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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

Bidding wars causing a decrease in home inspections

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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

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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