407 Highway Extension moving forward

By: Case Feenstra Team

407 Highway Extension moving forward

Tags: GTA, Housing, Commute, Highway, Accessibility

The 407 – the highway you love but also hate. If only all of the GTA’s highways could run so smoothly, without the arduous surplus of vehicles and annoyance. But nothing is free, including the 407. Well actually, the new extension is free until January 1st!   The new 20 km stretch of highway, which now runs from Brock Rd. in Pickering to Harmony Rd. in Oshawa, had its grand openin...Read More

10 ways to stay cool at home

By: Case Feenstra Team

10 ways to stay cool at home

Tags: Summer, Electricity, House, Property Value, Home

Summer is here. And the days are only going to get hotter from here on out. But you don’t have to concede to the instant comfort of the air conditioner. After all, the excessive use of energy is one of the things contributing to the intensity of summer heat. Check out these ways to keep cool while keeping your electricity use at bay.   Keep the blinds closed. This can save 7% on your...Read More

PM Trudeau on Canada’s Real Estate Markets

By: Case Feenstra Team

PM Trudeau on Canada’s Real Estate Markets

Tags: Toronto, Real Estate, Housing, Crisis, Economy

Like any politician, Justin Trudeau’s comments regarding the federal government’s stance on anything are vague at best. That includes real estate. “This is a very significant crisis … we know that we need to take measures so that the affordability of homes is accessible for more Canadians.”    Trudeau highlighted Toronto and Vancouver and said that the...Read More

Buyer Gridlock: the other price of expensive real estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

Buyer Gridlock: the other price of expensive real estate

Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Detached home, Upgrade, Prices

Even if your home has doubled in price since you bought it, it doesn’t mean you’re better off. This is because housing prices have increased across the board. The home you might be looking to upgrade to has increased in price as well, if not more.   In fact, the gap between lower priced and higher priced homes in widening. This is causing a significant barrier. More people are sta...Read More

Oakville Family Ribfest – June 24-26

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Oakville Family Ribfest – June 24-26

Tags: Oakville, Family Event, Sheridan, Rotary Club,

Next weekend is the classic Oakville event you and your stomach don’t want to miss. Oakville family Ribfest was voted as the best tourist attraction in the Oakville Beaver’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The 5th annual Ribfest is taking place at Sheridan College from June 24-26. The hours are:   Friday: 4pm-11pm Saturday: 11am-11pm Sunday: 11am-7pm   Parking at Sheridan Colle...Read More

What will the GTA population be like in 20 years?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What will the GTA population be like in 20 years?

Tags: GTA, Population, Housing, Real Estate, Smart Growth

The projected population increase of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area within the next 20 years is 3.5 million people. That’s more than the current population of Toronto. What does 3.5 million more people look like? And how will real estate be affected?   It means and equal amount of growth in schools, hospitals, and transit. But there is worry that governments are being more reacti...Read More

3 new Kitchen Trends

By: Case Feenstra Team

3 new Kitchen Trends

Tags: Kitchen, Real Estate, Renovation, Investment,

  Sometimes trends are just trends and don’t last forever. But some trends are different and eventually become a norm. So keep these in mind for your next kitchen renovation. Because they might be the next norm for kitchens.   Kitchen renovations are always a big investment for real estate. Its because kitchens are a main selling point of a home and are increasingly a central hang...Read More

Real Estate Records set yet again in May

By: Case Feenstra Team

Real Estate Records set yet again in May

Tags: Real Estate, Home Sales, Economist, Financial, Mortgage

Its not even surprising that May has set another record for real estate sales. 12,870 homes were sold in the month, which is an increase of 10.6% from last year. This is despite a decreasing number of listings which have dropped by 6%.   Meanwhile the Chief Economist at Dominion Lending Centres recently expressed worry about increasing home prices because “these things generally don&rsq...Read More

Oakville takes 3rd for best place to live in Canada

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Oakville takes 3rd for best place to live in Canada

Tags: Oakville Housing, Raising Kids, Wealth, Income,

Oakville is up three places since last year for the third overall best community to live. A survey done by MoneySense looked at 219 cities and communities across Canada to determine where the most ideal place to live is.   A number of factors were used to determine quality of living. Some included wealth/income, crime rate, amenities, weather, and housing affordability. Housing affordability?...Read More

2016 Sound of Music Festival

By: Case Feenstra Team

2016 Sound of Music Festival

Tags: Community, Festival, Sound of Music, Burlington,

Burlington’s downtown will be transformed into a hub of music and the arts from June 11th to 19th. The nine day music festival has been growing in popularity over the 35 years of its existence. It is Canada’s largest free music festival.   Over 100 artists are performing in 10 different stage and venue areas. The shows are a mix of ticketed and free. June 11th – 15th are tic...Read More