Property Tax Comparison for the GTA

By: Case Feenstra Team

Property Tax Comparison for the GTA

Tags: Oakville, Taxes, Revenue, Finances

How does Oakville compare to other municipalities’ residential property tax rates? It might surprise you. Municipality Tax Rate (%) Toronto 0.6879731 Markham 0.7827690 Richmond Hill 0.8108980 Oakville 0.827349 Burlington 0.872013 Mississauga 0.8743480 Brampton 1.103025 Pickering 1.266...Read More

Local Event: New Year’s Oakville Polar Bear Dip

By: Case Feenstra Team

Local Event: New Year’s Oakville Polar Bear Dip

Tags: Oakville, Coronation Park, World Vision, Drinking Water

  Some people don’t mind the cold. Some just want to support a good cause. The Oakville Polar Bear Dip is a fundraiser for building clean water infrastructure in developing countries. Hundreds of dippers will participate in this year’s event and build on the success of previous dips.   To kick of the new year with a community giving spirit, Oakville’s Coronation Park w...Read More

Lack of housing = increase in renovations

By: Case Feenstra Team

Lack of housing = increase in renovations

Tags: Contractor, Renovation, Real estate, Bidding war

Times are good for contractors. Canadians now spend more on home renovations and repairs than new home construction. The reason? Renovating or adding an addition to an existing home can be more affordable than upsizing.   Many contractors can’t keep up with the demand of their services. That means that contractors have a lot of potential (any millenials need a job?). The renovation sect...Read More

Toronto is now the Least Affordable City in Canada for Housing

By: Case Feenstra Team

Toronto is now the Least Affordable City in Canada for Housing

Tags: Tax, Affordability, Mortgage, GTA, Housing

It is not a title to be particularly proud of. Homeowners in the GTA are now spending 63.7 percent of their income on the cost of owning a home. The housing affordability index has drastically declined in Toronto and has exceeded Vancouver. There is simply not enough housing to go around.   Mortgage payments, interest, property taxes, and utilities are adding up. Economists only expect theses...Read More

Why You Should Always Clean the Snow and Ice off your car

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Why You Should Always Clean the Snow and Ice off your car

Tags: Insurance, Safety, Snow, Negligence

Driving around in a vehicle that’s covered in snow isn’t smart. It makes you look lazy. It is also dangerous to other drivers and could cause damage to vehicles.   Ice from transport trucks is an obvious concern. You might not think its possible, but flying ice from passenger cars can break windshields as well.   You also want to avoid the following type of situation. Say a p...Read More

GTA Home Buyers Are Optimistic About 2017

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GTA Home Buyers Are Optimistic About 2017

Tags: GTA, 905 Region, First Time Buyers, Real Estate

The real estate markets of 2016 can’t even effect the joviality of home buyers it seems. A recent study found that half of home buyers expected to purchase the most expensive type of housing option in 2017: a detached home.   That’s really good for the real estate industry. The potential for a price correction, or bubble burst, increases when people start getting nervous or pessim...Read More

Living Walls on New High Rise in Bronte

By: Case Feenstra Team

Living Walls on New High Rise in Bronte

Tags: Bronte, Development, High Rise, Ontario Municipal Board

A new 20 story building in downtown Bronte on Lakeshore and East Street is planned for construction. The new high rise will bring a backyard feeling to the balconies of the 144 units.   The design of the building is very modern and green and is based on a grid pattern that is common to the suburbs in the Bronte area. At street level, there is partially sheltered outdoor public square. There w...Read More

How about renting a Christmas tree that can be replanted?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How about renting a Christmas tree that can be replanted?

Tags: Christmas tree, Reforestation, Eco-friendly, Ontario

Do you have a fake tree or a real tree? Lots of people have written about why real Christmas trees are better for the environment. What if you could replant your Christmas tree when you’re done with it?   That’s what a reforestation company called Sapling Life is offering. The Mississauga based company is offering Christmas trees for rent as an alternative to plastic and cut trees...Read More

New Hospital Marks One Year Anniversary

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New Hospital Marks One Year Anniversary

Tags: Halton, Healthcare, Oakville, Wait Times, Innovation

The new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) marked its one-year anniversary recently. 70,000 people visited the hospital’s emergency department in that time. 2,300 babies were delivered, and 12,000 MRI scans were conducted.   With a brand new $2.7-billion-dollar facility, one might think that there would be efficiency gains and quicker service. But wait times for Halton Healthca...Read More

How Much is Oakville’s Tree Canopy Worth?

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How Much is Oakville’s Tree Canopy Worth?

Tags: Oakville, Health, Trees, Energy Costs, Forest

Can you put a monetary value on a tree? Applying a dollar value can be limiting. But it can be helpful to communicate that trees have a significant economic benefits, often more than most people would think.   The Town of Oakville commissioned a study called A Comprehensive Study on Oakville’s Urban Forest. The study determined that Oakville’s tree canopy, which is made up of abou...Read More