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South Coast Village

South Coast Village

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South Coast Village

The Nostalgia Series by Marz Homes

Longer days and warmer weather inspire dreams of seasonal pastimes and memories of long-forgotten summers. For many, Crystal Beach was the location of those cherished times. Now’s the time to recapture that sense of belonging, and to ignite new traditions for you, and for your family, at South Coast Village.

BEACH-SIDE LIVING

This award-winning, coastal-inspired community, by Marz Homes is now in its third phase. South Coast Village is steps from the beach and a short bike ride to a wide range of amenities. “Crystal Beach is vibrant, friendly and relaxing, and an all-around great place to be.”, says Dan Gabriele, president of Marz Homes. “It’s been great to watch everyone who comes to this area to truly embrace the coastal culture.”

With a unique blend of colourful shops, outstanding restaurants, and Caribbean-like beaches, Crystal Beach has become a popular summertime destination. Visitors from the Golden Horseshoe flock to the area, and residents appreciate the laid-back vibe all year long.

BACK TO BASICS

The Beachside Bungaloft is the newest model home at South Coast Village. Just in time for summer, this 1,775-square-foot lakeside retreat is ideal for those who are looking to downsize. As part of the Nostalgia Series, this design embodies a sophisticated air, along with classic styling that is especially appealing to a mature buyer with refined tastes.

Standard features include nine-foot ceilings on the main level, enhanced colonial-style baseboards and trim, as well as VOC-free kitchens, and custom cabinetry in the kitchen and powder room. For a limited time, new home purchasers receive central air conditioning and $15,000 decor dollars to be used towards personalized upgrades.

All new homes built in the Nostalgia Series meet the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes requirements. Marz Homes ensures that your home will be comfortable and airtight, in order to prevent drafts and moisture issues, no matter the temperature outside. Because the homes are more energy efficient, you’ll save on utility bills and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Previous phases of South Coast Village, by Marz Homes, have been well recognized. Awards include; the Ontario Home Builders’ Associations Peoples Choice Award, as well as the Project of the Year and several design awards from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association. In addition, they were a finalist for the Canadian Home Builders’ Associations Community Development Award.

A limited release of 15 traditional lots and six new floorplans are priced from $549,900 in the Nostalgia Series of South Coast Village, by Marz Homes.

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905-894-SURF(7873)

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OHBA Awards of Distinction winners

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OHBA Awards of Distinction winners

NIAGARA FALLS — For the second year in a row, Tridel earned the title of 2017 Ontario Home Builder of the Year, awarded by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) at the association’s annual conference in Niagara Falls.

Based in Toronto, Tridel demonstrated excellence not only in building design and customer service, but also in their commitment to innovative, sustainable building. Tridel has played a leadership role through provincial stakeholder engagement and piloting various initiatives to push the envelope in resilient buildings, such as SMART technology and Net-Zero Energy dwellings. Beyond the four walls, Tridel also continues to support and empower social and environmental change. This change is achieved through programs that enable youth to pursue an education in the trades, fundraising and getting involved with several charities that improve the quality of life in many communities and utilizing vacant parts of development sites to harness urban agricultural opportunities.

OHBA also recognized Eurodale Developments as the Ontario Renovator of the Year. The Toronto-based company demonstrated effective sales and marketing programs beyond advertising. Eurodale engages and builds meaningful relationships while utilizing creative content to educate, inspire and delight clients.

With a background in television media, Eurodale co-owners Brendan Charters and Jim Cunningham have leveraged their reputations to build a respected brand of quality at Eurodale. Taking a holistic approach to renovation, Eurodale has enjoyed success in balancing efficiency, health and aesthetics in their buildings to generate a net-positive return and reduce the home’s carbon footprint. Eurodale also demonstrated industry support and in the community by participating for six consecutive years in the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) Race for Humanity, directing volunteers and continually supporting Habitat for Humanity and major association charitable events, and lecturing in post-secondary classrooms.

