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Monthly Archives: June 2013

US realtors worry about another bust as home prices rise quickly

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that home sales in the US were up 4.2 per cent in May, reaching a seasonally adjusted rated of 5.18 million. That’s the first time since November 2009 that that many homes changed hands, and before that it hadn’t happened since July 2007. The median price for a home was also up sharply, rising 15.4 per cent year over year. It reached $208,000 in May, the highest it has been in almost five years. This might appear to be good news, after five years of plunging property values, rising mortgage defaults and low sales. But instead there is talk again of a “bubble” ... Read More »

Tridel at forefront of intelligent building movement

The typical consumer-directed marketing materials from telephone and Internet service providers in Canada put a lot of emphasis on speed. But it would probably surprise many Canadians to learn, if their only awareness of the state of our Internet came from these same marketing materials, that Canada’s Internet is actually ranked twenty-second out of thirty in the world, in terms of pricing, speed and availability. The importance of Internet speed is a given, it seems, so why is it that we don’t have it? In fact, high-speed broadband access is the key to building intelligent communities, and that is the first step toward creating an intelligent nation. This is the ... Read More »

Using LED lighting in the kitchen

Consult a lighting designer about “doing something” with your living room or kitchen or your entire home for that matter, and he or she will probably stress one simple point, no matter what room you are discussing: layering. A room that is lit by a single source of light—it doesn’t matter whether it’s a naked light bulb hanging from a wire or a gorgeous Venetian glass chandelier—will be boring, lighting-wise. So, lighting designers insist that there be several different sources and types of lighting, all working together to create that special atmosphere, whatever it might be, that we all want in our homes. One well-known lighting designer in the US, ... Read More »

June sales so far higher than last year: TREB

It might not be an exaggeration to say that a lot of stakeholders in the real estate market, from realtors to bankers to builders to buyers and sellers, have been holding their breath waiting for the early June sales numbers from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). Now that these numbers are out, there could be a loud whoosh of all that pent-up air blowing over the city. As TREB has been saying all along that they would, sales did in fact improve again in the first half of June, compared to the same period last year. If the trend continues through the month, June will be the first month ... Read More »

New Waterfront Toronto community to have high-speed Internet access

High-speed Internet access is one of those topics that makes people talk, and complain. And make lists. To find out where your country/city/neighbourhood ranks in the world for speed of connectivity, just consult the latest list of your choice. You will see that Japan now has the fastest commercially available Internet access speeds in the world; Sony introduced a service there called So-Net, offering a top speed of 2 Gigabits per second. It’s so fast, that the average computer can’t even handle it, so in effect it is reduced to 1 Gig. But that is still almost one hundred times faster than the average North American speed of around 17 ... Read More »

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