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by Bob Finnigan

Bob Finnigan is the 2007 GTHBA President, and is with Heathwood Homes and The Heron Group.

December 15 - Condo-mania, taxes and green trends define 2007

As I look back over a years worth of columns the titles reveal an eventful twelve months with the big themes being affordability (read taxes), sustainability (read green) and "condo-mania."

December 8 - Habitat: Because the GTA is our home too

As you browse the ads and editorial in this section, you will come across BILDs ad celebrating our community partnership with Habitat for Humanity Toronto as well as the many other ways in which the land development and homebuilding industry gives back to the community.

November 30 - Responsible lending defines Canadian difference

Whatever you've been hearing about the U.S. housing market, it's all true, except its worse, and all I can say for our part up here is "thank goodness for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), our national mortgage insurer.

November 23 - Buying high (rise that is)

Looking over my last several columns I seem to have become pre-occupied with government issues, either reacting to or explaining tax increases such as the "MillerBite" (Toronto land transfer tax) or tax decreases (a very rare subject) such as the federal government's recent GST reduction. My final comment on these two topics before changing the channel is that the feds giveth and the City taketh away.

November 16 - A tale of two rebates.....GST reduction Q/A
November 9 - GST windfall for many buyers
November 2 - Land transfer tax details emerging
October 27 - Because the GTA is our home too
October 20 - Last chance to speak up on land transfer tax
October 13 - Sustainable house one step closer to reality
October 6 - Baby boomers to fuel condo sales
September 29 - Infrastructure: what you can't see can hurt you
September 22 - What's fair about retroactive double taxation?
September 15 - Lifestyle aspirations driving Reno boom
September 8 - Housing problems in the United States not headed to Canada
September 1 - Workers the real dream-builders
August 25 - Green blitz makes Habitat history
August 17 - Canadians no saints when it comes to development
August 10 - BILD pursues green initiatives
August 3 - Healthy, sustainable condo market good for all
July 27 - RenoMark ™ program sweeping the nation
July 20 - Land transfer tax bullet dodged, for now
July 13 - Raise the roof on land transfer tax before it's too late
July 6 - Energy efficiency reno's on the rise
June 30 - Only politicians like land transfer tax
June 23 - Toronto homebuyers facing taxation double-whammy
June 16 - Homeowners urged to take eco-ACTION
June 9 - Builders check hats at Tarion boardroom door
June 2 - Mandatory versus voluntary: the great green debate
May 26 - Bargaining reform a success despite plumbers strike
May 19 - Going with the FLOW
May 12 - Spring market in full swing
May 5 - Green carpet rolled out for annual awards
April 21 - Last best chance to get transportation plan right
April 14 - The art and science of dream building
April 7 - Dream home build a race against time
March 31 - Housing the newest 'sin' tax ?
March 24 - No need to frown on green building
March 17 - Single-detached home first choice, last option
March 10 - Green guidelines get green light
March 3 - Canadian builders adopt green guidelines
February 23 - GST new housing rebate needs updating
February 17 - Energy pigs and guinea pigs
February 10 - They don't build them like they used to!
February 3 - Whatever happened to the single detached home?
January 27 - Housing affordability: a tale of two extremes
January 20 - Housing by the numbers
January 12 - Year of opportunity for home buyers
Coming soon...