Older couple - first home

by Paul Golini: Chair BILD



June 14 - Time to pass the pen

I have some news to share. Starting next week, this column will be penned by BILD's new President and CEO Bryan Tuckey.

June 7 - Reaching new heights at the waterfront

I knew that the bottom of the Bayview extension was under construction, but since the Don Valley Parkway was closed for a charity ride last weekend, I thought it might be a good alternative route to get me close to downtown. As it turned out, the road has reopened and now takes you all the way down, under Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to a newly-paved road that curves north and connects the up-and-coming waterfront neighbourhoods to King Street East.

May 31 - Condo construction under control

It seems that BILD's latest news release stirred up some questions about the health of the high-rise market, so I'm going to start this column by offering my outlook on the real estate situation in the GTA.

May 24 - Setting sights on stability

There seems to be a lot of focus lately surrounding the 2012 performance of the housing market, particularly the high-rise side, which took a bit of time getting out of the gate in January as builders sold off existing inventory.

May 17 - Construction sector employment on the rise

I often tell people that the construction industry is one of the largest employers in the GTA - and now I can say Canada! The latest release from Statistics Canada showed that last month, construction employment was up 25,000 jobs and that compared to the same time last year, employment in our industry increased by 3.5 per cent.

May 10 - Dispelling GTA housing market myths

The perceived "housing bubble" was a hot topic at last week's annual Land and Development Conference, a gathering of industry professionals for workshops on the state of the economy, to residential, commercial and industrial markets to transit and transportation infrastructure in the GTA.

May 3 - Rewarding creativity and innovation

From the moment guests took their seats-and there were nearly 1,000 of them-at the 32nd annual BILD Awards, the night was off to an entertaining start. A flash mob of disguised singers and dancers arose from the seated crowd and got everyone on their feet and singing Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long" covered by the talented Dave Murphy Band.

April 26 - Condo-living perks people up

A survey of Canadian condo dwellers landed on my desk last week, which really made my day as I learned some great new things straight from the urbanites who recently bought or intend to buy a condo. I'll share some of the findings with you.

April 19 - House Hunting in...the GTA

Earlier this week, a headline on the New York Times website caught my eye. It read: House Hunting in...Canada.
With an enormous amount of attention paid to Toronto's condominium sales over the last year, I thought the article was another take on the same story.

April 12 - Vote for Best Project of the Year

We are just weeks away from handing out the 32nd annual BILD Awards and we want to invite you to vote in a new and special category this year. The BILD Awards is the Association's way of acknowledging and celebrating the best our industry has to offer and we want the public (and future residents of some of these projects) to participate in the festivities.

April 5 - Condominium renovations set to rise

I went in search of statistics this week of the number of condominium units being renovated in the city. Turns out, the renovation stats we keep are based on households and a further breakdown into household type doesn't appear to exist. I went looking for some baseline numbers because I think we're about to see a renovation revolution as the number of condominium renovations rise.

March 29 - Under construction: 183 high-rise buildings

There are 183 high-rise buildings under construction across the city right now. That's pretty specific and they're not all residential, according to the City of Toronto's latest economic dashboard report, but the majority are, and we're building more than most major metropolitan cities across North America by leaps and bounds.

March 22 - Stable new home market to start the year

It sure feels like spring out there-even summer some days-but I have to keep reminding myself it is only March. And when we received the new home sales numbers for last month, again, I had to tell myself, the tally represents February sales and for February, they're pretty good.

March 15 - Kicking off the Home Show

It's been 60 years since the National Home Show first opened its doors, so it goes without saying that the event has come a long way.

March 8 - Why association awards matter

Hollywood's awards season might be a wrap, but ours is just getting started. Next week, we'll gather at an industry luncheon to officially open the National Home Show and honour the best of the best renovation and custom builders across the GTA. We even have a new award this year for Best Condominium Renovation - and I'm sure it wasn't easy for our judges to decide the winner in that category.

March 1 - All things home and garden at this year’s National Home Show

Have you ever been to the National Home Show? I feel like I've been waiting for this one for a while. Why, you wonder? This year is going to be even bigger and better than last year, and if you've never been, you will be in good company. This year we've teamed up with Canada Blooms to co-locate the two shows and bring the largest North American display of innovative products and new ideas for all things home and garden under one roof.

February 23 - Sales in January amount to future jobs

This week we got the tally of new home sales across the GTA in the month of January from BILD's source of new home market intelligence, RealNet Canada Inc. Typically, as compared to Januarys of the past, sales are just beginning to take off. Still, a total of 1,794 units is no small feat, especially since most builders use the month to sell off inventory as they prepare to launch new phases and projects in February and March.

February 16 - BILD members find international success in Orlando

Last week, BILD members took to the skies and descended in Orlando, Florida to take part in the international home building, sales and marketing competition known as The Nationals - presented by the U.S. National Association of Home Builders.

February 9 - Visiting an eye-catching exhibit

After the morning rush on Monday, I drove down to Brookfield Place, where curators were putting the final touches on the Migrating Landscapes exhibit. The name might be ringing a bell for you because I wrote about the nation-wide architecture and design competition when I first heard about it. Since then, it has been making its way across Canada and the Ontario regional exhibition opened to the public here in Toronto on February 6, so I went downtown to take a look. Just so you know, you can go down too, and see it for free until February 24.

February 2 - Time to jump into the market?

I read an article on the weekend that was written by a lawyer, who has worked in the real estate industry for 28 years, and in his first line he said he believes there has never been a better time to buy a home.

January 26 - The year of the condo

You'll have to excuse me for borrowing a headline from BILD's press release last Friday, but there really is no other way to describe 2011 - a year that will long be known for its phenomenal success in the high-rise sector.

January 19 - Labour disruption could mean long delays for homebuyers

One of the reasons I love this industry is because there's never a dull moment, and while I can't say that every issue we face is a pleasant one, part of the job we do at BILD is to advocate for our new home buyers.

January 12 - Canada-wide exhibit migrates to Toronto

Next month, a Canada-wide architectural competition called Migrating Landscapes will make its way to Toronto. The competition and series of exhibitions all lead up to the world-renowned Venice Architecture Biennale (aka the Olympics of Architecture) where a select group of young architects and designers from across the nation will form the official Team Canada entry.