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

November Housing Stats: Toronto Up, Vancouver down

By: Case Feenstra Team

November Housing Stats: Toronto Up, Vancouver down

Tags: Economics, Sales, Prices, GTA, First time Buyers, Real Estate

  Strong sales and higher prices. The upward trend for housing stats continued for the month of November. Real estate markets in Toronto and the GTA continue to grow while Vancouver has definitely peaked.   The Toronto Real Estate Board showed sales of 8,547 units in November. This is a 16.5% increase compared to November 2015. The average price is also up 22.7% compared to last year. &...Read More

Only in Oakville: Laughable Court Case

By: Case Feenstra Team

Only in Oakville: Laughable Court Case

Tags: Oakville, Tree, Court case, Neighbours, Trafalgar

What do you do when you don’t like the nuts on your neighbour’s tree? Go to court of course. The government’s court system probably has more pressing issues. But it seems that courts became the only option for a squabble over a walnut tree between two Oakville residents.   The issue? A 23 meter high black walnut tree grows on the property line between two houses on Trafalgar...Read More

Oakville Residents Protest Glen Abbey Development

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Residents Protest Glen Abbey Development

Tags: Glen Abbey, Residents, Oakville, Development, Clublink

  Last week, Oakville residents voiced their opposition during a Clublink open house that showcased the Glen Abbey development plan.    Clublink presented its plans to develop the iconic Oakville golf course into 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space, and 124 hectares of publically accessible green space. The greenspace would also feature a new ...Read More

What is Upcycling? An example from an Innovative Oakville Company

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What is Upcycling? An example from an Innovative Oakville Company

Tags: Saint Jean Carbon, Oakville, Innovation, electric Vehicle, Low-carbon economy

Recycling is good. But upcycling is even better.   Saint Jean Carbon Inc., a local Oakville company, is dismantling spent electric vehicle batteries and re-engineering the components into new functional batteries.   So what’s the difference between recycling and upcycling? Recycling is the process where used materials are made into another product. But, that new product is usually ...Read More

Canada’s Housing Strategy: What you need to know

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canada’s Housing Strategy: What you need to know

Tags: Canada, Housing, Development, Affordability, Saw Whet

Housing is a hot topic. Affordability, price increases, availability, market bubbles, tax rebates. You name it. These have been front page topics throughout the year and the government is responding through its release of the National Housing Strategy Document.   The 66-page strategy document is a culmination of many consultations and engagement sessions organized by the government. As a resu...Read More