Tarion reveals Awards of Excellence Finalists

    Consumer voices heard through survey of 51,000 Ontario new home buyers

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Finalists for the 2008 Tarion Awards of
Excellence, which recognize home builders in Ontario based exclusively on
their customer service delivery, were announced today by Tarion Warranty
    "Buying a new home is one of the most significant and exciting
investments that many of us will make in our lifetime. Tarion is proud to
recognize builders whose commitment to customer service helps make this
experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible," said Tarion President
and CEO Howard Bogach. "The recipients of Tarion's Awards of Excellence are
chosen by the people whose opinions count the most - Ontario's new home
    Finalists in the 2008 Tarion Awards of Excellence process were identified
based on the results of a Harris/Decima Research survey of more than 51,000
Ontario consumers who took possession of a new home between January 1 and
December 31, 2007. Over 13,300 consumers responded to the survey, representing
over 25 per cent of consumers who bought a new home in Ontario in 2007.
    Survey questions focused on homeowners' satisfaction with their builder,
covering every stage in the homeowner-builder relationship: from signing of
the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, through construction and the pre-delivery
period, to after-sales service. The finalists (listed below) must have had at
least five new home possessions during 2007 and a specified number of
completed questionnaires must have been received by Harris/Decima.
    Builders compete in four award categories: Small, Medium, and Large
Volume as well as High-Rise. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 2,
2008 at a gala to be held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
    The following finalists will compete for a Tarion Award of Excellence in
their respective category:

    High-Rise Builder Category

    The Conservatory Group - Toronto, ON
    The Daniels Corporation - Toronto, ON
    MintoUrban Communities Inc. - Toronto, ON
    Monarch Corporation - Toronto, ON
    Tridel - Toronto, ON

    Large Volume Builder Category

    Fusion Homes - Southwestern Ontario
    Hayhoe Homes - St. Thomas, ON
    Mattamy Homes - Toronto, ON
    Tribute Communities - Toronto, ON
    Quality Engineered Homes Ltd. - Southwestern Ontario

    Medium Volume Builder Category

    City Homes - Durham, ON
    Donwest Construction Limited - St. Thomas, ON
    French's Fine Homes - Muskoka, ON
    Ivystone Homes (1991) Ltd. - Elmira, ON
    Noah Homes - Kingsville, ON

    Small Volume Builder Category

    Amine Construction Ltd. - Windsor, ON
    Apple Home Builders Ltd. - New Hamburg, ON
    Les Enterprises Carriere - Alfred, ON
    Sobella House & Home - Kingston, ON
    Terry Waito Homes Inc. - Petawawa, ON

    Tarion Warranty Corporation is a private corporation established in 1976
to serve as the Regulator of the home building industry in Ontario. In this
role, Tarion licenses all home and condominium builders pursuant to provincial
legislation. This statute requires home builders to provide purchasers with
warranty coverage that is guaranteed by Tarion. The Corporation also
establishes minimum time standards for after-sales service, and adjudicates
issues between homeowners and builders. As of the end of 2007, over 1.53
million homes in Ontario have been protected under warranty by Tarion.

For further information:

For further information: Corinne Smirle, Senior Manager, Corporate
Communications, (Ph) (416) 229-3683, corinne.smirle@tarion.com

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