New Mortgage Rules Impacting Market before the New Year

By: Case Feenstra Team

New Mortgage Rules Impacting Market before the New Year

Tags: Home Buyers, Interest rate, Stress Test, Real Estate sales

With the new mortgage stress test rules on the horizon as 2018 approaches, some home buyers are already reacting.   In an effort to reduce the economy’s vulnerability to rising interest rates the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has instituted new strict mortgage rules that target low down payments. These new rules will required buyers to prove that ...Read More

Does a 23 Storey Condo fit in Downtown Burlington?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Does a 23 Storey Condo fit in Downtown Burlington?

Tags: Burlington, Urban Planning, Real Estate, Condo development

Some think densification is a necessary urban planning decision to prevent sprawl and create more walkable cities. Others think it takes away from the “feel” of a town. Burlington has opted for densification, with the recent town council approval of a 23 storey condo right across from Burlington City Hall on Brant Street.   Two Councillors who made the final decision are also on t...Read More

By: Case Feenstra Team

"Capture Oakville" Art Exhibit Returns on December 1st

Tags: Oakville, Local Event, Photography, Art, Oakville Camera Club

The Oakville Camera Club is hosting their 11th annual “Capture Oakville” photography exhibition at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre beginning on December 1st.   Photographs will be on display as part of the showcase until January 7th, but the opening night gala on December 1st will be the centerpiece of the exhibition.   This year’s “Capture Oakv...Read More

Expansion Coming to Milton GO

By: Case Feenstra Team

Expansion Coming to Milton GO

Tags: Milton, Go Transit, Commute times, Real Estate, Infrastructure

Congestion at the GO terminal in Milton will soon get relief as plans were unveiled to redesign and renovate much of the station.   As part of Ontario’s $21 billion investment to upgrade GO Transit into a regional rapid transit system, the Milton station will see a major expansion and redevelopment. Over the next 8 years the entire rail system will see its weekly passengers jump from 1,...Read More

High Prices Causing Home Buyers to Pair Up

By: Case Feenstra Team

High Prices Causing Home Buyers to Pair Up

Tags: Real Estate, Mortgage Rules, Home Buyers, Housing Market

Many people buy their first home with a romantic partner, but this isn’t the type of “pairing up” that has been increasing alongside rising real estate prices.   Tougher mortgage rules and high prices for both renters and buyers is leading to a new trend; home buyers joining up with a family member or friend to make a purchase. Although these types of arrangements are not id...Read More

Investment in Upgrades Coming to Oakville Cycling Trail

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Investment in Upgrades Coming to Oakville Cycling Trail

Tags: Oakville, Heritage Trail, Active Transportation, Cycling

Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail will receive an upgrade to improve the trail for safer cycling conditions. The money is part of FedDev Ontario’s investment in the city of Oakville.   $235,000 will be committed to the cycling trail from the $735,000 total that the city will be receiving. These funds come as part of the federal government’s celebration of the 150th anniver...Read More

Best and Worst Communities in the GTA for Commuters

By: Case Feenstra Team

Best and Worst Communities in the GTA for Commuters

Tags: GTA, Commuting, Oakville, Home Prices

Commuting is part of life for many people living in the GTA. There is little to suggest that congestion on the GTA’s highways will improve. The best way to shorten commuting times might be to avoid it altogether. But what are those locations where commuting is the best for those who work in Toronto? And worst?   The ratings of the commutes were based on a two factors: home prices and co...Read More

Oakville going to court to protect Glen Abbey

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville going to court to protect Glen Abbey

Tags: Oakville, Development, Clublink, Glen Abbey, Heritage

Oakville has turned to the courts as the dispute over the development of Glen Abbey continues. The Town of Oakville has put in an application to determine its rights and jurisdiction under the Ontario Heritage Act.   Back in August, Oakville town council unanimously approved the application for a heritage status for Glen Abbey. In response Clublink, the owner of Glen Abbey, put forward a demo...Read More

Halton Part of GTA Bid for New Amazon Headquarters

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton Part of GTA Bid for New Amazon Headquarters

Tags: GTA, Tech Sector, Halton Region, Real Estate,

The GTA has placed a bid to be the home of Amazon’s newest North American headquarters, and the Halton region is part of it.   The U.S. based tech giant currently has one head office in Seattle, Washington but their plans to expand could bring their second location to Canada, and even the GTA.   With the success of the online retailer making headlines recently it’s no surpris...Read More

Rogers Hometown Hockey Coming to Oakville: November 25th & 26th

By: Case Feenstra Team

Rogers Hometown Hockey Coming to Oakville: November 25th & 26th

Tags: Oakville, Hockey, Local Event, NHL

Earlier this Fall the annual community hockey festival tour kicked off in Niagara Falls, and it will soon be making a stop in Oakville.   Now in its fourth year, Hometown Hockey makes appearances in 24 different communities as it travels across Canada throughout the NHL season. The event celebrates local hockey and community heritage, and is the ultimate hockey fan experience with activities ...Read More