What to know about Oakville Municipal Right of Way Bylaws

By: Case Feenstra Team

What to know about Oakville Municipal Right of Way Bylaws

Tags: Oakville, Bylaws, Residents, Property, Infrastructure

Imagine planting a garden, or paying for a landscaping job only to receive a notice to remove and undo all that hard work. Why would this happen? Public safety.   The municipal right of way at the property line needs to stay clear for liability reasons, according to the Infrastructure Planning Division in the Town’s Engineering and Construction Department. Cyclists, pedestrians, vehicle...Read More

3 Megatrends affecting Real Estate Investment

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3 Megatrends affecting Real Estate Investment

Tags: Real Estate, Investment, demographics, technology,

  CBRE, the world’s largest real estate investment manager, has highlighted three emerging megatrends that will affect real estate investment into the future. Megatrends are important to be aware of for investment because they are forecasts about the future. Future forecasts help inform your investment decisions today.   Megatrend 1: Globalization   People around the world co...Read More

Why governments won’t fix housing markets

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Why governments won’t fix housing markets

Tags: Housing Market, Interest Rates, Economy, Affordability,

Governments seem to have an obsession with conducting studies to learn about problems. It is obviously important to understand a problem in order to solve it. Sometimes the answers are simple. But for the housing market, the simple answer is also unpalatable.   Monetary policy can be used for mitigating situations like overheated economies or sectors. One of the tools of monetary policy is in...Read More

What to know about Real Estate Commissions

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What to know about Real Estate Commissions

Tags: Real Estate, Commission, Agent, Home seller

Real estate can be an attractive career option because getting paid is directly tied to results. This is also good for home sellers. You only need to pay an agent if and when your home is sold.   Compare that to a lawyer who might charge $1,000 an hour. Whether you win or lose a case, a lawyers will still charge fees (most of the time). So you're getting a good deal with a real estate age...Read More

Oakville Submits 25 projects for Canada 150 Funding

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Oakville Submits 25 projects for Canada 150 Funding

Tags: Oakville, Funding, Community, Infrastructure, Local

  Next year is Canada’s 150th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, the Canadian government is providing $150 million in funding for community infrastructure projects. Which projects does Oakville have in mind?   The funding is specifically focused on projects for local places that will connect neighbourhoods and communities. The Canadian government will prioritize projects that mo...Read More

Strong Business Growth in Halton Region

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Strong Business Growth in Halton Region

Tags: Oakville, Economy, Business Growth, Employment,

Need another reason why Halton is a great place to live? Its business growth. In 2015, almost 1,000 new businesses were started which grows the total to 13,250 enterprises across the region.   The job numbers are also show upward growth. 1,800 jobs were created which increased the total employment to 220,000. The unemployment rate in Halton is now quite lows at 5.3% which is lower than provin...Read More

The Oasis Urban Market in Oakville

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The Oasis Urban Market in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Open-Air Market, Boot Sale, Summer, Drive-In, Shopping

Ever wonder what happens at a drive-in theatre when the sun is out? Markets, that’s what. Every Saturday from May 28th to September 24th. The Oasis Urban Market is actually one of Canada’s largest open air markets.   The Oasis Market website describes atmosphere as “festival-like”. Festivals are pretty great so the organizers and promoters are holding themselves to pre...Read More

June Real Estate Stats continue upward trend

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June Real Estate Stats continue upward trend

Tags: Real Estate, Oakville, Prices, GTA, Supply and Demand,

The real estate market in the GTA could be a case study for economics 101. The supply curve shifts left which pushes up the price that people are willing to pay. There are less homes available for sale in the GTA but demand is still strong – the same amount of people want to move out of their parents basement, a condo, or upsize to accommodate a growing family.   Prices are up 20% since...Read More

Home Renovations: DIY or Contractor?

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Home Renovations: DIY or Contractor?

Tags: Do-It-Yourself, Contractors, Home Improvement, Renovation

How do you know if you should tackle a home renovation yourself or pay someone else to do it? It is a question that many people ask themselves when considering home improvements.   You might feel ready to get your hands dirty. But it is important to understand what your desired end product is before starting anything yourself. Plus, you might be overestimating your handyman or handywomen skil...Read More

5 Things to Know About a Bursting Housing Bubble

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5 Things to Know About a Bursting Housing Bubble

Tags: Toronto, Real Estate, Bubble Burst, Bank of Canada, Prices

What would actually happen if the housing bubble bursts? Its beyond the point of questioning whether there is a bubble or not. The question now is the extent and the timing of a price correction.   The Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz recently announced housing markets in Toronto are unlikely to be sustained. This is a marked change in tone from past announcements.    Ac...Read More