Strong Business Growth in Halton Region

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

What to know about Multiple Representation in Real Estate

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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

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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