AirBnB Tax Approved in Oakville

By: Case Feenstra Team

AirBnB Tax Approved in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Real Estate, Rental Housing, Housing Market

The start of 2019 has seen a new accommodation-based tax spread further across Ontario municipalities.   Oakville now joins Toronto, Mississauga, and Ottawa, as municipalities to implement a 4% tax, or Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT), on all short-term accommodations within the city. Niagara Falls has also brought a MAT into effect at the start of 2019, with their version consisting of a $2...Read More

The Future of Tech Disruption in Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Future of Tech Disruption in Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate Technology, Investment Property, Investors

Technology is expected to disrupt many industries in 2019, and real-estate is included. For a historically traditionalist industry like home buying, a new era of tech-related market dynamics may be met with skepticism by some home buyers and sellers. But unique buying opportunities and welcomed conveniences will become available for those willing to give new real estate technology companies chance...Read More

Battle For Glen Abbey Golf Course Continues

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Battle For Glen Abbey Golf Course Continues

Tags: Oakville Development, Housing in Glen Abbey, Conservation

Oakville held a special council meeting this week to discuss the appeal of an Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Court raised questions about the legality of Oakville’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan that would have applied to the Glen Abbey Golf Course.   The associated by-laws enacted by Oakville to restrict development of the Glen Abbey Golf Course were also challe...Read More

Real Estate Cost and Sales Forecast for 2019

By: Case Feenstra Team

Real Estate Cost and Sales Forecast for 2019

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Sales Increase, Housing Marketing, New Buyers

In 2019, real estate markets across Canada are expected to cool. Many would assume that this means costs will come down. But in reality, costs will continue to increase – just at a slower pace than in the past few years.   This means that affordability will continue to be a significant problem for new buyers.   The cost of homes will continue to rise faster than incomes which will ...Read More

Reminder: Importance of Housing as a Home – not an investment

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Reminder: Importance of Housing as a Home – not an investment

Tags: Oakville, Real Estate, Investment, Home Ownership

Buying a home is a significant life decision involving many factors. As we start the 2019 year, it is important to remember that for most buyers, choosing a house as a home is more important than choosing a house as an investment.   It’s important to remember the basic purpose of a home: shelter.   Comfortability, proximity to amenities and workplaces, and affordability are key con...Read More

Where to see the best Christmas Lights in Oakville

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Where to see the best Christmas Lights in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Local Event, Christmas Charity, Holiday Lights

Some might call it overdone, and they would be right. But that’s the point. The Jackson Family’s Christmas light numbering in the tens of thousands at 113 McCraney St. West Oakville is meant to draw attention and crowds. The reason? Well there’s the good old Christmas spirit part of it. And the Jackson Family is also raising money for two great causes.   Many may be familiar...Read More

November Real Estate States: Slowing Sales

By: Case Feenstra Team

November Real Estate States: Slowing Sales

Tags: Real Estate Market, GTA Housing Market, New Listing

Fall and winter are usually slow months in real estate so slow sales can be expected But real estate sales numbers for November are at a multi-year low across the GTA. In fact, sales are at a 6-year low. What could this say about bigger trends in real estate?   6,251 homes were sold in November. This is 15.22% lower than last year when sales were 7,374. It is important to note that the antici...Read More

3 ways to use Real Estate in your Retirement Strategy

By: Case Feenstra Team

3 ways to use Real Estate in your Retirement Strategy

Tags: Real Estate, Retirement, Investment Property, Downsize

Real estate or property holdings are often an important element in retirement planning. For many, the funds from a sold property are necessary for the “golden years”. This is especially the case if high costs are expected from things like health issues or assisted living.   How should you decide how your property fits with your retirement strategy? If you are wondering about this ...Read More

Real Estate Opportunities of Potential TTC expansion in Mississauga

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Real Estate Opportunities of Potential TTC expansion in Mississauga

Tags: Real Estate, TTC, Investment, Mississauga Housing

An east-west subway line that connects Mississauga City Centre with Kipling TTC station may be a new possibility under the new Provincial government which promised a $6 billion investment in public transit.   The subway would be additional to the north-south light-rail transit (LRT) system that runs along Hurontario. The east-west subway would be a boon to many Mississauga residents that comm...Read More

Survey: Real Estate Preferences of Young Buyers

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Survey: Real Estate Preferences of Young Buyers

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyers, Detached Homes, Investment

What kind of real estate do young buyers want? A recent survey from Sotheby’s highlights some interesting preferences that could inform buyers and sellers alike. Understanding who you’re selling to, or competing with in a bidding war could give you an edge.   The key finding of the study is that detached homes are still the preference for young families. 83% of respondents would w...Read More