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HOMES Magazine - December 2019

HOMES Magazine – Dec2019

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HOMES Magazine – Dec2019

Launched in 1985, HOMES Magazine continues to be Greater Toronto’s largest and most comprehensive source for new home buying.

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VIDEO – HOMES Publishing Group celebrating 34 years in 2019

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VIDEO – HOMES Publishing Group celebrating 34 years in 2019

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A new year is always exciting, and as 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, HOMES Publishing Group prepares to celebrate its 34th year in business next year!

From Homes Magazine to Condo Life, to Reno & Decor, Renovation Contractor and Ontario Design and more, HOMES Publishing is the leading publisher of award-winning home related publications and digital products.

Whether you’re searching for a new home or condo, or planning a renovation and decor project, we can help. Check out our video:

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Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

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Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

HOMES Publishing Group founder joins ‘illustrious industry leaders’ in BILD Hall of Fame.

Michael Rosset, the founder and publisher of HOMES Publishing Group, was named to the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) Hall of Fame during the Chair’s Dinner on January 31, 2018.

Michael Rosset, centre, with Darren Steedman, left, and David Wilkes of BILD.
Michael Rosset, centre, with Darren Steedman, left, and David Wilkes of BILD.

“Last evening I had the extreme and unexpected honour of being inducted into the BILD Hall of Fame,” Rosset said. “They acknowledged many contributions and achievements. But please know that I share this honour with all of my current staff and those who have previously been a part of the HPG team.”

Rosset has been a member of BILD since 1985, served two terms (four years) on the board of directors, was the Member of the Year in 2008, won the Riley Brethour Award in 2016 and helped found BILD’s Builder Baseball charity event.

As well as publishing HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Ontario Design and Renovation Contractor, HPG also produces a special attraction at BILD’s home shows called “Design Intervention,” produces the BILD Contact Member directory, produces the official guides for the BILD home shows, has donated hundreds of pages of editorial and promotion space to BILD, was the founding sponsor of the BILD Renovation and Custom Builder Awards and is a Silver Sponsor for BILD. In 1985, Rosset created HOMES Magazine, the first regular new home magazine in Canada and the first real alternative print vehicle for the GTA market.

“I am deeply humbled by this honour, to be joining so many illustrious industry leaders and pioneers in the Hall of Fame. For 33 years, it has be a joy to work in an industry with so many entrepreneurs and mavericks who embrace and celebrate new ideas and solutions. The support and friendship over the years has been extremely rewarding.

“And of course, none of this would have been possible without the fabulous team at HOMES Publishing Group, who make all things possible.”

During the Chair’s Dinner, other awards were handed out. Jon-Carlos Tsilfidis, president of Fairside Homes and Renovations, won Member of the Year and Corey Libfeld of the Conservatory Group won the Chair’s Award of Merit. As well, Rodney Ikeda of GSNH LLP, George Przybylowski of Construct Canada, Steven Hurst of Yellow Sheet Analytics, and Allan Steedman of Schaeffers Consulting Engineers were named to the Hall of Fame.

The HPG team, from left, Sonia Presotto, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis, Michael Rosset, Frances Mangos, Trish Sutton and Josh Rosset.
The HPG team, from left, Sonia Presotto, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis, Michael Rosset, Frances Mangos, Trish Sutton and Josh Rosset.

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Building Excellence

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HOMES Publishing Group launches new official magazine of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) in association with HOMES Publishing Group (HPG) is proud to announce that, beginning in 2018, Building Excellence is the new and official national magazine of the association.

Reflecting the dynamic energy and innovation that are the hallmarks of CHBA members, Building Excellence will provide wide ranging and timely insight into all aspects of the residential construction business. From new technology and products, to business and financial management, to marketing and sales.

CHBA shares a commitment with HPG to make Building Excellence the must read journal covering the home building, renovation and development industry in Canada.

HOMES Publishing Group is Canada’s leading source of home-related and award-winning magazines, web sites, newsletters and their 33 years of experience working within the industry will help ensure that Building Excellence is the most valued print information resource for CHBA’s members.

HPG also publishes HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Renovation Contractor, and Ontario Design, as well as acting as the publisher of the Building Industry and Land Development’s (BILD) membership guide, the Durham Region Home Builders’ (DRHBA) membership guide and the programs for the National Home Show, GTA Home & Reno Show and the Toronto Fall Home Show. HPG and Renovation Contractor are also producers the annual Renovators’ Roundtable, a three-day trade show.

With a circulation of over 12,000 and anticipated readership of well over 25,000, Building Excellence is the only business magazine distributed to all CHBA member-companies, from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

HPG has exclusive access to the association’s member database, ensuring new members get this great resource as soon as they join.