Both Ontario Builder and Renovator of the Year Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community. They are part of the Prestige awards category, and Prestige award finalists scored consistently high marks from judges throughout the competition categories, while the People’s Choice Award is voted in by the general public.

Pierre Dufresne

The night before the awards, the OHBA President’s Gala welcomed 2017-18 president Pierre Dufresne of Tartan Land Corporation and also recognized OHBA members and local associations for their dedicated commitment to the association.

The Guelph and District Home Builders’ Association (GDHBA) received the 2017 Local Association of the Year Award. Most notable among a lengthy list of achievements of the local and its members, is GDHBA’s enthusiastic, pioneering efforts around Net Zero Energy (NZE) programs and building technologies and features that garnered the attention of the media, as well as various prestigious awards from other industry partners.

Steve Deveaux of Tribute Communities was honoured as the OHBA Member of the Year. As past chair of BILD, Deveaux has shown passion for the industry and its associations. Most notably, he was very involved at the provincial level, working alongside OHBA on government advocacy efforts, including inclusionary zoning and reform of the Ontario Municipal Board, presentations at joint meetings to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and PC Leader Patrick Brown, as well as many deputations to Queen’s Park standing committees in support of OHBA positions.

“You can count on Steve,” said Dufresne. “He always answers the call and has been an important partner with OHBA as we worked together to develop association strategy and policy positions. You will also almost always find him at a major OHBA event — his support and expertise are much appreciated.”
Harry Herskowitz, partner in the law firm DelZotto, Zorzi LLP and past chair of the Tarion Warranty Corporation, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution and leadership. Herskowitz served as chair of Tarion from 2008 to 2014 after having served on the board since 1999. In his law practice, he leads the firm’s real estate department.

Laura Higgs, executive officer of the Sudbury and District Home Builders’ Association (SDHBA) was awarded the David Horton Leadership Award. During her nearly 10-year tenure as EO, Higgs has grown SDHBA’s membership and has a vision to go even bigger by expanding to other Northern communities.

Three members were recipients of a special recognition award for their outsinding leadership and contributions to the association. Jon Whyte of Mountainview Homes serves as the chair of the OHBA Land Development Committee and is the president of the Niagara Home Builders’ Association for the second time. Danielle Rinaldi of Rinaldi Homes was also honoured for her infectious enthusiasm and can-do attitude whenever presented with a task – from fundraising to community group outreach to conference administration. Lynda Busch, Niagara Home Builders’ Association executive officer, has been serving the association for 17 years and works tirelessly to ensure that every event and meeting goes off without a flaw.

