The city of Vancouver in British Columbia has another name among the locals: “Hongcouver”, thanks to the strong Cantonese influence. The unmistakable whiff of dim sum and fried rice hits you when you stroll down the roads in many parts of Vancouver and even The Greater Toronto area, such as Markham, to endorse this.
With a new home real estate market that is bustling with activity, purchasing a home is accomplished amid a background of complexity. Keeping track of what has sold and what stages the various sales are at is a challenge for builders and developers. The variables such as which homes can go on what lots combine with architectural requirements and availability to create a scenario in which costly mistakes can occur. Using new sales software provides real-time inventory, pricing and reports to streamline the process.
On Friday May 4th, over 1,300 industry leaders in the Greater Toronto Area gathered for the 38th Annual BILD Awards presented by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). They recognized the astounding achievements of developers, new home builders, architects, designers as well as sales and marketing professionals across our region.
Congratulations to our clients on their well deserved nomination and awards.
New Software Puts Home Shopping Experience Right in Buyers’ Hands
Shopping online for clothing, shoes, jewellery and even a luxury vacation is, for most people, as simple as a click of the mouse. But buying a house? Could such a large, serious purchase be done via the internet? The creators of a point-of-sales (POS) software application for the real estate industry say yes, it’s not only possible, it’s already being done.
In the increasingly complex new home real estate market in the GTA and Greater Golden Horseshoe, award-winning software SALEFISH SOFTWARE offers refreshing clarity through a variety of practices. One is providing an automated scan of customers’ ID at the point of sale toward 100 per cent accuracy on all forms.
A lot has been made of the disruptive effect of technologies — look at what is happening in retail and media industries. In comparison, the real estate and new home industries has a reputation for lagging behind, and is sometimes slow to embrace new ways of thinking.
It’s soon to be official. On January 1, 2015, wood frame buildings can now be built up to 6-storeys in Ontario, raising the limit from 4-storeys.
According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing “Safe and flexible building options that help make housing more affordable and support our forest industry is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.” Read more…
The innovations to create taller wood buildings are in place. But is our collective mindset there? While people are comfortable living in two or three story wood houses, are they prepared to call 6-storey plus timber towers home? And what about industry experts? What are their opinions about constructing taller wooden structures?
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) claims concrete is more solid and durable than wood because it doesn’t expand or contract. They also raise the argument that concrete is more allergen-free than mold-producing wood frames and provides acoustic privacy. More importantly, they maintain that concrete buildings offer a better ROI as well as lower repair and maintenance costs. Finally, they believe that since concrete is more familiar and solid, people feel safer living in these types of buildings. They use a recent fire in Kingston, Ontario to illustrate their points.
The Coast Redwoods in California can live more than 2,000 years. Their trunks can grow up to 24 feet wide. And some reach higher than a 30-floor skyscraper.
It is these miracles of Mother Nature that have people asking … why are wooden buildings limited to four storeys? More about wood building techniques
Six storey wooden structures are meeting housing demands by decreasing financial and environmental costs
It’s cheaper, has less environmental impact, and it’s increasingly becoming the material of choice. But until recently, it’s been limited to low-rise and residential buildings Read more…