Special Tulip for Canada’s 150th Birthday

By: Case Feenstra Team

Special Tulip for Canada’s 150th Birthday

Tags: Tulips, Netherlands, Canadian Anniversary

Tulips and Canada have a fascinating history. Canada played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945 during the final months of World War II. Canada was also the home of the Princess Juliana during the war. As a gesture of gratitude, the Dutch Royal family sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs.   The Netherlands continues to send Canada 20,000 tulip bulbs each year. The tradition...Read More

Canadians, Trump, and Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canadians, Trump, and Real Estate

Tags: Royal LePage, Women’s March, Homebuyers, Immigration

Its real, Donald Trump is officially President of the United States. We can’t escape the facts, but quite a few Americans are trying to escape the US. Royal LePage is taking notice.   From October to December, Royal LePage saw a 40 percent increase in American inquiries into Canadian real estate compared to a year ago. The US is already a top source for immigration into Canada. And Nove...Read More

What is Fentanyl and should Halton Residents be worried about it?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What is Fentanyl and should Halton Residents be worried about it?

Tags: Halton Police, Paramedic Services, Health

Halton Police have reported fentanyl use is occurring in the region, and contributed to two deaths in 2016. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine which makes it extremely risky for recreational use.   Fentanyl use has been spreading from western to eastern provinces. It raised a lot of attention in Vancouver as hundreds people overdosed on the drug, ...Read More

The Rising Bank of Mom and Dad

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Rising Bank of Mom and Dad

Tags: Real Estate, New Homebuyers, Down Payments, Equity

Some moms and dads are happy to have their kids live at home for a time. But those kids turn into adults and they have to move out eventually. These days, a lot of them can’t afford to move out.   The Bank of Mom and Dad is mostly used to describe the financial help given from parents to children for covering the high costs of down payments. First time home buyers are finding it increas...Read More

Can the Greenbelt be blamed for high housing prices?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Can the Greenbelt be blamed for high housing prices?

Tags: GTA, Housing Prices, Development, Housing Supply

The Greenbelt is the big swath of land that surrounds the GTA that is protected from development. Check it out on Google Maps. You can see how the green fields and forest wrap around the urban development of the GTA.   Some critics argue that the Greenbelt limits the space where new housing can be built. The limited supply results in higher prices, they argue. It is a logical connection. But ...Read More

A Taste of Oakville

By: Case Feenstra Team

A Taste of Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Restaurant, Fine Dining

Its Oakville’s own winterlicious – a local event where hungry restaurant goers can try the outstanding cuisine of Oakville’s finest chefs with prix-fixe menus.   Prix-Fixe is price fixed for those who don’t understand fancy French jargon. The set prices mean you don’t need to think about prices when deciding what to eat. It simplifies things. The prix fixe menu w...Read More

China’s New Foreign Capital Restrictions

By: Case Feenstra Team

China’s New Foreign Capital Restrictions

Tags: Investors, Foreign buyers, Real Estate, Bidding Wars,

Chinese investors have helped to increase demand for housing in Canada which has contributed to price increases. Is this the end of that trend?   People still debate on the impact of foreign demand on Canadian housing prices. But there has been at least some pressure from foreign buyers. That pressure is going to decrease this year though. China is starting to put restrictions on capital outf...Read More

Canada, the # 1 place to visit in the world

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canada, the # 1 place to visit in the world

Tags: Canada, Travel, National Parks, Tourist Destination

Right on! Good thing we already live here! Out of all the countries in the whole wide world, the New York Times recommend Canada as the number one place to travel to, or travel in for those of us who are already here.   There was no particular location within Canada to visit. Pretty much all of it is great. The New York Times describes Canada as a world unto itself with cosmopolitan cities an...Read More

Sellers Beware, Elderly Targeted by Real Estate Scammers

By: Case Feenstra Team

Sellers Beware, Elderly Targeted by Real Estate Scammers

Tags: Real Estate, Agents, Homeowner, Property Value

Scammers are the worst. Especially ones that target grandmas and grandpas. Elderly people might not be aware of the true value of their homes and some real estate agents are taking advantage of that.   How do these scams happen? Agents will present lowball offers before the house is on the market. These offers are usually to older homeowners who have lived in a property for decades and don&rs...Read More

Battle of the Beers: Molson Amphitheatre Renamed

By: Case Feenstra Team

Battle of the Beers: Molson Amphitheatre Renamed

Tags: GTA, Music Venue, Ontario Place

Its Molson versus Budweiser. And Budweiser won it seems. The battle was over the title rights to what used to be known as the Molson Amphitheatre. Now its called Budweiser Stage.   It’s one of the GTA’s most popular music venues. Located in Ontario Place by the lake, the venue was built in 1995. 21 years of Molson is over though and Budweiser will not only be the new name, but the...Read More