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…






Handing out the hardware to builders

As seen in today’s Metro News. By: Stephen Dupuis The Golden Globes, Academy Awards, Grammys and Junos are behind us now, but it’s far from the end of awards season. In fact it’s just beginning as far as the building and development industry awards are concerned. On Friday April 29, BILD will hand out 46 different awards for everything from…






Past and present BILD Chairs all over Toronto Builder

The latest issue of Toronto Builder magazine, a local publication covering all things construction and renovation, welcomed 2011-12 BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr. with a highly informative cover story while paying tribute to 2009-10 Chair Leith Moore with an equally impressive editorial feature. It’s only fair that Golini got the cover, but Moore can still show off one thing his…






Redrawing Toronto’s Zoning By-law

Councillor Karen Stintz placed a last-minute motion on the table at last week’s Toronto Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting to repeal the city’s newly-harmonized Zoning By-law and request planning staff report back by January 2012 with a revised by-law.Committee members voted unanimously in favour, which shows a distinct appetite for a re-worked by-law, but the rest of council still…






Last chance for non-member finalists at the BILD Awards

As many of you may already know, the finalists for the 31st Annual BILD Awards have all been unveiled on bildawards.com and BILD would like to congratulate this year’s finalists in all categories including the recently announced Home Builder of the Year Award finalists – Great Gulf Homes, Mattamy Homes, Monarch Corporation, Rosehaven Homes and Tridel.As mentioned previously, recognition at the…