How President Donald Trump will affect Canadian Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

How President Donald Trump will affect Canadian Real Estate

Tags: Interest Rates, Mortgage, Foreign Buyer, Economic Growth

Trump will probably have an effect on a lot of things. Many Americans have expressed an interest to move to Canada as a result of the election. How will that affect Canadian real estate? Will Trump’s policies affect interest rates?   If Americans are serious about moving to Canada, it will increase the demand for an already limited supply of housing. What does that mean? More bidding wa...Read More

Domestic Investors, not Foreign Buyers, cause Price Spikes

By: Case Feenstra Team

Domestic Investors, not Foreign Buyers, cause Price Spikes

Tags: GTA, investors, Foreign buyers, Real Estate, Bidding war

The GTA attracts about 80,000 immigrants every year. So it is easy to blame foreign buyers on gobbling up the supply of housing thereby increasing prices. But, the numbers don’t necessarily reflect this idea. Domestic investors are actually much more of an issue for real estate price spikes.   Investors are buying real estate to grow their portfolio, not their family. People who need a ...Read More

50th Anniversary: Cavalcade of Lights 2016

By: Case Feenstra Team

50th Anniversary: Cavalcade of Lights 2016

Tags: Event, Toronto, Concert, Fireworks, Christmas

With daylight savings time now in effect, we need artificial light to brighten the gloominess of the long winter nights. The 50th anniversary of Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights will do just that. The event is on November 26th at 7pm.   50 years running – now that’s an indicator of a good event. Cavalcade of Lights is a free event that attracts thousands of people to the heart ...Read More

What is a fair trade town? And should Oakville be one?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What is a fair trade town? And should Oakville be one?

Tags: Oakville, Fair Trade, Sale, Price, Maple Grove

Fair trade may seem like a trend that is only applicable to people who have the time and money to think about the life cycle of the products they purchase, and the money to afford something that is not produced by cheap foreign labour. The affordability of fair trade products is definitely a legitimate criticism. But Oakville could join a growing list of Fair Trade Towns. It sends a signal. &...Read More

5 New Schools for Halton Region

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5 New Schools for Halton Region

Tags: Schools, Education, Halton, Milton, Investment

All of em in Milton. Milton has been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada for a few years. Its no wonder that more schools are being built. Ontario describes the schools as “high quality” and “modern”. Because what else would they be?   The five schools in Halton are a $77 million investment and include the following: A new elementary school for 776 s...Read More

Toronto October Housing Stats: 21% increase in prices

By: Case Feenstra Team

Toronto October Housing Stats: 21% increase in prices

Tags: Toronto, GTA, Home Buyer, Home Prices

The average selling price for all homes, not just detached, is now $762,975. Seems like the federal mortgage rules haven’t had much of an effect. The mortgage rules were supposed to curb the growth of housing prices to reasonable levels. What would the growth have been if the housing rules weren’t in enacted?   You know the housing rules are inadequate when housing markets continu...Read More

Gardens at Oakville’s Shell Park Win Landscaping Award

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Gardens at Oakville’s Shell Park Win Landscaping Award

Tags: Oakville, Shell Park, Bronte, Gardens, Environment, Open Space

There seems to be awards for everything these days. What about public landscaping? Yep. Shell Park in southwest Oakville got a second place in a North American landscape design competition. Props to Oakville’s Parks team!   Shell Park is in the category of display gardens that attract 10,001 to 100,000 visitors per year. The second place title was awarded by All American Selections whic...Read More

Could Bronte Creek Provincial Park be transferred to Conservation Halton?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Could Bronte Creek Provincial Park be transferred to Conservation Halton?

Tags: Oakville, Bronte Creek, Conservation Halton, Ontario Parks, Residents

The flashpoint for this? Dogs. People love their dogs and leash free zones are good for dogs. Bronte Creek Provincial Park has recently closed certain areas of the park that put certain leash free areas off limits for the winter months.   Some residents are very upset about this. Paying for an annual pass could imply that there is full-year access. Which is fair. If you don’t get access...Read More

Pull out your rake, not your blower

By: Case Feenstra Team

Pull out your rake, not your blower

Tags: Fall, Rake, Leaves, Blower, Health

Its fall season. The air is crisp and the leaves are falling. Thinking about using a leaf blower? Or buying one? Well don’t. There are a lot of good reasons to rake instead.   Leaf blowers are noisy. Extremely noisy. They create 90-120 decibels of awful fossil fuel powered noise. The World Health Organizations (WHO) states that healthy environments don’t have noise levels that are...Read More

GTA real estate prices spilling over into the Tri Cities and Guelph

By: Case Feenstra Team

GTA real estate prices spilling over into the Tri Cities and Guelph

Tags: Toronto, GTA, Real Estate, Home Ownership, Millennials

45% of millenials are considering leaving the GTA. Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph are becoming a refuge for first time home buyers who cannot afford GTA home prices any longer. Young couples who are looking to raise a family see the tri cities, as well as Guelph, as an viable alternative to achieve the dream of home ownership. Is the home ownership dream becoming more of a dream these ...Read More