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Bricks & Sticks

by Desi Auciello

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

December 29 - GST cut, merger, condos, define 2006

As this is my last column as president of GTHBA-UDI, I thought I would review some of the highlights of 2006.

December 22 - Many hands make light work

Last weekend, I briefly mentioned the Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony I would be participating in. I intimated that it would be a "moving" event in both the physical and emotional sense. In retrospect, my intuition was correct, but I grossly underestimated just how moving the dedication ceremony would be.

December 15 - Looking back, looking forward, looking good

The December issue of the Canadian Housing Industry Economic Update, produced by independent housing economist Dr. Peter Andersen for the Canadian Home Builders' Association, reveals some interesting perspectives on the housing market.

December 8 - Land supply, cost concern builders

Ontario home builders predict land supply constraints and the resulting increases in land costs will be a significant barrier to efforts by the provincial government to accommodate employment and population growth in its Places to Grow growth plan.

December 1 - Building community gives back to community

Through the year, I have been highlighting various member companies of the GTHBA-UDI for their charitable efforts. This week, I learned that one of our architectural design firms, Cassidy & Company, won juror's favourite at the "Canstruction" Toronto 2006 8th annual Toronto Design/Build Competition in aid of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

November 24 - Housing market picks up steam
November 17 - CMHC trusted source of market information
November 10 - Wasting away in 'gridlockville?'
November 3 - No simple solutions to worker shortage
October 27 - Land supply at root of housing boom
October 20 -Steps to Housing Affordability
October 13 - We see the potential, you live the results
October 6 - Premier pledges support for planned growth
September 29 - Renovation celebration at Fall Home Show
September 22 - Industry advocates for homebuyers
September 15 - More buyers more satisfied, J.D. Power says
September 1 - Workers the real dream builders
August 25 - Charity begins at home
August 18 - Big splash set for waterfront
August 11 - First forecasts for 2007 looking good
August 4 - Getting concrete results on GST
July 28 - Can I get a backyard with that condo?
July 21 - Home sweet cash cow
July 15 - Habitat for Humanity benefits from sizzling BBQ
July 7 - CMHC enhances housing affordability
June 30 - The millionaire homeowner
June 23 - Energy Efficiency in Ontario Homes
June 16 - Land conference highlights growth challenges
June 9 - Insider's guide to the housing market
June 2 - Home building a “magical” line of work, Premier says
May 26 - Home buying intent strong in GTA
May 19 - GST news keeps getting better
May 12 - Housing Forecast are Getting Rosier
May 5 - A Home Owning Nation is a Strong Nation
April 28 - Workers imported…not deported
April 21 - The Truth About Urban Sprawl
April 14 - Toronto’s best renovators named
April 7 - Deportation Dilemma Faces Federal Government
March 31 - Provincial Budget a Step in the Right Direction
March 24 - Renovation Award Finalists Revealed
March 17 - The advantages of building energy efficient houses
March 10 - Toronto buyers prefer newly built homes, RBC finds
March 3, 2006 - They don’t build them like they used to – AMEN
February 24 - Design and furniture trends shift with changing lifestyles and consumer tastes
February 17 - Canada tops housing affordability rankings
February 10 - Good for Buyers, Good for Builders
February 3 - Condo Fact and Fiction
January 27 - Record condo sales drive another stellar year for home buyers and builders
January 20 - Parties housing planks varied
January 13 - Metro Home Show highlights renovation
January 7 - Legs left in the bull housing run