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Fieldgate Homes & Paradise Developments

Fieldgate & Paradise collaborate in Whitby

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Fieldgate & Paradise collaborate in Whitby

For more than 60 years, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. Year after year, the prolific builder has remained one of the GTA’s favourite builders by providing extraordinary quality and value to its homebuyers. In 2019, Fieldgate is excited to continue this tradition with numerous great homes available at top GTA locations. Continue reading to discover amazing value in a family home community near you.

West Whitby – Semis from the mid $500,000s at all-new Park Vista

Fieldgate Homes and Paradise Developments are excited to collaborate on an all-new community in West Whitby with Park Vista. Located just west of Brock Rd. on the north side of Taunton Rd., this magnificent new community of stylish family residences brings convenient family living home. Enjoy a wonderful community atmosphere just minutes from top rated shopping and schools, the all new Hwy. 412, Hwys. 407 and 401, Whitby GO station and more. Semi-detached residences in the first release will range from 1,400 to 2,065 sq. ft. and be priced from the mid $500,000s. Future releases will also include single detached home designs.

Kleinburg – move in soon at Impressions

Fieldgate Homes has a limited selection of early-closing inventory homes now available in Kleinburg’s highly acclaimed, award-winning Impressions community. Discover an amazing selection of 44-ft. four-bedroom homes over 3,200 sq. ft. Visit the presentation centre, located on Hwy. 27 just north of Major Mackenzie Dr. or visit the Impressions page on fieldgatehomes.com for more information.

Stouffville – new release of 30-, 36- and 40-ft. Singles at Blue Sky coming soon

Located just five minutes north of Markham, Blue Sky is an acclaimed community in central Stouffville. More than 1,500 families already call Blue Sky home. With easy access to beautiful parks, local schools, shopping and restaurants, residents here enjoy the benefits of life in a neighbourhood with all amenities already in place. At Blue Sky, you can commute to work with ease thanks to nearby GO Transit and Hwys. 404 and 407. On your days off, you’ll love having golf, ski hills, hiking and more all nearby. Register at fieldgatehomes.com today for more information.

West Brampton – 36-ft. Singles now available at Cobblestones South

At Cobblestones South, just north of the 407 and west of Mavis Rd. you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-ft. designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to more than 3,400 sq. ft. with up to six bedrooms! With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Hwys. 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

FIELDGATE HOMES
Cobblestones South
Impressions
Park Vista

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Rosehaven Homes - Inventory Collection

Rosehaven Homes’ Inventory Collection not to be missed

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Rosehaven Homes’ Inventory Collection not to be missed

If you’re in the market for a new home, there are likely many factors weighing on your purchase decision. Consideration has to be given to things such as location, price and size. Rosehaven Homes takes all of these factors into account with the development of each new community. Rosehaven has more than 25 years of experience building high-quality homes with countless satisfied new homeowners.

If you’re one of those families who want to move into a brand-new home as soon as possible, and not wait the average 1.5 to two years to build, Rosehaven Homes has a wonderful selection of expertly-crafted inventory homes in some of the most popular, thriving communities in and around the GTA.

On the Ridge – Stoney Creek

On the Ridge is a wonderful community located in Stoney Creek, comprised of beautiful freehold townhomes located on the Niagara Escarpment just off Upper Centennial Parkway, north of Highland Road West and south of Mud Street West. The inventory selection at On the Ridge currently features stunning 3-bedroom townhomes ranging from 2,232 to 2,272 sq. ft. These have been designed with a convenient and functional floorplan, perfect for a family just starting out or form those looking to downsize!  Stoney Creek is the ideal location for those who enjoy a life of relaxation and spectacular views. Your new home is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking parks, trails and waterfalls in southern Ontario. Click here to view our inventory homes at On the Ridge.

