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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mayors key to stopping climate change: Bloomberg UN report

Mayors key to stopping climate change: Bloomberg UN report

Mayoralty candidates, wherever you may be, take note: mayors and the cities they lead can do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than national governments can. By taking steps to reduce energy use in five key sectors—waste, freight transport, passenger transport, commercial buildings and residential buildings—mayors could reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of more… Continue Reading

Dispute resolution office to keep trivial cases out of courts

Dispute resolution office to keep trivial cases out of courts

Should condo owners be taking their management staff to court because they don’t like being reminded to wipe their sweat off the exercise equipment in the fitness room? Or because of conflicts between owners and staff that allegedly never even took place? An Ontario Superior Court judge recently made it blindingly clear that he didn’t… Continue Reading

Green Building Week gets underway with call to “Green up”

Green Building Week gets underway with call to “Green up”

Today is the beginning of World Green Building Week (September 22–27), an initiative of the World Green Building Council, which has members in 100 countries and more than 27,000 participating organizations.  This is the fifth World Green Building Week, a celebration of sustainable construction, and the theme this year is “Get Up, Green Up.” Organizers… Continue Reading

Strong growth continues in September home sales

Strong growth continues in September home sales

Home sales continued their upward climb in Toronto in the first half of September. The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that mid-month sales were 8.3 per cent higher than for the same period last year. In all, 3,297 sales were processed through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of September. Year-to-date sales through September… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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