Millennial Housing Meltdown

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Welcome Ken Russell, DRHBA’s New President

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DRHBA’s President Jennifer Hurd

Jenn with singersJennifer Hurd with Claidhmor Band at the President’s Ball Nov. 16, 2013, at Deer Creek.

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Delegation to Region of Durham Works

Delegation to Region of Durham Works

See the video of the presentation to the DR works department re:college of trades at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRAy9hJPh-c 

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Fabulous Four Represent DRHBA at OCOC

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John Whyte, John Lucyk, Kevin Stewart and Gord Wallace represented Durham Region Home Builders’ Association at the recent Regional Chair’s luncheon, organized by the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

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Building in Baja, Mexico

The old leaky house in front of the new home with a door that locks, three rooms and a loft (instead of one room) and a solid floor and roof.

The old leaky house in front of the new home with a door that locks, three rooms and a loft (instead of one room) and a solid floor and roof.

DRHBA Executive Officer, Anita DeVries (in sunglasses) with family receiving a new house in Mexico.

DRHBA Executive Officer, Anita DeVries (in sunglasses) with family receiving a new house in Mexico.

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Transit Taxes Set to Rise

Durham Region is proposing a 20%-30% increase to their transit development charges beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

A single detached home will jump from the current rate of $401 to $515, and a low density multiple will be increased from $336 to $414. A two-bedroom apartment will change from $232 to $299, and a one-bedroom from $149 to $194.

Non-Residential developments will also be increased from $0.25/sq. ft to $0.31/sq. ft.

Gary Asselin, economic analyst for Durham Region’s finance department, said that the charges are in line with other regions of similar size.

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New Tax on Trades!

Trades Are Outraged!

The college of trades is going to start charging trades people, and even apprentices, for working in Ontario. renovation financing

The newly formed College of Trades will start sending out invoices to trades people in January!

In order to voice your concerns and understand more about it

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Doing Good For Durham

The DRHBA Helps Local Not-for-Profits

Each year the DRHBA holds a golf tournament to help raise funds for local not for profits.
This year the recipients were Grandview Children’s Centre in Oshawa and Wind Reach Farm in Ashburn.

The event was a great success with  the resulting contributions of $5000 to each Not for profit.

Pictured above: from left to right: DRHBA Tournament organizer Marianne Tracey, Steve Snider, DRHBA President and the recipient for Wind Reach Farm.

Pictured below: from left to right : Marianne Tracey, Stephen Snider and the recipients for Grandview Children’s Center in Oshawa.

Well Done DRHBA!

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Please Welcome Anita DeVries!

Anita DeVries the New Executive Officer of the DRHBA

Advocating for Durham Region Home Builders’ and their customers is the primary focus of the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association. Therefore they have selected Anita DeVries as their new Executive Officer.

DeVries has a background in journalism, politics and construction and will be filling the role left vacant by Donna Donaldson, who served the association for the past decade.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve you as your new Executive Officer,” DeVries told DRHBA members at a dinner meeting Tuesday night. “Together we can be a potent power in the construction industry for our members and our customers.”

A former reporter for Metroland and the Lindsay Post, DeVries holds an Honours BA in English and History from Trent University, and a Journalism Diploma from Durham College, she has also been working in the construction industry for over 20 years.

DRHBA has been an active voice for Durham Region Builders since 1953. Its mission is to “be the voice of the residential construction industry in Durham Region; to achieve an environment in which our membership can operate profitably; and, to promote affordability and choice of high quality homes for our customers.”

Stephen Snider, president of DRHBA, welcomes Anita DeVries as the new Executive Officer.

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