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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

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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

Real Estate Math Mistakes to Avoid

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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

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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

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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

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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