How Higher Interest rates will Affect Canadian Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

How Higher Interest rates will Affect Canadian Real Estate

Tags: Interest Rate, Bank of Canada, Variable Mortgage, First Time Buyer

The Bank of Canada recently raised the interest rate to 3.2%. The decision was a surprise and analysts are calling the move “impatient”. The bank was concerned that strong economic growth would lead to inflation – the devaluation of the Canadian currency.   So what does this mean for real estate? If you have a variable mortgage rate, you’re monthly payments will be on ...Read More

Oakville Town Staff Oppose Glen Abbey Redevelopment

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Town Staff Oppose Glen Abbey Redevelopment

Tags: Glen Abbey, Livable Oakville, Clublink, Transit

Hand it to the planners of Oakville. If anyone understands the potential negative impacts of Clubklink’s development proposal for Glen Abbey it is them. Oakville’s planners have expressed clear opposition to Clubklink’s development application through a report release on September 12th.   The planner’s report outlines how Clublink’s application does not represent...Read More

Bronte Park British Car Show: Sept 17th

By: Case Feenstra Team

Bronte Park British Car Show: Sept 17th

Tags: Oakville, Local Event, Bronte, British Car Show

Oakville’s Bronte Provincial Park is hosting the 34th annual British Car Show on September 17th. Over the 34 years since 1984, the British Car Show has grown to attract more than 8,000 spectators from across North America who come out to view and hear more than 1,000 cars. It is the largest one-day, all-British Car show on the continent.   The British Car Show will feature classic, vint...Read More

Springridge Harvest Festival Starting Sept 23rd

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Springridge Harvest Festival Starting Sept 23rd

Tags: Harvest Festival, Springridge Farm, Family activity, Local Event

Get into the fall spirit at this year’s Harvest Festival, a perfect family oriented activity at SpringRidge Farm. The local Harvest Festival event runs every weekend from September 23rd to October 29th from 10am to 4pm (including Thanksgiving Monday). The festival takes place at Springridge Farm, a farm run by a family with over 100 years in 6 generations of farming experience.   Spring...Read More

Redevelopment Plans Moves Forward for Bronte Village Mall

By: Case Feenstra Team

Redevelopment Plans Moves Forward for Bronte Village Mall

Tags: Bronte Village, Redevelopment, Oakville, Real Estate

Oakville’s Bronte Village Mall, located on the northeast corner of Bronte and Lakeshore, is on the chopping block. The mall is planned to be demolished by spring 2018.   In its place, a new drugstore will be built along with two residential buildings - 14 and 10-storeys tall. During the construction, the Sobeys will remain open so residents will be able to continue shopping. Interesting...Read More

August Housing Results: Drops continue

By: Case Feenstra Team

August Housing Results: Drops continue

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Average Price, Market Correction

The GTA real estate market is now “normal”, as prices continue to drop and return to reasonable levels. Prices have dropped for the fourth consecutive month but are still higher than they were last year by 3%.   Now, the average price of any home in Toronto is $732,292, down from $919,086 when the market peaked in August. This is a 20% decrease over the last four months.   An...Read More

Opinion: Real Estate Developers Failing on Stakeholder Engagement

By: Case Feenstra Team

Opinion: Real Estate Developers Failing on Stakeholder Engagement

Tags: Glen Abbey, Clublink, Neighbourhood Design, Development

NIMBY, which stands for not-In-my-back-yard, has become an increasingly prominent sentiment as our cities attempt to expand, modernize, and densify. The issue is that developers are failing to engage critical stakeholders.   The result is nimbyism, which often oversimplifies a development issue creating a black-and-white, us versus them debate. But it developers engaged with stakeholders they...Read More

Halton End of Summer Compost Giveaway: September 16th

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton End of Summer Compost Giveaway: September 16th

Tags: Halton, Waste Management, Compost, Homeowner, Gardening

The end of summer and beginning of fall is an important time for homeowners to maintain and prepare their property before winter sets in. Cleaning up garden beds and preparing for the next spring before the cold weather sets in can be a great investment that will yield a healthy garden next May. Applying compost is one of the best ways to increase the health of your garden.   Compost feeds ba...Read More

Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary Make 5 Most Livable Cities in the World

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Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary Make 5 Most Livable Cities in the World

Tags: Toronto, Livable City, Healthcare, Education, Livability

Canadian cities performed well in this year’s list of the most livable cities in world. The Economist Intelligence Unit puts the list together each year. Here are the top 10.   Melbourne, Australia Vienna, Austria Vancouver, Canada Toronto, Canada Calgary, Canada Adelaide, Australia Perth, Australia Auckland, New Zealand Helsinki, Finland Hamburg, Germany   Montreal a...Read More

17 medals for Oakville Paddlers at Canada Games

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17 medals for Oakville Paddlers at Canada Games

Tags: Oakville, Burloak, Canada Games, Sixteen Mile Creek

Oakville paddlers showed their strength at the Canada Games this year, which were based in Winnipeg. Burloak Canoe Club pulled in 15 medals while Oakville’s Sam Djurfeldt, based at Mississaugas Canoe Club won 2,   Mitchell Barran, who was just happy to participate in the games, surpassed his own expectations and took home three medals, including a gold from the men’s 5,000 meter c...Read More