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The CBC‘s recent No Fixed Address series has drawn some much needed — albeit controversial — attention to Toronto’s red-hot rental market.

If you haven’t kept up with the string of stories, here it is in a nutshell: journalist Shannon Martin, self-described as “small but cute” — just like her former apartment — lived in a 454-square-foot condo rental for $1,650 a month, plus hydro. Underlining the similar living circumstances of her friends, she reports, “Whether we work in media, pharmacy or public relations, most of us are forking well over 50 per cent of our paycheque to put a roof over our heads.”

Hustle. That was Martin’s way of making it work. That is, until she received an email from her property manager that rent was about to increase to $2,600. Read: a 454-square-foot condo for $2,600 a month. She called up the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and got a two-word answer: you’re screwed.

A reality? Maybe. Screwed? Not exactly.

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So starts Jessica Green’s latest piece for Toronto Storeys. She aims to prove that $1,000 actually CAN get you a great rental in the GTA – and breaks it down with some luxurious examples from Greenwin Inc.

Read Jessica’s full piece on Toronto Storeys right now.

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The Cursive team extends our congratulations to Greenwin’s Jenny Affe on being named to the HRM Hot List 2017!

As the Vice President of HR, Jenny has played an integral role in shaping Greenwin’s award-winning team. Here is what HRM had to say about her accomplishments:

“One of Jenny Affe’s key accomplishments over the past year has been the implementation of a leadership development program that allocates time twice a year for people managers and managers-in-training to go off-site and participate in workshops for leadership competencies. Affe facilitates the full-day program, along with similar programs, while overseeing the usual full spectrum of HR services for more than 400 employees.

In 2017, Affe and her team plan to focus on digital initiatives that will drive efficiencies, such as introducing a self-service employee model and an online absence reporting system, following the recent integration of a new payroll and HRIS. They also aim to launch Greenwin University, an in-house training and peer program to deliver a customized onboarding experience, depending on location and role.”

See the full HRM Hot List 2017 here.

Learn more about Greenwin, one of Canada’s leading property management firms, by visiting their website.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 1, 2016

Greenwin Takes Home One Award & Three Nominations at Annual FRPO MAC Awards
Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario acknowledges Greenwin for excellence in property management and marketing

TORONTO, ON – Greenwin Inc., one of Canada’s leading family owned real estate firms, was honoured at the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario’s (FRPO) 2016 MAC Awards with several prestigious acknowledgments. In addition to winning the award for Advertisement Excellence – Social Media, nominations included Outstanding Community Service, Advertisement Excellence – Single Social Media Campaign (77 Keewatin Avenue) and Best Suite Renovation Over $12,500 (192 Hughson Street North, Hamilton), a joint submission with ZGemi Construction.

Greenwin is also proud to acknowledge submissions for Property Manager of the Year (Derek Brovold) and Leasing Agent of the Year (Malasia Hewitt). “This was a record-breaking year for submissions,” said Kris Boyce, CEO, Greenwin Inc. “We fought hard to be a leading contender among the industry’s biggest and strongest organizations. Seeing our name on the board in so many categories was an honour.”

The industry’s most important annual event, the MAC Awards gala celebrates businesses and individuals who are leaders in the residential rental housing industry. Evening highlights included keynote speaker Canadian businesswoman, investor, author, and television personality Arlene Dickinson.

Greenwin congratulates all winners and nominees who have raised the bar and continue to push the envelope in the property management industry.

FRPO’s 2016 Winners:

Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Ignat Kaneff, Kaneff Group of Companies

Best Property Management Website
CAPREIT – www.caprent.com

Advertising Excellence for a Single Campaign
Hollyburn Properties – Free Rent Contest

Advertising Excellence – Social Media
Greenwin Inc.

Best Lobby Renovation
Starlight Investments Ltd. – 35 Walmer Toronto

Best Curb Appeal
Briarlane – 350 & 390 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

Best Suite Renovation under $12,500
Cherishome Living professionally managed by Sterling Karamar Property Management
64 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto

Best Suite Renovation over $12,500
Starlight Investments Ltd. – 295 Dufferin Street, Toronto

Rental Development of the Year
Sun Life Financial – Alto – 1544 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Amenities Excellence
KG Group – 299 Roehampton Avenue & 322 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto

Outstanding Community Service
Minto Properties Inc.

Environmental Excellence
Skyline Living

Leasing Professional of the Year
Michael Vezina – Vertica Resident Services

Property Manager of the Year
Cathie Wilson – M&R Holdings

Resident Manager of the Year
Janice Mahy – CAPREIT

Customer Service Award of Excellence
M&R Holdings

Marvin Sadowski Memorial Award for Certified Rental Building Member of the Year
Minto Properties Inc.

About Greenwin
Greenwin is one of Canada’s largest privately owned residential property management companies. With Green Realty, our in-house retail leasing team, and our development arm, Verdiroc Development Corporation, our expertise ranges from multi-family high- and low-rise buildings to commercial property management. Headquartered in Toronto, our company has a combined staff of 500+ employees. We professionally own and/or manage more than one-million square feet of commercial space and 20,000 residential units in townhomes and apartment buildings throughout central and eastern Canada.

About FRPO
The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) is the province’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. FRPO represents over 2,200 rental housing providers who supply and manage homes for over 350,000 tenant households across Ontario.

For more information, high-res images and interview requests please contact:
Jessica Green, Director of Communications, at jgreen@greenwin.ca or (416) 994-9451

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