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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ontario Home Builders’ Association honours BILD at annual awards

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) has been named Local Association of the Year for 2015 by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA). BILD represents about 1,400 companies in land development, home building and professional renovation industries in the GTA. The OHBA awards are given for association members who have “gone above and beyond” for the industry. The achievements specifically noted in the statement include a civic awareness campaign undertaken by BILD with the Toronto Star, called “Building Complete Communities.” BILD president and CEO Bryan Tuckey authored a series of articles that appeared in the newspaper in May and June of this year. The series, according to Tuckey, ... Read More »

Global commercial real estate industry lags in IT use: survey

The exact number of foreign investors who own Canadian residential real estate property remains unknown. Until now, no one has kept track of this with any accuracy. The exact number of foreign commercial real estate properties held by Canadian investors is clear, however. In New York City, the latest statistics show, Canadians make up the largest foreign investor group, buying US $3.85 billion in Manhattan property assets this year alone, twice as much as last year. Canada’s big pension plans are some of the biggest buyers. Canadians now own some of New York’s most iconic properties, according to Bloomberg, including the headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Commercial real ... Read More »

Women rule the roost when buying, decorating homes

Women are in charge when a couple buys a home. Plenty of research has been done on this subject and the results are always the same: women dominate in the home-buying process. They get what they want. The latest entry is a survey conducted by the Canadian online realtor TheRedPin.com. The brokerage says it wanted to answer the question “who’s the boss?” once and for all. Is it men or women? By polling their agents, the company says it was able to determine that women get the home they want. The result was “virtually unanimous,” with 97.6 per cent of respondents agreeing. Even when men seem to make the decision, ... Read More »

Reports highlight shortcomings in Ontario’s home care services

Canada is one of the best countries in the world in which to grow old, coming fifth on a list of ninety-six countries on which Switzerland comes first and Afghanistan last. The list is the Global Age Watch Index 2015, and it is the work of an international agency called HelpAge International. HelpAge International has roots in Canada: a Canadian group was one of the founding members. It now describes itself as a global movement for the rights of older people. The ranking of countries is based on the measurement of four key “domains” that are crucial to older people: income security, health status, capability and living in an enabling ... Read More »

Fall Home Show puts focus on smaller spaces, renovation

The Toronto Fall Home Show’s theme this year is “embrace your space,” a nod both to the changing shape of housing in the city, and to the massive home renovation industry. The show is owned by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), and, as the builders’ group president, Bryan Tuckey, noted, many people today live in condominiums and smaller homes. Visitors to the home show will find many ways to “maximize” those smaller spaces and make them feel like home. This year’s show has a section called Small Space Living, especially for condo owners. Among the several exhibitors and celebrity guests that will have special appeal for home ... Read More »

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