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

By: Case Feenstra Team

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

Another Real Estate Record Set in February

By: Case Feenstra Team

Another Real Estate Record Set in February

Tags: Home Prices, Toronto, Economy, GTA, Foreign buyers

A detached teardown in Etobicoke was listed for $1.075 million the other day. Are detached homes becoming a luxury? Well for first time buyers, a detached home is likely out of reach, and will remain so for quite a while. Especially as bidders are lining up in ever increasing numbers.   The year over year price increase for Toronto homes from February 2015 to 2016 is almost 15%. Real estate a...Read More

Mississauga Fails to Legalize Uber

By: Case Feenstra Team

Mississauga Fails to Legalize Uber

Tags: Suburbs, Oakville, Neighbourhood, Transportation, Insurance

Uber is still technically illegal? This legal technicality is definitely not stopping Uber from operating and achieving huge market growth. Uber is not only being used by young demographics anymore. The city of Mississauga has recognized Uber is not going away but a council meeting decided to request that Uber suspend operations until the city can decide on regulations. Good luck.   Calgary r...Read More

World Wildlife Day

By: Case Feenstra Team

World Wildlife Day

Tags: Canada, United Nations, Poaching

Today marks the 3rd annual World Wildlife Day. It marks the day that countries around the world signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at the United Nations. World Wildlife Day aims to increase awareness about the world’s wild animals and plants. Scientists have estimated that 150-200 unique species of wildlife become extinct every day. Hab...Read More

Real Time Tracking Technology for Oakville Transit

By: Case Feenstra Team

Real Time Tracking Technology for Oakville Transit

Tags: Public Transportation, GPS, Oakville,

Oakville’s public transit has entered the 21st century. The new real time bus tracking technology will improve convenience for users. Bus schedules are developed to be as accurate as possible in forecasting expected route times based on traffic conditions throughout the day. The technology uses GPS data to predict the timing of bus arrival.   Unfortunately, buses use the same roads as p...Read More

Two Thirds of Canadians Favour Government Intervention in Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

Two Thirds of Canadians Favour Government Intervention in Real Estate

Tags: Regulation, Toronto, Housing Prices, Shadow Flipping

The results of this recent Angus Reid poll suggest that markets are not providing for what a majority of Canadians need, or at least expect. Fairness is a key issue highlighted in the poll. Two thirds of Canadians think government should be more involved in the real estate industry while the remaining third prefers the market to manage real estate shortcomings.   The poll did not specify what...Read More