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Homebuyer intentions still high: HPG COVID-19 Real Estate Survey

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Homebuyer intentions still high: HPG COVID-19 Real Estate Survey

Prospective homebuyers have understandably slowed their intentions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is clear: When the crisis is over, they still hope to achieve their new-home dreams.

And, importantly, they have very specific expectations of new home and condo builders.

The message to those in the industry – builders, developers, marketers, associations and others – then, is, be ready.

Demand still high

These are among the findings of the HPG COVID-19 Real Estate Survey, a flash poll sent to subscribers of HOMES Publishing Group’s Real Estate Newsletter and posted on myhomepage.ca. Results confirm a number of important points:

  • 93 per cent of respondents had been planning to buy a new home or condo before COVID-19.
  • More than 32 per cent of them still plan to buy a new home or condo – and more than 37 per cent within the next three to six months.
  • COVID-19 has led almost 58 per cent of respondents to consider buying a highrise condo instead of a lowrise home; almost 24 per cent still plan to buy a lowrise home, though maybe a smaller home.
  • An overwhelming majority – more than 80 per cent – are counting on new home and condo builders to continue to market their products.
  • Almost 54 per cent of them expect to continue to see new home developments and condos advertised.
  • More than 90 per cent of respondents say it’s either “critical” or “very important” that new home and condo developers remain visible – in advertising and social media – during this time.

“The reality is that the pandemic has placed unusual challenges on the new home market,” says Michael Rosset, president and publisher of HOMES Publishing Group. “But there remains an unrelenting desire for homeownership, which is sure to feed a strong rebound when a sense of normalcy returns. Buyers will continue to look to all of us in the industry for innovation, guidance and leadership as we navigate our way through the turbulence, and help them fulfill their dream.”

Homebuyer incentives

When things do return to “normal,” whenever and whatever that might be, homebuyers are clear about that they expect from builders and developers – incentives to lure them back to their projects or otherwise entice them to buy with them, as opposed to the competition.

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Seventy-two per cent of respondents, in fact, expect builders and developers to offer pricing discounts – as well as other incentives – to secure their business.

Many buyers, however, are also realistic, appreciating that new home supply in the GTA is very tight – certainly before and possibly more so, at least initially, post-COVID-19. More than 62 per cent of respondents acknowledge that supply is low, and they will buy what they can find and that they’re happy with.

Only 9.4 per cent say they may pursue the resale market instead of a new home or condo.

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KBC Expo 2020 - Planning Meeting

Leaders of the kitchen and bath Industry gather at Kitchen+Bath Canada KBC Expo 2020

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Leaders of the kitchen and bath Industry gather at Kitchen+Bath Canada KBC Expo 2020

The planning meeting of Canada’s first and only full-scale B2B event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry was held recently at the Congress Centre. The event will be held in Toronto Nov. 11 and 12, 2020.

The planning meeting included the most influential leaders from both businesses and organizations including industry associations, kitchen and bath manufacturers and suppliers, media partners, consulates/trade commissioners among other major companies and organizations from the industry.

“We are very pleased with the meeting outcome and we will strive to offer the Kitchen and bath industry here in Canada the most innovative and valuable trade show experience in the upcoming Kitchen+Bath Canada – KBC 2020. Our main goal is to work with our local and international partners to support the growth of the Kitchen and Bath industry in Canada.” – Nasser Deeb, show director, KBC 2020.

Deeb adds, “We are excited to be organizing the first B2B event of its kind in Canada catering to the Kitchen and Bath industry which will further elevate the standards of the fast-growing market. We have already secured the support of many local and international partners including Turkey, Italy, China, India and Spain to recruit exhibitors to the show. We have also partnered with Home Publishing Group and The Construction Life to promote the show through media publications and social media platforms.”

"We are excited to be a part of such an important event for the Canadian Kitchen and Bath industry" - Josh Rosset (left), Homes Publishing Group.
“We are excited to be a part of such an important event for the Canadian Kitchen and Bath industry.” – Josh Rosset (left), HOMES Publishing Group.

