Weird Connection: Donald Trump and Nova Scotia Real Estate

By: Nate Van Beilen

Weird Connection: Donald Trump and Nova Scotia Real Estate

Tags: Real estate, affordable housing, Immigration

I’ll be concerned if Donald Trump becomes president of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. I guess its good to be in Canada and somewhat removed from the electoral spectacle and potential for an egomaniacal national leader. A fair amount of Americans seem to share these sentiments.   Rob Calabrese is a radio show host in Nova Scotia. He thought it would be funny to create a we...Read More

Local Event: Bronte Creek’s Maple Syrup Festival

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: Bronte Creek’s Maple Syrup Festival

Tags: Oakville, Attraction, Tradition, Community

Have you ever wondered what life was like without Netflix? How about electricity, or even plumbing? You would think life would be a lot more difficult and plain. It was rich in other ways. But don’t ask me – go to the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. A main attraction at the festival is tours and workshops that allows visitors to learn how people lived in the early...Read More

The Shadiness of Shadow Flipping

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Shadiness of Shadow Flipping

Tags: Property Sales, Real Estate, Investors, Toronto, Condos

Some realtors have been up to shady schemes. It is when a property sale is arranged and the realtor finds a new buyer willing to pay more before the deal closes. For example; a realtor sells your home for $250,000 more than the price you agreed to, but you don’t get any of that extra sales price. The reassigning of sales to different buyers at ever higher prices is resulting in huge payouts ...Read More

Why is Halton called Halton?

By: Nate Van Beilen

Why is Halton called Halton?

Tags: Halton Region, Oakville, Burlington, milton, halton hills

More than half a million people live in Halton Region, living in four different municipalities of Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills. But I'm sure most of us have never even thought about why our region is called Halton.  Halton Region is named after William Halton. He was born in 1769 – the same year as Napoleon Bonaparte. But William Halton is relatively obscure as a ...Read More

5 Different Mortgage Term Lengths

By: Nate Van Beilen

5 Different Mortgage Term Lengths

Tags: Property, Interest, home buyers, credit rating, equity

Mortgage in old French means ‘dead pledge’. The pledge ends when the financial obligation is fulfilled or the property foreclosed (knock on wood). It is up to homeowners to decide how when they want their pledge to become ‘dead’. There are generally 5 different mortgage term lengths offered by financial institutions. The best choice is based on your income, spending habits,...Read More

The Effect of Wind Turbines on Property Value

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Effect of Wind Turbines on Property Value

Tags: Real Estate, Health, Energy, Property sales

NIMBY is the acronym for “not in my backyard”. It is applicable to the opposition towards renewable wind energy developments. It is understandable that wind turbines might be an eyesore to some people. But a recent report by Pembina Institute says that many of the claims about property value decreases and other concerns from groups like Ontario Wind Resistance are not ba...Read More

What is Happening to the Old Oakville Trafalgar Hospital and High school Buildings?

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What is Happening to the Old Oakville Trafalgar Hospital and High school Buildings?

Tags: Halton Health Care, Development, Community Centre, Housing, Real Estate

The Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital has been replaced with by the new facility at the Dundas and Third Line intersection. The old hospital building takes up a considerable amount of land in south Oakville, and there have been many different idea about how to use the space. One idea that had some traction was to use the building to house Syrian refugees. “The province is looking at a nu...Read More

New Regulations intended to cool Canada’s Hot Real Estate

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Regulations intended to cool Canada’s Hot Real Estate

Tags: Toronto, Home Prices, Capital Gains, Tax, Foreign investors

Federal law makers in Ottawa worried about overheating Canadian real estate are facing critics who argue that new regulations will hurt average buyers the most. Who do we believe?   New rules came into effect on yesterday, Feb 15th, which will change down payments for new home purchases. Homes between $500,000 and $1 million need a 10% down payment and homes about $1 million will still requir...Read More

Stores that boost home values

By: Nate Van Beilen

Stores that boost home values

Tags: Oakville, Oakville Place, Home Prices, Pusatari’s, Coffee Shops

Looking to boost your home value? Usually people look for recent renovations, number of bedrooms, and neighbourhood schools. But proximity to certain types of stores has been found to be an additional selling point worth considering. What are these stores? Well there are a few.   The Starbucks effect, as it has been termed, is the effect that a local coffee shop has on home values. Researcher...Read More

Oakville Recognizes Right to a Healthy Environment

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Recognizes Right to a Healthy Environment

Tags: Oakville, Blue Dot Movement, Canada, Charter of Rights and Freedoms

More than 110 nations around the world recognize the right to live in a healthy environment. Canada doesn’t. Does this surprise you? Well Oakville has joined over 100 other Canadian municipalities to declare that they recognize their citizen’s right to a healthy environment. The initiative is called the Blue Dot Movement, referring to Earth, as a small blue dot in the vast solar system...Read More