OHBA AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
Project of the Year Lowrise: Doug Tarry Homes for HOPE, St. Thomas (credit to Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre & Home Furniture Store, GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc.)
Project of the Year Highrise or Midrise: Spallacci Homes for 101 LOCKE, Hamilton
People’s Choice Award: Losani Homes for Central Park, Hamilton (credit to McOuat Partnership, TCGpr)
Most Outstanding Production Built Home (one storey): Rinaldi Homes for Carrier Residence, Fonthill (credit to: Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, St.Catharines Building Supply, Gibbys Electronic Supermarket)
Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys up to 2,500 square feet): BK Cornerstone Design Build Ltd. for Fairview Estates Phase 2 “Fairmont” – LaSalle (credit to: Philip Fernandes Designs)
Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys 2,501 square feet and over): Fusion Homes for Solterra “The Belvoir,” Guelph
Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home (semi/townhome/stacked): Rinaldi Homes for: Entertainment Central, Niagara Falls (credit to Artcraft Kitchens, Aristocrat Floors, St. Catharines Building Supply)
Most Outstanding Custom Home (up to 3,000 square feet): Art House Developments for Grand/View, Ottawa
Most Outstanding Custom Home (3,001 to 5,000 square feet): RND Construction for Revelstoke Drive, Ottawa (credit to Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.)
Most Outstanding Custom Home (5,001 square feet and over): Profile Custom Homes for The Glass Corner “Custom Home,” Mississauga (credit to David Small Designs)
Most Outstanding Midrise (4 to 10 storeys): North Drive Investments Inc. for 4 The Kingsway, Toronto (credit to Richard Wengle Architect Inc., Janet Rosenberg and Studio)
Most Outstanding Highrise (11+ storeys): Molinaro Group Inc. for Paradigm, Burlington (credit to Graziani & Corazza)
Most Outstanding Highrise or Midrise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 square feet): Woodcliffe Landmark Properties and MOD Developments for Waterworks “B5,” Toronto (credit to Diamond Schmitt Architects, L.A. Inc.)
Most Outstanding Highrise or Midrise Condo Suite (4+ storeys 801 square feet and over): North Drive Investments Inc. for 4 The Kingsway “Penthouse,” Toronto (credit to: Janet Rosenberg and Studio, Richard Wengle Architect Inc.)
Most Outstanding Home Renovation (up to $250,000): OakWood for Entertainers Dream, Ottawa
Most Outstanding Home Renovation ($250,001 to $500,000): RND Construction for Stairway 2 Haven, Ottawa (credit to Ha2 Architecture Design)
Most Outstanding Home Renovation (over $500,001): Slotegraaf Construction Inc. for Britannia Residence “Britannia Road Residence,” Burlington (credit to Cynthia Zahoruk Architect Inc., R S Field Design/Baudit)
Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation: Men At Work Design Build Ltd. for: Gladstone, Toronto
Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation: OakWood for Entertainers Dream, Ottawa
Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (new lowrise home up to 2,500 square feet): Homes by Hendriks for Gourmet Cuisine, Grimsby (credit to Aristocrat Floors)
Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (new lowrise Home 2,501 square feet and over): Losani Homes for Central Park “The Corsica,” Hamilton
Most Outstanding Highrise or Midrise Condo Suite Kitchen: Domus Developments for North Point Lofts “Layout A Suite 412,” London (credit to: Dynamic Kitchens)
Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom: Oke Woodsmith Building Systems for Sunsets and More, Municipality of Bluewater
Best Video Lowrise Project (1-3 storeys): Doug Tarry Homes for HOPE, St. Thomas
Best Video Highrise or Midrise Project (4+ storeys): Woodcliffe Landmark Properties and MOD Developments for Waterworks, Toronto (credit to L.A. Inc.)
Best Use of Social Media: Doug Tarry Homes for HOPE, St. Thomas
Best Website (Builder or Renovator): Empire Communities for: Ask Empire (credit to Pureblink)
Best Lowrise Ad Campaign (1-3 Storeys): Freed Developments for Touchstone Resort, Bracebridge (credit to The Brand Factory)
Best Highrise or Midrise Ad Campaign (4+ Storeys): Tridel for Aquabella, Toronto (credit to The Brand Factory)
Best Project Logo Branding (for individual community logo): Fusion Homes for The Studio at the Metalworks, Guelph (credit to Blackjet)
Best New Home Sales Office (up to 1,500 square feet): Geranium for Vista Flats & Towns, Whitchurch–Stouffville (credit to: Builder Insight Group)
Best New Home Sales Office (1,501 square feet and over): Rosehaven Homes for Affinity Condominiums, Burlington (credit to RN Designs, Engine Advertising Inc., Neezo Renders)
Best Design/Decor Centre: Fusion Homes for: Solterra “The Belvoir,” Guelph
Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (up to 2,000 square feet): Kylemore Communities for The 6th Angus Glen “Suite 203,” Markham (credit to: Sabrina Albanese Design Inc.)
Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (2,001 square feet and over): Great Gulf for Great Gulf Westfield “Newhaven,” Mississauga (credit to: figure3)
Best Lowrise Project Sales Brochures (1-3 storeys): Losani Homes for Central Park, Hamilton (credit to: McOuat Partnership, tcgpr)
Best Highrise or Midrise Project Sales Brochures (4+ storeys): Fusion Homes for The Studio at the Metalworks, Guelph (credit to: Blackjet)

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Housing sector calls on Queen’s Park to take immediate action to address home affordability

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Housing sector calls on Queen’s Park to take immediate action to address home affordability

(Marketwired) — Population growth and a strong economy in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) have created a high-demand housing market where housing supply is critically low and home prices are becoming out of reach for many families and first-time homebuyers.

