Real Estate Math Mistakes to Avoid

By: Case Feenstra Team

Real Estate Math Mistakes to Avoid

Tags: Investments, real estate, homeowner, gains, overvalue,

Decision making for investments is simple in theory. You weigh the costs and benefits of different options and go with the one with the biggest payoff. But humans aren’t robots (thankfully) and we consider other factors in decision making. For real estate this is important because homes are often one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.   Humans have a tendency to be affec...Read More

Smooth Sailing for Roads in Halton

By: Case Feenstra Team

Smooth Sailing for Roads in Halton

Tags: Halton, Transportation, roads, investment, budget

The low density suburbs of Halton require an extensive network of winding and interconnecting roads. But its easy to take roads for granted, especially when they are in such good shape. Its much easier to notice bad road conditions. But this is rare for Halton, which has well maintained roads according to the 2015 Transportation Service Progress Report.   And smooth roads are not only nicer t...Read More

Canada’s Contrasting Real Estate Markets

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canada’s Contrasting Real Estate Markets

Tags: Toronto, Housing, real estate, GTA, prices

Some cities in this country are trying to coax red hot real estate prices down with regulation and taxes. Other cities are experiencing 20 months of straight price declines. What’s the deal? This contrast seen between cities like Toronto and Calgary highlights how housing markets are heavily tied to the economy.   Sales activity in Calgary is down by 12.6% in July compared to last year....Read More

Oakville Can’t decide on Downtown Furniture

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Can’t decide on Downtown Furniture

Tags: Oakville, Lakeshore, Town Council, Residents,

It seems people know what they don’t want better than what they want. After engaging with residents on furniture selection for Downtown Oakville, the Town’s staff has decided to hold another public engagement process this fall. Except that already happened.   The original first choice resulted in considerable negative feedback from residents. Okay. Well the first choice was inform...Read More

2016 Canadian National Exhibition

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2016 Canadian National Exhibition

Tags: GTA, Family, Event, CNE, Ex, Attraction,

One great thing about the summer is the amount of activities there are to do around the GTA. Most weekends have some event that is worth going to. Wrapping up the summer is the Canadian National Exhibition, also known as the CNE and ‘the ex’, which is set to run from August 21 to September 7.   The Ex offers things to do for every age and any interest. For families, there are two ...Read More

5 key points to know before showing your home

By: Case Feenstra Team

5 key points to know before showing your home

Tags: Real Estate, Open house, Home Selling, Home Staging, Agent

Now that you’ve decided to sell your home, set price expectations, and found a real estate agent, the next thing to prepare for is the frenzy of people inspecting and perusing through your home. Kind of invasive right?   How do you make your home presentable to buyers and ensure that home showings go smoothly? A few key pointers: Keep it clean. Obviously. But this is easier said than...Read More

Don’t miss the 2016 Oakville Jazz Festival

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Don’t miss the 2016 Oakville Jazz Festival

Tags: Oakville, Lakeshore, local event, Festival, Music

What’s better than listening to relaxing music on a warm summer night? The Oakville Jazz Festival is on August 5th and 6th in downtown Oakville. There are six stages set up placed along Lakeshore Road from Allan to Navy Street.   This year there will also be a floating stage with an accompanying floating platform for spectators that will leave from the Oakville Boat Club and travel down...Read More

A short history about lawns and why you should get rid of yours

By: Case Feenstra Team

A short history about lawns and why you should get rid of yours

Tags: Lawn, water, house, property, summer

Some people really like their lawn. Installing a sprinkler system, or pulling out the hose and sprinkler everyday during a midsummer drought is a telltale sign of how far people are willing to go. But lawns are a big wasted opportunity, and their history highlights a certain silliness.   The concept of a lawn emerged in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe as a showpiece of wealth. Aristocra...Read More

The Mess of Lakeshore West

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The Mess of Lakeshore West

Tags: Lakeshore West, GO Transit, Union Station, GTA, Transportation

It’s the busiest line of GO Transit. The Lakeshore West line extends from Toronto Union Station to Hamilton and transports thousands of workers to and from the Toronto downtown core each morning and afternoon. The problem? It’s a mix of construction and perhaps some feelings of entitlement. After all, it takes two sides to make a problem.   Union Station is under construction. It ...Read More

Will Vancouver’s New Real Estate Tax Make a Difference?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Will Vancouver’s New Real Estate Tax Make a Difference?

Tags: Real Estate, Taxes, Toronto, Foreign Buyers,

Regulations always have good intentions. Sometimes regulations work, and other times they do absolutely nothing but create more red tape. Government officials have enacted a new 15% tax for foreign purchases on real estate in Metro Vancouver with the goal to slow down foreign investment. But will it make any difference?   Real estate experts have pointed out that foreign buyers can avoid the ...Read More