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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tips on creating a container herb garden for summer

A container herb garden may be your only choice if you haven’t got a garden or if it’s very small. But don’t be disappointed if you can’t create a traditional herb garden. Many herbs flourish really well in containers, and container herb gardens have the advantage that they can be positioned very near your kitchen door (or on your balcony if you live in a condo or apartment). The advantage of this is that when it’s wet or dark outside you can easily harvest the herbs you need for whatever recipe you may want to follow for your cooking. In this article I’ll provide some ideas on containers and herbs ... Read More »

New home sales at “healthy levels” in GTA, say builders

After finishing last year with the second-lowest sales in a decade, the Toronto-area new home industry has seen steady growth each month in 2014. Today the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reported that new home sales in the GTA have “rebounded” from that slow end to last year and “returned to healthy levels.” Each month since January has seen improved sales in the new homes market, both high rise and low rise. Now RealNet Canada reports sales of 3,526 new homes and condominiums sold in May, with impressive increases in both the single detached and the condominium sectors. High-rise sales were up 22 per cent year over year, ... Read More »

We all got a little richer, mostly thanks to real estate

Forbes published its annual list of world billionaires this week, and Canadians make a respectable showing. Some of the thirty Canadians on the list are household names—Weston, Bronfman, Thomson, Irving—others less well known. Their fortunes were made in a variety of industries, including media, retail, oil, and even cheese. Coincidentally, Statistics Canada today released its report on the country’s “national balance sheet and financial flow accounts” for the first quarter of 2014. The national net worth rose 1.5 per cent from the last quarter of 2013, it says, reaching $7.8 trillion. The gain, which was lower than the 2.6 per cent gain reached in the previous quarter, was mainly due ... Read More »

Tips for buyers of resale condos

Today in Toronto, about seventy-five people will buy a resale condo, based on Toronto Real Estate Board sales numbers for the first two weeks of June. Hopefully, all of them realize that buying a condo isn’t quite like buying other types of homes. When you buy a condo, you are really buying into a business, a corporation. It isn’t enough to fall in love with the layout of the suite, the views from the balcony, the amenities, the neighbourhood. All of that is important, but it’s only the start. You have to look at the bigger picture. Is this a well-run business? Besides the obvious attractions of the place, is ... Read More »

Financial, social benefits driving green building growth in Canada

Many Canadian building owners and developers are seeing significant decreases in energy consumption, decreases in water consumption, and reductions in operating costs. They are also seeing the value of their building assets increase. They are enjoying these and other economic and social benefits because they have been building green. A clearer picture of what is really going on in Canada’s green building market emerges in a new report from McGraw Hill Construction, described as the “first of its kind” in Canada. It was commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council, the not-for-profit body that controls the granting of LEED status in Canada, and sponsored by two very heavy hitters in ... Read More »

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