Tiffany Hill – Ancaster

Rosehaven’s inventory collection at Tiffany Hill is made up of gorgeous semis ranging from 1,615 to 1,800 sq. ft. These homes are designed with spacious, three-bedroom floorplans that accommodate first-time homeowners or empty nesters who have a busy lifestyle. Ancaster is a captivating town located just west of Hamilton. It is a diverse, culturally rich area known for its small-town feel and fascinating heritage – all waiting to be explored.  Click here to view inventory homes at Tiffany Hill.

The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant – Brampton

Immerse yourself in all of the wonders Brampton has to offer at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant. We have a great selection of 30- to 45-ft. singles to choose from in our current inventory collection. Each home in this community has been designed to exude comfort and style, providing you with the best possible living space. Brampton is full of some of the GTA’s finest amenities which are conveniently surrounding your new home. Here, everything is at your fingertips from high-quality dining spots to amazing shops and entertainment venues for you and the whole family!  Click here to view inventory homes at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant.

Anchor Woods – Holland Landing

Located just east of Yonge Street at Doane Road and 2nd Concession in Holland Landing, Anchor Woods is where small town charm and thrilling city life come together in perfect harmony. The inventory collection in this beautiful community features wonderful semis and singles you are sure to fall in love with and they are move-in ready.  From the Cawthra model, a townhome featuring 1,875 sq. ft of living space, to the Simcoe model, a 45-ft. single-detached home perfect for the growing family, Your life in Holland Landing will be nothing short of spectacular.  You and your family can enjoy natural picturesque views at nearby trails and conservation lands as well as easy access to nearby highways and GO Stations. Click here to view inventory Homes at Anchor Woods.

Why buy inventory?

There are so many reasons to choose an inventory home. Perhaps one of the most enticing reasons is time! These homes are move-in ready in as little as 30 days!

See exactly what you’re getting before you purchase. As opposed to buying pre-construction, you’re able to get an in-person look at the size, design and layout of your home before you buy it. You will also have the added benefit of owning a brand-new home that has never been lived in, built with the most up-to-date features and finishes for energy efficiency, plus – full Tarion warranty. Your new home will be on trend with the quality of features and craftsmanship.

With a wide selection of amazing new homes to choose from in some of the GTA’s most popular locations, don’t miss out on a chance to own a remarkable, high-quality Rosehaven home, today.

To find out more about any of our communities or for information on our inventory homes, visit the website.

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Kleinburg Grand Opening April 6, plus more exciting releases from Fieldgate Homes

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Kleinburg Grand Opening April 6, plus more exciting releases from Fieldgate Homes

For over 60 years, Fieldgate Homes has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. Year after year, the company has remained one of the GTA’s favourite builders by providing extraordinary quality and value to our homebuyers. Fieldgate is excited to continue this tradition with numerous great homes available at top GTA locations. Continue reading to discover amazing value in a family home community near you.

New Kleinburg grand opening April 6 at 10 a.m.

Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce a continuation of its award-winning Impressions community! New Kleinburg is an all new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. Fieldgate Homes is pleased to include both modern and traditional home designs in this highly anticipated new release. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30- 38- and 44-ft. lots priced from the $800,000s, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg.

With Hwy. 427 just minutes away, and a future extension planned, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities including shopping and recreation close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. This convenient location also provides you with easy access to nearby GO Transit, highways 400, 407 and 427, Vaughan City Centre and more. Residents of Kleinburg also enjoy the numerous charming local shops, restaurants and natural spaces that define the village’s signature atmosphere.

New release of 30-, 36- and 40-FT. singles with early closings at Blue Sky

Located just five minutes north of Markham, Blue Sky is an acclaimed community in central Stouffville. More than 1,500 families already call Blue Sky home. With easy access to beautiful parks, local schools, shopping and restaurants, residents here enjoy the benefits of life in a neighbourhood with all amenities already in place.

At Blue Sky, you can commute to work with ease thanks to nearby GO Transit and Hwys. 404 and 407. On your days off, you’ll love having golf, ski hills, hiking and more all nearby. Homebuyers looking for their dream home can choose from a wonderful selection of single-family homes. The new release includes singles from the $700,000s. If you’re looking to move within the next three to six months, Fieldgate also has a great selection of singles with early closing dates. Call the sales team at 905.640.0002 to learn more.

