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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Infrastructure, power projects driving resurgence in global construction industry

Infrastructure, power projects driving resurgence in global construction industry

Optimism prevails in the global construction industry, which finds itself in better shape today than it was four or five years ago, when the world entered a period of economic uncertainty. Based on rising backlogs and healthy margins, a majority of the world’s construction companies say they have seen an upward trend since 2010. However,… Continue Reading

Green bonds could help fund GTA transit growth

Green bonds could help fund GTA transit growth

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that her government will issue the first green bonds in Canada for the purpose of funding public transit. This is the first new transit-specific fund-raising method proposed by Wynne, and it’s also the first that would be entirely voluntary. Other proposed funding tools would involve taxes and levies of… Continue Reading

Small-space appliances

Small-space appliances

[highlight]Discover the latest appliances, perfect for a small kitchen space, in this article brought to you by Whirlpool.[/highlight] Looking to maximize your space? Condo and apartment dwellers can rejoice — sleek innovations in refrigerators, cooktops, wall ovens, hoods and laundry appliances offer ample features without sacrificing style or square-footage. Here are the latest products perfect… Continue Reading

Home buyers want good personal service, despite real estate’s tech advances

Home buyers want good personal service, despite real estate’s tech advances

In just one short decade, the way people buy and sell homes has changed dramatically, thanks to rapidly evolving technology. It might be safe to say that we have seen more behaviour-changing technologies in the past ten years than in the entire previous century. But in spite of all the technological changes, people still want… Continue Reading

If you can’t close, assign

If you can’t close, assign

What if you bought a pre-construction condo three years ago, and since then you’ve been transferred to another city by your employer, or you’ve lost your job, or you’ve just changed your mind about living there? The building is nearing completion, you’ve been given a firm date to move in to begin the interim occupancy… 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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