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TREB Recognizes Commercial Builders

June 18, 2012 -- Canada has received high marks in a number of studies conducted by various international consulting firms that include Forbes, FutureBrand and Reputation Institute. 

When it comes to doing business, branding, and reputation, Canada has been top rated in the world. As Torontonians, we should be proud of our contribution to such rankings.

One key element that contributes to Toronto’s outstanding international reputation is development.  We have for example, more condominium buildings currently under construction in Toronto than in any other city in North America. Trends like this one demonstrate the confidence that developers and consumers have in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

To recognize innovative Commercial buildings that contribute to our city, Greater Toronto REALTORS┬« have established the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Commercial Building Awards and to tell you more about them, I have invited the Chair of our association’s Commercial Division Larry Purchase to share this column.

Developers, architects and Greater Toronto REALTORS® will have nominated projects as part of the TREB Commercial Building Awards. There will be projects nominated in various categories such as Green, Industrial, Commercial Office, Commercial Residential, Multi-Residential and/or Institutional.

Nominated buildings, which must be located in the GTA and have been completed between January 2009 and November 2011, will be evaluated based on various criteria.  These include the project’s sensitivity to the environment, its design and innovation, and its success in answering a specific developmental need in the community.

A panel of five judges will visit each of the nominated projects to assess overall exterior design and determine how each fits into its surrounding area. Once each of the sites has been visited, the judges will meet to select one new and one retrofit building for a TREB Commercial Building Award.

The selected projects will be announced at a special awards ceremony that will take place at the Toronto Real Estate Board offices November 21, 2012.

By recognizing outstanding accomplishments in new and retrofit Commercial buildings we hope to inspire others to continue to strive for excellence, as doing so contributes to the quality of life throughout the GTA and to our city’s strong international reputation. When we work together to make ours a better city, and take the time to recognize such efforts, we all win.


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 2012
June 6 Home Ownership Can Be A Formidable Challenge
May 25 TREB Is Standing Up For The Privacy Rights Of Homeowners
 2011
October 4 Realtors Care Foundation supports shelter-based organizations
September 16 Buyers beware in real estate purchases, too
August 20 Termites are a hidden problem
June 17 Ford Needs to Follow Through on Election Promise
June 12 TREB Moving Ahead With New Technology
June 1 Realtor Quest Was Huge Success
April 30 Buying a Condo Posses Some Unique Queries
April 8 Search for a Home Can Be Challenging
March 25 Parking red tape should be streamlined
March 4 Toronto needed to clarify parking rules
February 26 Some home improvements will pay off big
February 11 Taking steps towards homeownership
January 28 Taking steps towards the repeal of the land transfer tax
 2010
December 3 Misconceptions about the HST
October 2 Clearing up HST confusion
September 10 TREB: Energy efficiency for all homes, new and old
August 13 Making sense of housing statistics
August 6 TREB: Save HST with re-sale housing
July 30 TREB: Housing options are as diverse as the city we live in
July 23 TREB: Realtor's access to databases can assist with home search
July 16 There's no Investment Like a Home
July 9 HST will not affect resale homes
July 2 TREB: HST will not affect resale homes
Jun. 25 Celebrate Diversity during Pride Week
Jun. 4 Mayoral debate highlight of realtor conference
May 21 Set budget for moving expenses
May 14 Spring buyers boost GTA home sales
Apr. 23 Each local market has distinct character
Apr. 9 Important to understand terminology
Mar. 26 REALTORS® continue to educate themselves
Mar. 12 Housing sales typically heat up in spring market
Mar. 5 Careful renos can increase home value
Feb. 26 Some simple steps to energy efficiency
Feb. 19 REALTORS® step up to help Haiti
Feb. 12 Some encouraging news and numbers
Feb. 5 Action on Land Transfer Tax could offset the HST
Jan. 22 Year will see listings rise, price growth moderate
Jan. 8 Number of benefits to LEED-certified condos
 2009
December 18
Jan. 1, 2010
Steady flow of newcomers buoys demand for sales / Immigration helps drive housing market
December 11 REALTORS® routinely give back to their community
December 4 REALTORS® have skills to help with Rental Needs
November 27 REALTORS® have many resources
November 20 Sales still hot despite cooler weather
November 13 HST will raise cost of living, buying homes
November 9 GTA Real Estate Market Soaring