Syrian Refugees in Halton Region

By: Nate Van Beilen

Syrian Refugees in Halton Region

Tags: GTA, Oakville Community Foundation, Multicultural, Affordable Housing

  25,000 refugees from war torn Syria are headed to Canada. It is not clear where they will settle, but a good bet is within the Golden Horseshoe. The GTHA is a populous and multicultural region and will be accommodative to new families. Debbie Douglas, executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, said, “The sector in Ontario is ready. We have the exp...Read More

Real estate prices affecting Canadian birth rates

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real estate prices affecting Canadian birth rates

Tags: Survey, Home Prices, Canadian Families, Affordability

A recent survey by ratesupermarket.com suggests that more and more Canadians cannot afford to start a family because of high real estate prices. 55.6% of respondents say that the high cost of real estate is directly affecting their ability to start a family. The percentage is even higher for millenials with 72.1%.   A small downtown apartment is not an easy or ideal place to raise a family. T...Read More

4 smart home technology devices

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 smart home technology devices

Tags: Home Security, Smart Phone, Real Estate

Smart has recently become a prefix for phones, denoting a capacity for internet access and processing capacity. But now you can add the smart prefix to your home as well. You can use your smart phone to manage your smart home from anywhere! Check out 4 ways ‘smart’ technology can benefit your home and quell your (paranoid) real estate security concerns.   Remote control furnace....Read More

Buyer Agreements: What are they and How to spot a good one

By: Nate Van Beilen

Buyer Agreements: What are they and How to spot a good one

Tags: Contract, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent,

Buyer agreements are kind of like a marriage. They are scary because it’s a commitment. A buyer agreement is a contract that stipulates that a real estate agent will represent a buyer in the purchase of a home or property.   The buyer agreement also sets the commission to by paid to the agent. By signing a good buyer agreement, home sellers can be confident that the money real esta...Read More

6 questions to ask in an open house

By: Nate Van Beilen

6 questions to ask in an open house

Tags: Oakville Neighbourhood, Real Estate Agent, Home Buying

An open house is an opportunity to gain information about a home. Whether you’re interested in buying the home, checking out the neighbourhood, or a local sizing up your neighbours, you can learn a lot when you have the right questions prepared. Why is the house being sold? It is important to know why the sellers are moving out. If there is a problem with the house, neighbourhood, local s...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Olde Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Olde Oakville

Tags: Lake Ontario, 16 Mile Creek, Oakville Heritage

Old Oakville, as its name suggests, is the oldest neighbourhood in town. It is where the original town was centered; direct access to Lake Ontario as well as the mouth of 16 Mile creek. It is a highly sought after neighbourhood and recognized as the quintessential place to live. The neighbourhood is bounded by the QEW to the North, Chartwell to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and 16 Mile Cree...Read More

Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights

By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights

Tags: Christmas, Holiday Season, Nathan Phillips Square,

The countdown to Christmas is around the corner. The weather will get cooler and the radio will start playing annoying Christmas songs on repeat. But holiday season will officially start with the annual Cavalcade of Lights celebration in Toronto on November 28th, 2015. At the event, presented by Great Gulf, Toronto’s official Christmas Tree is lit up, there are performances by Canadian tale...Read More

Oakville to Receive $2.5 million for Transit

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville to Receive $2.5 million for Transit

Tags: Public Transit, Bus, Gas Tax, Carbon Emissions

As someone who takes public transit every day, I sit on the train and bus and wonder about all the vehicles passing by that can fit 5 people. Usually there is only one person inside. Meanwhile, one bus can take up to 40 vehicles off the road and keep 25 tons of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere.    Ontario’s gas tax is providing Oakville with money to invest in its public tran...Read More

Generational differences in Real Estate Concerns

By: Nate Van Beilen

Generational differences in Real Estate Concerns

Tags: Home Affordability, Mortgage, Housing Market, Real Estate Bubble

"The needs of consumers evolve as they enter different phases of life and therefore their concerns about buying and selling change too," says Kelvin Kucey, of Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).   According to a recent survey conducted by RECO, younger people and first time homebuyers have greater concern about the financial aspects of real estate than other demographic...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Morrison

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Morrison

Tags: Chartwell, Lakeshore, South Oakville, Schools

Morrison is a scenic and well established neighbourhood in the south of Oakville. The tree lined streets, and large lots make Morrison a highly desired neighbourhood, and one Oakville’s most expensive.   Morrison is to the west of Ford neighbourhood and is bounded by Cornwall Rd. to the north, Maple Grove to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and Chartwell to the west. Morrison is exc...Read More