36-ft. singles now available at Cobblestones South

At Cobblestones South, just north of the 407 and west of Chinguacousy Road, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-ft. designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space to more than 3,400 sq. ft.! With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Hwys. 407, 410, 400 and 401, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

New release continues at Whitby Meadows

Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers west Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-ft. single detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the presentation centre, located on the northwest corner of Taunton Rd. and Coronation Rd. to find your new dream home today.

FIELDGATE HOMES
New Kleinburg
Blue Sky
Cobblestones South
Whitby Meadows

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The future is now in Brampton

The future is now in Brampton

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The future is now in Brampton

It’s one thing for a neighbourhood to be in transition, quite another for an entire city. But that’s precisely what’s happening in Brampton, where a concerted effort to bring the municipality into the future now, is yielding visible results.

In a city of about 600,000 – the third largest in the GTA and the ninth largest in Canada – Brampton has been booming for years. Consider, for example that current population is almost double what it was not even 20 years ago.

What’s attracting newcomers to Brampton in such numbers? In short – economic growth. Indeed, with major companies such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canadian Tire Corp., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc. having headquarters in the city, employment opportunities have been plentiful. Brampton’s economy in recent years has diversified to include sectors such as communications technologies, life sciences and business services.

Cybersecure catalyst

And even more recently, education. Just last month, for example, the City confirmed a collaboration with Ryerson University, outlining the required funding and resources needed for establishing the Ryerson University-led Innovation Hub and Cybersecure Catalyst in downtown Brampton. This includes the Chang School of Continuing Education expanding its cybersecurity courses; launching the Brampton Incubation/Innovation Hub; and the Cybersecure Catalyst, a new national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity.

“This is a very exciting move forward for Brampton, moving important projects with Ryerson University closer to reality,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “These projects will help spur economic growth, create jobs and position Brampton as a hub for cybersecurity.”

Managing such growth requires planning, including the City’s Vision 2040, a long-term vision to reinvent Brampton. The plan includes such key transformations as including model new neighbourhoods; an improved transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks; better designed communities, handsome buildings; and sustainability built into everything.

Budgeting growth

Brampton’s 2019-21 budget proposal includes initiatives to that end, including increasing Brampton Transit’s fleet by 16 per cent over three years, adding 46 conventional buses and 25 Zum buses; creating a new Marketing and Foreign Direct Investment Program; and a Community Improvement Program to incentivize the economic sectors identified in Brampton’s Economic Development Master Plan.

It’s not all about business in Brampton, however. Proximity to nature also helps deliver quality of life in the city. Gage Park, Brampton’s oldest municipal park, opened in 1903; Heart Lake Conservation Area, occupying 169 hectares in the Etobicoke Creek watershed; and Chinguacousy Park, a 40-hectare park in the Bramalea section of town.

Location, location, location

• Population 593,638

• 42 kms from Toronto, 20 kms to Mississauga

Key landmarks

• Gage Park

• Heart Lake Conservation Area

• Chinguacousy Park

• Bramalea City Centre

• Shoppers World

Select upcoming housing developments

Beechwood by Paradise Developments; detached, semis and townhomes.

FirstHome Sunny Meadow by The Daniels Corporation; townhomes.

Mayfield Village by Regal Crest Homes; singles, semis and townhomes.

Mount Pleasant North by Mattamy Homes; townhomes.

Union Mount Pleasant by Mattamy Homes; boutique midrise condominiums.

Upper Valleylands by Fieldgate Homes; townhomes and semis.

Vales of the Humber Estates by Regal Crest Homes, single-detached homes.

Westfield by Royalpark Homes; detached and semis.


