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CMHC Housing Starts for November 2013

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently released its report on November 2013’s housing starts statistics.According to CMHC, housing starts in Canada were trending at 194,014 units in November. This is a six-month moving average of

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What Kind of Industry are we BILDing?

With a strong housing market and low interest rates accounting for much of Ontario’s growth — if not its entire economy — it pays to protect the industry, and that means protecting consumers. Most builders recognize that for them to win, consumers have

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TREB: November 2013 Resale Report

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) recently released their Market Watch report for November 2013.Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Realtors reported 6,391 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in November 2013, a 13.9% increase compared to November

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Is Hamilton’s Art Scene Increasing Real Estate Value?

Image courtesy Banko MediaWhen you think about hot art districts in Canada, a lot of long-admired neighbourhoods come to mind. From Vancouver’s Granville Island to Toronto’s Queen West, out to the maritime styles in Fredericton, there’s a unique flavour

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The Real Costs of Urban Sprawl

In an article this month in the Globe and Mail, architect and urban planner Jack Diamond with policy director at Sustainable Prosperity (a University of Ottawa think tank) David Thompson authored an article considering the “true” costs of urban

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Close the Housing Gap Hits Parliament Hill

By Penny MunozPressing the demands of the Close the Housing Gap campaign, over 100 social housing tenants, stakeholders and politicians from Toronto and Ottawa rallied on Parliament Hill to persuade the federal government to contribute “1/3 fair share”

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Linda Mitchell Young on Toronto’s Rental Market

By Penny MunozAccording to Urbanation, the number of condo rentals is at an all-time high, showing no sign of slowing down with estimates reaching more than 20,000 by the end of 2013. A proven expert in the real estate market, Linda Mitchell Young,

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Outlook Stable for 2014

It doesn’t look like the naysayers will get their way anytime soon — the latest predictions by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the Toronto CMA (presented at the annual CMHC Housing Outlook Conference last week) say next year is going to

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Trimart: Great Success for New Low-Rise Openings

Trimart Research Corporation’s most recent report says that new low-rise openings were very successful last month. Sales for October are still rolling in, and while the numbers are a bit lower than the summer, the market is still on track to reach

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Urbanation Releases its Q3-2013 Toronto Condo Rental Report

Urbanation, the leading source of condo market intelligence in Toronto, released its Q3-2013 condo rental market report.In Q3-2013, there were 6,451 condo units rented through the MLS system. This is a 39% increase compared to last year and also a new

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