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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Home affordability slipping but market on track: RBC

Home affordability slipping but market on track: RBC

A new flurry of reports and forecasts has put the focus on Canada’s economy again, and in general the outlook is positive. The economy will grow a little faster next year, though there isn’t exact agreement on the numbers—somewhere around 2.5 per cent, according to the Conference Board of Canada, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… Continue Reading

Hope for gridlock relief in government infrastructure plan?

Hope for gridlock relief in government infrastructure plan?

Infrastructure is like health; people tend not t0 think about it much until something goes wrong. And there is plenty wrong with the state of infrastructure in Toronto, despite the province’s having spent more than $85 billion on roads, bridges and the like since 2003. In Toronto, with thousands of kilometres of streets, transit lines,… Continue Reading

Builder’s reputation should be top requirement for condo buyers

Builder’s reputation should be top requirement for condo buyers

A documentary called The Condo Game aired on CBC television the other night. The film takes a critical look at some of the problems that the condo boom in Toronto and Vancouver has brought for buyers. Poor construction of buildings, and purchasers’ disappointment with the home they ended up with (as opposed to the home they… 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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