The planning meeting covered several topics and areas of opportunities and concerns of the kitchen and bath products and services trade. The participants gave emphasis on the urgent need of creating a platform such as KBC Expo to further educate business and the consumers and fulfil the growing demands and provide a vast variety of Kitchen+Bath products and services

According to Moreno Rauro of Neolith (Marble Trend), “such event is vital to further regulate the practice of Kitchen and Bath design and offerings. We need to have our platform here in Canada to boost the trade and the education of such growing industry.”

A number of attendees agreed that we need to educate the industry suppliers and the consumers about the importance of following the guidelines in the kitchen and bath manufacturing, supplying and installing the process that it is based on standards and regulations that aim to ensure the best quality and safety. The organizers are committed to working closely with all stakeholders, including architects, designers, fabricators, retailers and all companies dealing in the area of kitchen and bath to ensure the event delivers the expected content and offerings.

KBC Expo 2020 will also feature a special lighting component to further complement the kitchen and bath designs concept. Illuminate Canada 2020 will offer a platform where industry professionals can learn, collaborate and connect face-to-face. The full spectrum of lighting is showcased from innovative technologies to real-world applications.

Just like KBC, Illuminate will feature local and international exhibitors. Illuminate Canada 2020 will attract buyers, suppliers and designers who are seeking the latest lighting solutions and trends as well as the most current registered education sessions.

 

About Kitchen+Bath Canada – KBC 2020:

Kitchen+Bath Canada is an annual event and acts as the gateway to Canada’s growing kitchen and bath industry.

KBC Expo 2020 will gather the highest quality of products and services making it the best destination for exhibitors and attendees to learn about the current industry trends and discover showcased products. It is a meeting point for Canadian buyers and suppliers as well as international organizations to network and builds their business.

The national, and international kitchen and bath industry will gather under one roof providing traders and buyers with the ideal platform to learn, network, and share market insights.

For exhibitor information, visit: kbcexpo.com or contact Nasser Deeb at 905.232.6331 | nasser.deeb@expohut.ca

Nasser Deeb, CEM

Director at Kitchen+Bath Canada Expo 2020


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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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A big thanks to all the sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Ontario markets among Canada's least affordable: ReMax

Ontario markets among Canada’s least affordable – ReMax

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Ontario markets among Canada’s least affordable – ReMax

Despite a commonly held notion that housing in Canada is unaffordable, a majority of Canada’s largest cities (75 per cent) are currently undervalued, according to the 2020 ReMax Housing Affordability Report.

Unfortunately, seven centres in Ontario rank in the top 10 markets that are least affordable.

“Affordability was a cornerstone narrative during last year’s election, perpetuating the overall banner statement across Canada that real estate is increasingly unaffordable and unattainable, particularly for younger, first-time home buyers,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “This perception is largely influenced (and skewed) by the Toronto and Vancouver markets, which represent some of the most expensive housing markets in North America. However, the housing market is more than these two cities and paint quite a different story. More markets are affordable than not, and most are accessible, with 75 per cent of brokers agreeing that their markets are undervalued.

In markets such as Toronto, demand is far outstripping supply, pushing prices up considerably as a result. “We need to continue to push for an increase in housing supply for buyers and renters, but we have yet to see a comprehensive national housing strategy to help facilitate this shift,” says Alexander.

“Given that approximately 110,000 new Canadians are settling in the GTA each year, the lack of available supply is a huge problem. This is concerning for affordability and needs to be addressed by a national housing strategy. Otherwise, we’ll only see the problem continue to grow and the home prices will continue to climb across the GTA.”

Of the regions surveyed, Winnipeg, Regina and Halifax are currently the most affordable markets, with average sales prices of $281,105, $301,473 and $319,071, respectively. Vancouver, Toronto and Mississauga are currently the least affordable regions in Canada, with average sales prices of $1.19 million, $883,520 and $760,005, respectively.

In Toronto, factors such as the OSFI mortgage stress test, listing shortages, rising prices and saving enough for a down payment are cited as preventing buyers from purchasing property. Buyers in this region are primarily looking to purchase condominiums, but as one of Canada’s least affordable housing markets, they continue to be priced out.

