Wi-Fi Coming to GO Transit

By: Case Feenstra Team

Wi-Fi Coming to GO Transit

Tags: GO Train, Commute, GO Transit Wifi, Metrolinx,

Commuting is a necessary part of life that most people probably don’t look forward to. But the journey on the GO trains and buses might become a bit more enjoyable with free Wi-Fi services announced.   Last week, Metrolinx announced it was looking for “partners of interest” that could equip all the GO vehicles with Wi-Fi services. Interested partners can apply for the work u...Read More

May Real Estate Stats: What do the numbers say?

By: Case Feenstra Team

May Real Estate Stats: What do the numbers say?

Tags: Housing Prices, GTA Real Estate, Homebuyers, Real Estate Sales

Spring real estate is usually robust. The nicer weather brings out buyers and sales numbers usually rise with the temperatures. But not this spring. Take a look at the following stats:   In the GTA sales dropped for every type of housing. Detached: –26.3 per cent. Semi-detached: –22.7 per cent. Townhouse: –18.1 per cent. Condo: –6.4&...Read More

Why ornamental plants are important for your garden

By: Case Feenstra Team

Why ornamental plants are important for your garden

Tags: Home Buyers, Pollinators, ecosystem, Property

Ornamental plants are more important than just looking nice and impressing guests and neighbours. Ornamental plants are often understood as purely aesthetic and unnecessary. They might also seen less important to healthy ecosystems than trees or food crops.   The truth is, our neighbourhoods are actually ecosystems that are important habitats for wildlife that is critical for our wellbeing. F...Read More

Would you convert your garage into a store?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Would you convert your garage into a store?

Tags: Oakville, Livable community, Neighbourhood diversity, Walkability

Converting garage and home-fronts into stores and businesses could improve the walkability of suburbs and create strong and cohesive local economies. It’s an interesting concept that could lead to more sustainable neighbourhoods.   Municipalities have zoning laws that prevent homes from conducting business activities. Changing these bylaws could create huge positive changes to cert...Read More

Where to buy a home abroad

By: Case Feenstra Team

Where to buy a home abroad

Tags: Real Estate investment, Foreign Buyer, Vacation Home

If you’re high net worth individual, then looking to foreign countries for real estate is a good investment option. One in five high-net-worth people own homes abroad. This diversifies an investment portfolio with hard assets which is seen as less risky than stocks markets.   It’s also nice to have a place to go on vacation during February. So where are high net worth Canadians lo...Read More

A shaky month for Real Estate: Confidence, Sales, Prices

By: Case Feenstra Team

A shaky month for Real Estate: Confidence, Sales, Prices

Tags: Real estate Sales, real estate prices, Market Confidence, Housing

A lot can happen in a month. The real estate numbers reported in April pointed to a 33% price increase. But since then, confidence in real estate has dropped, as have sales and prices.   A poll conducted less than a month ago found that 50.1% of Canadians were confident in real estate, which was a record high. That number has fallen to 45.5% since. This can partly explain the reason for the s...Read More

2017 Bike Month in the GTHA

By: Case Feenstra Team

2017 Bike Month in the GTHA

Tags: Bike Month, Commute, GTA, Health, Transit

If you haven’t already, oil up your bike chain, pump up your tires, and hop on your bike for this year’s bike month. This year’s bike month kicks off May 29th and continues until the end of June. Bike Month aims to bring together families, artists, commuters, and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events throughout the month. Bike Month began in 1989 as a bike to...Read More

Why your next home should be a Passive House Plus

By: Case Feenstra Team

Why your next home should be a Passive House Plus

Tags: Passive Housing, Real Estate Value, Future Housing, Energy efficiency

Maybe you’ve heard of a passive house. Passive house plus takes energy efficiency a step further with energy generation.   A passive house uses very low amounts of energy. For example, the heating demand is 15 kWh/(m²a) which is just 10% of the use of an average house is the industrialized world. The total energy demand for a passive house must not exceed 60 kWh/(m²a). Passive...Read More

Oakville Family Ribfest: June 23-25

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Family Ribfest: June 23-25

Tags: Oakville, Family Event, Sheridan, Rotary Club, Ribfest

Oakville Family Ribfest is less than a month away! Ribfest is the classic Oakville event you and your stomach don’t want to miss (depending on if you overeat). This year’s ribfest is bigger and better than ever. There’s a reason why it is voted as one of the best tourist attractions in the Oakville Beaver’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The 6th annual Ribfest is taking plac...Read More

High Speed Rail From Toronto To Windsor: Good for Real Estate Markets

By: Case Feenstra Team

High Speed Rail From Toronto To Windsor: Good for Real Estate Markets

Tags: Real Estate, Infrastructure investments, Low Carbon Transportation, Urban Planning

60% of Ontarians live on the corridor between Windsor and Toronto – that is 7 million people. A new high speed rail line would provide realistic housing options for many younger generations who are looking for home ownership. Urban planning could change drastically as many people could live further from where they work. The new train would be able to travel at 250 km/h.   A trip between...Read More