What to know about Multiple Representation in Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

What to know about Multiple Representation in Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Brokerage, Regulation, Client,

Multiple representation, also known as dual agency, is when the same real estate brokerage represents both the buyer and the seller in a real estate transaction. This might seem to be a possible conflict of interest. There are a few things to keep in mind.   The brokerage may know things that the seller will want to keep private. This could include a lack of home inspections for recent renova...Read More

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Midnight Madness Oakville 2016

Tags: Community, Family, Downtown Oakville, Lakeshore,

Mark your calendars – Friday, July 15 is Midnight Madness, one of Oakville’s memorable community events and the largest retail event of the year. In addition to shopping, Midnight Madness has food, live music performances, and entertainment.   Over 6 blocks will be closed off in Downtown Oakville along Lakeshore Road. The unbeatable shopping deals, vendors, and entertainment will ...Read More

How Brexit Could Affect Canadian Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

How Brexit Could Affect Canadian Real Estate

Tags: Toronto, Real Estate, Foreign Investment, Brexit

The British decision to leave the EU after the recent referendum is expected to have economic effects that are not limited to the just UK. But the effects might not be all bad, especially for real estate, according to some analysts.   The exit of Britain from the EU is expected to continue the trend of low interest rates around the world. This will have a positive effect on commercial real es...Read More

The new Oakville Hospital is green in more ways than one

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The new Oakville Hospital is green in more ways than one

Tags: Oakville, Hydro, Energy Efficiency, Green, Halton Healthcare

Halton Healthcare received $920,000 in incentives for the energy efficiencies built into the Oakville Hospital and equipment during construction.   The funding is coming from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) which has a focus on assisting in designing and implementing energy efficient systems in buildings. Oakville Hydro worked with Halton Healthcare to apply for the funding...Read More

First time buyers vs GTA real estate

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First time buyers vs GTA real estate

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, First Time Buyer, Investment

For first time buyers, the GTA real estate market is as daunting as it gets. The idea of buying a detached home for first time buyers is wishful thinking at best. But the key is to stay realistic.   With homes in the GTA average $1.05 million, the necessity to set realistic expectations is important. The market is not the same as it was 10 years ago when prices were less than half of what the...Read More

Oakville’s Sheridan College Receives $654,000 in Research Funding

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Oakville’s Sheridan College Receives $654,000 in Research Funding

Tags: Oakville, Sheridan College, Housing, Research, Innovation

The Federal Government is investing $654,000 into three major research projects in Oakville’s Sheridan College. The projects will focus on solution to bullying, global citizenship, and affordable housing.   The investment is coming out of the Community and College Social Innovation Fund. The fund is meant to help the government develop approaches and strategies to solve broad social pro...Read More

Canada Day Celebrations in Oakville

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Canada Day Celebrations in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Canada Day, Bronte, Celebration, Holiday

July 1st falls on a Friday this year which is perfect for staying out late to watch the fireworks. Celebrations will take place from 11am to 11pm on Friday at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. The holiday event is a perfect family getaway and has attractions for all ages. The fireworks start at 10:15pm.   There are live performances from entertainers and bands. The oldies might be interested i...Read More

Pilot Project to test Toll Lanes on QEW

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Pilot Project to test Toll Lanes on QEW

Tags: Oakville, Burlington, Toll Lanes, QEW, Transportation, Infrastructure

Everybody hates traffic. But now you have a chance to pay to (maybe) avoid it. The existing HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes will now be opened up to drivers who purchase a permit which will allow them to skip through all the non-permit holders in the free lanes.   1,000 permits are available at a cost of $180 dollars for 3 months. Drivers that are interested can apply through ServiceOntari...Read More

Oakville Considering a Seventh Ward in 2018

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Oakville Considering a Seventh Ward in 2018

Tags: Oakville, Ward, Population, Resident, Halton,

With all the housing growth North of Dundas, another ward could be a good idea. A recent vote in Oakville’s Town Council thought so. The new ward would be ready for the next municipal election in 2018.   The ward expansion rests on a pending decision by Halton Region to increase representation in the area. If or when the decision is passed, there would be a new regional councillor and a...Read More

Humanitarian Architecture: Housing for the Millions

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Humanitarian Architecture: Housing for the Millions

Tags: Oakville, GTA, Architecture, Design, Housing,

The way the global population is growing, the world needs a one-million-person city per week over the next 15 years with a price tag of $10,000 per family. If this doesn’t happen, slums will and favelas with subpar living conditions will grow by more than a billion people. But even here in Oakville and the GTA, urban growth requires better designed buildings that stand the test of time and p...Read More