Fraud Prevention Month: Tarion Warranty Corporation Launches New Video on Illegal Building

In support of Fraud Prevention Month, Tarion Warranty Corporation has launched an excellent new video aimed at raising awareness about illegal building.  Illegal building impacts the reputation of the industry, and it can have profoundly negative consequences for new homeowners.  Please do distribute the video at the link below to your contacts.  Everyone should be educated about the pitfalls of illegal building!

 

Six Top Design Trends for the New Home Market for 2015

Wondering what’s trending in the new home market in 2015?  Here are the top six things home buyers are seeking:

1.  House Size
The average house size in 2015 is expected to be 2,300 to 2,500 square feet.  Today, most homeowners want homes that are big enough for their lifestyles, easier to maintain and energy efficient.

2.  Open Floor Plans
Home buyers are embracing floor plans with limited or no walls separating rooms.  Families want flexibility to use space to suit their styles and needs.

3.  Energy Efficient and Green
With rising energy costs and an increased awareness of climate change, there is greater interest in building homes that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible.  Look for better insulation, natural materials for exteriors/interiors and décor, and solar panels.

4.  Home Automation
As people become more familiar with technologies, they expect more home automation (e.g., centralised audio/video throughout the home, wireless telecommunications and automated electrical systems).

5.  Larger Kitchens with Islands
People want more space to move around and entertain family and friends.  Popular kitchen features include wood cabinets, glass backsplashes, pull-out faucets and soft colour schemes.

6.  Extra Bathrooms with Contemporary Appeal
The average home in 2015 will have 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms.  Bathrooms will be more modern and feature clean lines.  Rain showers continue to be popular but soaker tubs will be in great demand.

Illegal Building in Ontario on the Rise

A home is one of the biggest investments most people will make.  If you are building your own home, it is critical that you research your builder before entering into a contract.

Did you know that every new home builder in Ontario must be a licensed builder with the Tarion Warranty Corporation?  It is a good idea to search the Ontario Builder Directory at tarion.com to verify that your builder is registered.  If your builder is not listed in this directory, they are building illegally.  Illegal building is on the rise in Ontario.  It has led to the construction of sub-standard homes and potential liability issues for home buyers.

According to the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, there are the following two types of illegal building:

1.  A builder who is not licensed with Tarion builds and sells a new home; and
2.  A builder builds and sells a new home without enrolling that home with Tarion.

The bottom line is this.  Do not be fooled by builders who say they have special circumstances that exempt them from registering with Tarion, or that they offer their own warranty.  Being licensed with Tarion and providing the Tarion warranty is not optional.  It’s the law!