Bricks & Sticks

by Joe Valela

Joe Valela is the 2003 GTHBA President, and is also president of Valemont Homes, Inc.

Dec. 20, 2003 - Change the only constant in 2003

Outgoing president Joe Valela's final remarks.

Dec. 13, 2003 - Clean air, clean water, clean land, urban priorities

The CHBA argues that environmentally more sustainable communities can become standard practice for builders given a set of planning and regulatory green lights for urban innovation.

Dec. 6, 2003 - We need to talk

Work with all three levels of government and how advance planning and infrastructure investments can be made so that there is a long-term and steady supply of housing that people can afford.

Nov. 29, 2003 - Red light, green light for Oak Ridges Moraine

The latest in the Oak Ridges Moraine fiasco, and the impact that proposed planning reforms will have on the home building and renovation industry.

Nov. 22, 2003 - Housing boom explained with one word

What the housing affordability index is and how it affects homebuyers and where it currently is in Canada.

Nov. 15, 2003 - It's Miller Time

The new mayor of Toronto, David Miller's campaign platform as it relates to the GTHBA and residential construction industry.

Nov. 8, 2003 - Undocumented workers a vital resource

The worsening situation of the skilled worker shortage in Canada.

Nov. 1, 2003 - Balance and Vision key to future growth

The need for a balanced approach to developing new communities that recognizes the needs of future home buyers, our economy-driving industries, and the environment.

Oct. 25, 2003 - Zap, you’re frozen

Discussion on an open letter that the GHTBA sent earlier this week to Premier Dalton McGuinty in regards to the Premiers' announcement that builders should cease and desist selling homes in approved areas on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Oct. 18, 2003 - Where housing goes, the economy follows

A report by Canacord Capital Corporation discusses the importance of the housing industry and it's effect on other sectors.

Oct. 11, 2003 - They don’t build them like they used to

The advantages of buying a newly built home and the areas in which homes built today differ from ones built 15-20 years ago.

Sept. 27, 2003 - On-line poll on mortgage interest deductibility

The Tory's mortgage interest deductibility proposal can save up to two years in mortgage payments.

Sept. 20, 2003 -

New policies, processes and systems have been implemented at the Ontario New Home Warranty Program affecting every aspect of the relationship between homebuilders, homebuyers and the program.

Sept. 13, 2003 - Housing debate differentiates party views

The recent all-party provincial debate on housing, which emphasized three important issues: mortgage interest deductibility; rent controls; and smart growth.

Sept. 6, 2003 - A Tale of Two Cities

How Toronto compares to other Canadian cities when it comes to to government fees, levies, charges and taxes on newly constructed homes.

Aug. 30, 2003 - Builders go back to school on service

ONHWPs implementation of a new customer service standard and an overhaul of the website.

Aug. 23, 2003 - The case for selling prior to registration

The advantages to the homebuyer of selling homes prior to registration and also suggests better communication and adopting the condo approach to setting closing dates as solutions to the problem of delayed closings.

Aug. 16, 2003 - Ensuring a Skilled Workforce

The conflict between the need for skilled workers in the residential construction industry and the immigration policy of the Canadian government.

Aug. 9, 2003 - Interesting perspectives on mortgage interest deductibility

Mortgage Interest Deductibility continues to be a hot topic.

Aug. 2, 2003 - Extension and termination rules for new homes Back

An unfortunate incident calls for a refresher on the rules regarding contract extension and termination.

July 26, 2003 - Transform your house into your dream home Back

Doing renovations on your own, without the help of a professional contractor, can lead to problems and safety violations.

July 19, 2003 - GTHBA highlights mortgage interest deductibility

Since mortgage interest deductibility was first announced as part of the PC Party platform, feedback continues to come forward from homeowners and politicians.

July 12, 2003 - Momentum Builds as Habitat Dedication Approaches Back

The partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the GTHBA will be celebrated next week, at a ceremony to hand over the keys to a new home for the Ngobe family.

July 5, 2003 - Smashing home repair scams

Protective legislation and consumer education including the GTHBA's Reno Mark program are preferred ways to deal with the problem.

