Highway 413 Cancellation could affect Halton Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

Highway 413 Cancellation could affect Halton Real Estate

Tags: GTA real Estate, Halton Region real estate, Highway 413

The environmental assessment of the GTA West Highway (highway 413) has been cancelled, effectively cancelling the highway project that would have paved a strip through Ontario’s greenbelt from Vaughn to Milton.   The cancellation of highway 413 shows how the province is recognizing the value of complete communities as opposed to highway led planning that results in sprawl. Denser urban ...Read More

Fight Homelessness at the Coldest Night of the Year Event in Oakville

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Fight Homelessness at the Coldest Night of the Year Event in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Glen Abbey, Homelessness, Community, Local

Canada’s National walk to fight homelessness is happening on Saturday February 24th. The fundraiser supports individuals and families across Canada who are struggling to make ends meet.   The family friendly event is hosted at the Glen Abbey Community Centre and give participants options to walk different distances depending on ability and preference. You can walk 2, 5 or 10kms.   ...Read More

Oakville Rejects Application for the Demolition of Glen Abbey

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Oakville Rejects Application for the Demolition of Glen Abbey

Tags: Oakville, Glen Abbey Development, Clublink, Conservation

The Town’s decision should not come as a surprise to anyone following this story. Earlier this week, Oakville Town Council rejected a demolition request from Clublink, the owner of the property that has development plans. Earlier this month, council approved additional protection for the Glen Abbey Golf Course.   Oakville’s official plan has been amended, and a bylaw has been pass...Read More

The Risk of Buying Pre-Construction Homes

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Risk of Buying Pre-Construction Homes

Tags: Real Estate, GTA, Home Builders, Home Buyers

For the last decade pre-construction home buyers across the GTA have enjoyed moving into homes that were already worth more than they paid for them. Recent market conditions however have forced some developers to reduce their prices, and this is coming as a shock to those who signed their contracts less than a year ago.   Today, buyers of Mattamy built homes are waiting for construction to be...Read More

Agents Push for More Transparency in Real Estate Transactions

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Agents Push for More Transparency in Real Estate Transactions

Tags: Real Estate Agents, Home Buyer, Market Confidence

The hectic Ontario real estate market has led to concerns about possible ethical transgressions in many transactions, and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is looking to address this issue.   Concerns over transparency in the bidding wars that often take place in Ontario’s most frenzied markets is not new. Back in 2015 the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) implemented new r...Read More

Toronto takes the Cake for Highest Rent in Canada

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Toronto takes the Cake for Highest Rent in Canada

Tags: Rent, Toronto, Mortgage, GTA Real Estate Market

Canada’s largest city has overtaken Vancouver to take the cake as the city with the highest rents. According to Padmapper, a database for rental information, Toronto’s average rent now averages $2,020 from a 15.4% in a year, going over Vancouver’s $2000 average.   Part of the reason for the increased rent is a dwindling supply of housing which may be surprising based on the ...Read More

Oakville's Art Therapy Program Improves Mental Health

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville's Art Therapy Program Improves Mental Health

Tags: Oakville, Halton, Healthcare, Community, Mental Health

Last week we wrote about the success that the local “Art from the Heart” exhibit was having as it moved into its 7th year of hosting a gallery to display the work of adults with special needs. This program and exhibit is made possible in part through the funding assistance received from Oakville’s cultural grants. Similarly, art therapy is experiencing success at the Oakville Ga...Read More

How Dangerous is Halton Region?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How Dangerous is Halton Region?

Tags: Halton Region, Danger, Real Estate, Community

Crime rates are an important factor for assessing real estate options and even more important if you plan to raise children. Some might suspect that crime rates are increasing in Halton, but this could be largely attributed to the constant news about criminal activity rather than an actual increase in criminal activity itself. What do the latest numbers show?   Halton Region ranks as the 223 ...Read More

Potential Condo Development at Trafalgar and Leighland

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Potential Condo Development at Trafalgar and Leighland

Tags: Oakville, Condo Development, Trafalgar Road, College Park

Want to live a stone’s throw from Oakville Place Mall, or the Oakville GO Station? A new condo development in the northwest intersection of Leighland Avenue and Trafalgar Road might be an option you want to pay attention to.   The address of new development is 297 Queens Avenue. The parcel of land slated for development is currently an underutilized greenspace. A 10-storey building with...Read More

The GTA Real Estate Rental Woes

By: Case Feenstra Team

The GTA Real Estate Rental Woes

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Condo, Rental Market, Bidding Wars

Condos are currently the most attractive segment in the expensive GTA rental market. More and more real estate agents have noticed that “financial inducements” are becoming more commonplace for as tenants attempt to close in-demand properties with landlords.   “Holding offers” and bidding wars are not unexpected for rental units these days. Many agents report multiple ...Read More