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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ontario Home Builders’ Association honours BILD at annual awards

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… Continue Reading

Global commercial real estate industry lags in IT use: survey

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… Continue Reading

Student debt not a big deterrent to homeownership, Zillow finds

Student debt not a big deterrent to homeownership, Zillow finds

Student debt is widely blamed for delaying graduates’ entry into the real estate market. How can someone save for a down payment, never mind make mortgage payments, when he or she is paying off a huge student loan? The Canadian Federation of Students states the familiar argument that graduates with debt are disadvantaged, compared to… Continue Reading

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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…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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