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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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?

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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

What to know about Oakville Municipal Right of Way Bylaws

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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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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