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Urbanization is ‘new normal’ for Canada, report says

Posted in Communications, Development, Housing, Industry Trends

Urbanization is ‘new normal’ for Canada, report says

The surge in city living over suburban living is no longer an “emerging trend” but “the new normal” as millennials — and a growing number of their parents — transform downtown cores across much of Canada at dizzying speed, according to a new report. That urbanization trend — the shift to living and playing close to work — continues to blur the lines between commercial and residential development in downtown cores, fuelling the creation of new office towers and even spurring a resurgence in...

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Time is right to fix housing in Canada

Posted in Communications, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Legislation

Time is right to fix housing in Canada

Canada is facing a housing crisis and it is incumbent on all orders of government to take action. We know the housing crunch is spiralling out of control as people struggle with record levels of household debt, coupled with mounting home ownership costs. It is worrisome Moody’s Investors Service has recently reported housing costs and consumer debt are threats to Canada’s otherwise strong economic performance. One in four Canadians spends more than 30 per cent of income on housing. At a cost...

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Canada lands ahead of US and UK in world prosperity ranking

Posted in Communications, Development, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Canada lands ahead of US and UK in world prosperity ranking

Story by: Kat Sieniuc | BuzzBuzzHome Canada is the fifth most prosperous country in the world, according to a recent survey that measures global prosperity. Legatum Prosperity Index ranks 142 countries — accounting for 99 per cent of global GDP — based on how they perform in key economic and social areas, including health, education, entrepreneurship and freedom. Norway came in first for overall prosperity, followed by Switzerland, New Zealand and Denmark. The world’s least prosperous...

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The Skyline Group of Companies Named Among Top Ten Private Businesses in Canada for Sustainable Growth

Posted in Communications, Events, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Utility Management, Waste Management

The Skyline Group of Companies Named Among Top Ten Private Businesses in Canada for Sustainable Growth

Private Business Growth Award recognizes ten businesses that look beyond the top line for growth The Skyline Group of Companies is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Private Business Growth Award. Presented by Grant Thornton LLP and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the award celebrates private businesses that put sustainable growth at the top of their agenda. Ten companies across the country were shortlisted for their ability to achieve growth across five...

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CMHC’s Forecast Indicates a Steady Housing Market in 2015 With Some Moderation in 2016

Posted in CMHC, Communications, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

CMHC’s Forecast Indicates a Steady Housing Market in 2015 With Some Moderation in 2016

According to CMHC’s fourth quarter 2014 Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition1, housing starts in 2015 will remain similar to levels observed in 2014 and in line with economic and demographic trends. By 2016, some moderation is expected. “The trend for housing starts has been up in recent months, particularly in multi-unit structures. This has been broadly supported by key factors such as employment, disposable income and net migration, which are expected to continue to be supportive of the...

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Joint Ventures — Reminder to Act Now to Take Advantage of Temporary GST/HST Policy

Posted in Communications, Finance, Newsworthy, Tax Law

Joint Ventures — Reminder to Act Now to Take Advantage of Temporary GST/HST Policy

Time is quickly running out for participants in joint ventures that include nominee corporations or bare trusts to take steps to benefit from the CRA’s GST/HST temporary administrative “tolerance” policy. Under this policy, the CRA will not assess GST/HST in certain circumstances where nominee corporations or bare trusts have been acting as operators of joint ventures, but did not qualify as participants. Participants of joint ventures that don’t apply the CRA’s temporary policy correctly...

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Property Management Newsletters: Simple but Effective Marketing

Posted in Communications, Housing, Marketing

Property Management Newsletters: Simple but Effective Marketing

Let’s start this conversation by defining marketing. Dictionary.com: the act of buying or selling in a market the total of activities involved in the transfer of goods from the producer or seller to the consumer or buyer, including advertising, shipping, storing, and selling. Google Search: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising. Wikipedia: Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to...

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Avoiding a Property Nightmare

Posted in Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, Janitorial, Maintenance, Marketing, Payments Processing, Pest Control, Security

Avoiding a Property Nightmare

Keep these Spooky Signs in Mind You might enjoy getting freaked out this time of year, but operating an apartment community doesn’t have to be scary . In many instances, property nightmares can take many forms for onsite managers. However, there are ways you can control your property and keep it from becoming a nightmare to residents. Beware of the following alarming things and position your property for success: Story by:  Tim...

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5 Questions to Ask During a Landlord Reference Check

Posted in Communications, Housing, Insurance, Legal, Payments Processing, Professional Services, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

5 Questions to Ask During a Landlord Reference Check

A rental applicant who looks great on paper isn’t necessarily risk-free. The best way to avoid potentially troublesome renters is by requesting a reference check from their previous landlords. A renter who is coming up on the end of a lease and desperately trying to find a new place may not have any qualms about being dishonest when answering your screening questions. Skip the uncertainty by asking the applicant’s previous landlords the following five questions. Was the rent paid on time and...

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Canadian housing starts to remain steady while prices and sales edge up, predicts CMHC

Posted in CMHC, Communications, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Canadian housing starts to remain steady while prices and sales edge up, predicts CMHC

Story by: Michael Aynsley | BuzzBuzzHome For Canadian housing starts, 2015 will look a lot like 2014. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s fourth quarter market outlook, the number of new homes being built in 2015 will be similar to levels observed in 2014, “and in line with economic and demographic trends.” The national housing agency says that by 2016, “some moderation is expected.” On an annual basis, the CMHC expects housing starts to range between 186,300 and 191,700...

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