New Year: 5 New Laws you need to know

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Year: 5 New Laws you need to know

Tags: Tax, Debt, Canada, Liberal, New Laws

A number of laws and policies are coming into effect across Canada on January 1, 2016. Some are federal and others are provincial. They are important to be aware of so you’re not caught off guard. After all, ignorance to law is never a valid excuse. Pedestrian Safety: Drivers now have to wait until a pedestrian is all the way across the road before turning at a light or driving past a cro...Read More

Open Houses in Virtual Reality

By: Nate Van Beilen

Open Houses in Virtual Reality

Tags: Real Estate, foreign investors, technology,

Pictures say a thousand words, but virtual reality says even more. I thought virtual reality would be limited to video games and movies. But virtual reality has made its way into real estate. This type of technology could help foreign investors scout out potential real estate options.   One company is creating a virtual reality system based on new condo development plans that allows buyers to...Read More

Tiny housing movement gaining traction

By: Nate Van Beilen

Tiny housing movement gaining traction

Tags: Housing Prices, Toronto, Housing Policy, millennial

Housing prices are rendering conventional homes out of reach for many young buyers, who are now turning to alternatives. But housing prices aren’t the only motivator.   A smaller home allows for less time spent in maintenance which is attractive for the active millennial generation. Smaller houses also decrease ecological footprints, as less materials are required for the building and l...Read More

The Transition from Sheridan College to Sheridan University

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Transition from Sheridan College to Sheridan University

Tags: Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton

Oakville’s Sheridan College is internationally recognized as a leader in animation and digital arts design. However, as a college, Sheridan graduates are can be limited by the school’s status as a college rather than a University.   Once Sheridan becomes a University, the graduating students will be eligible to enter graduate programs at other Universities. Frustratingly, Sheridan...Read More

Ontario Shelves Western GTA Highway Plans

By: Nate Van Beilen

Ontario Shelves Western GTA Highway Plans

Tags: Traffic congestion, Greenbelt, Halton Region, Transportation

A new 400 series highway system was planned to link Vaughn to Milton. The route would have gone from highway 400 to the 401/407 in Halton Region. However, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation recently announced work in the planning phase has been suspended.   The project was in the environmental assessment stage and had criticism for paving through conservation areas and the protected Green...Read More

What is a Land Transfer Tax and do we need a municipal one?

By: Nate Van Beilen

What is a Land Transfer Tax and do we need a municipal one?

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, GTA, Halton

There has been some speculation that the Ontario Liberal government will allow municipalities to impose land transfer taxes. A municipal land transfer tax is additional fee that is charged when people buy land and/or buildings. The idea tends to opposed by those in the real estate industry.   The Provincial of Ontario is currently reviewing the Ontario Municipal Act which outlines the ways in...Read More

Canada: Top of the World in Housing vs Rental prices

By: Nate Van Beilen

Canada: Top of the World in Housing vs Rental prices

Tags: Overvalued property, Real Estate, Toronto, Mortgage rates

  The difference between housing and rental prices is similar to the accounting ratio of equity prices to earnings. If the ratio is higher than historical averages, then property or assets are deemed overvalued.   A study by the Economist compared 26 housing markets across the world. The verdict? Canada has the largest difference between home prices and rental costs.   Th...Read More

Environmental groups push for doubling Greenbelt size

By: Nate Van Beilen

Environmental groups push for doubling Greenbelt size

Tags: Housing Prices, GTA, Development, Bluebelt

The expansion of the Greenbelt isn’t necessarily green, but rather blue. The proposal would add 1.5 million acres to the protected area and also guard waterways.   The Greenbelt is widely regarded as a successful conservation initiative as it the biggest of its kind in the world. The Liberal government is currently reviewing the protected zone which was a collaborative undertaking invol...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Bronte

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Bronte

Tags: Bronte Village, Development, Shell Park

Bronte was originally established in 1834 as a commercial fishing village. In 1962, the neighbourhood formally joined the town of Oakville. Bronte is bounded by the QEW to the north, Bronte Creek to the east, Lake Ontario to the South, and Burloak Dr. to the west.   Bronte has retained its village charm. The harbor, small shops and boutiques, are attractive to visitors and homeowners alike. B...Read More

Oakville Grocers now selling Beer

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Grocers now selling Beer

Tags: Local Beer, Small Brewers, Oakville,

58 stores across Ontario are selling beer as part of the province’s plan to de-monopolize beer sales. 3 of these stores are in Oakville: - Longo’s: 3455 Wyecroft Road - FreshCo: 2501 Third Line - Longo’s: 469 Cornwall Road   "Today the wait is over. Beer is here, in grocery stores, just in time for the holidays," said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.   The Libe...Read More