CHBA is very pleased to be working with experienced and talented staff at HPG in this next generation of the magazine, which is sure to be extremely popular with its members, both in hard copy and online.

CHBA member companies build more than 80 per cent of all new homes in Canada, develop new communities from coast to coast to coast, and represent the professional home renovation industry.

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Yearbook 1985

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Yearbook 1985

The Way We Were

In 1985, when HOMES Magazine was born, our city and its skyline were nice.

The Toronto skyline in 1985. Source: City of Toronto Archives
The Toronto skyline in 1985. Source: City of Toronto Archives

In 2017, Toronto is a thing of beauty, with elegant midrise condos and modern and majestic highrises soaring to the sky.

In 1987, when HOMES got a sister named Condo Life, we continued the Annual Builder Yearbook, providing our readers a Who’s Who of the best in the industry.

It isn’t just the city that’s changed. Our industry has grown so huge that we’ve branched off and put most of the Who’s Who on our amazing new website.

And since life is, after all, more than houses and condos, here are a few facts to take you back to 1985, the year of our birth. Enjoy!

HOME PRICES: Average price of detached home in Toronto: $109,094

MORTGAGE RATES: Average rate of 5-year fixed mortgage: 12.25%

AVERAGE INCOME: $15,908 per year

MINIMUM WAGE: $4 per hour

COST OF GROCERIES: Skimmed milk: 98 cents per litre | Dozen eggs: $1.37 | Canned tomatoes: $1.30 | White bread: 69 cents

GAS: Average price 54.3 cents per litre

CANADIAN POLITICS:

Governor General: Jeanne Sauve

Prime Minister: Brian Mulroney

Ontario Premier: Bill Davis and Frank Miller

NO. 1 BILLBOARD SONG: “Careless Whisper” by Wham

JUNO AWARD: Best Song: “Reckless” by Bryan Adams

GRAMMY AWARD: Best Song: “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, performed by Tina Turner

ACADEMY AWARD: Best Picture: Amadeus

EMMY AWARDS:

Drama: Cagney & Lacey

Comedy: The Cosby Show

GREY CUP CHAMPIONS: B.C. Lions

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS: San Francisco 49ers

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS: Kansas City Royals

STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS: Edmonton Oilers

TOP HEADLINES:

  • Bomb explodes on Air India flight 182 from Toronto to Delhi, killing 329 people
  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan sworn in for second term
  • Rick Hanson launches Man in Motion world tour
  • A tornado in Barrie kills 12
  • Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as leader of the Soviet Union
  • Live Aid concerts raise over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia
  • Earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale hits Mexico City, killing 9,000
  • Coca-Cola releases New Coke
  • The wreck of the Titanic is found
  • Columbian volcano kills 23,000
  • Microsoft releases the first version of Windows
  • Whitney Houston releases debut album
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is opened
  • Rock Hudson dies of AIDS
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood wins Governor General’s Award for fiction


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HPG celebrates 32 years of publishing excellence

HPG celebrates 32 years of publishing excellence

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HPG celebrates 32 years of publishing excellence

It was on November 13th, 2017 that HOMES Publishing Group held their 32nd Anniversary Party at Marlowe’s Restaurant in Richmond Hill, with over 350 guests coming to raise a glass to mark the special day.

“It was wonderful to see so many friends out to help us celebrate our anniversary,” said publisher Michael Rosset. “That is a lot of years for an independent magazine company, and we are grateful for the phenomenal support of so many wonderful clients and the millions of readers over the years who have looked to us to help them choose their new home.”

HOMES Publishing Group’s publications include HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Renovation Contractor and Ontario Design.

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HPG's Michael Rosset, Leanne Speers, Trish Sutton, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis and Tony Loria.
HPG’s Michael Rosset, Leanne Speers, Trish Sutton, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis and Tony Loria.

Mark Cullen, contributor to Reno & Decor and Leanne Speers and Tony Loria of HPG.
Mark Cullen, contributor to Reno & Decor and Leanne Speers and Tony Loria of HPG.

Amanda Bell, Cobi Ladner, Silvana Longo and Jessica MacInnis of HPG.
Amanda Bell, Cobi Ladner, Silvana Longo and Jessica MacInnis of HPG.

Bryan Tuckey, BILD, and Michael Rosset, HPG.
Bryan Tuckey, BILD, and Michael Rosset, HPG.

Michael Rosset, Silvana Longo, Ani Bogovic of Dekla Developments, Jessica MacInnis and Fay Splett of HPG
Michael Rosset, Silvana Longo, Ani Bogovic of Dekla Developments, Jessica MacInnis and Fay Splett of HPG

Trish Sutton, Michael Rosset, Hope McLarnon and Jessica MacInnis and HPG.
Trish Sutton, Michael Rosset, Hope McLarnon and Jessica MacInnis and HPG.


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