What are Housing Starts and why do they matter for Ontario?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What are Housing Starts and why do they matter for Ontario?

Tags: GTA Housing Markets, Ontario, Housing Prices, Housing Starts

A housing start is the number of new homes that have started undergoing construction. It is usually measured each month.   The beginning of 2017 saw high housing starts in Ontario with an increase of 25.1% growth. That means more homes are being built in Ontario than ever before. The milder winter we had also might have contributed to the speed of construction for new homes and condos.  ...Read More

Halton Compost Giveaway: May 8-14th

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton Compost Giveaway: May 8-14th

Tags: Halton, Compost, Gardens, Waste Management, Milton

Do you ever wonder where your grass clippings, leaves, or other yard ‘waste’ ends up? It is brought to Halton’s Waste Management Site where it is left to decompose and turn into compost over a number of months.  In fact, yard waste is not really a waste at all as it turns into compost which is quite valuable for maintaining healthy soil in your gardens. The compost giveaway...Read More

Where is the Best Place to Buy Real Estate in Canada?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Where is the Best Place to Buy Real Estate in Canada?

Tags: Real Estate Prices, GTA Housing Markets, Price Growth, Income potential

Guelph, Ontario tops the list for the best place to purchase real estate in Ontario according to MoneySense. Guelph is experienced significant business expansion and has low unemployment and home vacancy rates. It has one of the healthiest real estate markets in the country.   The findings of the MoneySense report are based on a number of factors including value, average price, momentum, and ...Read More

A take on Ontario’s housing measures: Condo speculators beware

By: Case Feenstra Team

A take on Ontario’s housing measures: Condo speculators beware

Tags: Condo, Speculation, Real Estate, Rent Control, GTA, Housing Market,

If you have invested in a condo that you're not living in you might be biting your nails. It might be too early to say exactly how the Ontario government's plan is affecting housing but a prominent ratings agency has already made some interesting points.   Fitch Ratings Agency believes that the GTA housing market may experience a price correction because of the government measure...Read More

4 downsides to DIY real estate sales

By: Case Feenstra Team

4 downsides to DIY real estate sales

Tags: DIY Home sales, Real Estate Agents, Home Buyer, Savings

The main draw for do-it-yourself home sales is the idea that you’ll save thousands of dollars by avoiding paying commissions. It seems like an attractive option. But here are 4 things to consider before going forward with DIY real estate sales.   Complexity. Selling real estate property without professionals could be compared to going to court without a lawyer. There are many papers ...Read More

Pearson Airport Area could get a “Union Station West”

By: Case Feenstra Team

Pearson Airport Area could get a “Union Station West”

Tags: GTA, Pearson, Mississauga, Oakville, Public Transit

The area around Pearson Airport has been experience lots of growth. Many businesses decide to locate there because of its central location. But commuting times in the area are the highest in Canada. And this is affecting the competitiveness of business.   A new transit hub would be better for business, commuters, and residents across the GTA who frequent the area. Access to Pearson Airport wo...Read More

Ontario announces 16 step plan to cool down housing

By: Case Feenstra Team

Ontario announces 16 step plan to cool down housing

Tags: Ontario, Housing Markets, Tax, Golden Horseshoe, Housing development,

Ontario released its budget last Thursday which included Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan. It introduced 16 measures to help with housing affordability, increase the supply of housing, and protect buyers and renters. The goal is to stabilize housing markets which are increasingly becoming a source of risk and worry for investors and citizens alike.   So what are these measures? Legislation i...Read More

Foreign Buyer Tax fails in Vancouver: Implications for GTA

By: Case Feenstra Team

Foreign Buyer Tax fails in Vancouver: Implications for GTA

Tags: GTA real estate markets, Housing, Toronto Real Estate, Tax

Bad news for those hoping that the Ontario government’s potential foreign buyer tax will cool the GTA’s hot housing markets. It didn’t work in Vancouver, so it is difficult to say whether it would work in Toronto and the GTA real estate markets.   Housing sales prices in Vancouver have increased by 12% year over year and sales volume has grown despite the foreign buyer tax. ...Read More

What does the Cultural Heritage Landscape Study mean for Glen Abbey?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What does the Cultural Heritage Landscape Study mean for Glen Abbey?

Tags: Glen Abbey, Oakville, Oakville Housing Development,

There are a lot of people with strong feelings about the development of Glen Abbey Golf Course into 3,222 housing units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space and (don’t forget) 124 acres of green space. The Town of Oakville has conducted its Cultural Heritage Landscape Study to determine what Glen Abbey means to the cultural and historical identity of Oakville.   So what does the stu...Read More

Earth Day: Picking up litter this Saturday

By: Case Feenstra Team

Earth Day: Picking up litter this Saturday

Tags: Oakville, Earth Day, Residents, Community, Nature

This is the time of year when few plants have started growing and the snow is gone. There is nothing to cover up all the litter that has unfortunately accumulated on roadsides, waterways, edges of parking lots, and sidewalks. Just take a look at all the litter on the ground the next time you’re on a highway off ramp.   Litter is an offensive. The existence of litter in our communities s...Read More