June 28, 2003 - Making City Hall Work

This week the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association hosted a mayoral candidate debate among front-runners

June 21, 2003 - The Game

When the municipal government, school board and housing industry quibble over development charges, the only winners are the consultants and the lawyers for the two sides who bring home big paychecks.

June 14, 2003 - Top Ten Arguments Against the 'Bubble Theory'

 Jeanhy Shim, Senior Research Consultant at N. Barry Lyon Consultants, offers her top ten arguments against the "bubble theory."

June 7, 2003 - Read before you renovate

Renovation was a $26.4 billion industry in Canada and area homeowners represent between $5 - 6 billion of the total.

May 31, 2003 - Careers in skilled trades abundant for youth

Week-long program featured national and provincial skilled competitions, while promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

May 24, 2003 - Mortgage interest deductibility on the way

Mortgage interest deductibility has formed a part of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party campaign platform released a week ago.

May 17, 2003 - Habitat blitz build rewarding

GTHBA staff and members give back at the Habitat for Humantiy "blitz-build."

May 10, 2003 - Levies, Fees and Charges on New Homes

A CMHC report examines government levies, fees, charges and taxes on the development and construction of single-detached homes, townhomes and apartment dwellings in 30 municipalities across Canada.

May 3, 2003 - U.S. homeowners have the best of both worlds

Mortgage interest deductibility and its impact on capital gains tax in the United States as well as the advantages of implementing a similar program in Canada.

Apr. 26, 2003 - You don’t have to go it alone Back

Results reveal that most participants have already decided to buy and know what they want.

Apr. 19, 2003 - Mortgage interest deductibility the ultimate tax cut

One of the advantages of this program would be a tax cut for two-income families with young children and a mortgage.

Apr. 12, 2003 - Be Renovation Wise

As home repair and home improvement projects are on the increase, a professional renovator becomes indispensable.

Apr. 5, 2003 - The relativity of affordability

When it comes to housing affordability, it's all relative to how much you earn and how much the home costs.

Mar. 22, 2003 - Women in Skilled Trades Youth Internship

Feedback we received from our recent article on the Women in Skilled Trades Youth Internship program.

Mar. 15, 2003 - The biggest purchase of your life

Recently held Home Buyers Seminar offered extensive information on the process of buying a new home and excellent news about this year's market.

Mar. 8, 2003 - Service with a smile takes on a whole new meaning

Through the Women in Construction Youth Internship Program, woman age 30 and under will train as new home service technicians.

Mar. 1, 2003 - Smart growth not so simple

This article discusses what smart growth is and what it means to the potential home buyer.

Feb. 22, 2003 - Closing dates on new homes

Joe Valela invites feedback to see what new homebuyers think about extending this the closing date policies of condominiums to freehold homes.

Feb. 15, 2003 - Strong Housing Market Creating Strains

The GTHBAs pre-budget submission to the provincial government recommends enhancements to two key programs.

Feb. 8, 2003 - Realizing the dream of home ownership

The GTHBA's pre-budget submission (2003) to the provincial government calls for enhancements to two key homebuyer programs.

Feb. 1, 2003 - GTA Housing Market Finally Working Back

Renters buying homes in droves and thousands of affordable condos are being rented out, vastly increases the supply of rental units.

Jan. 25, 2003 - New home sector creates 150,000 jobs in 2002

Last year's 54,792 new home sales generated more than 150,000 jobs, not to mention a fortune in taxes, fees and levies paid to all levels of government.

Jan. 18, 2003 - The Second Suites Project

Looking for a way to pay down your mortgage faster, or shopping for a home that offers a supplementary income? A second suite is a worthwhile consideration.

Jan. 11, 2003 - Hiring a Professional Renovator

While renovation has become so popular in Canada, it is important to make sure that you are dealing with a professional contractor, such as a GTHBA RenoMark renovator.

Jan. 4, 2003 - 2003: Another good year for housing

2003 GTHBA president Joe Valela discusses his projections for new home sales in 2003.