GTA Home Buyers Are Optimistic About 2017

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

Virtual Real Estate: A Game Changer?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Virtual Real Estate: A Game Changer?

Tags: Home Buyers, Virtual Reality, Real Estate Agent, Staging, Home Tours.

The future is here. Home buyers can now explore a new home without leaving their own home. Virtual reality headsets are becoming a facet of a new generation of video gamers, but also innovative businesses. One of these businesses is Umber, an Ottawa based real estate company that is changing the way homes bought and sold.   The company analyzed what works and what doesn’t in the current...Read More

Laneway Housing: An Housing Solution for Toronto?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Laneway Housing: An Housing Solution for Toronto?

Tags: Housing, Zoning, Architecture, Intensification, Toronto

Toronto has 300 kilometers of laneways. There is a lot of underutilized space in and around these laneways and Toronto planners are beginning to warm up to the idea of optimizing and intensifying.   Support is growing for laneway housing from City Councillors, community groups such as Lanescape, and Evergreen, an NGO focusing on urbanism and sustainability. The worry about noise, privacy, sme...Read More

Did you know Oakville was planning a Downtown Cultural Hub?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Did you know Oakville was planning a Downtown Cultural Hub?

Tags: Oakville, Downtown, Centennial Square, Lakeshore, Property Taxes

A cultural hub is a space for community events, and cultural and performing arts. Oakville staff envisioned that such a space would revitalize downtown Oakville. The plan has hit a road block though, as financing options for the $163 million project recently fell through.   The financing issue comes from the Towns proposal to sell Centennial Square. This would have helped with the financing o...Read More

Oakville Taxes Going Up

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Taxes Going Up

Tags: Property Taxes, Inflation, Oakville Budget, Trafalgar

Learning that your taxes are going up can be frustrating. Where are these taxes being spent? Why does the town need more money? Taxes in Oakville are rising, but very slightly. If your home is assessed at $700,000, your property taxes will increase by $115.36.   This is an increase of 1.99%. When compared to other economic indicators like inflation and disposable income growth, this tax ...Read More

Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square

By: Case Feenstra Team

Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square

Tags: Christmas, Toronto, Santa Claus, Holiday, Shopping

A new holiday market fair is coming to the heart of Toronto December 8th to the 23rd. Nathan Phillips square will combine a European-like Christmas market with an exciting winter carnival. There is something for everyone – shopping, entertainment, food, and drinks.   There are 27 confirmed vendors selling clothing, art, crafts, and other services. Many of the vendors are small artisans ...Read More