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Mark ParsonsBricks & Sticks

by Mark Parsons

Mark Parsons is the 2004 GTHBA President, and is also the Vice President of Construction, Monarch Development Group.

December 18, 2004 - A privilege to serve my industry

Mark Parson's final column of 2004.

December 11, 2004 - Housing boom drives hiring binge

Construction continues to provide jobs for thousands of Ontarians.

December 4, 2004 - TARION helps home buyers resolve deficiencies

Addressing construction deficiencies through Tarion and your builder

November 27, 2004 - NIMBYS biggest obstacle to effective growth management

The impact of NIMBYs on housing prices in the Greater Toronto Area.

November 20, 2004 - Greenbelt threatens home buyers

The impact the proposed greenbelt will have on home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area.

November 13, 2004 - Renovation rampage underway

Recent studies from Canada Mortgage and Housing Coporation and RBC/Ipsos Reid indicate Canadians are spending more on renovations then ever before.

November 6, 2004 - The skilled tradespeople of tomorrow

Students from Timothy Eaton partner with the GTHBA and Habitat for Humanity Toronto to gain experience construction as part of National Renovation Month.

October 30, 2004 - Home buyers want to make smart choices

The GTHBA recently conducted a poll indicating the majority of people want to live in a single-family home. This is contrary to curent government plans to encourage intensification..

October 23, 2004 - Condo sales driving housing market forward

High-rise condominium sales continue to dominate an historically strong housing market.

October 16, 2004 - Outlook 2005

Industry experts give their predictions for the 2005 housing market.

October 9, 2004 - Advice for first-time home buyers

Recent seminar provides useful financial and legal advice for  first time home buyers.

October 2, 2004

No Bricks and Sticks column this week.

September 25, 2004 - Focus on the consumer

Consumer information and education is the dominant theme of the week ahead as the GTHBA offers free seminars for first-time home buyers and homeowners seeking to make their existing homes like new.

Sept. 18, 2004 - Campaigning for the skilled trades

A new training facility and headquarters for locals 27 and 675 of the carpenters' union was recently used to launch a national campaign promoting careers in the skilled trades to Canadian youth.

Sept. 11, 2004 - The need for higher education in real estate

A discussion of the Real Property Development program at the Schulich School of Business.

Sept. 4, 2004 - Opportunities abound in the skilled trades

Details about the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre and careers available in construction.

Aug. 28, 2004 - Time to show us the map

A discussion of changes the provinical government is proposing about the Greenbelt.

Aug. 21, 2004 - Making sense of housing statistics
Aug. 14, 2004 - Affordability is all relative

Housing Affordability in the GTA, in reply to a consumer's comments.

Aug. 7, 2004 - The Importance of the 46-Day Strike Window
July 31, 2004 - Affordable housing depends on land supply

Land supply in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the effect on the future of affordable housing.

July 24, 2004 - Growth management needs healthy discussion

Minister Caplan's recently released a discussion paper regarding a growth management plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

July 17, 2004 - Return of the outhouse?

York region sewer and water infrastructure issue discussed.

July 10, 2004 - Builder rankings a possibility
July 3, 2004 - Lots of great careers in the building trades

The skilled labour shortage and how young people can get involved.

June 26, 2004 - Housing hits the election radar screen

The federal election is on Monday, and the Canadian Home Builder's Association has been making a concerted effort to get housing issues onto the radar screen.

June 19, 2004 - City needs growth to succeed

Next week's Toronto City Council meeting will determine how much more home buyers will be paying in development charges when they buy a new home or condominium in the city.

June 12, 2004 - Home Improvement Market

The economic importance of the renovation industry.

June 5, 2004 - We all depend on new home construction

The economic impact of the new home building and residential renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area.

May 29, 2004 - Affordability of home ownership improves
May 22, 2004 - Habitat for Humanity breaks through in Toronto
May 15, 2004 - The great “dirt rush” of 2004
May 8, 2004 - Embrace the tower, Hume says
May 1, 2004 - Shortage of skilled tradespeople
Apr. 10, 2004 - National Home Show
Apr. 3, 2004 - Toronto homebuyers, builders resist tax grab
Mar. 28, 2004 - Q & A for the New Home Buyer
Mar. 20, 2004 - Two cents worth for David Miller
Mar. 13, 2004 - First Time Home Buyers Seminar
Mar. 6, 2004 - Housing summit yields remarkable consensus

Toronto Mayor Dennis Miller's Affordable Housing Summit.

Feb. 28, 2004 - Solid year for housing industry

Housing Affording Index and First Time Home Buyers Seminar.

Feb. 21, 2004 - Time to quit taking and give some back

Toronto Board of Trade launches its "Enough is NOT Enough" campaign.

Feb. 14, 2004 - Urban farming a growing concern

Toronto's historic Distillery District redevelopment.

Feb. 7, 2004 - OHOSP program can help first-time buyers

How this program is structured and how it can become truly effective.

Jan. 31, 2004 - Queen’s Park should listen before making changes

The challenge facing the Liberals in our industry in solving urban sprawl without sacrificing affordable housing, jobs or tax revenue.

Jan. 24, 2004 - Houses don’t build themselves

The skilled worker shortage and GTHBA proposals for addressing this issue.

Jan. 17, 2004 - Renovation market poised for growth

The reasons for the strong renovation market.

Jan. 10, 2004 - 2004: Another good year for housing

2004 GTHBA President Mark Parsons discusses his projections for new home sales in 2004.