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

By: Nate Van Beilen

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

New Trend in Homes: Super Kitchens

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Trend in Homes: Super Kitchens

Tags: Homeowner, renovation, Open Concept, Real Estate

Canadians are now spending more and more time in their kitchens. Kitchens are becoming the real hub of a house as almost two thirds of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in the room. Kitchens are not only being used for cooking and baking but its nearly half of families socialize and entertain guests. This means that homeowners are adding functions and décor to kitchens that were ...Read More

Family Day and Canada's 150th Anniversary 

By: Nate Van Beilen

Family Day and Canada's 150th Anniversary 

Tags: Oakville, Community, Family Day, Art, Culture, Canada

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Canada. Oakville is integrating Family day with the Canada’s national anniversary by hosting workshops where participants can paint tiles. These tiles will me combined together to form a mural that will reflect the history and culture of Canada.   The project is bringing 150 communities across Canada together to create a unifying mura...Read More

National Sweater Day

By: Nate Van Beilen

National Sweater Day

Tags: WWF, Canada, Energy, Green House Gas

Tomorrow is National Sweater Day. You might be asking why there is a day devoted to wearing sweaters. Look no further. The nation wide event is organized by World Wildlife Foundation with the intention of raising awareness about the importance of saving energy and inspiring Canadians to use less heat during the winter.   Heating is a very large user of residential energy. In fact, 80% of...Read More

Halton Healthcare Receives Gold Award

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Healthcare Receives Gold Award

Tags: Oakville, Trafalgar, Ontario, Quality Service, Patient Safety

Quality workplaces often lead to quality service. In fact, nurses that are more satisfied in their workplace tend to be more productive which ultimately results in increased patient safety. As Halton Healthcare was recently recognized as a quality workplace, Halton Region residents can be assured that the care they receive is top quality.   The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the ...Read More

New Technology Expected to Disrupt Real Estate Industry

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Technology Expected to Disrupt Real Estate Industry

Tags: Information technology, Risk, Investors, Business Deals

Every industry is disrupted by advancements in technology. Real Estate is no different. In fact, a recent meeting of real information technology providers concluded that in the coming years, access to aggregated market data will allow investors to valuate real estate assets in real time so that they can be traded just like stocks. The Urban Land Institute meeting, attended by more than ...Read More