Solar Power Cooperatives on the Rise

By: Nate Van Beilen

Solar Power Cooperatives on the Rise

Tags: Residential, Ontario, Renewable Energy, Community, Ontario

Smaller solar power projects are becoming more popular in Ontario through cooperatives, making renewable energy more achievable on a residential level. These cooperatives work by allowing people interested in promoting renewable energy to invest in projects. This benefits developers by allowing another mode of financing, and those who might not own a home facing the ideal sun path for solar power ...Read More

Conservation Halton Celebrating 60 years

By: Nate Van Beilen

Conservation Halton Celebrating 60 years

Tags: Halton Region, Sixteen Mile Creek, Oakville, Real Estate, Recreation

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the development of Conservation Halton. Back in 1956, the conservation movement began in Halton with the formation of Sixteen Mile Creek Conservation Authority. In 1958, the Twelve Mile Creek was formed, and later in 1963 the two authorities merged to form Conservation Halton.   Conservation Halton is integral to the abundance of natural green areas found in...Read More

9 Worst Real Estate Markets in the World

By: Nate Van Beilen

9 Worst Real Estate Markets in the World

Tags: Home Prices, Growth, Inflated prices, Economic Bubble

Canada’s real estate markets are some of the best performing, in terms of year over year home price increases. We probably forget how good we have it here compared to other parts of the world.   9. Taiwan – 2.95% decrease 8. Singapore – 3.62% decrease 7. Macedonia – 4.02% decrease 6. Greece – 4.25% decrease 5. Kiev, Ukraine – 5.5% decrease 4. Sao Paolo, Bra...Read More

2016: United Nations Year of the Pulses

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016: United Nations Year of the Pulses

Tags: 2016, United Nations, Food, Sustainability

Year of the Pulses? The first thing that comes to mind might be a pulsing heart. But that would be wrong. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) worked with governments and other stakeholders to increase public awareness about an important plant group for the future of food.   Pulses are actually annual leguminous crops that yield between 1 and 12 seeds or grains ...Read More

2016 Halton Budget Highlights

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016 Halton Budget Highlights

Tags: Quality of Life, Investments, Sustainability, Finance, Strategy

The 2016 Halton Budget which was recently passed, will see a 1.9% increase in property taxes. The purpose of the tax increase, according to Halton Region, is to improve regional service for 2016, including police services. The improved services are mandated by Halton’s Strategic Action Plan which focuses on health, complete communities, economic growth, connecting people with services, ...Read More

Oil: A Toxic Calgary Real Estate Story

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oil: A Toxic Calgary Real Estate Story

Tags: Dutch Disease, Home Sales, Home Prices, Oil Prices, Federal Budget

Dutch disease is a term used by economists to describe an economy where investment increases the economic development of one industry while other industries become less competitive.   The Alberta Tar Sands have been slapped with the Dutch Disease label in the past. The Canadian dollar in the early 2000s was strong from the increasing oil exports based on high oil prices. The manufacturing sec...Read More

Glen Eden set to Open on Friday

By: Nate Van Beilen

Glen Eden set to Open on Friday

Tags: Ski, Snowboard, Halton, GTA

Finally, some snow! 2015 was a record setting year in Canada for real estate but also in weather. This past December saw weather that was the hottest on record in cities across GTA and Ontario. It left meteorologists scratching their heads. To the joy of skiers and snowboard enthusiasts, Glen Eden will finally be operating its lifts this Friday, January 8th.    The cold temperatures this...Read More

Hot Housing in Hamilton

By: Nate Van Beilen

Hot Housing in Hamilton

Tags: Home Prices, Condo Development, Mortgage, Real Estate

16,000 homes were sold in the Hamilton region in 2015. Selling prices were almost 10% higher than previous year averages, more than Toronto or even Vancouver. Pretty good for the old steel town!   TD economists are warning that the performance of 2015 could affect the numbers when comparing year to year averages. So if 2016 prices seem lower than 2015, the reality is that 2015 is an anomaly a...Read More

Uber in the GTA

By: Nate Van Beilen

Uber in the GTA

Tags: Toronto, Taxi, Customer Satisfaction, Poll

Creative destruction is the notion used by economists to describe the continuous product and process innovation where those new products and processes replace outdated and obsolete ones. Uber seems to fit the notion well, as the increased ridership and polls showing customer satisfaction could indicate a start of the eventual decline of traditional taxi services.   According to a recent poll ...Read More

2016 Real Estate Anticipations

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016 Real Estate Anticipations

Tags: Home Prices, Oil Prices, Canadian Dollar, GTA, Investment

‘Steady’ seems to be the key word analysts are using to describe what the Canadian housing market will be like in 2016. Steady, a word alluding to regular, secure, and supported, is a rather boring adjective to describe something like the Canadian real estate market where records were set in 2015. Some refer to the Canadian real estate market as a bubble, so predictions of steadiness a...Read More