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An overview of the numerous Fieldgate Homes projects currently on the market

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An overview of the numerous Fieldgate Homes projects currently on the market

For more than 60 years, Fieldgate Homes Homes has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. Year after year, the company has remained one of the GTA’s favourite builders by providing extraordinary quality and value to homebuyers. In 2019, Fieldgate is excited to continue this tradition with numerous great homes available at top GTA locations. Continue reading to discover amazing value in a family home community near you.

Stouffville – new release of 30-, 36- and 40-ft. singles at Blue Sky

Located just five minutes north of Markham, Blue Sky is an acclaimed community in central Stouffville. More than 1,500 families already call Blue Sky home. With easy access to beautiful parks, local schools, shopping and restaurants, residents here enjoy the benefits of life in a neighbourhood with all the amenities already in place.

At Blue Sky, you can commute to work with ease thanks to nearby GO Transit and Hwys. 404 and 407. On your days off, you’ll love having golf, ski hills, hiking and more all nearby. Homebuyers here can choose from a wonderful selection of single-family homes. These beautiful residences come with numerous bonus incentives that make them a great choice for families that are looking for their dream home. The New Release this spring will include freehold townhomes, 30-, 36- and 40-ft. singles.

If you’re looking to move within the next six months, Fieldgate also has a selection of freehold towns and singles with early closing dates. Call the sales team at 905.640.0002 to learn more.

West Brampton – move in soon at Valleylands

Since opening, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location on the west side of Chinguacousy Road, south of Queen Street West, this is a place where the valleys surrounding Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland, with major urban conveniences all just moments away. Luxurious four- and five-bedroom homes up to 3,192 sq. ft. with finished basements are now available for early move in. Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 8676 Chinguacousy Rd., just south of Queen Street West, to learn more.

Kleinburg – early closings at Impressions

A limited selection of early-closing inventory homes is now available in Kleinburg’s highly acclaimed, award-winning Impressions community. There are 44-ft., four- and five-bedroom homes from 3,209 sq. ft. to 3,600 sq. ft. with closings from 30 to 120 days. This is your chance to move in soon. It’s just minutes from the heart of historic Kleinburg. With more than 70 acres of parklands and greenspace, and a new community school, Impressions is Kleinburg’s most complete community.

West Whitby – new release continues at Whitby Meadows

Whitby Meadows is a masterplanned community that offers west Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-ft. single-detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the Presentation Centre located on the northwest corner of Taunton Road and Coronation Road to find your new dream home today.

West Brampton – 36 ft. singles now available at Cobblestones South

At Cobblestones South, just north the 407 and west of Chinguacousy Road, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-ft. designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to more than 3,400 sq. ft. With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Hwys. 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

Kleinburg – New Kleinburg opens in 2019

Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce a continuation of its award-winning Impressions community. New Kleinburg is an all new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the future Hwy. 427 extension just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30-, 38- and 44-ft. lots, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg.

FIELDGATE HOMES

For further information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers and floorplans, visit the website.


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GTA buyers head west ReMax

GTA homebuyers continue to look west in search of affordability

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GTA homebuyers continue to look west in search of affordability

GTA buyers head west ReMax

Homebuying patterns in the GTA have increasingly shifted west over the last five years, particularly to Halton Region and west Toronto, according to a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada.

“Growing demand for affordable housing buoyed new construction and contributed to rising market share in Halton Region (from 2013 to 2018),” says Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Product was coming on-stream at a time when the GTA reported its lowest inventory in years and skyrocketing housing values were raising red flags. Freehold properties in the suburbs farther afield spoke to affordability.”

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes that Halton Region – comprising Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton – captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, leading with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013. Toronto West, meanwhile, climbed almost one per cent to 10.5 per cent. Toronto Central rose close to two per cent to 18.7 per cent of total market share, while Simcoe County jumped 0.6 per cent to 3.1 per cent. The gains came at the expense of perennial favourites such as York Region (down 3.2 per cent to 15.3 per cent); East Toronto (down 1.7 per cent to 9.3 per cent); Peel Region (down 0.5 per cent to 20.6 per cent); and Durham Region (down 0.3 per cent to 11.5 per cent). Dufferin County remained stable over the five-year period.

