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Monthly Archives: May 2015

CMHC proud of its declining mortgage business

CMHC proud of its declining mortgage business

Not many corporations would boast that their business was shrinking, but Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is not your typical publicly traded Bay Street entity. CMHC is a Crown corporation, its “shareholders” are the taxpayers of Canada, and it reports to them (us) through Parliament. The corporation released its first quarter financial report today… Continue Reading

Many more renters in US cities in wake of housing crisis: study

Many more renters in US cities in wake of housing crisis: study

One consequence of the “Great Recession” and the housing market collapse in the United States has been an enormous increase in the number of renters. When millions of Americans lost their homes, or sold them to avoid foreclosure, many of those who could afford to moved into rental accommodation. Since 2006, the number of renters… Continue Reading

Ontario needs more immigrants to buy, and build, homes: study

Ontario needs more immigrants to buy, and build, homes: study

Toronto’s real estate market depends on population growth, and growth comes largely through immigration. That has been taken as self-evident truth for many years and is often repeated by analysts as evidence that the housing market is fundamentally sound. As long as there is a steady stream of new immigrants needing housing, the housing market… Continue Reading

Islington Terrace Condos Grand Opening: great value, great location

Islington Terrace Condos Grand Opening: great value, great location

Anyone looking to buy a condo in Toronto these days won’t fail to notice that there’s a lot of choice out there. Even with all the possibilities available, finding the right one can still be a challenge. Yes, location is important, but so are affordability, the quality of the building’s construction and the individual suites’… Continue Reading

Mayor praises “exciting” Aqualina at Bayside development

Mayor praises “exciting” Aqualina at Bayside development

The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, called the project “transformative,” while the deputy head of Waterfront Toronto said it was an example of how buildings can make Toronto “a better place to live.” The representative of master planner and real estate developer Hines International, meanwhile, called it an “incomparable” condominium, and Tridel president Leo DelZotto… 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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