Wednesday, November 25

New Homes and Condos

Pandemic, new rules drive rental market
Homes, New Homes and Condos

Pandemic, new rules drive rental market

Home search portal Real Estate Wire (REW) now lists rental properties and in Toronto at least there are two key reasons why: ongoing issues relating to the pandemic and the influx of more units into the market as a result of new regulations that restrict short-term rentals.The impact of COVID-19 is immense, according to a recent survey by the Vancouver-based company, whose portal contains MLS listings, agent recommendations and property valuation data.The company was founded in 2011 with a singular mission – to help Canadians find their next home. The home search platform has more recently added rental capabilities to their web site, given the increase in renting options. particularly in urban centres such as Toronto. Visit rew.ca.Indeed, findings revealed that 45 per cent of res...
Hamilton’s unique approach to creating places for people
Hamilton, Homes, New Homes and Condos

Hamilton’s unique approach to creating places for people

A decade ago, renowned Danish architect Jan Gehl inspired community leaders from around the world with his book “Places for People”.Timelier than ever, the book’s underlying principle is we need to build cities for people… instead of cars. And by doing so, create a more vibrant, more livable urban landscape.Ironically it has taken a pandemic to convince even the most car-centric cities to redistribute space previously dominated by cars in favour of people… creating slow streets for pedestrians and cyclists and allowing restaurants and other retail operations to expand out onto the streets.One of the cities leading the charge to “take back the town” for the people is Hamilton. The city approved over 100 new patios in just over a month, has quadrupled capital investment in its bike...
BILD: Removing barriers to home ownership
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BILD: Removing barriers to home ownership

In this time of economic uncertainty and shrinking new home inventory, many families hoping to buy a new home in the GTA face challenges. More than ever, it is important for governments to work with our industry to ease the financial pressure on home buyers and remove barriers to the renewal of construction activity. The good news is, we’ve seen positive developments on both these fronts at Toronto City Hall.First, City Council has considered a report from the Chief Financial Officer that identifies opportunities to provide first-time home buyers with greater relief from the Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT), including potentially revising the maximum price eligibility threshold of $400,000 to reflect increased home prices in Toronto. BILD supports Council’s direction on the MLT...
Working-from-home policies drive cottage sales
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Working-from-home policies drive cottage sales

When Sandra Hokansson and her husband purchased a cottage near Port Carling in Muskoka in 2012, they weren’t planning to eventually live there full time but after he retired and she left her job to launch her own executive coaching company a couple of years ago, they decided to make it home.While they enjoyed the city, it didn’t compare to their love of cottage country and thanks to technology that continues to improve, Hokansson can connect with clients from around the globe and return to Toronto to facilitate workshops (which she has been offering virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic). “It’s been the best of both worlds,” she says.The appeal of owning a cottage country appears to be growing along with the trend of telecommuting, which allows many professionals to work from ju...
Pandemic to usher in new generation of condos
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Pandemic to usher in new generation of condos

Some lifestyle changes are here to stay, say urban design expertsFor the past few years, The One condominium now under construction at Toronto’s busy Yonge and Bloor intersection has been the one to watch as scales new heights as Canada’s first supertall skyscraper. More recently, it has become the one to watch because of design changes that have already been made in response to COVID-19.When the construction site was closed in the early stages of the pandemic, developer Sam Mizrahi, president of Mizrahi Developments, and his team took advantage of the legislated shutdown to imagine a new way of living at The One and at 1451 Wellington, their project in Ottawa. Both are expected to be complete in 2022.By tweaking the design of each building early in the construction process, the ...
Karl Lohnes: Odes to joy
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Karl Lohnes: Odes to joy

Nine ways I’m turning my isolation pad into a havenMonths have past since I started spending my free and work time inside my house. Although I like my place, I’m getting tired of the same rooms, views and routine.I yearn for a change of scenery; to go to restaurants, cafés for work meetings, travel, visit other people’s houses, and do all the things I did last summer.I’m trying to find new ways to appreciate and enjoy this home that I’m stuck and for the rest of the summer. Although going outside gives me a new perspective, the extreme heat of late has me appreciating the coolness of the inside of my house.I decided to make a list of a few affordable and selfish upgrades (I call them “little joys”) that will breathe new life into the rooms I have become bored with and help me see...
Colin and Justin: Roll up!
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Colin and Justin: Roll up!