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) are urging the provincial government to create a housing experts task force to provide ideas for increasing housing supply in Ontario, thus alleviating the growing home affordability challenges facing Ontarians.

Off the top, they list four things the government can do to relieve the underlying housing supply crunch that threatens the dream of homeownership for young families and future generations:

Fix the “One Size Fits All” Growth Plan

Instead of a blanket provincial preference for high density, give municipalities more flexibility and create more choice in housing for growing families and empty nesters, such as family homes and townhomes.

Improve the Planning Approvals Process

With better alignment of municipal and provincial housing priorities, including the requirement for updated zoning around transit corridors, the industry can get new homes to the market quickly in exactly the places where we want them.

Address the “Missing Middle” of Housing Supply

There is huge opportunity to modernize outdated zoning laws and build the “missing middle” of housing supply in existing communities that are connected to transit and closer to jobs. This includes innovative solutions like laneway housing and multi-unit homes, such as townhouses, stacked flats or midrise buildings.

Target Infrastructure to Support New Housing Supply

The province should support new housing supply with targeted infrastructure investments to get more housing to the market for consumers.

The OHBA and OREA agree that sustainable, long-term solutions are necessary to get to the root of the affordability problem, and it starts with increasing housing supply. Together, they are appealing to the provincial government to take stock of the housing supply problem and work with real estate industry leaders to design solutions that will improve home affordability for all Ontarians.

“Ninety-five per cent of Ontario’s new housing supply is built by our industry, and new home prices reflect the market conditions affected by government policy, like municipal and provincial approvals,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO at OHBA. “It only makes sense to bring together private sector expertise and government policy makers if we are serious about making home ownership more affordable.”

“The Canadian dream of home ownership is at risk in the GTA,” said Tim Hudak, CEO at OREA. “This is the year for provincial and municipal governments to step up with solutions to ensure the dream of home ownership does not slip away from future generations. The housing supply issue is a real problem, but the solutions exist. We need the government to get real estate experts together on this issue, to hammer out a plan for putting more homes on the market and making home ownership more affordable for young families and first-time buyers.”

OHBA is the voice of the land development, new housing and professional renovation industries in Ontario. OHBA represents over 4,000 member companies, organized through a network of 29 local associations across the province. ohba.ca

OREA represents 70,000 brokers and salespeople who are members of the 39 real estate boards throughout the province. OREA serves its realtor members through a wide variety of professional publications, educational programs, advocacy, and other services. OREA.com


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Editor’s Choice: Brookfield Residential

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Editor’s Choice: Brookfield Residential

Woodhaven in Aurora to open this spring

Brookfield Residential is excited to announce its plans to build a new master-planned community in Aurora. Woodhaven, located on Yonge Street just north of Bloomington Road, will feature a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and mature trees, creating a lush haven.

“Woodhaven is surrounded by green and the stunning natural landscape makes it all the more desirable,” said Marc Thibault, VP of sales and marketing for Brookfield Residential. “Homeowners will be impressed by the abundance of existing trees that have been preserved on the site so the feel of nature will be there from day one.”

Woodhaven will offer a priceless natural setting abounding that captures a lifestyle you have always aspired to, all while enjoying the comforts and conveniences of Aurora. With an amazing selection of shops, restaurants, schools, parks, conservation areas and the GO Transit station nearby, Woodhaven has all the benefits of urban living in a refined atmosphere. Commuters will appreciate Aurora’s close proximity to the city, with Toronto a mere 30 minutes away via Highways 404, 400 or by GO Transit.

