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

Oakville to Become a GO Transit hub

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville to Become a GO Transit hub

Tags: Metrolinx, Eletrification, Train, Infrastructure, Economy

  10 years – that’s the timeline to power all of the Metrolinx GO Trains with electricity. 15 minutes – that’s the goal for train service frequency on all major lines. Metrolinx management acknowledges these goals are technically possible but also aggressive and difficult to achieve.   One of the big hurdles is ownership of track. Metrolinx currently works with C...Read More

Oakville Adding 28kms of Pedestrian and Bike Paths

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Adding 28kms of Pedestrian and Bike Paths

Tags: Public Awareness, Sustainability, infrastructure, Active transportation

It may be a bit too cold and icy to bike at this time of the year, but come springtime, Oakville residents have more opportunity get around town through human modes transportation: biking and walking.   The 28 kilometers will add to the existing infrastructure of 185 kilometers of pedestrian and bike paths built throughout Oakville since 2009. “We are committed to providing residents an...Read More

Real Estate makes up 12% of Canada’s Economy

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate makes up 12% of Canada’s Economy

Tags: Foreign investors, Condo, GTA, GDP, Growth

Canada’s economy has taken hits from the crash of oil prices and the resulting weakening currency. Canada’s economy actually shrank by 0.09% last year. But real estate is still driving the economy and taking up the slack of declining industries. New reports show that the real estate sector accounted for 53% of Canada’s economic growth in 2015.   Commodity goods markets such ...Read More

Residential Development of Glen Abbey Golf Course Postponed

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Residential Development of Glen Abbey Golf Course Postponed

Tags: Oakville, Real Estate, Legislation, Greenspace, Property Values

A unanimous decision of the Town of Oakville Council will ensure that Glen Abbey Golf Course is restricted to its existing use for one year as of Feb 1, 2016. No more development proposals will be accepted by Oakville during this one year time period.   The one year period will allow the Town to conduct a Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis Study and other assessments in order to understand...Read More

All you need to know about Real Estate Crowd Funding

By: Nate Van Beilen

All you need to know about Real Estate Crowd Funding

Tags: Investing, debt, equity, Homeowner, innovation

Crowdfunding is traditionally used for raising money for projects or new business ventures. With new innovations in technology, web development, finance and legal changes, crowdfunding is now coming to the real estate market. It is a great way for investors who might be renting to diversify their investment portfolios into the real estate market.   There are two different ways that inves...Read More