than 2 million people has found a link between shift work and greater risk of… Continue Reading

Architecture stands out in some condo developments

Architecture stands out in some condo developments

Tridel’s 101 Erskine condominiums, designed by CS&P Architects, is firmly connected to the street by ten townhouses, which “mediate the scale” of the building. Two different colours for the upper and lower sections, plus cantilevered balconies, add to the dramatic impact of the building, as well as giving context.  How important is the outside appearance… Continue Reading

Commercial real estate investments in GTA reach near record level

Commercial real estate investments in GTA reach near record level

The latest data from REALNET® Canada Inc. real estate information services shows that commercial real estate investments in the GTA reached a “near record level” in the second quarter of 2012. In total, asset sales worth $2.9 billion, in 536 transactions of greater than $1 million each, occurred in Q2 2012, marking the second highest… Continue Reading

New record low for 5-year fixed mortgage at 2.94%

New record low for 5-year fixed mortgage at 2.94%

A five-year fixed-rate mortgage at 2.94%, with prepayment options, could save a borrower thousands. There was a lot of speculation in the media that mortgage rates would rise, following Jim Flaherty’s latest tinkering with the real estate market. He reduced the amortization period available to Canadians from 30 to 25 years, a move that was… Continue Reading

How green is Toronto?

How green is Toronto?

Toronto ranked ninth overall out of twenty-seven US and Canadian cities, scored on a range of environmental factors. Our one unqualified distinction is having the worst commute of all cities on the index.  The Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of the group that includes The Economist magazine, and Siemens, the Munich-based global conglomerate, conducted a… Continue Reading

Builders are the key to condo buyer satisfaction

Builders are the key to condo buyer satisfaction

300 Front Street West, from Tridel. Builder has won numerous awards for customer service as well as sustainable design and innovation. In their book about the condo industry (Investing in Condominiums, John Wiley and Sons Canada, 2012), authors Brian Persaud and Randy Ramadhin offer a number of checklists for potential buyers to help them decide… Continue Reading

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Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Reader Question “I have one concern that is up coming and both Property Management Corp and the Board of Directors should address: it is the legalization of marijuana. With that, every household can grow 4 plants at home. However, if we allow growth of marijuana in a condo unit, the damage could be vast; affecting…

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printing is not new to the construction industry, although a new development from Apis Cor may make it more practical for some applications such as low-cost housing in Municipalities. Unlike older 3D printers, which run on tracks inside “factories” to produce components, the Apis Cor is the first 3D printer that is mobile enough…

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