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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Find professional renovators on new BILD website

Find professional renovators on new BILD website

Building Industry and Land Development Association website RenoMark.ca has searchable database of home renovators across Canada. They promise a worry-free renovation. A young couple bought an apartment in an older condo, knowing that they would want to make some changes before they lived in it: the broadloom would have to go; the bathroom needed a… Continue Reading

Toronto Waterfront named to Smart Communities of the Year

Another honour for Toronto, this time from the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) which has named our waterfront as one of the 21 Smart Communities of the Year. Inclusion on this list recognizes communities for using broadband and information technology to create “prosperity and inclusion” to attract businesses, generate economic growth and improve the delivery of… Continue Reading

World’s thinnest house opens in Warsaw

World’s thinnest house opens in Warsaw

We’ve talked about a lot of small living spaces here at Condo.ca, but this one takes it to a whole new level. This is a four-story home, with all the usual features—kitchen, bathroom, dining room, bedroom—in a structure that is, at its widest point, just over five feet. At its narrowest it is just three… Continue Reading

Toronto’s future as a world city depends on getting its transit act together

Toronto’s future as a world city depends on getting its transit act together

The London tube connections to Heathrow Airport. This kind of connectivity to the outside world helped put London miles ahead of Toronto in the category of “city gateway” in a PwC survey of 27 world cities. London’s score: 145; Toronto’s score,69. Toronto is the third best city in the world to live and work. Only… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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