Toronto Real Estate gains in August

By: Case Feenstra Team

Toronto Real Estate gains in August

Tags: Toronto, Vancouver, Oakville, Real Estate, Price increases, Detached homes,

Toronto is now surpassing Vancouver in real estate gains. It is not clear whether the foreign buyer tax in Vancouver has pushed more buyers to Toronto. But the idea is being floated by real estate analysts.   The Toronto Real Estate Board will continue to study the effect that the Vancouver foreign buyer tax is having on the GTA. It is difficult to see the effect because attributing sales as ...Read More

More Red Light Cameras coming to Halton

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More Red Light Cameras coming to Halton

Tags: Oakville, Red Light Cameras, Safety, Accidents,

Some might argue that red light cameras mean more tickets. Others would say red light camera’s increase safety. Halton Region and the Town of Oakville take the latter perspective. What is the reasoning?   5 more red light cameras will be installed across Halton Region. Oakville will install one at Upper Middle Road and Sixth Line. There are currently 12 red light camera’...Read More

Feds want to hear from Canadians on National Housing Strategy

By: Case Feenstra Team

Feds want to hear from Canadians on National Housing Strategy

Tags: Social Development, Canada, Housing, Affordable, Government, Survey

  Affordable housing, aging rental stock, rising prices – these are all major topics in Canada’s housing strategy. And the government wants to hear from you. Check out letstalkhousing.ca for the survey.   The ministry of Families, Children and Social Development has created a website that allows Canadians to take a survey and provide feedback so that the government can respo...Read More

Kerrfest and the 2016 Oakville Lifestyle Home Show and Healthy Living Show

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Kerrfest and the 2016 Oakville Lifestyle Home Show and Healthy Living Show

Tags: Kerr Street, Oakville, Home Show, Weekend, Local, Event

Looking for something to do this weekend? There is a lot happening around Oakville. Kerrfest is an outdoor street festival taking place in Oakville’s Kerr Village. The 2016 Oakville Lifestyle Home Show and Healthy Living Show run this weekend as well. Perfect timing to start out the school year with good habits and routines.   Kerrfest features local merchants, live music performances, ...Read More

West Nile Virus found in Oakville. Worth the Worry?

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West Nile Virus found in Oakville. Worth the Worry?

Tags: Mosquitos, Halton, Oakville, Health,

Mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus have been found in Oakville. What does this mean? Should you be worried?   West Nile Virus can cause fever, headache, muscle ache, and rash. 80% of people infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms and less than 1% of cases are severe. There were 13 cases of people being infected by the West Nile Virus in Toronto last year.   Urban areas have b...Read More

Economist: Media is the Cause of high housing prices, not Foreign Buyers

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Economist: Media is the Cause of high housing prices, not Foreign Buyers

Tags: Media, Real Estate, Market Bubble, Housing prices,

  A US economist is blaming the headlines of journalism for increasing housing prices, not the fundamentals of economics. That type of claim is quite a headline itself...   Of course media has an effect on real estate. With all the articles written about price increases, money to be made and economic bubbles, no wonder people are so set on claiming a piece of the expandin...Read More

Ontario Community Commits to 100% Renewables by 2050

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Ontario Community Commits to 100% Renewables by 2050

Tags: Oakville, Residential, Community, Renewables, Environment, Economy

Transportation, electricity and heating will all be powered from renewables by 2050 in Oxford, Ontario. Is it realistic?   The entire council of Oxford seems to think so. There was unanimous support for the decision by the country mayors and councillors. The Oxford community also supports the commitment because it not only is it good for the environment, its good for the economy.   Despi...Read More

New Reality Show about Canadian Real Estate

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New Reality Show about Canadian Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Agents, Market, Home Seller, Bidding Wars

You know real estate markets are getting ridiculous when people can make a reality show out of it. A show called Seller’s Market will follow five real estate agents in BC who battle over winning coveted listings.   The show looks at the real estate market from the perspective of the seller. Being a seller is a nice position to be in in the current Canadian real estate market. Low housin...Read More

High Rises and High Prices

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High Rises and High Prices

Tags: GTA, Housing, Condos, Buyers, Prices,

Living in high rise condos is becoming more common outside the GTA downtown core. They’re popping up across the GTA and with higher price tags. Space is running out but there is always room to build skywards.   Sales for condos are up by 52% since last year compared to low rise homes which are down by 32%. There are simply more condos available to buy. With average prices for detached h...Read More

Blue Box Scavengers in Oakville

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Blue Box Scavengers in Oakville

Tags: Oakville residents, Blue Box, Scavengers, Halton Region, Waste Management

Anyone that goes through a blue box to pick out valuable items should be applauded. It shows a level of entrepreneurship and also stewardship. Recyclable items have value. If Oakville residents decide to put recyclable items on the side of the road, they are foregoing the opportunity to convert those recyclable items to cash. If someone else decides to, good for them.   A recent article expla...Read More