Oakville’s Cameron Brewery big winner at US Beer Championships

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville’s Cameron Brewery big winner at US Beer Championships

Tags: Beer, Ale, Lager, Oakville Brewery, Cameron Brewery,

Oakville’s Cameron Brewery left this year’s US Open Beer Championship with numerous awards. The US Open Beer Championship, started in 2009, is an international brewing competition. For the 2017 championship, held in Cumming Georgia, more than 6,000 beers entered the competition with more than 100 different beer styles.   That’s a lot of beer to judge. Judges, which must have...Read More

Real Estate Developers aim to water down OMB Reforms

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Real Estate Developers aim to water down OMB Reforms

Tags: OMB, Oakville, Glen Abbey, Real Estate Development

The Ontario Municipal Board, which is a tribunal that oversees land-use, has been criticized quite heavily for its overreach and tendency to favour moneyed interests over democratically elected governments. The Ontario Government’s Fair Housing Plan announced reforms that would rein in the OMB powers. However, reporters have discovered that a group of real estate developers is lobbying the O...Read More

June Housing Stats: Slowing GTA Gold Rush?

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June Housing Stats: Slowing GTA Gold Rush?

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Real Estate Bubble, Home Sales, Fair Housing Plan

The GTA’s housing market took an interesting turn in the month of June. Usually spring has strong sales numbers, but not this year. Some analysts are saying the market is correcting itself while others suggest that the drop in sales is simply a psychological response to the government’s fair housing plan.   The next few months of sales numbers will determine which perspective is m...Read More

Oakville is the best place to raise kids

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Oakville is the best place to raise kids

Tags: Oakville Schools, Halton Region Schools, Education, Home Buyer

Each year, MoneySense comes out with a ranking of Canadian cities and towns. This year, 417 cities and towns across the country were compared. MoneySense changed their methodology this year a bit and users can customize their ranking based on the variables that are most important to you.   The variables include robust economy, high wealth and incomes, home affordability, taxes, transit friend...Read More

OMB officially approves Saw Whet lands for residential development

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OMB officially approves Saw Whet lands for residential development

Tags: Ontario Municipal Board, Oakville, Real Estate development, Greenspace

It seems like the OMB has a strong tendency to approve greenfield development where many don’t want it, at least in Oakville. The former Saw Whet Golf Course will be developed into residential and retail units by a company called Bronte Green Corporation.   The official announcement to develop Saw Whet comes soon after Glen Abbey Golf was approved for development by OMB. Oakville will b...Read More

This Weekend July 14th: Oakville Midnight Madness

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This Weekend July 14th: Oakville Midnight Madness

Tags: Community, Family, Downtown Oakville, Lakeshore

Mark your calendars – this Friday, July 14 is Midnight Madness, one of Oakville’s memorable community events and the largest retail event of the year. The event starts at 6pm and lasts until midnight. In addition to shopping, Midnight Madness has food, live music performances, and entertainment.   This year marks the 40th year of Midnight Madness in Oakville. The continuation of t...Read More

Unfair: Preferential Condo Sales

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Unfair: Preferential Condo Sales

Tags: Real Estate Agents, Home Buyers, Condo Developers, Brokers 

Preferential Condo Sales have become the standard practice by insider real estate agents. What are preferential condo sales and why are they unfair for buyers?   Preferential condo sales occur when developers or brokers make exclusive deals with real estate agents. Take M City for example. M City is the Mississauga development close by Square One that was heavily marketed and therefore sought...Read More

Foreign Buyer Tax on 4.7% of total home buyers is only Symbolic

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Foreign Buyer Tax on 4.7% of total home buyers is only Symbolic

Tags: Tax, Housing solutions, Affordable Housing, GTA Real Estate

Since the Ontario government announced the 15% foreign buyer tax, one might think that foreign buyers were a significant contributing factor to the drastic increases in housing prices. 4.7% of buyers in the GTA – from Niagara to Peterborough – are non-residents, which suggests that the overall impact is rather small. At this point, the tax is only symbolic of government action.   ...Read More

Canadian Interest Rate to Increase: What it means for Real Estate

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Canadian Interest Rate to Increase: What it means for Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate Markets, GTA, Bank of Canada, Debt Level

The Canadian interest rate hasn’t increased in almost a decade. The Bank of Canada will make an announcement this week that will impact borrowers, savers, and the decisions of Canadians looking to get into the real estate market.   All the way back in 2014 when the interest rate was 1%, the Bank of Canada has said the interest rate will have to rise eventually. Except in 2015, the oil p...Read More

10 Ways to keep Cool in the Summer Without Air Conditioning

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10 Ways to keep Cool in the Summer Without Air Conditioning

Tags: Summer, Oakville, Air Conditioning, Energy Saving

Sure, you can rely on your air conditioner, but there are many simple ways to keep your home cool in the summer without using energy. Plus you’ll save money on your energy bill. Check out the following ideas. They might be worth the effort! Unplug the TV, computer and other appliances – Most, if not all appliances emit heat, especially TVs and computers, even when they are on standb...Read More