What's more environmentally friendly - Fake or Real Christmas trees?

By: Nate Van Beilen

What's more environmentally friendly - Fake or Real Christmas trees?

Tags: Landfill, Sustainable, Tradition

When objectively analyzed, cutting down a tree, setting it up in your home, and decorating it seems like a rather silly tradition. But traditions are engrained in culture and are not going to change any time soon so we might as well be as environmentally friendly as possible.   The average real Christmas tree takes 10 years to grow. That means that every year, if 10% of the trees are cut down...Read More

4 downsides to DIY real estate sales

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 downsides to DIY real estate sales

Tags: Legal, Assurance, Commission

The main draw for do-it-yourself home sales is the idea that you’ll save thousands of dollars by avoiding paying commissions. Here are 4 reasons why DIY real estate sales might not be in your best interests. Complexity. Selling real estate property without professionals could be compared to going to court without a lawyer. There are many papers and documents which contain complicated lega...Read More

4 Energy Saving Tips in Winter

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 Energy Saving Tips in Winter

Tags: Saving money, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Footpring

Saving energy means saving money. The colder temperatures and longer nights means more energy is being used to heat and light up homes. There are a number of ways homeowners can weatherproof houses which prevents heat from escaping. Increasing energy efficiency will also decrease your carbon footprint, so you can feel good about that too.   Filling in Gaps. Check around window frames and do...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Southwest

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Southwest

Tags: Appleby College, YMCA, Coronation Park,

Southwest Oakville is a mature tree lined neighbourhood bordering Lake Ontario. It is bounded by Rebecca Street to the north, Dorval to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and Third line to the west. There are actually two neighbourhoods within Southwest; Coronation Park and South West which are separated by Sandwell Drive. This neighbourhood has grown significantly in in popularity over the last...Read More

November: another record breaking month in GTA real estate sales

By: Nate Van Beilen

November: another record breaking month in GTA real estate sales

Tags: Bidding War, Housing Demand, 905 region

It seems like a trend could be starting. Greater Toronto Area real estate sales broke records in October and again in November.   7,385 condos and homes were sold this November, up 14% from last year. The average sales prices also climbed up to $632,685, up 9.6% from last year. The 905 region did exceedingly well with sales up 18.5%. Townhomes specifically in the 905 region sold for an averag...Read More

How Halton Region is Responding to Climate Change

By: Nate Van Beilen

How Halton Region is Responding to Climate Change

Tags: Oakville, GTA, Extreme Weather

Action on climate change is currently being discussed and negotiated in Paris. But some municipalities are being proactive and are not waiting for guidance from international level bureaucrats who have failed to produce any coherent vision in the last 21 years of climate negotiations.   An increasing prevalence of extreme weather events is indicative of a changing climate. The last few years ...Read More

The Future of Transportation in Halton

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Future of Transportation in Halton

Tags: Active, Non-motor transportation, Infrastructure

Halton is an extensive low-density suburban region and requires motorized transport. Studies have established that the reliance on motorized transport has serious health implications. People are less active because they walk and bike less, air quality is affected, and there are injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Mental health is even reported to be affected by the reliance on motor vehicles. &...Read More

Housing Market: a drag on Canadian Economy

By: Nate Van Beilen

Housing Market: a drag on Canadian Economy

Tags: Economic Growth, GTA, Inflation, Bank of Canada

The housing market in Canada has generally been highlighted as a healthy aspect of the economy, especially compared to our southern neighbours during the financial crisis. However, according to a Reuters poll, economic growth in Canada is expected to be dragged down by high household debt levels. This is increasing the risk of the housing market especially in the GTA and Vancouver. “We have...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Central Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Central Oakville

Tags: Kerr Village, Redevelopment, Lake Ontario

Central Oakville is a diverse neighbourhood with a mix of new and old, and small and large and contains Kerr Village. The neighbourhood is bounded by Speers to the north, Sixteen Mile Creek to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and Dorval to the west.   Independently owned shops, restaurants, and service amenities are very conveniently located throughout Central Oakville especially along Ke...Read More

Local Event: Santa Shuffle

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: Santa Shuffle

Tags: Oakville, Salvation Army, Christmas, Run

Looking to get one final run in before the end of 2015? The Santa Shuffle is a Canada wide 5 kilometer fun run and 1 kilometer elf walk that aims to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Proceeds are used to assist families in need during Christmas holidays and during the rest of the year. Community support is important for those who may be struggling to make ends meet.   The Oakville event tak...Read More