Archive for the Category ◊ Condos ◊

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Information You Need to Know





• Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister, Kathleen Wynne has announced changes to strengthen the Ontario building code to help prevent balcony glass of newly constructed buildings from breaking and keep Ontarians safe in high-rise buildings.

While this initiative is an excellent start, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing needs to address the inefficiencies of the New Home Warranty Program and Tarion Warranties for new construction and the limited 1-2 years warranties on existing buildings. These warranties do not protect the value of a $80 Million dollar condo building when the time period and list of coverages are similar to those of a single family dwelling. There needs to be a separate coverage to address multi-family residential condominium buildings.

Today’s announcement relating to new Ontario rules and better building codes to prevent glass from breaking off high-rise Balconies was another example of how COA is helping Condo Owners. COA worked with CBC news “throw-away buildings: Toronto’s glass condos.  Falling glass from balconies from several buildings in downtown Toronto created major issues of safety concerns for owners and the general public. The Condo Owners Association – (COA) reported problems relating to glass balconies and deficiencies relating to energy efficiency supporting a CBC special featured story by John Lancaster.


 CBC Story and Information on Glass

Value issues relate are affected by unwarranted costs relating to premature deficiencies which fall past the minimal and limited Tarion Warranties.  COA has played a very active role in moving forward for a better understanding of the problems and bringing this information to the forefront. Cam Wooley’s “Know your Rights” on CP24 welcomes our input as well as Matt Galloway – CBC Metro Morning in conversation with Linda Pinizzotto, Founder, President/CEO of the Condo Owners Association about the risks condo owners face and the limited protection they have. Listen (runs 6:54)


COA continues to work with Government to embrace the issues to help Condo owners ensure their safety, investment sustainability and good business infrastructure of the condo world.

The mass construction of Condominiums in the past few years has identified over 1.3 million Condo Owners in our Province. Last Friday, our Ministry of Consumer Services announced “Building a Better Condo Act”     to modernize the present Condo Act (1998). The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing needs to participate to embrace resolutions to the Act relating to safety and better construction standards. Specific requirements and restrictions relating to the construction aspect of new and existing Condominiums.

All information and comment on articles geared to Condo Owners and Condominiums should include comment from COA Ontario as the governing body of COAtoronto, COAmississauga, COAottawa etc.  COA has chapters in each City across Ontario


• Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Condo Owners Association are pleased to announce that they will be working to help the recent launch of the “Building a Better Condo Act” by the McGuinty Government.


Newsroom Press Release  – June  8, 2012 11:00 AM

McGuinty Government to Launch Condo Review Consultation

Ontario is taking steps to modernize the Condominium Act, 1998, so it reflects the current and future needs of owners, residents and other stakeholders in the condominium community.In an effort to respond to a booming and evolving industry, Ontario will launch a public consultation to identify a comprehensive set of issues, and long-term solutions relating to matters such as:

  • consumer protection for buyers
  • condominium finances and reserve fund management
  • condominium board governance
  • expertise/accreditation of condominium managers
  • dispute resolution, for instance between condo boards and owners

The review will directly engage the entire condominium community, including owners, residents, developers and property managers.  Members of the condominium community will have the opportunity to speak about their issues, hear the concerns of others and work together to develop solutions.  Details of the public engagement process and information about how to participate will be announced this summer.

Strengthening the Condominium Act is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure a fair marketplace for Ontario families.


COA – Condo Owners Association

“The Condo Owners Association is thrilled that the McGuinty Government is launching a review of the Condominium Act. We are looking forward to participating in the review to help build a viable and sustainable future for condominiums in Ontario that protects the rights of owners, ensures best practices for condo corporations, and preserves the value of the investment people have made in their homes.”

– Linda Pinizzotto President and Founder, Condo Owners Association Ontario (COA)

• Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Ottawa announced changes in mortgage rules today that will go into effect July 9th, 2012.

There will be a cap of $1 million on insured mortgages. There will be a reduction to TDS ratio down to 39%.

The amortization period will be cut to 25 years maximum.

