Happy homeowner

Bricks & Sticks

by Desi Auciello

Desi Auciello is the 2006 GTHBA President, and is also president of Cachet Estate Homes.

December 16 - Habitat dedication a 'moving' event

For most people changing phone numbers when you move into a new home is a nuisance. For single mother, Beatrice Dimvula it's a dream come true. 

December 9 - Making Dreams a Reality In Ontario - Planning Wisely for the Millions to Come

One of the highlights of the recent annual conference of the Ontario Home Builders' Association was the address by Premier Dalton McGuinty, who surprised us with his candour in telling the story of when he and his wife Terri bought their first home.

December 2 - Made in Manhattan

Last month, more than 100 members of our association travelled to New York City for a high-rise housing study tour. We were prepared to be wowed by the architecture, design and marketing one would expect given the auspicious destination. And wowed we were, although not necessarily in the ways we had anticipated.

November 25 - Connecting the dots on housing affordability

Our current federal government made headlines this week with the floating of a trial balloon on income splitting.  Our neutral, non-partisan association has no position on income splitting, but I would hazard a guess that a lot of our members, and even more would-be home buyers, would connect the dots between increasing net incomes and the chance to share in the Canadian dream of homeownership.

November 18 - You can't beat city hall

This week's municipal election results witnessed everything from a modest turnover to a sea change in the composition of local councils throughout the Greater Toronto Area. What do the results mean from the standpoint of the land development, home building and professional renovation sectors in the GTA? What do they mean for would-be home buyers in the GTA?

November 11 - The truth about condo buyers
November 4 - Industry Insider
October 28 - Awards no substitute for due diligence
October 21 - Fresh thinking about mortgages
October 14 - Seeing the potential, living the results
October 7 - Push-pull on energy conservation, sustainability
September 30 - Lifestyle aspirations driving reno boom
September 23 - One voice for one industry...and for all new home buyers
September 16 - Builders gratified but not satisfied with J.D. Power ratings
September 9 - Will the real builder of the year please stand up
September 2 - Canadian housing cycle still young, economist says
August 26 - Condo craze takes 905 by storm
August 19 - Mortgage insurance market evolving rapidly
August 12 - Delayed closing works out for home buyer
August 5 - A build with a difference
July 29 - Whatever happened to the single family home
July 22 - GST transitional rebate a windfall for home buyers
July 15 - Moving forward with the building code
July 8 - Tarion boosts consumer protection
July 1 - GST Delivery

This article discusses the new reduction in GST and transitional rebates for newly-constructed homes.