GTA Home Builders among the best in North America

By: Case Feenstra Team

GTA Home Builders among the best in North America

Tags: GTA, Home Builders, Stacked Townhomes, Development

The National Sales and Marketing Awards recently gave out 10 golds and 44 silvers to home builders in the GTA. So what makes GTA builders so great?   The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) has a long history of winning awards at the Nationals in the building, design and marketing categories. This year, members of BILD did exceptionally well in the architectural design o...Read More

What was Southern Ontario’s Worst Winter Storm?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What was Southern Ontario’s Worst Winter Storm?

Tags: Snow, Winter, Niagara Region, Blizzard

A 10-centimeter snowfall seems like a big weather event, especially this winter. It has been relatively warm. But what’s the worst storm ever? How bad can it get? The infamous blizzard of 1977 in the Niagara region created 9-meter snow drifts and snowmobiles were the only method of transportation for weeks in some places.    November and December of 1976 were 6 °C co...Read More

How does the expanded GO Transit Service Impact Home Values?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How does the expanded GO Transit Service Impact Home Values?

Tags: Real Estate, Oakville, Mississauga, Housing Prices

Some people might think living close to a GO station or route might be noisy and busy. Others see an opportunity to live in more affordable regions outside of the pricey downtown core. And as GO transit is expanding its services of many of its routes, the access to Toronto is improving.   Some neighbourhoods in the GTA will see home values increase by 12% from GO Transit’s expanded 15-m...Read More

Would a foreign buyer tax work in the GTA?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Would a foreign buyer tax work in the GTA?

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

The short answer is no. A foreign buyer tax would work if foreign buyers significantly affect housing prices. But they don’t, despite what some media outlets would have you think.   The numbers tell the story. Just 4.9% of real estate transaction involve foreign buyers. In response, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has decided to release a press statement that says a foreign buyer t...Read More

A Dim January but Brighter Days for February

By: Case Feenstra Team

A Dim January but Brighter Days for February

Tags: Seasonal defective disorder, Toronto, Vitamin D, Weather

Literal dimness. Toronto only had 48.8 hours of sunlight in all of January. That’s about half the usual amount of 85 hours. Fog and clouds have made the month remarkably dark and gloomy.   The sun has been peaking out a bit more in February though. If you felt blissfully happy to revel in the warmth of those rare sun rays, then you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D isn’...Read More

January Housing Stats: Price gains compared to average income

By: Case Feenstra Team

January Housing Stats: Price gains compared to average income

Tags: Average Selling price, Oakville, Housing sales, 905 Region

In just one year from January 2016 to January 2017, the average selling price for a home in the GTA increased by $140,552. That’s almost double of the average income in Toronto, which is $75,270.   The average condo now costs $442,598 up 14.5% compared to this time last year. Condos had the most activity in terms of sales. But outside the condo market, the 905 region experienced that ma...Read More

Case Feenstra Joins the Loretta Phinney Team

By: Case Feenstra Team

Case Feenstra Joins the Loretta Phinney Team

Tags: Clients, Customer Service, Royal LePage, Real Estate

Phil Jackson, one of the NBA’s most successful coaches once said, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." A new synergy has been formed with the partnership the Case Feenstra and Loretta Phinney Teams. And this synergy will strengthen the team’s ability to benefit their clients.   Clients are at the crux of the real...Read More

Happy World Wetland Day

By: Case Feenstra Team

Happy World Wetland Day

Tags: Extreme Weather, Disaster Risk, Conservation

Do you know the importance of wetlands? Its easy to see a wetland as a wasteland – an area that doesn’t have much value. This wide held perception has resulted in the loss of almost two thirds of the worlds wetlands since 1900.   February 2nd is world wetland day, the date of the  and the 2017 theme is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.   Wetlands play an impor...Read More

Do you know the new Halton waste schedule?

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Do you know the new Halton waste schedule?

Tags: Halton, Landfills, Diversion Rate, Ontario Legislation

The Halton Region has released the new waste schedule. Check your mailbox for the updates for your neighbourhood schedule. What changes and updates can you expect?   There could be changes to the weekly collection dates. The new schedule is for February 2017 to January 2018. The new waste schedule also has tips and resources on how to reduce waste from your home.   Ontario has recently p...Read More

Mattamy Homes Moving Towards Sustainability

By: Case Feenstra Team

Mattamy Homes Moving Towards Sustainability

Tags: Net Zero, Development, Housing, Energy use

Mattamy Homes, one of the largest home developers has created a new position – VP Sustainable Development. Mattamy is setting a new direction. The privately owned company is aiming to become a leader in sustainable housing development.   What does sustainable housing look like? Net Zero – meaning that a building is able to produce all of its own power and water. To build Net Zero ...Read More