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

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