New home industry posts solid first quarter

Healthy sales of new homes in March contributed to a solid first quarter performance for the new housing market in the Greater Toronto Area, the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) revealed today. According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD’s official source of new home market intelligence, there were 3,434 new homes and condos sold in March 2011 and a…






Canada dominates housing market growth

As seen in today’s Metro News. By: Stephen Dupuis I went to a BILD-hosted seminar to learn about low-rise land supply — actually, the lack thereof — but I came away with three absolutely startling statistics gleaned from the GTA residential development market perspective presented by George Carras, President of RealNet Canada Inc. and the numbers guru for the entire…






Fall Home Show exhibit space going quickly

Based on the strength of the 2010 Fall Home Show and the amazing attendance spike at this Spring’s National Home Show, exhibitors have already locked-up more than half of the floor for the 2011 Fall Home Show, September 22-25, at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.The Fall Home Show, produced by Marketplace Events in partnership with BILD, is perfectly timed…






BILD Spring Golf tourney is May 12

If watching the final round of The Masters didn’t put you in the mood to hit the links, you’re simply not a golfer and you can stop reading right now. If, on the other hand, you’ve been getting that familiar itch, there’s still about 25 foursomes available in BILD’s double-shotgun Spring tournament at Angus Glen on May 12. With thanks…






Class is in session at Land and Development conference

The seventh annual Land and Development conference is a jam-packed day of educational sessions led by your peers that will look at market activity; land acquisition; and land values heading into 2012.  The conference is themed, ‘Is Growth Here to Stay? How Strong is the Rebound in Residential, Commercial, Retail and Industrial Development?’  It takes place on May 5 at…






Toronto is No. 1

We’re going into April on a high note.  Why?  Spring has sprung. The housing market is in full swing. And we would be remiss not to mention that Toronto is currently the leading housing market in North America and the most active.  The statistics to prove it came out of February’s new homes sales and in a presentation by George…






Campaigning for future homeowners

As seen in today’s Toronto Star.   By: Stephen Dupuis Here’s a staggering statistic! In February, the number of new homes sold across the GTA was 21 per cent of the total number of new homes sold throughout the entire United States.  The 3,602 new homes sold locally amounts to one-fifth of what was sold in all markets south of the…






The door is open to home ownership

As seen in today’s Metro News. By: Stephen Dupuis If you’re a would-be first-time homebuyer, two different organizations are putting you in the spotlight this month, with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association celebrating April as New Homes Month and Genworth Financial promoting Homeownership Education Week, April 11-15, 2011. Both organizations have great resource information on their websites, while Genworth, the…






Dupuis: Go to the head of the class

By: Stephen Dupuis As seen in today’s Toronto Star When I was approached by Genworth Financial Canada to take part in a webinar during National Homeownership Education Week, it was a no-brainer. Now on my third house, two of which were new builds, I’ve probably made every mistake in the book, so I am happy to be able to tell…






New condominium sales soaring high in February

By Stephen DupuisAs seen in today’s Toronto Sun. Those that follow the new homes industry are no doubt aware of the fact that new home sales in the GTA were down 13 per cent in January. Those that have a thorough understanding of how this industry works are no doubt aware that this number says nothing about the overall state of the market.January…