OECD calls for Government intervention in Housing Markets

By: Case Feenstra Team

OECD calls for Government intervention in Housing Markets

Tags: Housing Market, Household Debt, Housing Prices, Market Intervention

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is now added to the growing list of academics, bankers, economists, and think tanks who are calling attention to Canada’s housing market.   The OECD is an organization that is typically supportive of free markets and free trade. For this organization to call for government intervention into markets speaks volumes about Canada&rsq...Read More

Oakville’s Rivers: Rivers to Ocean Week

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Oakville’s Rivers: Rivers to Ocean Week

Tags: Oakville, Bronte, 16 Mile Creek, River, Wildlife

This year’s theme is “Health Oceans, Healthy Planet”. The earth is more ocean than land. Yet most people don’t think much about the ocean. Oceans impact us and our decisions also impact the ocean. Even Oakville, which seems far from the ocean, is connected through rivers.   Oakville has two main rivers – Bronte Creek, and 16 Mile Creek. These rivers are important...Read More

Millenials turn to cottage country for real estate investments

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Millenials turn to cottage country for real estate investments

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Housing, Cottage, Affordability, GTA

For many Millenials, vacation homes are the only affordable way of getting their feet into the real estate market. Affording a home in the GTA on a single salary income is pretty much out of the question. So a single millennial who doesn’t want to buy a condo is left with few options. Look north.   It might not be the worst idea. Cottage owners could rent out the property over the seaso...Read More

Multi Million Dollar Mansion for Sale in Oakville

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Multi Million Dollar Mansion for Sale in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Real Estate, Drake, Mansion,

Sometimes its nice to dream. But even if I had all the money in the world, I probably wouldn’t want to live in a $17.9 million dollar house. Especially the one currently for sale in Oakville. How bout you?   It’s 15,000 square feet of marble, hardwood, Persian rugs, and granite countertops. There are 5 bedrooms each with its own wing of the house. And 8 bathrooms. Yes, 8 of them, ...Read More

Housing Market Grows while the Economy Slows

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Housing Market Grows while the Economy Slows

Tags: Economy, Real Estate, Housing, Sales, Prices, Markets

It seems counter intuitive that prices in a housing market would keep increasing in an economy that is not growing, or even shrinking. The reality is actually proving projections wrong.   TD bank forecasted the economy to shrink by 0.2% this year and BMO forecasted a 1% decline. This was largely due to the cheap loonie and the cheap oil prices that are continuing to affect oil production in t...Read More

Backyard Chickens in Oakville

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Backyard Chickens in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Bylaw, Eggs, Toronto,

Ever think about what it would be like to raise chickens? You would get lots of free eggs for one thing. It’s about an egg a day on average per chicken. I’ve heard chickens are quite friendly too. It seems like it could be a fun summer project potentially.   But the legality of keeping chickens in your suburban yard depends on where you live. Some Canadian cities such as Vancouver...Read More

Millennials and Saving for Real Estate

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Millennials and Saving for Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Canada, Housing Market, Home Buyers, Millennials

Housing markets are still broiling. But that is surprisingly not deterring millennials from entering the real estate market. Recent reports suggest that the majority of millenials that plan on buying their first home, are hoping to do so within the next 5 years.   But expectations commonly differ from reality. Buying a home is a nice thought, but saving for one probably seems like a burden. S...Read More

June is Bike Month

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June is Bike Month

Tags: Prize, Giveaway, Commute, Oakville,

June is the month for biking. If biking is an option for you, it’s a great way to get the blood flowing before you sit at a desk all day. 30 minutes of exercise a day is good for your brain too, and it helps with concentration. The benefits don’t stop there though.   I bike to the Oakville GO station every morning and recklessly zip past all the disgruntled drivers in the bumper t...Read More

The Future of Train Transit

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The Future of Train Transit

Tags: Oakville, Toronto, Transportation, Transit,

Let’s face it. Taking a train to Toronto is always better than driving, except maybe at 3 am. The highway is always jammed and unreliable. Trains are relaxing, on schedule most of the time, and you can read or sleep, or watch Netflix on your phone. Even if you like the freedom of being in your own car, trains will be optimal transportation option of the future.   New plans will will see...Read More

What to do with your Grass Clippings

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What to do with your Grass Clippings

Tags: Oakville, compost, Lawn care, Yard, Grass

Its that time of year when you gotta cut your lawn 2 or even 3 times a week. But the town of Oakville does not accept grass clippings in your yard waste mix. That means you have 2 choices. Either you can cut your grass without a bag on your lawn mower and leave grass clippings on the lawn, or, you can compost your grass clippings.   Leaving grass clippings on the lawn is actually beneficial. ...Read More