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  • Time to shut down housing-start falsehoods

    Time to shut down housing-start falsehoods

    With the analysis of last year's performance and the predictions that come for this year and beyond, there are always a variety of theories and speculations offered to spur discussion and perhaps create some controversy.Although they succeed in getting people talking, they can also create false harm if believed.Following are . . .

    February 28, 2015

  • And now for something different

    Trifecta of homes from Hilton functional, affordable
    And now for something different

    No question about it -- many prospective homebuyers would like to buy a new home.However, in many cases, one major issue prevents them from making the purchase: affordability. Reality is, most folks simply can't afford to shell out $450, 000 or more for a new home, as much as they . . .

    February 28, 2015

  • Closed concept

    Builders bucked current trend in favour of distinct spaces for unique Borealis Bay home

    As a home builder, it can be difficult to be daringly different with home designs.Why? Because the homebuilding industry is driven by trends that include open-concept great rooms. Most homes on the market today, for better or for worse, are centred around wide-open great rooms.Thankfully, there's the occasional design that . . .

    February 21, 2015

  • Love the livability

    Square-footage boost elevates Sage Creek bi-level
    Love the livability

    Sometimes, it's the little details that can take a new home design from good to great.An example of that is the Kendal, a 1, 520-sq.-ft. bi-level design, said Hearth Homes sales manager Liam Milne."This version of the home is up approximately 100 square feet from three years ago. The extra . . .

    February 14, 2015

  • Trends in construction industry could be hitting home soon

    Every day, I receive selected articles from across the country about issues that affect the residential construction industry. These can involve a multitude of topics ranging from government legislation to research studies to local issues. This past week, I noticed a few issues or trends occurring around the country that . . .

    February 14, 2015

  • Back to basics

    Forgoing fancy options can reduce a home's price significantly
    Back to basics

    As anyone who's bought a new home knows, it can be -- to say the least -- a challenging process. One of the biggest challenges (if not the biggest) is staying on budget. After watching all the shows on HGTV, it can be exceedingly difficult not to deck out a home . . .

    February 7, 2015

  • Newport a whole lot of house

    Five-bedroom bungalow has versatile design
    Newport a whole lot of house

    When the designers at A & S Homes designed the Newport, they had one thing in mind: create a versatile home ideal for a family or empty nesters. Mission accomplished, said RE/MAX Performance Realty's Rob Hutchison, a sales representative for A & S Homes. "This home can be adapted to any need, . . .

    January 31, 2015

  • Economist bears good news for home sales

    Economist bears good news for home sales

    Winnipeg Realtors recently held a breakfast session featuring respected economist Benjamin Tal. Tal spoke to a sold-out audience about the economy in general and, more specifically, the housing market. His message was good news mixed with some caution. He noted the lower Canadian dollar should help the manufacturing community when it comes . . .

    January 31, 2015

  • Moving right along

    Waterford Green a booming community in northeast Winnipeg
    Moving right along

    While the popularity of communities such as Bridgwater Lakes and South Pointe is unquestioned, there's another community that's booming, too. That community is none other than Waterford Green. While it tends to fly under the radar due to its northeast location, it certainly hasn't been ignored by consumers, said Lombard North . . .

    January 31, 2015

  • Let there be light

    'Modern family' bungalow's unique layout really brings in the sun
    Let there be light

    When it comes to designing a home expressly for the purpose of family living, sometimes the best thing is to start anew. That's exactly what the design team at Ventura Custom Homes did with its show home at 5 Orchard Gate in Oak Bluff West, said Ventura's sales representative, Elliot Tardiff. "This . . .

    January 24, 2015