An exterior reno, say Colin and Justin, is an investment that reaps rewardsWe’ve all heard of ‘curb appeal’, or indeed ‘pavement presence’ as we call it back home in blighty.Commanding admiration as onlookers gaze lovingly at your hard work, curb appeal should never be under estimated, particularly when it comes time to sell.Real estate with a well-planned exterior, after all, is far more attractive to potential buyers than a dowdy looking approach that struggles to make a statement.In our most recent Northern ‘fix’, the project’s front elevation had bags of ‘lakeside allure’ (that’s curb appeal in the rural context) but the rear elevation desperately needed help.Painted insipid pale blue, we decreed the best course of remedial action ‘Wrought Iron’ by Benjamin Moore. So we brand...
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Making the most of summer staycations

As the COVID-19 pandemic turns summer vacation plans upside down, many Canadians are making the most of their staycations and investing money they planned to spend on a holiday in their homes and especially their outdoor spaces.“As we moved into the recovery phase, you may have noticed an increase in contractor trucks and renovations happening around – but particularly outside – homes,” says Shir Magen, vice president of marketing with HomeStars, an online Canadian marketplace that publishes reviews written by homeowners about home improvement professionals.Service requests for outdoor tasks have been “exploding” in popularity, pushing kitchen and basement renovations – typically the most popular categories – out of the spotlight. “In addition to wanting to make use of that space...
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It pays to know your ‘Clutterbug’ personality

When organizing expert Cass Aarssen first started helping families to declutter and establish home storage systems, her motto was: If it doesn’t stay organized, I’ll come back free of charge. It didn’t take long to realize her mistake.“It was a terrible motto because I kept having to go back and reorganize for free over and over again because it just wouldn’t stick,” said Aarssen.  “It was a sink or swim moment for my business … and then I had to adapt.”What she did next set her profession on an entirely different course. Recognizing some people need their things in plain sight and others out of sight, some are meticulous and others not so much, she started to classify people according to four distinct organizing styles, or what she calls “Clutterbug” personalities.Bees are visua...
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Renew your home with a fresh coat of paint

There’s lots to love about a fresh coat of paint. Painting is probably the easiest, cheapest and most impactful way to change a home’s aesthetic.It can also be a tricky process. Here are a few lessons learned in my time as a professional designer, which will help you not only survive your next paint job ahead but come out of it unscathed and unsplattered.Lesson 1: Colour 101.Ever wonder who chooses the trending “colour of the year?” Fall is when the world’s biggest paint brands release their forecasts for the hottest hues that will dominate interiors everywhere. The upcoming trip around the sun will indeed have something suited to every taste, and promises to be an inspiring 365 degrees around the colour wheel as well. The good news is, you’ve got plenty of options.Regardless of ...
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Colin and Justin: Bringing the outdoors indoors

Be inspired by nature, and proffer an escapist, summery feel in your inner most sanctums. With more of us than ever choosing to remain at home rather than dash off on holiday, there’s never been a better time to embrace the notion of ‘staycation’.But remember: it’s up to you to make your holiday at home less 3 star mini break and more 5 star indulgent reward. Here’s how…Change your fabrics. Swap out heavy materials for lighter alternatives. Banish thick curtains and replace with organza, sheers or crisp white blinds. Change knobbly knitted sofa cushions and throws for linen and cotton alternatives. Try Bed Bath and Beyond for beautiful cotton duvets and shams, or scope Simons Maison (www.simons.ca) for a touch of soft linen luxury.Be casual with flowers. Ditch formal arrangements...