Winterlicious 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Winterlicious 2016

Tags: Toronto, Local Event, Restaurant, Food

You might want to loosen those belt buckles. Over 200 restaurants in Toronto are offering amazing deals for price-fixed three-course lunch and dinner menus. Even if you’re not in the city, Winterlicious is definitely worth it, especially to try something new or out of your typical price range.   The fixed prices for lunch run from $18, $23, and $28. Dinners are more expensive and are pr...Read More

New Standards for Oakville Canopy Cover

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Standards for Oakville Canopy Cover

Tags: Real Estate, Trees, Health, Forest, Urban Development

New residential developments definitely have a sterile feeling to them. The lack of any substantial trees is an unappealing and depressing characteristic. Science actually backs it up. A study done in Toronto found that people who live in neighbourhoods with a higher density of trees report significantly higher perceptions of health as well as significantly fewer cases of cardio-metabolic conditio...Read More

Free Organics Trade Show

By: Nate Van Beilen

Free Organics Trade Show

Tags: Local Business, GTA, Environment, Trade Show

What’s better than free food? Free food that is healthy and nutritious. The 2016 Guelph Organic Trade show is celebrating its 35th year on January 30th and 31st at the Guelph University Centre.   The event hosts more than 160 exhibitors and vendors from all over the GTA and southern Ontario; 40 of which are food related. The show is free to the public, hosted in the open University buil...Read More

4 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Tags: Investment, Markets, Returns, Equity, REIT

Do have a home already but like the financial returns from the purchase? Buying a home isn’t just for living in. Real estate can be a solid investment option as markets tend to be relatively predictable - people are always going to need a place to live.   Plus, right now in Canada, the real estate sector has relatively high returns. The equity and commodity markets have not had a good s...Read More

New State-of-the-Art Elementary School in North Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

New State-of-the-Art Elementary School in North Oakville

Tags: Real Estate, residential development, education, infrastructure

Fresh new public infrastructure follows real estate development. That is certainly the case for North Oakville where collaborative teaching spaces, fitness and nutrition rooms, and childcare facilities will enhance education as suburbs expand north of Dundas.   The official ground-breaking of the North Oakville Preserve Catholic Elementary School took place at the donated 5.93 acre property l...Read More

Oakville Resident Aims to Create Zero Waste in 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Resident Aims to Create Zero Waste in 2016

Tags: Halton, Municipality, Landfill, Canada

Think your New Years resolution will be difficult? Tell that to Heather Grovender, who is hoping to inspire others to reduce waste by creating none for an entire year. Grovender started the challenge after watching documentary called The Green Bin Project which was shown at the local Green Screens event at Film.ca Cinemas last year.   The region of Halton produces more than 90,000 tonnes of w...Read More

Affordable Housing in Toronto could become a reality

By: Nate Van Beilen

Affordable Housing in Toronto could become a reality

Tags: Rent, Government, Development, Community,

I know people in Toronto who have trouble paying rent for a room that can barely fit a bed. I know others who have tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, a large percentage of which is used to pay for rent. Affordability in the city has gotten out of hand. But there is hope on the horizon. Toronto and Ontario have realized that affordable housing is fundamental for a healthy economy and so...Read More

10 tips for Impressing Buyers

By: Nate Van Beilen

10 tips for Impressing Buyers

Tags: Real Estate, Home Sales, Decorations, Clutter

Showing potential buyers your home? Make sure to consider these tips to ensure potential buyers are impressed.   Take down family pictures. People find it difficult to imagine themselves in the home when there are pictures of other people everywhere   Accentuate the good. Make sure you know the best parts of your home and ensure that potential buyers linger in the area. This could...Read More

New Laws Limit Landfills

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Laws Limit Landfills

Tags: Innovation, Tax, Landfill, Jobs, Halton

Did you know we have been subsidizing companies for managing the waste they produce? I didn’t. Taxpayers actually foot 50% of the bill when it comes to recycling programs. There is little to no economic incentive for companies to reduce or make their packaging more recyclable.   But with a new program introduced by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, companies will n...Read More

Royal Lepage Forecasts Slower Real Estate growth in 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Royal Lepage Forecasts Slower Real Estate growth in 2016

Tags: Housing, China, Toronto, Home Prices, Economy

Affordability, oil prices, and a slowing Chinese economy are the main factors leading to the forecast of cooling real estate markets in Canada. Royal Lepage expects prices to rise by 4.1% in 2016, compared to an increase of 6.5% in 2015. A 4.1% year over year increase will be smallest since 2012.   The issue of affordability is highlighted for markets in Toronto and Vancouver where many peopl...Read More