Oakville Receives Federal Investment for Clean Technology

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Receives Federal Investment for Clean Technology

Tags: Oakville, Local Business, Clean Tech, Investment

Economies that invest in clean technology will be at an advantage in the future. That is exactly what is happening in Canada and Oakville, specifically. The Federal government recently announced funding for clean tech projects across the country. $7.1 million is ending up right here in Oakville.   Three companies are receiving investment capital: Terrestrial Energy, Pyrowave and ARDA Power. T...Read More

Top 10 Real Estate Luxury Markets in the World

By: Case Feenstra Team

Top 10 Real Estate Luxury Markets in the World

Tags: Vancouver, Toronto, Home Prices, Finance, Housing Supply

When you think about luxury real estate what comes to mind? Ocean views, penthouses, custom homes, immense landscaping, square footage, warm weather, grand staircases… The top 10 list may surprise you.   The top cities are: 1. Vancouver: 24.5 percent 2. Sydney: 14.8 percent 3. Shanghai: 14.1 percent 4. Istanbul: 13 percent 5. Munich: 12 percent 6. Melbourne: 11.9 percent  7. San F...Read More

New Legislation Expected to transform Affordable Housing

By: Case Feenstra Team

New Legislation Expected to transform Affordable Housing

Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Development, Zoning, Affordable Housing

Developers are not happy with the legislation that the Ontario Legislature recently passed. But others are calling it a breakthrough and transformational. New legislation gives power to municipalities to force developers to build low income housing units.   The change is called “inclusionary zoning” which will set aside a certain percentage of units for lower income residents. Thi...Read More

National Home Show – This Weekend

By: Case Feenstra Team

National Home Show – This Weekend

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Home Value, Home Design

Don’t miss out on this year’s National Home Show at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. The 9 day long show ends this weekend on March 20th. It is an opportunity for homeowners to connect with the home improvement industry. The Home show is also coinciding with the Canada Blooms show which focuses on flower and vegetable gardening, landscape design, outdoor life and more.   A large ra...Read More

How Other Countries limit Foreign Home Buyers

By: Case Feenstra Team

How Other Countries limit Foreign Home Buyers

Tags: Real Estate, Affordability, Mortgage, Foreign Money, Taxes

Canada’s housing supply is in a pinch. New housing and condo construction cannot supply the surging demand – part of which is coming from foreign buyers. The Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation is coming under fire for not limiting foreign money coming into the country which is arguably increasing home prices.   There are many countries around the world that have much more s...Read More

Oakville Turns on the Switch for Bright Future

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Turns on the Switch for Bright Future

Tags: LED, energy efficiency, Residents, Infrastructure

Oakville is showing its environmental leadership by upgrading its streetlights with LED technology. The conversion upgrade is expected to be completed by 2017. There are huge advantages to LED lights and the cost benefit analysis shows.   LED stands for light emitting diodes. LEDs are highly efficient and last 4 times longer than the existing high pressure sodium bulbs. The upgrades will redu...Read More

5 Ways to Win a Bidding War

By: Case Feenstra Team

5 Ways to Win a Bidding War

Tags: GTA, Home Price, Housing Market, Inspection, Toronto

The house of your dreams is up for sale, but its also the house of many other people's dreams. This means war. Do you know how you are going to bid? With spring just around the corner, a whole lot of housing activity will increase the amount of bidding wars. Some sellers price their homes low as a tactic to spur bidding wars. It is not just limited to Toronto either – bidding wars a...Read More

UN calls out Canada for Housing Crisis

By: Case Feenstra Team

UN calls out Canada for Housing Crisis

Tags: Oakville, Housing, Affordability, Supreme Court

Affordable Housing Activists in will appreciate a new report published by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The report says that Canada is failing to live up to its international obligations to protect vulnerable Canadians. The report recommends that the Canadian government develop a national housing strategy that specifically recognizes the right to housing. &n...Read More

Huge Potential for reducing Residential Real Estate Emissions

By: Case Feenstra Team

Huge Potential for reducing Residential Real Estate Emissions

Tags: Ontario, Building Emissions, Canadian Home Builders Association,

Gas powered vehicles and industry are not the only thing causing climate change. Buildings, including the residential sector, account for a whopping 12% of Canadian emissions. It is the second highest sector after transportation, which accounts for 23% of emissions. Luckily, the Canadian government has enacted policies and programs that are tackling the issue of emissions from buildings.   Wh...Read More

Construction of ErinoakKids Oakville Progresses

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Construction of ErinoakKids Oakville Progresses

Tags: Oakville, Infrastructure, Public Services, Ontario

  The ErinoakKids new Oakville site is almost halfway complete. The organization is one of 20 Ontario community based children’s treatment centers which is a lifeline to many families that need support. The new facility is located close to the new Oakville Hospital and is replacing the 40 year old facility in order to meet the growing demand for services for children with disabili...Read More