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Skyline stories: Panama

This is the last in a three part series looking at cities around the world with famously high skylines. After taking a look at the towers of Hong Kong, we explored the Chicago skyline, finding similarities and differences in both examples. In this instalment we’re going to examine yet another international city that has recently experienced a boost in high rise construction,…






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RenoMark gets an official endorsement from the province

Homeowners in the GTA know what a renovation can do for their homes. Just in 2011 alone, more than $23 billion worth of home renovations were completed in Ontario. Not only did this boost homeowners’ property values, as well as the economy, it helped create 211,000 jobs in the home renovation industry, according to the Ontario government.






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Skyline stories: Chicago

The other week we featured a brief overview of the similarities and differences between the City of Toronto and Hong Kong, illustrating how learning from the success and failures of others is a great way of making educated decisions and, in turn, building great cities.






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Skyline stories: Hong Kong

As city builders, we’re constantly learning from the successes and failures of others. It seems to be working if the GTA’s thriving high rise market is any indication. There are 213 high rise projects currently under construction in the GTA consisting of 56,294 new homes, making our condo market the most active in North America. Given the success of the…






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BILD members dominate on the OHBA Awards short list

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association announced the finalists for the 2012 Award of Distinction. The awards will be presented at the Village of Blue Mountain Conference Centre in Collingwood on September 24, and the list is full of BILD member companies.






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Ontario’s land supply conundrum

We recently blogged about the return to average sales for new homes in the first half of 2012. We have already talked about how the decrease in sales when compared with 2011 can seem misleading due to that year’s record-setting sales figures. But the market’s shift toward high-rise living is still worth examining. In recent years, our industry has seen a shift towards high-density housing as a result of the Ontario government’s intensification policies which our members have respectfully adhered to.






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2012 housing market measuring up just as it should

It went by like a whirlwind, but the first half of 2012 is now behind us. Working with RealNet, BILD GTA has gathered the sales data for the first two quarters of the year. While the decrease in sales when compared to last year may be interpreted negatively by some, this year is, in fact, shaping up to be just about average when you look…






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Toronto has 135 green roofs and counting

The Globe and Mail recently ran a story on green roofs in the City of Toronto. BILD’s Toronto Chapter Co-Chair Leona Savoie, who also works as Director of Land Development and Acquisitions for Hullmark Developments, was interviewed by the Globe’s Brenda Dalglish about the industry’s experience with the City’s green roof bylaw.






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Do kids & condos mix?

On Thursday, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday declared that Toronto’s downtown core is not the place to raise children. The statement was made in response to downtown city councillors urging condo developers to build more 3 bedroom units suitable for young families. The proposal would have developers setting aside 10 per cent of the units in a given building for family-friendly units.






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The ongoing evolution of Canadian mortgages

As you have no doubt heard, new mortgage rules came into effect yesterday. Before we get into how these will affect us, here are the basics: