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VOLUME 16 ISSUE 19

cover story p.14 FOREST PARK HOMES

offers a taste of small town living at The Village Landing in Fonthill 26

regular and special features IN EVERY ISSUE 10 EDITOR’S NOTE

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HOT DATES AD INDEX

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by Jeff Paikin

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Securing the best mortgage for your first home TARION REPORT

Making your opinion count as a new-home buyer

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CITY FOCUS

Hamilton: still humming along by Wayne Karl

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ew-home buyers are often driven by different influences, but there’s no doubt lifestyle is an increasingly important factor. Whether you’re considering a home near the beach, a golf course or a city penthouse or pied-à-terre, you’re likely looking to compensate for what you don’t have in your current residence. The amount of living space is usually the issue – either too much or too little. Most young families are looking for more, which is why builders are designing homes with interiors that maximize every square foot of living space to make the most of your money. As we get older, the quest for living space may take a different direction. Downsizing is usually the answer, although many homeowners with existing homes in suburban or rural areas are acquiring townhomes or pied-à-terres in the city. An urban location gives owners and their friends a chance to enjoy the social and cultural activities of the city without having to drive for hours to get home. In today’s hectic world, your new home will be your retreat, so it’s important to find is to find a home that suits your needs and lifestyle. In this issue, we profile new communities which offer the perfect place to put up your feet, plus the latest industry news and features about buying and owning a new home. Enjoy!

Susan Legge EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Joanne Keenan Jeffrey Reed PUBLISHED BY

Economic outlook bodes well for SWO Gains in manufacturing and other areas a boost

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f you paid attention to the Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate announcement on Oct. 23, your reaction may have been mixed. Pleased – because the Bank held its target for the overnight rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010. Somewhat concerned, perhaps – because the accompanying commentary from BoC governor Stephen Poloz was less than rosy. Something about an economic environment that is “less favourable for Canada,” as well as delayed growth in exports and business investment. The Bank’s forecast of GDP growth of just 1.6 per cent for this year is certainly no reason to celebrate. But what is also happening is that the Canadian dollar is under pressure – in fact declining the day of Poloz’s announcement. TD Economics, meanwhile, is among those predicting the dollar will drop further in 2014. This, of course, would be good news for export-based industries such as manufacturing, automotive and steel production. And we know how important those sectors are to Southwestern Ontario communities such as Hamilton, Cambridge and Woodstock. Indeed, 2013 may not be wrapping up as a stellar year for local economies in SWO, but the forecast for 2014 is looking better and better.

Wayne Karl EDITOR

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Forest Park Homes has established itself as a home builder with a forte for creating communities within communities in the small towns of southern Ontario such as Ayr, Waterloo, Woodstock, Stratford and now Fonthill. Visitors will soon learn that they’re just minutes from St. Catharines and Niagara Falls and all of the region’s most popular points in between, such as the Wine Route, Shaw Festival and casinos. Airports in Buffalo, Hamilton and Toronto are within an hour’s drive. Two model homes are under construction and will be open for viewing in mid-December, inviting visitors to view the quality, style and design found within a Forest Park home. Pre-selling is taking place from Fonthill’s Royal LePage office, where all plans are available for viewing. The Village Landing showcases two collections of singles of 1,265 to 3.575 sq. ft. designed for 45- and 50ft. lots. You’ll discover innovative designs made popular within other communities, such as the three- or fourbedroom Beaujolais (re-christened the Kinsale for Fonthill, one of the models under construction) from Hilltop Estates in Ayr. It was named 2010’s Best New Home Design by the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association for its second-level family room, luxury ensuite, open concept main floor of kitchen, dining area and living room, main level laundry, double-car garage and specialty features such as coffered ceilings, fireplaces and covered back terrace. This was also part of Forest Park’s award-winning 2010 Project of the Year. The freehold townhomes are equally impressive, with expansive widths of 26-ft. leading to interiors of 1,431 to 1,857 sq. ft., spaciousness seldom seen in townhome design. Available in two-storey, bungalow and bungaloft designs, they offer a gamut of lifestyle options in a town where quality of life is the quintessential feature. In the near future, construction will begin on a row of townhome models to showcase another aspect of Village Landing living. With prices starting at $249,900 for townhomes and $319,900 for singles, Forest Park offers entry level pricing to Fonthill living. These are baseline prices that include this builder’s extensive list of standard features, while still offering a handsome selection of upgrades to enhance each home to every family’s needs and tastes. Life. Style. Choices. All are available at The Village Landing in Fonthill. For more information, call 905.401.7832, email fonthill@royallepage.ca or visit thevillagelanding.com

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single-family homes here boast handsome exteriors in brick and stone. Inside the 2,800-sq.-ft. Pavillion II model home, located at 18 Eaglecrest St., Fusion’s high-quality construction lives up to expectations. Smart design is evident – the open-concept layout of the main floor is tempered by the placement of the rooms and their openings, so there is virtually no echo. This floorplan also includes a main floor office that is separate from the rest of the rooms, offering a private place to pay bills, read or work from home. The spacious design puts a formal living room up front, just off the foyer. A hallway leads past the dining room, which features a butler’s pantry leading through to the kitchen. Opening up to a bright Great Room, attention

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is focused on sleek gas fireplace with an attractive stone surround flanked by tall windows. Glossy dark hardwood runs throughout the main floor into the eat-in kitchen, where it meets pristine white cabinetry capped with pleasing natural shade granite counters. The large island features an undermount sink, as well as a breakfast bar facing the Great Room. Fusion is conscious of how space is utilized in its new-home designs, and the second floor speaks to how well thought out the floorplans are. The upper hallway loops around the stairwell, framed by a hardwood bannister. Four large bedrooms are laid around the outside, with a ton of closet space; three of the rooms have walk-in closets, the other has a generous double closet, and there’s even a walk-in linen closet. The family bath is well planned with a water closet for the toilet as well as the tub and shower with a subway tile surround. Of course, the master bedroom is something to behold, a large space with a luxury ensuite included at River Ridge as a standard feature. The basement of the model is finished and even boasts a five-piece bathroom. The space is bright with over-size-windows – another of Fusion’s elevated standards. Indeed, the Pavillion II illustrates the type of new-home excellence that helped earn Fusion Homes the honour of Tarion Ontario Builder of the Year for 2013 – the first builder to win the prestigious award for customer satisfaction four times.

Fusion Homes recently released a second phase of its townhomes collection. These upscale townhomes are larger than most, ranging from 1,680 to 2,535 sq. ft. With the same emphasis on maximizing the space and light, these designs hardly seem like towns at all, especially with the spacious backyard. Visit the sales centre to learn about compelling bonuses for townhome buyers. The single-detached homes at River Ridge start at $499,900, with towns starting from $339,900. The model home is open Monday to Wednesday, from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The model is located at 18 Eaglecest St., on the corner of Falconridge Drive. For more information, call 519.894.5100 or visit fusionhomes.com oct 26 - nov 9, 2013 | New home & condo guide SWO 27

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be a difficult one. Preparing yourself and doing your homework is the key to being able to make this important decision with total confidence. Before you sign on the dotted line, use the following tips and advice to assist you through the process. 1| Where and what to buy: There is a vast array of new communities and new condominiums to choose from, so first make the decision on where you want to live and the type of home that best fits your lifestyle. Check out prices and stay on budget with what you can afford, as you may want to buy that new couch or kitchen table when you move in. Once you have decided on the community location, home design and price, you now need to roll up your sleeves and do your research to find the right builder for your dream home. 2| Builder reputation: In my professional opinion, this is one of the most important items to consider with the biggest investment you will make in your life. When speaking with the sales representative at the sales office, ask questions and get answers to things that are important to you. How long has the builder been in business? Are they a small local builder or large development company? How many homes do they build annually? What is their background and experience? What do their customers say about them? Stop and ask the construction workers building the new homes – would they buy a home from this builder? What is the builder’s after sales service program like? Are there hidden costs? Don’t rush your decision, as you may want to go back two or three times to ensure that you feel comfortable with the builder you are selecting. 3| Tarion: In Ontario, all new home and condominium builders must register with Tarion. Tarion is a private corporation which was established in 1976 to protect the rights of new-home buyers and regulate new-home builders. They basically administer the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, which outlines the warranty protection that new-home purchasers are entitled to in Ontario. This program protects consumers when builders fail to fulfil their warranty obligations. They assist and resolve disputes about warranty coverage, investigate illegal building practices and promote high

In my professional opinion, this is one of the most important items to consider with the biggest investment you will make in your life.

Karen Kessel is the Broker of Record of Planet Realty Inc., located in Guelph. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing of homes and condominiums across Ontario. She can be reached at karen@planetrealty.ca or visit planetrealty.ca

standards of new home construction. Contact Tarion at tarion.com and see if the builder you are considering has a good record for its building practices. 4| Quality and workmanship: All builders will provide you with a list of their features and finishes. Most will offer model homes and suites for you to view. This is an excellent opportunity to touch and feel for yourself. Get an understanding as to what is a standard finish and what is upgraded. Take the time to sit in the living room or kitchen and see if the space is functional for living. Check out the appliances, open doors and drawers. Is this home environmentally friendly? Are materials used to construct this home going to save you money on your heating and cooling bills, as well as improve good indoor air quality? So much to review and consider. 5| Customer satisfaction: The best way to check out a builder is to talk to people who live in the community or condominium building you are interested in. Ask them if they are happy with their new home and their experience buying from the builder. How quickly were issues resolved, and if they were resolved, did it meet their satisfaction?. Having worked with a number of home and condominium developers in my career, here’s the best story I can share with you: a woman who downsized from a large home and purchased a new condominium. A big lifestyle change. She advised me that when she conducted her Pre-Delivery Inspection, there wasn’t a single defect, and on moving day when she opened the door to her new condo, it had been completely cleaned with a gift basket waiting for her on the counter – a thank you from the builder! Now that is satisfaction!

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preview registration Dicenzo homes Stoney Creek | Blue Shores Waterside semis and singles from the mid $300’s. blueshores.info branthaven homes Waterdown | Bohemian Towns Coming soon – towns from the $270’s. branthaven.com COUNTRYGREEN homes Waterdown | Uptowns of Waterdown Coming soon – urban two- and three-storey back-to-backs, traditional and executive towns priced from $264,900. countrygreenhomes.com kingwood homes Paris | Village on the Grand Register now for riverfront townhomes in historic downtown Paris, from the $230’s. villageonthegrand.ca rosehaven homes/Homes by Desantis/CDI developments Ancaster | Tiffany Hill Phase II coming early 2014 – freehold townhomes and 36- and 45-ft. detached. tiffanyhill.ca rosehaven homes/ homes by desantis Stoney Creek | On the Ridge Coming early 2014 – semis, 35- and 40-ft. singles. liveontheridge.ca ADI Development Oakville | Link Condos + Towns Register now for this modern condo community on Dundas at Sutton, adjacent to Bronte Provincial Park. adidevelopments.com forest park homes Fonthill | The Village Landing Pre-register for Fonthill’s newest community – single-family homes and village homes. thevillagelanding.com TOBYN park homes Stoney Creek | Stoneywood Park Coming spring 2014 – detached homes and townhomes, on-site greenspace, easy access to highways, conservation area and other amenities. stoneywoodpark.com

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rosehaven homes Mount Albert | Victoria Highlands Coming November 2013 – 50-ft. detached singles. rosehaveninmountalbert.com new horizon homes Bronte | Harvest Coming soon – register now for these luxury freehold townhomes backing onto Bronte Provincial Park. newhorizonhomes.ca new horizon homes Oakville | Mint Condominiums Coming soon – living well for less in Oakville, condos at Bronte and Dundas from the mid $200’s. newhorizonhomes.ca spallacci homes Hamilton | Eden Park Coming soon – Simona Place The Towns of Eden Park Exquisite collection of executive townhomes. spallaccihomes.com spallacci homes Hamilton | 101 Locke Condos Register now – Boutique condo living is coming to Hamilton’s hip Locke Street. spallaccihomes.com schuit homes Ancaster | Perth Park Exclusive community of residences fronting landscaped parkland onto a ravine setting. schuithomes.com Molinaro Group Burlington | Paradigm The new Burlington opens soon – a new standard of condo living from the $200’s. paradigmcondos.ca

new openings

Empire communities Niagara Falls | Imagine Now open – master-planned community of towns and detached homes in heart of Niagara. empirecommunities.com

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phelps homes Grimsby | The Bedford Collection Model home now open at this private enclave of 28 bungalows a short walk from downtown Grimsby. bedfordcollection.ca mountainview homes Fonthill | The Residences at Lookout Second phase now open – new bungalow collection on 50-ft. lots. mountainview.com bucci homes Grimsby | Bliss Two-storey freehold executive towns located near 50 Point Conservation Area, priced from the mid $260’s. buccihomes.com Augustine Group Stoney Creek | Treviso Select suites still available at this condominium in downtown Stoney Creek – including corner units and penthouses. trevisostoneycreek.ca

new releases

Rosehaven homes Chippawa | Lyon’s Creek Coming soon – model homes plus new release of 50-ft. detached lots. rosehavenhomes.com spallacci homes Hamilton | Eden Park Phase 4 release of exceptional 32and 40-ft. lots. spallaccihomes.com Emery condominiums Burlington | Appleby Club Limited release of Country Club Condominiums at Appleby and Dundas. applebyclub.com

spallacci homes Hamilton | Eden Park Grand Opening of Chateau-inspired semis collection. spallaccihomes.com

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Port Dalhousie

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Stevensville

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Stoney Creek

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Sales Centre Hours: Monday to Friday: 1pm to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 5pm *For a limited time only, the Port Dalhousie Marina is offering a special bonus for boaters with ONE YEAR’S FREE BOAT SLIP & STORAGE – valued at $5,000 – to purchasers at Port Place who wish to berth their pleasure boat just steps from their new home. Talk to a Sales Rep for complete details. Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. E.&O.E.

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The “New Burlington” arrives this fall in Midtown

location Burlington sales centre Condominium contact paradigmcondos.ca

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he Molinaro Group, Burlington’s most accomplished condominium developer, will introduce a new landmark condo this fall that will represent “The New Burlington” for what MoneySense magazine has called Canada’s number one mid-sized community. Paradigm is a distinctive master-planned, multi-building luxury residence, located south of the QEW on Fairview Street. By definition, Paradigm will usher in a new standard of excellence in condo living and transform mid-town Burlington into the city’s most sought-after locale. Paradigm is just steps away from GO Transit and minutes to the vibrant downtown, offering easy access to all of life’s necessities and conveniences including shopping, dining and recreation. Its architecture is dramatic and its list of luxury amenities is impressive, including an elegant Porte-Cochère, offering a grand entrance for residents; a breathtaking year-round swimming pool that includes a hot tub, all of which is surrounded by two-storey windows providing a sky-filled vista; a fully equipped fitness studio, which includes a

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MOLINARO GROUP

Paradigm

Its architecture is dramatic and its list of luxury amenities is impressive, including an elegant Porte-Cochère, offering a grand entrance for residents; a breathtaking year-round swimming pool that includes a hot tub, all of which is surrounded by two-storey windows providing a sky-filled vista; a fully equipped fitness studio, which includes a professional-style basketball court. professional-style basketball court. Paradigm also includes a sophisticated rooftop lounge where residents will enjoy panoramic views of downtown Burlington, Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. All of these amenities and more are available to residents who will choose from an exciting selection of intelligently designed, well-appointed, LEED certified

one- and two-bedroom suites priced from the low $200’s, each of which includes a private balcony or terrace. Interest in paradigm is growing quickly, says Linda Davies, whose company is the sales arm of Molinaro and Paradigm. “From the many emails, online registrations and even phone calls, we are confident that buyers can’t wait for the VIP Preview Buying Events to begin at the Presentation Centre on Fairview Street,” she says. The Molinaro Group has been instrumental in the evolution of Burlington, from its origin as a charming town to its current status as a dynamic, growing, and ideally situated city. As a forward thinking organization, The Molinaro Group has continually invested in the city they call home. “Paradigm is part of our ongoing commitment to this great city. And it’s certainly one of our most exciting projects because it will bring a new energy and a new lifestyle opportunity to midtown,” says Vince Molinaro, president. For more information on Paradigm, or to register for upcoming Preview Buying opportunities, visit paradigmcondos.ca

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Securing the best mortgage FOR YOUR FIRST HOME by Jeff Paikin Securing your first mortgage is truly one of life’s

milestones. Being able to carry a six-figure loan indicates that you have achieved well-regarded levels of prosperity and responsibility. Before you apply for a mortgage, there are a number of measures first-time and seasoned buyers alike can take to ensure they qualify for the best mortgage possible. Keep in mind that reducing your mortgage rate by just one per cent can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage. The primary focus for all prospective buyers should be to exhibit an ability to manage their personal finances within your current income environment. Mortgage lenders look at your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio to determine how much you can afford to borrow. This ratio is calculated by dividing your monthly gross income by the amount you use to pay off debts such as auto loans, student loans and credit card balances each month. Lending institutions rely on your credit score – a three-digit number that reflects the history and amounts of credit, and anything else that would affect your creditworthiness. Using this formula, lenders feel they can predict with considerable accuracy how comfortably a borrower can carry the mortgage. You should never apply for a mortgage without first getting your credit reports. The primary reason is to ensure there aren’t any errors or discrepancies. Errors on your file can force you to pay a higher interest rate on your mortgage and in some cases even torpedo your chances of getting a loan altogether. You could discover accounts that aren’t even yours, or collection accounts for debts you no longer owe. Once you’ve confirmed the accuracy of your credit report, you can now begin to take steps to improve your credit score in the months leading up to your purchase. Thirty-five percent of your score is determined by your payment history. Consistently being late on your credit card payments will significantly hurt your rating. Do your best to keep the balance on your credit cards under a quarter of the total line of credit. At the very least, pay your credit card bills on time to preserve a respectable score. If possible, pay off the balance entirely and promptly. Don’t close the credit card accounts when you pay them off, however. Closing credit accounts can negatively effect on your credit score. The second most important part of your credit score is your level of debt. You should look to pay down student or car loans that may be keeping your score down. Mortgage advisors will always encourage first-time buyers to limit their major purchases on credit until after they’ve secured their mortgage. You might want to push back that new car until after you’ve bought your first home! As a

Jeff Paikin (Past President of HHHBA) has been in the building industry for more than 20 years. As President and CEO of New Horizon Development Group (Builders of the inaugural CHBA Green Home of the Year), there isn’t much in the housing world he hasn’t seen. Jeff will provide regular insight and perspective of what’s going on in today’s market and what buyers should be aware of as they prepare to make a purchase. He can be reached at info@newhorizonhomes.ca

first-time homebuyer, extending your unsecured credit to the maximum by buying one or more new cars before you get your first mortgage will almost always force you to remain a renter, and have you paying someone else’s mortgage for years to come. Don’t apply for more credit than you need, as too many accounts can hurt your mortgage application. Young professionals who’ve been renting or living with parents and don’t have a credit history might benefit from having utilities in your own name. It won’t establish a credit score, but it can still be helpful for a first-time borrower. The best thing you can do is to get a credit card and use it with the utmost prudence. Using it in place of money, then using that cash to make your monthly payments can go a long way to helping you build credit. It takes time and there are really no shortcuts or tricks that can take you from bad credit or no credit at all to a high score. So, while it is important to establish credit, it is even more important to take the time to do the right things to maintain good credit. Securing a good mortgage doesn’t have to be burdensome or disheartening. If you take the necessary steps to tidy up your financial affairs, you will find all aspects of homeownership, not just your mortgage, to be relaxing and rewarding. Happy hunting.

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tarionreport

Making your opinion count as a

new-home buyer

Howard Bogach is President and CEO of Tarion Warranty Corp. His column appears monthly in New Home Guide. For more information about how Tarion helps new-home buyers, visit tarion.com or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TarionWarrantyCorp.

by howard bogach

It’s time for Tarion’s annual

customer satisfaction survey. If you bought a new home in the past year, now’s your chance to tell Tarion all about your home buying experience. Ever y fall, Tarion sends customer satisfaction surveys to approximately 40,000 homeowners. We’re looking for feedback on your builder’s customer service and your experience with Tarion. You’ll be asked questions about most stages of the homeowner-builder relationship beginning with the signing of the agreement of purchase and sale, through to construction, the pre-delivery inspection, and finally your builder’s after-sales service. You’ll also be asked about your interactions with Tarion. Your feedback is important to us and helps shape the way we do business. For example, last year’s survey showed us that homeowners who used our online warranty service, MyHome, had a significantly higher level of satisfaction with Tarion than those who didn’t manage their warranty through MyHome. This kind of information tells us we’re on the right track with our enhanced MyHome initiatives and lets us know that the changes we’re making are providing a better homeownership experience. Your feedback also helps us educate builders, letting them know what they are doing right, or where improvements can be made. Once the survey results are tabulated, Tarion sends qualified builders a copy of their individual results (without identifying the participants, of course). We also provide builders with the average results of their category. (Builders are grouped into small, medium, large and highrise categories.) So not only do builders get a true indication of

what their buyers think of their service, they also get to see how they measure up against their peers. The new home marketplace is highly competitive and I can assure you that most builders give a lot of weight to their survey results and use them to evaluate and improve on their customer service practices. Survey results are also used to determine finalists and recipients of the Tarion Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are the only awards in the province that recognize builders solely on the basis of their customer service. And they are judged by the people whose opinions matter most – yours. For Ontario home builders, good customer service means going above and beyond to make sure buyers have the best new homeownership experience possible, and that’s why we want to hear from you. By taking 10 minutes out of your day to complete a survey, you can tell us about your homebuying experience and influence whether your builder should be recognized for their customer service. Happy, satisfied homeowners are the best indicator of good customer service. As the regulator, I was heartened to hear some of the 2012 award recipients’ approaches to customer service. One of them told us that their buyers are not just customers, but also their neighbours. Providing open communication and top notch customer service is always a priority. Another recipient told us that their key to success is their availability to buyers on site, after hours and on weekends to answer questions, not only at the time of purchase, but long after homeowners move in. We know that good customer service can mean the difference between a positive homebuying experience, and one filled with headaches. We also know that building a home is not a perfect science. New homes can be constructed in a harsh climate and are susceptible to human error, so it isn’t uncommon for a new home to need repairs after its owners move in. Most homeowners have realistic expectations and know that repairs are often a part of the new-home ownership process. We usually see about 50 per cent of new-home owners submitting 30-Day Tarion Warranty forms. But our actual claim numbers are much, much lower, because builders who take customer service seriously will fix any warranted items in a timely manner, which results in happy homeowners. That’s not only good customer service, it’s good business sense. Builders who respond to their homeowners’ concerns understand how important their reputation is and often find themselves with repeat buyers and positive referrals. So, if you have taken possession of a new home in the past year, look for the Tarion survey arriving in your mailbox or inbox this month. Your opinion counts and we’re ready and waiting for your feedback!

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Where style meets function. COME TOUR OUR 2 NEWLY DECORATED MODEL HOMES. NOW OPEN. Custom bungalow, bungaloft and 2-storey home designs on 42’ & 50’ lots. Fifty-seven homes are only minutes from olde Ancaster and its shops and boutiques, while new adventures in the city or country await. Designed for you, your family, your life – everything you’ll ever need.

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5 MODEL HOMES TO VIEW 43' SINGLES up to 3,971 sq. ft. from the high $500,000’s Bonus package valued up to $15,000

Kennedy Rd.

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Enjoy incredible buyer incentives at The Village of SouthFields, with limited time packages available for both 43' Singles and Two-Storey Townhomes. Visit our Sales Centre for more details on these incredible incentives.

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Blue Shores models introduce gracious luxury to waterfront community

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ne of the most successful new communities of the year, Blue Shores by DiCenzo Homes, is now opening the door of two new model homes, showcasing a level of style and design to rival those of the area’s nearby estate homes. At Blue Shores, you’ll find one of the last opportunities to enjoy waterside living in this idyllic location near the Stoney Creek lakeshore. Blue Shores is a collection of luxury singles, semis and townhouses of impeccable design. The singles, created by award-winning architect William Hicks, have introduced Oakville-inspired architecture to the Hamilton area with stately facades and innovative floorplans, and standard features that far exceed those offered in the present marketplace. The detached homes facing Lake Ontario on 50-ft. lots have been designed with chateaulike facades and custom home features such as second floor balconies with direct views to the Lake and covered rear patios. That same approach to design, melding luxury and value, has often been cited as one of the primary reasons for the remarkable success seen in the sale of the 60 semis and 30 towns within Blue Shores. When speaking to Anthony DiCenzo,

location Stoney Creek housing type Townhomes, semis and single-detached homes sales centre 89 Galileo Dr., Hamilton, east of Fruitland and the North Service Rd., open Monday to Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m., Friday by appointment contact 905.643.1693 | blueshores.info

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president of DiCenzo Homes, his pride in the designs is unmistakable: “Each of our designs is the product of hours of painstaking attention to detail and originality. I can honestly say that you’re not going to see anything like these homes anywhere else in the marketplace.” This blended community addresses a variety of needs and lifestyles – from professionals and singles to families and empty-nesters. Floorplans offer everything from conventional townhome designs, to bungalow lofts with main floor master suites, to semi-detached homes with private yards and up to four bedrooms, and Blue Shores’ new offering of luxury singlefamily homes. The new models now opened at Blue Shores will showcase the features of all these various homes. The Acqua has been outfitted with more “standard” finishes to highlight to buyers the included features often only found in much higher priced homes; features such as nine-ft. ceilings on the main floor, a curving staircase, coffered and vaulted ceilings, designer cabinetry and a master ensuite with a frameless shower. A few upgrades such as the backsplash, granite counters and a vertical strip of shimmering mini subway tile in the master shower add a punch of drama. Next door, the Sabbia has been dressed up and furnished to showcase the limitless potential of the home, with porcelain tile throughout the main level, wide plank hardwood in the family and dining area, e x tensive l ig ht i ng a nd plu mbi ng enhancements, upgraded cabinets and countertops, and other touches that add luxury and subtle style. It is truly a marvel of design to behold.

Floorplans offer everything from conventional townhome designs, to bungalow lofts with main floor master suites, to semidetached homes with private yards and up to four bedrooms, and Blue Shores’ new offering of luxury single-family homes.

DICENZO HOMES

Blue Shores on the Waterfront

Both homes are 1,640 sq. ft. and illustrate that there is no shortage on space, with both accommodating three spacious second floor bedrooms (with an optional four-bedroom plan), master bedroom ensuites, generous closets and a second floor laundry. Prices for the semis start at $342,900, and only a few townhomes remain with prices from $320,850. The singles start from $699,900. Pre-construction bonus packages named Live…, Love…, and Play…. offer a choice of free upgrades depending on whether you want the essential must-haves such as appliances, alarm system, central vac or central air; gotta-haves such as a fireplace and additional potlights; and wants such as home automation and home theatre. Plus, every buyer receives 24 months of free alarm monitoring and 12 months of Cogeco digital/HD cable, internet and phone. Blue Shores is within easy reach of the charm of downtown Stoney Creek. Located along Cope’s Lane between Fruitland Road and Fifty Road, this panoramic setting offers easy access to nearby trails, waterfront parks and marinas. Nearby, the Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail and Niagara Region Wine Country are other well-known neighbours. Convenient access to the QEW also makes it a smart choice for commuters. For more information, call 905.643.1693 or visit blueshores.info oct 26 - nov 9, 2013 | New home & condo guide SWO 51

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TREVISO Condominiums

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A contemporary 7-storey building Architectural facade of stone, brick and stucco Elegant, carefree living at an affordable price A stunning array of suite designs,to select from An established neighbourhood Easy walking distance to shopping Close to highways and public transit On e & T w o B e dro om S u i t e s , M a n y w i t h Dens

Starting from

905-662-6666 • trevisostoneycreek.ca *Prices, plans, specifications and bonus’ are subject to change without notice. E and O.E.

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Hwy. 8

Barton St. E. Green Rd.

PRESENTATION CENTRE 319 Hwy #8 (Across from St. Francis Church) Open Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

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COME ENJOY THE ORIGINAL SPRING FRESH SCENT IN SMITHVILLE.

Live the good life on up to 60’ lots in wine country. It seems like small towns have become big towns. Big towns are small cities. What if you could have the best of both worlds, and live just minutes from everything, yet wake up to the sound of, well, nothing. We’re talking beautifully crafted homes surrounded by wine country and farmers’ markets. Instead of traffic jams you’ll have conservation areas, bike trails and homemade pies just a hop, skip and a jump away. Starting to sound pretty good isn’t it?

BURLINGTON

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DETACHED AND SEMI-DETACHED HOMES ON 50’ LOTS STARTING IN THE $270s

NIAGARA

SMITHVILLE

BUNGALOW AND TWO-STOREY HOMES ON 50’ & 60’ LOTS STARTING IN THE MID $300s

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current communities Chippawa/Niagara 50’ Singles & 35’ WIDE Bungalow Loft Townes from the the $310’s Sodom Rd. & Mann St. 6 Models Now opeN

Thorold 45’, 40’, 36’ Singles, Semis, Attached Singles & Towns from the $250’s Move in this Summer on Select Towns & Attached Singles Richmond St. & Winterberry Blvd. 8 Models opeN

coming soon SToNey Creek 40’ & 35’ Singles and Semis Mud St. & Upper Centennial Pkwy. CoMiNg early 2014 register at liveontheridge.ca

aNCaSTer - phaSe ii 45’ Singles and Introducing Freehold Towns Garner Rd. & Raymond Rd. CoMiNg 2014 register today at Tiffanyhill.ca

Also building communities in Waterdown, Oakville, Brampton, Kleinburg & Nobleton.

Call our hotline or visit us online for complete directions, hours, community information for all our projects:

rosehavenhomes.com (1-888 / 416) 410-0175

Prices and specifications correct at press time. E. & O.E. Prices quoted are in $ thousands. OCT 26 - NOV 9, 2013 | NEW HOME & CONDO GUIDE SWO 55

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cityfocus

Hamilton Still humming along by Wayne Karl

Hamilton at a glance Population

692,000, metro area Major post-secondary institutions

McMaster University, Brock University, Mohawk College Number of public and catholic schools

180

Major employers

Health services, manufacturing, government, education sectors Average home prices

june 2013: $387,456 june 2012: $361,464 Distance from Toronto

70 kilometres, 45 minutes

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amilton may be only less than an hour’s drive west along the Queen Elizabeth Way, but it has long lived in the shadows of its big city neighbour Toronto. Long known as Steeltown, The Hammer and other less-thancomplementary monikers, Hamilton has undergone a fundamental transformation that has the city poised for long-term prosperity. For homebuyers considering purchasing in the area, there are good reasons to consider Hamilton. The city has been cited as among Canada’s most welcoming areas, particularly for first-time buyers. The Real Estate Investment Network, for example, has named Hamilton as the top real estate investment town in all of Ontario through to 2018. Continuing diversification of the city’s economy, coupled with increased accessibility provided by the transportation improvements, provides a strong economic base, the group says. In a few short years, Hamilton’s economy will be unrecognizable compared to past decades. In recent years, Hamilton has seen significant expansion in sectors such as health care and post-secondary education, offsetting a historical reliance on steel manufacturing. Indeed,

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Hamilton’s economy today is much more diversified than the Hammer of old. Economic growth in Hamilton is strong. The Conference Board of Canada, in its Metropolitan Outlook – Autumn 2012, cited the Hamilton-Burlington economy as the fastest growing in Ontario for 2012. In its outlook for Autumn 2013, the Board says Hamilton can expect growth of 1.3 per cent in 2013, as the city faces some challenges in manufacturing and in the services sector. Hamilton’s gross domestic product (GDP) is being boosted by renewed demand for steel and growth in several other manufacturing industries. Housing demand in Hamilton is to remain stable through 2013, as improving economic conditions and higher net migration will support demand in the area, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC). Gradual improvement in job and income growth during the latter part of this year, combined with modest price increases, should support Hamilton resale activity, CMHC says. The Hamilton census metropolitan area (CMA) is seeing something of a shift towards higher-density housing, while lowrise starts are seeing more concentration in surrounding communities. In the Hamilton CMA, the average new home price will be driven by compositional factors, CMHC says. In 2010, buyers were looking to purchase homes at the upper end of the price scale prior to the implementation of the HST. The surge in demand resulted in prices of new single-detached homes averaging more than $450,000. While the average price continued to be pulled upwards by some of the luxury homes in neighbouring Burlington, both the median and average new home prices are expected to rise modestly. Average home prices are also on the rise, to $387,456 in June 2013 from $361,464 in June 2012, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. Non-residential projects underway in the region include major expansions in the health care sector, and millions of dollars spent on infrastructure improvements. A new rapid transit system is also being studied, which is expected to further benefit already improving inter-city travel. oct 26 - nov 9, 2013 | New home & condo guide SWO 57

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it is home to the Royal Botanical gardens, a major tourist attraction and significant local and regional horticultural, education, conservation and scientific resource.

The city is working with Metrolinx, the provincial body responsible for expanding transit in the GTA and Hamilton area, and is awaiting a final recommendation for the project. Other recent significant industrial news includes Canada Bread’s new $100-million, 375,000-sq.-ft. bakery in the city’s industrial park in Glanbrook, replacing three smaller operations in Toronto. The project is to create 300 permanent jobs, as well as 120 construction and 31 seasonal positions. Columbian Chemical also recently announced a major expansion of carbon black production at its plant in Hamilton. Beyond these industrial expansions, Hamilton is also seeing a marked increase in other types of businesses moving into the downtown area. Much of the employment growth, in fact, is taking place in creative services, education, professional-scientific and health care. CMHC says job prospects are expected to continue to improve, and Hamilton will likely fare better than other Ontario markets due to its increasingly diverse base of industries, which keep the labour market more balanced. Thanks to billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements around and within the city, as well as expanded GO Train services, the “new” Hamilton is becoming more accessible as well as desirable. Buyers can acquire more affordable property here and commute to Toronto, or other neighbouring communities such as Burlington, Oakville or Mississauga. An emerging condominium market provides buyers with an even more affordable entry into Hamilton. Developers see this potential and a number of new projects are underway from all of Losani Homes, Empire Communities, Multi-Area Developments, New Horizon Homes, Spallacci Homes and Country Green Homes, with many aimed at first-time buyers and priced accordingly. Hamilton also has plenty going for it in terms of culture and entertainment. It is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, a major tourist attraction and significant local and regional horticultural, education, conservation and scientific resource. The city is also home to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario’s third largest public gallery.

For sports enthusiasts, there’s the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League. More recently, in 1996, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League came to town and play out of Copps Coliseum. Copps, located downtown, which also serves as a venue for concerts and other events. If living in the city is not exactly your favour, development is also leading to growth in adjacent areas such as Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek. Homes by DeSantis, Losani Homes, Branthaven Homes, Mattamy Homes, Rosehaven Homes and other builders all have communities under way in these towns.

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Builder of the Year Wastell Builders Group Accepting Rob Wastell, Gerry Wastell Doug Wastell, Sue Wastell Presented by Sarah Steele, Delta Faucet Canada

Over the years, ACE has evolved into more than just design and marketing and now honour members for personal commitments to the Association and the housing Industry. Companies are also recognized for their commitment to clients and homeowners in Supplier and Subtrade of the Year, Builder and Renovator of the Year categories. Each year, ACE Awards strive to recognize the best within London home building industry, and each year they help to raise the bar for consumer and member expectations. Congratulations to all finalists and winners! The LHBA also thanks its Awards Committee members: Sarah Steele, Delta Faucet Canada – Committee Chair; Gerry Box, Union Gas Ltd. – Vice Chair; Cathy Newnham, London Free Press; Bruce Kelly, E.I. du Pont; Pat Kadlecik, Reid’s Heritage Group; and LHBA staff Sarah Lynn Hawley, Lois Langdon, Jodi Mabee, Cathie Stark, Mary Benaway and Christyn Andrade.

Lifetime Achievement Award Bob Nelson, retired former President and Executive Officer LHBA Left to right, Doug Wastell, LHBA President, Bob Nelson, Connie Nelson

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Mowbray Sifton Award Isolino Sousa, Sifton Properties Ltd. Left to right, Doug Wastell, LHBA President, Maria Sousa, Isolino Sousa, Richard Sifton, Sifton Properties Ltd.

Project of the Year The Tricar Group Accepting Matthew Carapella, Joe Carapella, and Adam Carapella, The Tricar Group, Presented by Eric Toivonen, North Pole Trim & Supplies Ltd.

Renovator of the Year Melchers Construction Ltd. Accepting Ted Melchers, Chris Melchers, Dan Shinkelshoek, Presented by Jim Dowdall, Rogers Communication

Sub Trade of the Year SACWAL Flooring Centres Accepting John Verhey, Presented by Brian Aalbers, Libro Financial Group

Supplier of the Year Copp Building Materials Ltd. Accepting Ray Kaczmarek, Copp Building Materials Ltd., Presented by Cathy Newnham, London Free Press

Best New Kitchen in a Home up to $500,000 Sifton Properties Ltd. Design Credit to Cardinal Fine Cabinetry Corp., Accepting Allison Switzer, Sifton Properties Ltd., Paul Bilyea, Cardinal Fine Cabinetry Corp., Presented by Susan Maxwell, New Home & Condo Guide

Best New Bathroom in a home over $500,000 Wastell Builders Group Design Credit to Casey’s Creative Kitchens Inc., Accepting Sue Wastell, Wastell Builders Group, Chris Willemse, Casey’s Creative Kitchens, Presented by Dean Mailloux, EMCO Corp.

Best New Bathroom in a Home up to $500,000 Sifton Properties Ltd. Design Credit to GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc., Accepting Allison Switzer, Sifton Properties Ltd., Greg Christie, GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc., Presented by Jamie Paton, Paton Bros. Plumbing Ltd.

Best New Kitchen in a home over $500,000 Oke Woodsmith Building Systems Inc. Design Credit to Woody’s Custom Cabinetry, Accepting Steve Poortina, Wayne Oke, and Randy Oke, Oke Woodsmith Building Systems Inc., Shawn Fentie, Woody’s Custom Cabinetry, Presented by Andrea Barendregt, Rogers Communication Inc.

Best Renovated Bathroom over $25,000 CCR Building & Remodeling Accepting Arne Madsen, CCR Building & Remodeling, Presented by Brian Aalbers, Libro Financial Group

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Best Renovated Bathroom up to $25,000 DUO Building Ltd. Accepting John Relouw and Patrick Malloy, DUO Building Ltd., Presented by Darlene Fraser, East Forest Homes

Best Renovated Kitchen over $50,000 CCR Building & Remodeling Design Credit to Dynamic Kitchens by Jem Dor Woodcraft Ltd., Accepting Arne Madsen, CCR Building & Remodling, John Heegsma, Dynamic Kitchens by Jem Dor Woodcraft Ltd., Presented by Dennis Mortlock, Direct Energy

Best Renovated Kitchen up to $50,000 CCR Building & Remodeling Design Credit to Dynamic Kitchens by Jem Dor Woodcraft Ltd., Accepting Arne Madsen, CCR Building & Remodeling, John Heegsma, Dynamic Kitchens by Jem Dor Woodcraft Ltd., Presented by Marko Merhar, Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products

Best Indoor Living Space Sifton Properties Ltd. Design Credit to Cardinal Fine Cabinetry Corp., Accepting Toby Stolee, Sifton Properties Ltd., Frenk Pelkz, Cardinal Fine Cabinetry Corp., Presented by Pete Williams, Reliance Home Comfort

Best New Exterior Bridlewood Homes Design Credit to Orchard Design Studios, Accepting Carmine Gargarella, Bridlewood Homes, Bryan Moore, Orchard Design Studios, Presented by Cathie Stark, LHBA on behalf of LaFarge

Best Outdoor Living Space The Tricar Group Accepting Steve Martens, The Tricar Group, Presented by Jason Sims, Agent Realty Pro Brokerage Inc.

Best Overall New Home Design $301,000-$400,000 Urban Signature Homes Design Credit to Pure White Design Inc., Accepting Tyler Emel, Urban Signature Homes, Danielle Murphy and Rebecca Khouri, Pure White Design Inc., Presented by Pete Williams, Reliance Home Comfort

Best Overall New Home Design $450,000-$650,000 Gary Field Homes Inc. Accepting Gary Field, Gary Field Homes Inc., Presented by Cathy Newnham, The London Free Press

Best Overall New Home Design up to $300,000 The Tricar Group Accepting Linda Pepe, Elizabeth Burnett, and Laura Carapella, The Tricar Group, Presented by Phil Demarte, InSinkErator

Best Renovation Under $20,000 CCR Building & Remodeling Accepting Arne Madsen, CCR Building & Remodeling, Presented by Gerry Box, Union Gas Ltd.

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Best Renovation $21,000-$50,000 Melchers Construction Ltd. Accepting Dan Schinkelshoek and Chris Melchers, Melchers Construction Ltd., Presented by Leo Simas, London and District Concrete Forming Contractors Association

Best Interior Merchandising Wastell Builders Group Accepting Sue Wastell, Wastell Builders Group, Presented by Jake Draper, Copp Building Materials Ltd.