The maximum refinance LTV on insured mortgages will be cut to 80%.

Later today, OFSI will publish their underwriting changes to mortgages.

• Monday, June 11th, 2012

COA – Condo Owners Association makes its mark to protect Condo Owners working with our Provincial Government to modernize the Condo Act. Building a Better Condo Act (see bottom right hand quote)

Please post on your linked, facebook and twitter Support COA and modernize the Condo ACT

COA has Associations in every City/Town in Ontario Find us on Twitter — type in your City below: Toronto, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Brampton, Kitchener, Burlington, Guelph, Waterloo, Ottawa, Oshawa, Windsor etc…. (type in your City)

by:  Linda Pinizzotto

Founder CEO – President Condo Owners Association

• Tuesday, June 05th, 2012

There are concerns relating to Condos that need to be addressed.  Recently our Provincial Government passed

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• Monday, June 04th, 2012

Toronto / GTA Condo Market Overview was prepared by Shaun Hildebrand; Market Analysis Department, CMHC – Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation

2012    Toronto GTA Condo Market Overview_

Provides an excellent overview of:    New condo sales; New project openings-share of new condo sales; share of new units; New construction;   Unsold inventory in development; Completed & unabsorbed condo units; MLS sales growth; MLS condo sales, GTA Immigration; Employment Rate 25-44; MLS sales to employment ratio; Share of new completions; Sales-to-list ratio; Active listings from new projects; Total active resale listings; MLS condo price growth; Avg. condo price per sq ft; Newly completed units carry cost vs rent; Share of condo used as rental; Condo rental universe GTA; Average GTA condo rental vacancy rate 1.1%; GTA population growth 25-34; Net household formation;

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• Saturday, February 05th, 2011

Major home renovations can be overwhelming, but there are a few fundamental repairs that can update your home’s appearance and increase its value. If you’re planning to sell your home in 2011, take advantage of the colder winter months to prepare your home for a spring sale by focusing on a few key projects brought to you by LindaPinizzotto.Com.

Make a Great First Impression:

The entryway is the first up-close encounter a potential homebuyer will have with your home. Manicure your front yard and update or even replace your front door to complement your home’s exterior. Select a rich, dark stained wood or bold white door to draw attention to the main entry and add personality to your home. If your door is already in great shape, consider a simple replacement of weak or older-looking hardware that will impress buyers at first sight.

Get a Kitchen Makeover:

Experts agree that a kitchen can significantly impact a home’s perceived value. An outdated kitchen can be a deal breaker for many homebuyers. Naturally, then, it’s the place you might spend the most amount of time updating. To increase the appeal of your kitchen, consider investing in updated, matching appliances that match the style of your kitchen. Some manufacturers even offer replacement panels to update the exteriors of older appliances.

Next, if you can’t afford to add new cabinetry, change out the hardware so the knobs, drawer pulls and handles match your decor and add a modern flair. Adding technology-driven fixtures, including built-in water filtration systems, garbage disposals and high-tech faucets is another great way to increase the room’s appeal and add a sense of luxury.  Updated technology enables users to turn the faucet on and off with just a touch anywhere on the spout or handle, and is available on a variety of models.

Update & Upgrade Light Fixtures:

Lighting is key. It can drastically change the look and feel of a room, and lighting fixtures are affordable and relatively simple to install on your own. Shop discount stores and home improvement depots to find a statement piece to add spice to your living room. A beautiful ceiling fan with lighting can serve double-duty to update your family room. Remember, well-lit and bright rooms appear larger and more open.


Flooring is one of the first things that potential homebuyers notice. Make sure you dust, vacuum and clean so that you show off the flooring to its best advantage. If you have carpet, consider replacing it with wood floors or wood alternatives. If you already have hardwood floors, polish and protect your flooring so that it gleams when potential buyers step into the home.

Whether you’re trying to sell your home this winter or simply want to update its look, you don’t have to wait until the spring thaws. Take advantage of the cold weather time to make attractive upgrades that can increase the appeal and value to your home. Brought to you by