The quest for single-detached housing at an affordable price point has sent throngs of Toronto buyers into the Hamilton housing market over the past decade, ReMax says. The spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average price climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Window of opportunity

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Alexander told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

The upswing in new construction has contributed to the changing landscape. New housing starts in Halton Region averaged 3,100 annually between 2013 and 2016. In Simcoe County, just north of Toronto, new residential builds averaged close to 1,860 annually from 2013 to 2017.  During the same period, almost 39,000 residential units came on-stream in Toronto’s downtown-central waterfront area, while another 56,855 were active (approved with building permits applied for or issued and those under construction). Another 6,000 units came on the market in North York and Yonge-Eglinton.

 

GTA home sales ReMax

 

In Toronto’s west end, affordability has been a strong influence in helping Millennials redefine mature neighbourhoods such as The Junction, South Parkdale, Bloorcourt and Dovercourt Park through gentrification. Average price for the 8,000 plus homes sold in 2018 hovered at $755,658 – although the 10 districts within Toronto West range in price from $557,000 in Downsview-Roding, Black Creek and Humbermede to $1.2 million in Stonegate-Queensway.

“Freehold properties remain the choice of most purchasers in Halton Region and Toronto West,” says Alexander. “The same is true to a lesser extent in Toronto Central, but condominiums continue to gain ground. Just over one in three properties sold in the GTA was a condominium in 2018, and that figure is higher in the core. As prices climb in both the city and suburbs, the shift toward higher-density housing will continue, with fewer single-detached developments coming to pass.”

Toronto Central has seen rapid growth over the past five years, with Millennials fuelling demand for condos and townhomes in developments such as City Place, King West Village and Liberty Village. This cohort has also been instrumental in the gentrification of Toronto Central neighbourhoods such as Oakwood-Vaughan and Dufferin Grove as they snap up smaller freehold properties at more affordable price points, ReMax says.

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Baby Boomers have also been a major influence in Toronto Central, selling larger homes throughout the GTA and making lateral moves or downsizing to neighbourhoods close to shops, restaurants and amenities. Close to 15,000 properties were sold in 2018, with average price of $932,416, up almost 40 per cent since 2013. Properties within Toronto Central averaged 20 days on market and ranged in price from $709,660 in Bayview Village to $2.5 million in York Mills, Hogg’s Hollow, Bridle Path and Sunnybrook.

With an affordable average price point of $611,628 – and a range of $528,942 to $746,332 – younger buyers, empty nesters and retirees have flocked to Simcoe County in recent years. New construction in Adjala-Tosorontio, Bradford West, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth has allowed the area to capture a greater percentage of the overall market between 2013 to 2018.

“As the Millennials move into their homebuying years, they will displace Baby Boomers as the dominant force in the GTA’s real estate market,” says Alexander. “Their impact on housing will have a serious ripple effect on infrastructure in the coming years, placing pressure on transit systems, roadways, local economies and their abilities to attract investors and new businesses, parks and greenspace development.”

The upswing in demand over the next decade is expected to re-ignite homebuying activity in Toronto East, York, Peel and Durham Regions. These areas still carry significant weight, despite the factors that have impacted softer performance in recent years, such as affordability, lack of available housing and fewer transit options.

GTA west vs east

As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” Alexander told HOMES. “Toronto’s GDP and the thriving economy will continue to attract people, so while affordability may continue to decrease, desire is unlikely to waver. That said, the current and next generation of homebuyers are taking this factor into account when they are making their decision to purchase – sacrificing space for lifestyle and convenience.  As they look to the greater GTA, if affordability becomes more leveled out between the west and the east, it’s likely that we will see more dispersion across the entire region as people’s desire to be connected to the GTA core remains strong.

GTA east areas such as Durham region currently don’t have the same appeal as the west. “The West end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers.  In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

Fraser Institute GTA schools 1

If you’re looking to buy a new home or condo and especially interested in being close to good elementary schools for your family, the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools provides some insight.

