How much do people make from Airbnb?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How much do people make from Airbnb?

Tags: Airbnb, Mississauga, Regulation, Homeowner, Sharing economy

Airbnb is truly a 21st century idea. It’s the sharing economy. Allowing someone to stay in your home while you’re not there could seem like a daunting idea but it is becoming increasingly popular. Travellers find it can be a more novel experience than staying in a hotel.   Some concerns over Airbnb have been raised though. Some people may be purchasing homes and exclusively postin...Read More

Oakville Airplane Noise not going away any time soon

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Airplane Noise not going away any time soon

Tags: Oakville, Airplane Noise, Airports, Public health

Some people think wind turbines are bad. Science has proven that noise levels for wind turbines do not affect public health. But airplane noise is a real annoyance. Many people in Oakville think so and attended a recent consultation to express their concern. But the concerns raised by about 50 or so people are not enough to change Navigation Canada’s decision for flight paths that go over Oa...Read More

Foreign Buyer Tax? What does the data say?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Foreign Buyer Tax? What does the data say?

Tags: Housing prices, GTA, Foreign Buyer, Tax, Real Estate

The Ontario Minister of Finance said the province is considering a foreign buyer tax that could help curtail the high demand that is straining the GTA’s housing markets. Governments should make policies that are based on trends established by data. A buyer tax would only be effective if foreign buyers make up a large proportion of demand.      Vancouver implemented a 15% forei...Read More

How will high rent affect the GTA’s demographics?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How will high rent affect the GTA’s demographics?

Tags: Millennials, Rent, GTA, Cost of Living

One way to describe the result of high rent on big cities like Toronto is “millennial ghost town”. Millennials that would have lived in Toronto can’t afford rent and are looking to move elsewhere according to recent reports.   CBC has focused on this issue through their No Fixed Address series. The increase in rent is forcing many people, but especially younger people, to mo...Read More

New Waterpark opening in the GTA this Summer

By: Case Feenstra Team

New Waterpark opening in the GTA this Summer

Tags: GTA, Summer, Toronto, Attraction, Family

  There’s a new way to cool down this summer. Wild Water Kingdom has been around since 1986 but has been closed for the past 2 years. It has undergone a complete rebuild and 2017 will be the opening year for the new park, now called Wet’n’Wild Toronto.   The grand opening will be in June and the park will be open until Labour Day. Wild Water Kingdom was acquired by a n...Read More

35.4% price increase for Detached homes in the 905

By: Case Feenstra Team

35.4% price increase for Detached homes in the 905

Tags: Housing prices, Oakville, Mississauga, real estate

Sale prices are off the charts for February. The price of detached homes in the 905 region is now 35.4 percent higher compared to this time last year. Remember the Canadian federal government changed mortgage rules to try to cool down the real estate market? Seems like it didn’t do much. For all types of housing including condos and townhomes, the average price for the GTA is now $875,983. ...Read More

Warm and Wet spring on the Horizon

By: Case Feenstra Team

Warm and Wet spring on the Horizon

Tags: Environment, Weather, Snow, Rainfall, GTA

If we could anthropomorphize trees, they might be confused right now. Usually this time of year has cold nights below freezing and days above freezing. That’s what makes the sap flow in sugar maples. But we’ve been experiencing quite the spread in temperatures. Days above 15, and nights below -10. Poor sugar maples.   The trend has been warmer weather. This past February broke tem...Read More

The Maple Syrup Festivals of March

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Maple Syrup Festivals of March

Tags: Bronte, March Break, GTA, Festival, Oakville

March break is just around the corner! March 13th to 17th is less than two weeks away. Maple Syrup festivals happening across the GTA are a sweet activity for you and your family this March.   The one closest to Oakville and Mississauga is at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on 1219 Burloak Drive. The well attended and highly rated festival operates every weeken...Read More

Decreasing Hydro Prices: Kicking the can down the road

By: Case Feenstra Team

Decreasing Hydro Prices: Kicking the can down the road

Tags: GTA, Electricity Costs, Energy prices, Infrastructure

If housing prices weren’t enough of a cost for people in the GTA already… Electricity prices in Ontario have been getting quite a lot of attention lately because of the price growth. The Ontario government announced recently that electricity prices will be cut by 25%. Politics is responding to the demands of the people. But that’s not a good thing necessarily. Here’s why. ...Read More

Where does Toronto Rank Globally for Innovation?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Where does Toronto Rank Globally for Innovation?

Tags: GTA, Culture, Housing, Start-up, Livability

Toronto is one of the most innovative cities in the world. Out of the 500 cities on the list, Toronto came in 8th. Toronto clearly has some bragging rights in this area. But why?   The most innovative cities were London, New York, and Tokyo in that order. Other Canadian cities that made the list include Montreal in 19th, Vancouver in 24th, Quebec City at 57th, and Calgary at 83rd.   162 ...Read More