Springridge Harvest Festival Starting Sept 23rd

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

How much Income do Canadians Spend on Housing?

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How much Income do Canadians Spend on Housing?

Tags: GTA Housing Prices, Income, Vancouver, Housing Affordability,

Canada is a diverse country and diversity extends to the differing range of the percentage of income spent on housing depending on where you live. Overall, Canadians spend a little less than half of their earnings on housing at 45.9%. The average home price across Canada is $504,458. But as most people know, the GTA and Vancouver have much higher prices.   The GTA and Vancouver end up skewing...Read More

Economists say Housing Bubble has Deflated Without a Crash

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Economists say Housing Bubble has Deflated Without a Crash

Tags: Housing Market, Interest rates, Housing Bubble, Market Correction

The housing bubble, which many feared would have perilous impacts across Canada’s economy, is no more (apparently). The housing market is now starting to weaken. And seems the Ontario and BC measures to cool the housing market have worked, (or at least correlate with the weakening market).   A BMO Chief Economist has said the bubble has ceased. July has been the fourth consecutive month...Read More

High Real estate prices? Don’t blame housing Supply

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High Real estate prices? Don’t blame housing Supply

Tags: Housing Market, Real Estate, Housing Supply, GTA, Detached home

The 2016 census shed some interesting light on Toronto’s housing market. Many analysts and commentators (including this blog) have suggested that the high prices of housing in the GTA real estate market are due to a low supply of housing. However, that may not be the case in reality.   Between 2011 and 2016, the Toronto population grew by 146,200 households, while 175,825 new homes were...Read More