This year’s Report Card ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

“The Report Card is a valuable tool for parents and educators because it allows them to easily identify successful schools across the province – serving similar students and communities – that can serve as an example to follow,” says Peter Cowley, senior fellow with the Fraser Institute’s School Performance Studies.

Fraser Institute GTA schools

For example, St. Catharines’ E.I. McCulley Public School, where 61.9 per cent of students have special needs, improved its overall rating from 4.6 out of 10 in 2014, to 8.9 out of 10 last year.

And Ealing Public School in London had a 0 out of 10 overall rating in 2014, but improved to 7.5 last year, even though 45.5 per cent of its students have special needs.

“All too often, principals and teachers try to excuse a school’s poor overall performance by blaming the characteristics of its students or the communities they serve, but the Report Card shows that any school, no matter where it’s located or what challenges its students face, can succeed,” Cowley says.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit compareschoolrankings.org

 

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In conversation with… Deena Pantalone of National Homes

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In conversation with… Deena Pantalone of National Homes

With a mission that You are the blueprint, National Homes is laser focused on what new-home buyers want, the things they love and how they want to live. Having built more than 5,000 homes across the GTA, with increased focus on the highrise market, National doesn’t just strive to build quality new homes. Just as critical is exceptional customer care, and a market-leading embrace of technology every step of the way.

We spoke with Managing Partner and Director of Marketing & Innovation Deena Pantalone to get her insights on just how National connects with today’s discerning homebuyers, and what lies ahead in 2019.

Deena Pantalone

HOMES Magazine: As Director of Marketing & Innovation at National Homes, how has what you do changed over your time in the role?

Deena Pantalone: The largest change has been the evolution of our marketing to digital communications, and smart phones in particular. My role has expanded from Managing Partner and Director of Marketing, to Managing Partner and Director of Marketing & Innovation over the years, as I am constantly looking for innovative ideas to set National apart from everyone else, whether it be in our designs, technology or our customer service. We want to be at the forefront.

We are focused on keeping up to date with state-of-the-art technology and seeing how it can apply to National Homes. Keeping an open eye and mind approach to any new property technology and be willing to explore and implement if it will benefit the homeowners, potential buyers and us.

HM: Technology is an increasingly important part of home building these days – in everything from construction to sales and marketing to what customers expect in home tech. How prevalent is National involved in keeping up with these trends?

DP: Technology is central to everything we do at National. As homes and families get more and more integrated with the new digital revolution, National Homes is in the thick of it all – bringing ever more bright ideas that help our homebuyers stay on top of their lives. More choices. More options. More devices. At the end of the day, it’s about making our homebuyers’ lives easier, smarter and richer.

We do market research and workshops to determine what our buyers would like to have in their ideal homes and how they would feel if we implemented certain things, because it goes back to our core values – You are the blueprint.

We hold cutting-edge events such as our Blueprint Workshop at the IBM Innovation Space, which brought together 70 participants in discussions, presentations and interviews, learning about innovative products from building and design professionals and sharing their thoughts in a thinktank format. This way, our customers have a direct input into ideas that are reflected in our home designs. Because our philosophy has always been that, as a customer, you are the Blueprint.

We’ve brought virtual reality into our sales offices so buyers can walk around and explore their future homes, and we’re constantly looking for ways to be energy efficient and more sustainable.

 

 

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Pantalone leading a customer focus group discussion

HM: And in the next five to 10 years, what will be the biggest change or opportunity in these areas?

DP: Property Technology is expanding at an exponential rate. That means your home will be smarter tomorrow than it is today. We will be seeing more of smart buildings, cities and communities, driverless vehicles which will affect the way that homes are designed.

Right now, smart home technology is just in its infancy, so in five to 10 years, everything will be connected not only in our homes, but our construction processes and development work.

HM: How important is social media at National Homes, in terms of connecting and communicating with customers – particularly Millennials, who have grown up in the digital age?

