More Stores in Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga selling beer and cider

By: Case Feenstra Team

More Stores in Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga selling beer and cider

Tags: Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, LCBO

Just in time for the summer. 76 new independent and large grocery store chains are now authorized to sell beer and cider. Which ones are close to you?   The 76 stores are added to the existing 130 that sell beer and cider. 70 of these can also sell wine. The new additions were added based on geographic distribution.   In Burlington, the new store selling beer and cider is: - Fortino...Read More

What do parents think about their grown children living at home?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What do parents think about their grown children living at home?

Tags: Real Estate, Millennials, GTA, Mortgage, Rent

More and more millennials are moving back home after university rather than moving out. Even with a modest income of $70k per year, millennials are unable to buy into the real estate market. Many parents have expressed concern with the new reality of having a full nest.   A survey of 1,000 moms was conducted to gauge their attitudes about children moving back home. About 30% of moms are anxio...Read More

How was Halton’s economy in 2016?

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How was Halton’s economy in 2016?

Tags: Real estate, Halton Region, Oakville, Burlington, Construction

Halton Region has a strong economy and the 2016 numbers show it. It’s not Toronto, it’s not Peel Region, or Hamilton. Halton’s economy is unique in its own way and has its own strengths that set it apart from other regions.   Take Halton’s building permit construction value. It grew 19% in one year. In 2016 it was worth $2.14 billion which is a new record. Building per...Read More

Local Event: Oakville Green Garage Sale and Oakville Conserves Energy Fair

By: Case Feenstra Team

Local Event: Oakville Green Garage Sale and Oakville Conserves Energy Fair

Tags: Oakville Residents, Garage Sale, Community Event, Energy Conservation

On Saturday May 27th, Oakville Green is hosting its annual Giant Community Garage Sale. The event takes place from 8 am to 1pm at the Oakville Town Hall parking lot. There will be over 80 venders and low cost BBQ is hosted by M & M Meat Shop. The Town of Oakville is consecutively hosting the 11th annual Oakville Conserves Energy Fair inside of Town Hall. One of the main attractions will be TR...Read More

Lake Ontario Water Levels: High But not record breaking

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Lake Ontario Water Levels: High But not record breaking

Tags: Lakeside real estate, Property Flooding, Lake Ontario, GTA

Lakeside real estate is always sought after, especially in the GTA. Those with properties on the shores of Lake Ontario might have noticed something different this spring. Water levels of Lake Ontario haven’t been this high since 1993. Lake levels are 55 cm above average right now but 12 cm below the record set in 1973.   Water levels in lakes change naturally. This keeps coastal habita...Read More

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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