Best Overall New Home Design over $750,000 Harasym Developments Inc. Accepting Milena and Mike Harasym, Harasym Developments Inc., Presented by Bruce Kelly, E.I DuPont on behalf of the Awards Committee

Best Project Branding The Ironstone Building Co. Accepting Dave Stimac, The Ironstone Building Co., Paul Atwood, Orchard Design Studio, Presented by Allan Drewlo, Drewlo Holdings Inc.

Best Renovation $51,000-$100,000 Old Castle Renovations Design Credit to Dutot Design Services, Accepting Mike Hodgson, Old Castle Renovations, Presented by Gary Burrows, Dashwood Industries Inc.

Best Renovation $101,000-$150,000 Melchers Construction Ltd. Design Credit to Woody’s Custom Cabinetry, Accepting Chris Melchers, Melchers Construction Ltd., Shawn Fentie, Woody’s Custom Cabinetry, Presented by Bill Sherwood, Auburn Developments Inc.

Best Renovation $150,000 and Over CCR Building & Remodeling Accepting Arne Madsen, CCR Building & Remodeling, Presented by Pat Kadlecik, Reid’s Heritage Group on behalf of the Awards Committee

Best Showroom or Design Centre Paton Bros. Plumbing Ltd. Accepting Jamie Paton and Deb Kozachuk, Paton Bros Plumbing Ltd., Presented by Sarah Steele, Delta Faucet Canada

Best Traditional Print Campaign Fusion Homes Accepting Katie Johnson, Fusion Homes, Presented by Gerry Box, Union Gas Ltd.

Best Web Presence Coleman-Dias3 Construction Inc. Accepting John Dias and Stephanie Coleman Dias, Colemand-Dias3 Construction Inc., Presented by Sara Rooney and Howard Wilton, Cambria by Progressive Countertops

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caLcuLate YouR mortGaGe Payments Interest rate

amortIZatIon PerIod

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eXampLe: 5%

25 YeaRs

5.82

mortGaGe amount ÷ 1,000 (MORTGAGE AMOUNT $125,000)

125

montHly Payment

$

follow tHese stePs to see If you’ll QualIfy for a mortGaGe on YouR dReam home

01

05

Calculate the combined monthly before-tax income of you and your spouse.

Multiply this figure by the amount you need to borrow. Divide by 1,000.

02

06

Divide by three. This figure is the monthly payment you can afford to make on your home.

Add to this your estimated monthly heating costs and monthly property taxes.

03

07

Take the total price of the home and subtract the amount of money you expect to make as a down payment. This is the money you will have to borrow.

04

Refer to the chart on the opposite page. Look down the left column and locate the interest rate you expect to pay. Line this up with the amortization period of your choice. (Most first-time buyers take the 25-year amortization.)

If this figure is equal to or less than one-third of your gross monthly income (calculated in Step 2), you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream home. Bear in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you have several other large loans already, you may qualify for less. Also, banks and trust companies vary in their policies. The best way to know what you can afford is to go to the lending institution of your choice and get pre-qualified.

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moRtgage paYment calculatIon cHart %

amortIZatIon PerIods

inteRest Rates

10 YeaRs

15 YeaRs

20 YeaRs

25 YeaRs

30 YeaRs

3.00%

9.65

6.90

5.54

4.73

4.21

3.25%

9.76

7.02

5.66

4.86

4.34

3.50%

9.88

7.14

5.79

4.99

4.48

3.75%

9.99

7.26

5.91

5.13

4.61

4.00%

10.11

7.38

6.04

5.26

4.76

4.25%

10.23

7.50

6.17

5.40

4.90

4.50%

10.34

7.63

6.30

5.53

5.04

4.75%

10.46

7.75

6.44

5.67

5.19

5.00%

10.58

7.88

6.57

5.82

5.34

5.25%

10.70

8.01

6.74

5.96

5.49

5.50%

10.82

8.14

6.85

6.10

5.64

5.75%

10.94

8.27

6.98

6.25

5.79

6.00%

11.07

8.40

7.12

6.40

5.95

6.25%

11.19

8.53

7.26

6.55

6.11

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11.31

8.66

7.41

6.70

6.26

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11.43

8.80

7.55

6.85

6.42

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11.56

8.93

7.69

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11.68

9.07

7.84

7.16

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9.21

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9.34

8.14

7.47

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12.06

9.48

8.28

7.63

7.25

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12.19

9.62

8.44

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7.42

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14.46

12.13

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12.28

11.31

10.85

10.61

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1 Year

2 years

3 years

4 years

5 years

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3.79 3.89 3.89 5.34 3.89 3.69 3.89 4.09 3.79 3.69 5.34 4.09 3.89 3.79

3.69 5.34 3.89

OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Airline Financial C.U. 4 Comtech Credit Union 2.95 6.2 6.40op First National Fin. LP 3.95 FirstOntario C.U. 2.7 6.34op London Life n/a 4.2 Luminus Financial 2.95 6.50op MCAP 2.85 Meridian Credit Union 2.75 4 Parama Credit Union 2.85 Steinbach Credit Union 2.5 Teachers Credit Union 4 4.45 6.30op

3.01 3.1 3.33 3.65 3.99 6.25op 2.99 3.25 3.29 3.24 3.45 6.30op 2.99 2.79 3.09 3.39 3.69 3.09 3.14 3.44 3.49 3.69 6.34op 3.14 3.14 3.95 4.69 5.34 3.05 3.1 3.55 3.65 4.05 3.95 6.30op 3.6 3.95 4.35 4.89 5.14 7.00op 3.09 3.14 3.65 3.49 3.59 6.30op 2.9 2.69 3.2 3.45 3.55 2.5 2.7 2.9 3.05 3.25 3.1 3.09 3.39 3.49 3.59 6.50op

Notes: **Interest rate charged subject to adjustment during term mortgage. Please consult institution for term of years available. All rates are prime rates and subject to change without notice. R.O.R. RATES ON REQUEST op OPEN ----- NOT QUOTING N/A NOT AVAILABLE October 21, 2013. Prepared By Fiscal Agents Financial Information Services 905.844.7700

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