DP: Digital communications are key to everything we do today. Prior to a sale, it starts with social media on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. We search out the latest innovations in architecture, design, technology from around the world and share them with our community. And, of course, we also speak to our followers about upcoming neighbourhoods and other news.

HM: National is building in a variety of communities in and around the GTA. Where do you see the next hot market – in terms of either geography or product type?

DP: There’s no question that affordability has become the biggest issue in the GTA housing market, and land prices are right at the heart of the matter. Everything starts with the needs of our customers, and if price is even more of an issue today, then we have a responsibility to find answers.

This is why we are bringing on new communities in Brampton, Courtice and Burlington, where lower land prices can make homes more affordable. And we are expanding our product design mix to include midrise condominiums that give people better prices.

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Forest Phase 2 Model Home

HM: What can your customers expect from a National home?

DP: Our customers can expect a home that is designed with their needs in mind. We put an enormous amount of effort into research, workshops, focus groups and questionnaires.

Our customers can expect exceptional customer service. Our Customer Care program has been designed to make the entire home purchasing experience a positive one. Some of the highlights include a New Home Workshop and seminar to prepare you for the homebuying process, the National Care Kit, a wealth of information on how to care for the finishes inside your home, innovative framing walk-throughs, detailed customer surveys and a homeowners’ portal communication hub where they will find everything they need to know about their home.

HM: Please finish the following statement. For National Homes, 2018 was a year of:

DP: Innovation. From the home designs we have been developing for our new communities, to the products and technology we are incorporating into our homes, this year we have been pushing the boundaries behind the scenes to ready ourselves for the launch of our next communities.

HM: And 2019 will be a year of:

DP: Introduction and implementation. In the new communities we introduce this year, all the research and development we have been working on behind the scenes will start to be available to our new buyers. And that makes this coming year a very exciting time for us.

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Drive

Drive till you qualify? Sure, but it WILL cost you

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Drive till you qualify? Sure, but it WILL cost you

Drive

You may have heard the old real estate adage, “Drive till you qualify.” The idea being that buyers who can’t afford to buy a home in the city, should drive to surrounding areas to find more affordable and larger homes, with potentially more appealing lifestyle and environmental benefits.

At least that’s the idea.

In practice, however, such a plan may not be quite so simple. A new study from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) shows that increased commuting costs and time could offset any financial savings of buying a cheaper home in an outlying area.

“By assessing the combination of commuting costs and housing costs, one can gain a more comprehensive gauge of the total cost of location choices,” says Andrew Scott, senior analyst, economics, for CMHC.

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Source: CMHC

 

In 2016, there were approximately 2.6 million commuters in the GTA, with 1.3 million of them commuting to a place of work in the city of Toronto. This made it the most common destination for GTA commuters. Roughly two-thirds of these commuters lived within the cityitself, while the remaining commuted from the 905 areasof the GTA. Pickering had the highest share of people commuting into Toronto, at 52.6 per cent, followed by Ajax (48.4 per cent), Markham (46.9 per cent), Vaughan (40.8 per cent), Richmond Hill (39.1 per cent), Whitby (32.2 per cent) and Mississauga (26.7 per cent).

Most commuters to Toronto drove, at 49 per cent, while 40 per cent took public transit. Of 905 residents who commute into the city, 67 per cent drove a car, and 21 took public transport.

Areas with longest commutes

Average duration of commutes is clearly on the rise, CMHC says, particularly among those who commute 60 minutes or more, one way. Between 2011 and 2016, this was the fastest growing segment of the commuter population, growing by 16 per cent, followed by those who commuted 45 to 59 minutes (14 per cent). Areas with one-way commutes longer than 60 minutes include Aurora, Burlington, Milton, Newmarket, Oakville and Oshawa.

Lower home prices, increase commuting cost

The most likely home type to lure buyers to the suburbs is single-detached homes, CMHC says. However, when the estimated monthly mortgage carrying cost and monthly commuting cost are combined, relatively lower priced municipalities such as East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Mississauga, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Caledon end up costing more than or nearly as much as the city of Toronto.