Emerging trends such as co-ownership with friends and family have become common in hot markets such as Vancouver and Toronto, in order to overcome the hurdle of high housing prices. In regions such as Brampton, Edmonton and Ottawa, sharing a single-family home between two families, dividing the floors between them or children seeking financial support from parents for down payments are becoming more common practices.

“All levels of government must work together to find a solution to Canada’s inventory issue, as the market will remain elusive for many otherwise,” says Elton Ash, regional executive vice-president, ReMax of Western Canada.


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The Home Show: Home Improvement

Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

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Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

The Home Show: Home Improvement edition takes place at the International Centre this Feb. 14 to 17. Don’t forget to visit the Reno & Decor booth 263 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floorplans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win an amazing new faucet from Blanco, valued at $785!

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11:30 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Our sponsors:


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Jerry Howarth joins HOMES and building industry for baseball tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity GTA

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Jerry Howarth joins HOMES and building industry for baseball tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity GTA

The 2019 Sixth Annual Builder Baseball charity softball tournament at Richmond Green Park in Richmond Hill was a rousing success, raising $53,000 for Habitat for Humanity GTA and bringing the six-year total up to $247,000.

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2019 Winning Team : Sun-Brite / Torlys

Heavy rains cancelled the actual games but did not dampen spirits, as 24 teams, 360 players, plus sponsors and volunteers, braved the inclement weather to soak up the atmosphere, camaraderie and refreshments.

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This year’s event featured special guest Jerry Howarth, legendary former Blue Jays broadcaster, who chatted with the hundreds of participants, shared fascinating stories and signed autographs.

The day culminated with a cheque presentation to Habitat for Humanity GTA in the amount of $53,000, presented by Michael Rosset, Publisher of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG).

Special kudos to Michael Rosset, Josh Rosset and Frances Mangos of HOMES Publishing Group, Tiffany Kohl, BILD and Michelle Vestergaard of Enbridge, for pulling the tournament together.

The tournament was rescheduled for mid September.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS:

  • HOMES Publishing Group
  • BILD
  • Enbridge Gas
  • Toronto Star
  • Geoscape Contracting
  • Opus Homes
  • Sun-Brite/Torlys
  • RenoRun
  • Martino HVAC
  • Enercare
  • Raywal Cabinets
  • Bell
  • Caesarstone
  • Sensational Signs
  • Carma

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2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

The Fall Home show takes place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place from October 4 to 6, 2019. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 1319 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

The Design Intervention booth will be designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd.. The inspiration for the booth design at the show will be an industrial loft, which makes the best use of space utilization in a condo-style open-concept layout offering multi functional needs.

Royal Interior Design Ltd. is a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

RENO & DECOR Experts

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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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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Homes Publishing Group Golf Tournament

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Homes Publishing Group Golf Tournament

Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating back in August so today is the rain date for our annual charity golf tournament.

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Wayne Karl

HOMES Publishing Group Announcement: Senior Digital Editor – Wayne Karl

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HOMES Publishing Group Announcement: Senior Digital Editor – Wayne Karl

HOMES Publishing Group is pleased to announce that established, award-winning journalist Wayne Karl has joined the team as Senior Digital Editor, effective September 17, 2018.

Wayne was most recently, the Managing Editor at NextHome (a division of Yellow Pages), where he managed a national network of new home and condo and rental publications across Canada, as well as related digital products, social media platforms and content syndication partnerships.

Wayne’s previous career stops include major media companies such as Rogers Media, Transcontinental, and in a freelance capacity, at BellMedia.

His work has appeared in Huffington Post, Canadian Real Estate Magazine, Canadian Business, Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Financial Post, The Toronto Sun, Marketing Magazine, Profit Magazine and other high profile print, digital and television media outlets.

Wayne will lead the digital content generation for myhomepage.ca in both the new home and new condo categories and enhance the adult-lifestyle and product categories. He will also drive HPG’s social media platforms and represent our properties at industry functions.

“I am thrilled to join the team at HOMES Publishing Group,” says Karl. “My passion and experience in real estate content is an ideal match for HPG’s strategy to elevate its digital footprint in this space and to grow its business in general. In addition, the opportunity to work with such an established team of professionals was one that was too good to pass up.”


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