Many of the homes in the first phase will back onto protected woodlots with an existing treeline providing an abundant natural surrounding and added privacy where desired. The community will have the benefit of quiet cul-de-sac living to enhance the tranquility of the surroundings. Woodhaven will feature a variety of upscale housing options for families in its first phase, including detached homes positioned on 30- to 50-foot homesites.

The homes will feature modern designed open spaces to maximize living space including gourmet kitchens, welcoming family rooms and luxurious ensuites. “We designed the plans with today’s homebuyers in mind ensuring open spaces with increased ceiling height and an abundance of windows and natural light flowing into the homes,” Thibault said.

“The homes are well appointed and we’ll continue to build on the principles that homeowners have come to expect from us – innovative designs, exceptional quality and superb customer service.”

Woodhaven is scheduled to open this spring. Registrants from the website will be provided with priority information and special offers/updates leading up to the opening and an invitation to the VIP Preview Opening.

Brookfield has built more than 25,000 homes in Ontario for over 60 years. Brookfield’s ongoing commitment to quality and customer service has earned the company several highly coveted industry recognitions including the J.D. Power and Associates Award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction and Ontario Builder of the Year from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and Tarion.

Brookfield currently has active communities in Alliston (Treetops), Aurora (The Arbors and Timberlane), Paris (Pinehurst), and Tottenham (Willow Glen).

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Go online to register for priority information, special offers/updates and an invitation to the VIP Preview Opening.

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Brampton, Tarion join forces

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Brampton, Tarion join forces

The City of Brampton, Ontario’s fourth largest municipality, joins 14 other Ontario municipalities as the newest participant in a pilot project to help protect new homebuyers from new home construction not covered under warranty. Applicants for a new home building permit in the city must now present either their Tarion Warranty Corporation registration number or a letter of confirmation to obtain a permit through Brampton Building Services.

This pilot initiative supports the Ontario Government’s 2014 Budget commitment to fight the underground economy, including the practice of illegal building. The pilot was launched in 2015 as a partnership between Tarion, the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA).

“We are happy to be partnering with Tarion on this important protection initiative for new homebuyers in the City of Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This builds on our great working relationship with Tarion after we partnered with them last year to launch their resources in Punjabi, allowing them to reach more homeowners in Brampton in their native language. We look forward to working with them again in 2017.”

“Illegally built homes can result in financial loss and heartache for unsuspecting buyers that are taken advantage of,” said Brampton’s chief building official, Rick Conard. “This new strategy gives us additional tools to enforce obligations for warranty coverage prior to issuance of a permit.”

“Registered homebuilders in Ontario are excited to work with Tarion and municipalities such as Brampton to enhance warranty protection,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the OHBA. “This pilot helps educate new homebuyers of their warranty rights and the importance of working with a registered builder.”

“We are so excited to have Brampton, Canada’s second fastest growing community, join our pilot program. As a city that has so much to offer families and newcomers, it is important to ensure that they have the confidence in the largest purchase they will make in their lives – a new home,” said Siloni Waraich, vice president of stakeholder engagement at Tarion.

In Ontario, anyone acting as a vendor/builder of a new home must be registered with Tarion to automatically place the home under warranty. Homeowners who wish to be exempted from the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act must apply for a letter of confirmation from Tarion.

Tarion administers and enforces the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and Regulations. Warranties include protection for deposits, protection against financial loss for contract homes, compensation for delays in closing or occupancy, protection against unauthorized substitutions, one- and two-year warranties for certain defects in work and materials, and a seven-year warranty for major structural defects.

More information is available online at www.tarion.com

About Tarion:

The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has empowered Tarion to administer and enforce the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and Regulations. Warranties include: protection for deposits, protection against financial loss for contract homes, compensation for delays in closing or occupancy, protection against unauthorized substitutions, one and two year warranties for certain defects in work and materials, and a seven year warranty for major structural defects.

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