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Notably, some GTA municipalities did retain their cost advantage. Even with significant commuting costs in areas such as Georgina, Oshawa and Clarington, a large cost advantage remains due to the considerably lower cost of housing.

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Based on estimates of the cost of commuting to Toronto from municipalities in the GTA, areas with lower mortgage carrying costs for single-detached housing often had significantly higher commuting costs, CMHC says. In many cases, these increased commuting costs completely offset lower home ownership costs.

Bottom line

The bottom line? Do all the math, and make sure that if you’re considering buying outside the city, your decision is based on more than money. The savings might not be there.

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Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

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Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

Townhomes

Condos may be the choice for many in the increasingly expensive GTA, but not everyone wants to live in a box in the sky. More and more new home buyers are looking for affordable lowrise options such as townhomes. Emphasis on the word affordable.

The problem? The supply just isn’t there – and the pent-up demand is growing.

Appealing especially to young families, townhomes provide more space and flexibility than condos, and generally are far more affordable than single-family homes.

“Both stacked (townhomes) and (row) townhouses form a key component of the Missing Middle – the built forms between high-density condo and low-density single-family housing,” Matthew Boukall, vice-president, product management, Data Solutions at Altus Group, told Homes Publishing.

Altus recently studied the sector for one of its regular housing reports, surmising that townhomes play an increasingly important role in in the new home sector, not just in the GTA but across Canada.

In the GTA, new townhouse sales have plummeted in the past two years – both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total new home sales (to just seven per cent of the total in the first half of 2018), Altus says.

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Affordability and availability remain an issue.

In the GTA, the key challenge to supplying this built form has been finding land with the right entitlements to allow and support this construction, Altus reports. Much of the land along Toronto streets support higher density condo product or is priced at a level which encourages rezoning to support this density.

“What can support more townhouse development is allowing rezoning of the land between the existing single-family communities and the corridors for more mid-density development,” Boukall says.

Although townhouse land (medium density) sales in 2017 were actually up over 2016, they are trending lower in 2018. Part of the problem is a lengthy approval process. “Year to date in Toronto, we have only tracked five approved townhouse projects, representing less than 350 units,” says Boukall. “Obviously, we need more product to meet the market demand. The positive note is that developers are proposing more product, with almost 1,500 new units applied for in 2018.”

GTA Townhouse sales

STACKED TOWNHOMES

Stacked townhouses, in which one row of townhouse units is stacked on top of another, provide a more affordable option to single-family homes, given higher densities. They also offer many of the appealing aspects of condominiums, but without living in a highrise environment.

However, they still play a relatively smaller role than traditional townhouses in the overall townhouse arena, Altus says.

In the Vancouver market, for example, new stacked townhouse units accounted for slightly more than 200 sales on average per year in 2015-17 – about six per cent of all new townhouse sales.

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In the GTA, where stacked townhouses have made a larger dent, they remain a niche segment, accounting for about one in five new townhouse sales in recent years.

Part of the challenge with stacked townhouses versus rowhomes are those similar to condominium apartments – longer planning and construction timelines, and other residences adjacent on all sides

Both housing types will play an important role throughout the GTA in the future, but stacked townhouses are expected to become more popular given the better affordability provided by the higher density housing type.

“That said,” Boukall adds, “traditional row townhouses are the more common housing type in the GTA and as such, account for more sales compared to the stacked townhouse product. Row townhouse product has been accounting for a growing share of the single-family new homes sales in the GTA, currently accounting for 42 per cent of the total single-family sales activity in the GTA.”

WHERE IN THE GTA?

So, prospective GTA new home buyers, which areas hold the most promise in terms of future townhome availability?

While townhouses are expected to remain a popular housing option throughout the GTA, both Toronto and the York region share the most medium density land activity in the region, and should see increased development activity as a result in 2019 and beyond.

“The Peel region, most notably Brampton, is the most active for stacked and row townhouse sales in 2018 and should continue to see demand supported by an available land supply and comparably affordable prices,” says Boukall.

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