Mississauga Coastline to get a Makeover

By: Case Feenstra Team

Mississauga Coastline to get a Makeover

Tags: Mississauga, Planning, Development, Sustainability, Conservation

A parcel of Mississauga is being converted from a thicket of grey industrial pipes and smokestacks to a beautiful mixed use neighbourhood and new coastline. A 1.5 kilometer beach is planned as well as enough housing for 20,000 people. This is an opportunity for the city of Mississauga to demonstrate smart urban planning that considers future needs and sustainability.   It is nice to see the l...Read More

New Condo to be Tallest building in Toronto after CN Tower

By: Case Feenstra Team

New Condo to be Tallest building in Toronto after CN Tower

Tags: Toronto, Condo, Development, Housing, Real Estate

The densification of downtown cores is a natural progression of growth in any city. Most of the world’s population now lives in cities. In Canada 4 out of 5 people live in a non-rural setting. Building vertical is becoming more prominent, especially as Ontario’s Greenbelt is preventing suburban sprawl.   But how vertical is too vertical. “The One” tower has recently be...Read More

Opinions are divided over a GTA 15% Foreign Buyer Tax

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Opinions are divided over a GTA 15% Foreign Buyer Tax

Tags: Real Estate, Tax, GTA, Economy, Government,

   A 15% foreign buyer tax was enacted in Vancouver recently and has already helped cool down the housing market. Here in the GTA, the 15% tax rate is favoured by some but opposed by others.   The CIBC Deputy Chief Economist says that a 15% tax is an obvious step to cool the real estate market. The statement comes after the Vancouver tax resulted in a drastic drop in sales – ...Read More

Local Event: Bronte Creek Fall Harvest Festival

By: Case Feenstra Team

Local Event: Bronte Creek Fall Harvest Festival

Tags: Oakville, Bronte, Family, Event, Pumpkin

The last weekend in September – this weekend – is the Fall Harvest Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. It might be one of the last warm and nice weekends before the cold sets in. Enjoy it while you can.   The Harvest Festival runs from 10am until 4pm on September 24th and 25th. The daily park admission fees apply but the activities at the festival are free. The prices are li...Read More

Atlantic Salmon Restoration in Bronte Creek

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Atlantic Salmon Restoration in Bronte Creek

Tags: Bronte, Ontario, Habitat, Greenspace, Restoration

Lake Ontario and the rivers and creeks that flow into it, including Bronte Creek and Sixteen Mile Creek, used to be spawning habitat for large populations of Atlantic Salmon. But the intense overfishing and ecosystem changes caused by settlers resulted in the extinction of natural Atlantic Salmon populations in the late 1800s century.   Atlantic Salmon were a staple for the diets of sett...Read More

OakvilleGreen supports National Tree Day

By: Case Feenstra Team

OakvilleGreen supports National Tree Day

Tags: Oakville, Trees, Health, Canada, Volunteer

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to appreciate trees. September 21st is National Tree Day – a day for Canadians to appreciate the benefits that trees provide for us including clean air and wildlife habitat.   To celebrate National Tree Day, which is part of National Forests Week, Oakville had a Tree planting workshop at Lions Valley Park organized by OakvilleGreen.   Oakvil...Read More

What is the Greater Fool Theory of Real Estate?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What is the Greater Fool Theory of Real Estate?

Tags: House sales, Prices, Vancouver, Buyer,

The greater fool theory is all about expectations versus reality. It definitely applies to real estate and it is a concept that might make you think twice about buying in certain neighbourhoods, especially considering the emerging price declines happening in Vancouver.   The greater fool theory as it relates to real estate, is the idea that the price of a house is not determined by on the int...Read More

Do you need a Water Softening System?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Do you need a Water Softening System?

Tags: Oakville, Water, Home Improvement, Health, Plumbing

There have been studies that link hard water consumption to increased cardiovascular mortality, growth retardation, reproductive failure and other health problems. But the World Health Organization says there is not enough evidence to make those claims. Is Oakville’s water supply soft or hard water? What makes water soft or hard in the first place?   Hard water is water that has high le...Read More

The Upside of expensive housing: New Landlords

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The Upside of expensive housing: New Landlords

Tags: Rent, Real Estate, Affordability, Budget, Revenue

There is always a glass half full perspective to any situation. For unaffordable and expensive housing, it is perhaps utilizing space that would otherwise collect dust.   People are buying homes that are beyond their budget. And the solution for paying for an insufficient budget is renting out extra space – if there is any available. This generates revenue that can be used to help pay o...Read More

Government Failure and Real Estate Cheats

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Government Failure and Real Estate Cheats

Tags: Government, Taxes, Real Estate, Profit, Fraud,

The cheating happening in real estate markets is appalling. People are making profits off the back of hard working Canadians. And according to a recent Globe and Mail Article, authorities are not responding as one might expect.   Individuals have come forward and reported fraudulent real estate activities to the police and the Canada Revenue Agency. And they were simply blown off. A federal t...Read More