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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tridel’s B.O.L.T. program holds annual Casino Night fundraiser

In 2009, Canada’s pre-eminent condominium builder, Tridel, launched a new initiative to address a problem the developer perceived to be affecting the construction industry. That problem was, and is, a shortage of skilled trades people, and it is at least partly the result of lack of awareness and learning opportunities for young people. The need to inspire a new generation of trades people and certified trades professionals was the impetus that moved Tridel to take action. In partnership with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and the Children’s Aid Foundation, Tridel began B.O.L.T. (Building Opportunities for Life Today) and in 2013 it was established as a charitable foundation. It has ... Read More »

Strong condo sales lift early April market in GTA

News of an impending slowdown in Canada’s housing market has evidently not reached Toronto home buyers, or if it has, they are ignoring it. Sales in the re-sale market for the first two weeks of April shot up by 10.8 per cent year over year, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reports today. The “robust” increase in sales amounted to 4,541 homes sold, putting the sales total within a handful of the level reached for the same period in 2012, the year with the highest sales of the three previous years. In the city of Toronto, the condo sector had the highest sales, with 676 units changing hands. This was a ... Read More »

Condo sales, rentals showed strong growth in first quarter of 2014

Large numbers of first-time buyers as well as many “seasoned home owners” continued to choose condominiums to meet their changing housing needs in Toronto in the first three months of 2014. The Toronto Real Estate Board released its quarterly report on condo sales in the GTA, and TREB president Dianne Usher said that home buyers “remained confident in purchasing condominium apartments.” The strong sales growth translated into a robust increase in the average selling price, she said. The number of sales was up an impressive 9 per cent compared to the same period one year ago: 4,454 condominium apartments sold compared to 4,085 sales reported in Q1 2013. The average ... Read More »

The right way to do laundry

These days, nobody wants to spend half their day doing housework. When it comes to laundry, who has time to hand wash delicate clothing, worry about too much detergent, or remember to leave that sweater out of the dryer so it doesn’t shrink? Laundry is something that should be simple and easy. Here are a few options that let you leave the work to the machine. Stay organized Keep the chaos at bay by having an organized laundry space. Stackable front load washers and dryers are ideal for condos where efficiently-used space is key. For side-by-side washer and dryer, laundry pedestals keep the space free of clutter so supplies stay ... Read More »

London housing fears sound all too familiar

It’s fascinating to see that Toronto is not the only city where concerns about housing bubbles and over-valuation are almost daily topics of media discussion and analysis. In London, an interesting twist on the story of rapidly rising real estate costs comes from the property appraisal business. According to some, the housing market in England’s capital city is a bubble waiting to burst. A surveyor at a company that specializes in housing valuations for the mortgage market, Sesame Bankhall Valuation Services (SBVS), says that there is mounting evidence of a “bidding frenzy” throughout London, the same scenario that existed when the market crashed five years ago. The surveyor, or home ... Read More »

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