Bidding wars causing a decrease in home inspections

By: Case Feenstra Team

Bidding wars causing a decrease in home inspections

Tags: Home Buyers, Bidding Wars, Home Inspection, Real Estate

The fierce competition for housing across the GTA is lowering home inspections on buyers’ priority lists. Buyers worry that offers that are conditional on home inspections will be less attractive to sellers. This might seem like a good strategy but it has its risks.   The Ontario Government is looking to raise the standards for home inspections through new legislation. But home inspecti...Read More

What to do if you see a Coyote

By: Case Feenstra Team

What to do if you see a Coyote

Tags: Oakville, Pets, Coyotes, Urban Forest

If you go off the beaten path in many of Oakville’s parks you might encounter a coyote. If you live by a park or ravine you might see a coyote on your property. Should you be scared? Coyotes do not attack humans but it is important to ensure coyotes are discouraged from intruding into backyards where they could pose a threat to pets or small children. You can do your part by scaring coyotes ...Read More

3 Canadian Cities ranked in the Top 5 Most Liveable in the World

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3 Canadian Cities ranked in the Top 5 Most Liveable in the World

Tags: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Best cities to live in,

Sometimes the Canadian winters make it seem like moving somewhere warmer might make life a bit better. But a few Canadian cities rank high in the most liveable in the world. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are ranked third, fourth and fifth for the world’s most liveable cities. The rankings are based on broad categories which include stability, healthcare, culture and environment, and educati...Read More

What is a green building?

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What is a green building?

Tags: Green building, Architecture, Design, Canada, Sustainable, Housing

Words with prefixes like “green” and “eco” often turn out to be part of a sales pitch or marketing scheme. Try to define what “green” means to you. Its difficult to put a pin on the meaning. There are people who spend a lot of their life thinking about what a green building could be.   In fact, when it comes to sustainable housing, Canada is behind the time...Read More

Sprawl is not worth the Trade off

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Sprawl is not worth the Trade off

Tags: Sprawl, Housing, Neighbourhoods, Oakville, Real Estate

Like anything worthwhile in life, trade offs are necessary to get what you want. But people don’t agree on trade-offs. One perspective is that the GTA needs more low density single family housing. Another perspective is that sprawl sucks and isn’t worth any trade-off.   Economists at CIBC say “continuing the housing boom doesn’t need to be bad for Canada. Some might we...Read More

Halton Continues to be Recognized as one of the Safest Communities in Canada

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Halton Continues to be Recognized as one of the Safest Communities in Canada

Tags: Crime, Halton, Toronto, Residents, Canada

Feeling safe is a good feeling. Not having to worry about crime lets you focus on achieving your goals, and enjoying life. That’s why its great to live in Halton Region. Its something that Halton residents should never take for granted.   Maclean’s maganize recently published a Crime Severity Index that looked at 100 municipalities in Canada. The index used data from Statistics Ca...Read More

Annual Income necessary to afford an Oakville home tops $165,000

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Annual Income necessary to afford an Oakville home tops $165,000

Tags: Oakville, GTA, Detached home, Prices, Income

Maybe its more realistic to expect living a tent if you don’t already own a home in the GTA. Tents can be pretty nice. An enlightening article in the Toronto Star recently put housing affordability into hard numbers. Oakville is third on the list for highest incomes needed to afford homes after King and Richmond Hill.   The report looked at the entire GTA and only found a couple pockets...Read More

Solar Roofing Could be an Industry Game Changer

By: Case Feenstra Team

Solar Roofing Could be an Industry Game Changer

Tags: Oakville, Solar, Investment, Energy systems, Elon Musk

Need to replace your shingles? The next upcoming home technology could be solar rooftops. The idea of shingles and solar modules on top of shingled roofs might now becoming passé. What if shingles themselves were solar panels?   Solar energy is taking hold, at least in terms of its acceptability by the general public. But installations on residential homes remain rather uncommon. ...Read More

Oakville wants resident’s input on Harbours

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Oakville wants resident’s input on Harbours

Tags: Oakville, Bronte, Harbour, Residents, Boating

A good way to get feedback on surveys is to offer prizes. The Town of Oakville is doing just that in a study on resident’s experience in Bronte and Oakville harbours. Filling out a short survey will enter you in a draw to win a three-month Town of Oakville fitness pass.   The Town wants to know whether residents are affiliated with a boating club, agency, or affiliation and how often re...Read More

Oakville’s Oldershaw Competing in Olympics next week

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Oakville’s Oldershaw Competing in Olympics next week

Tags: Oakville, Olympics, Canoe, Sixteen Mile Creek,

The years of paddling up and down Sixteen Mile Creek continue to pay off. Mark Oldershaw is competing in his third Olympic games. Oldershaw will be paddling the men’s canoe single 1000m on Monday August 15th, and the men’s canoe single 200m on Wednesday the 17th.   Oldershaw recently competed in Milan for the world championships where he hoped to secure an Olympic qualifying time....Read More