5 Ways to Increase Your Chance of Securing a Property with Multiple Offers

By: Nate Van Beilen

5 Ways to Increase Your Chance of Securing a Property with Multiple Offers

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, Seller's Market

The current reality of real estate in the GTA is that of a seller’s market, meaning there is an imbalance with more home buyers than home sellers. This gives the sellers an upper hand as buyers compete with each other to make the best offer. As a result, there can be bidding wars. Here are 5 tips on how to win this war. 1. Get pre-approved. A pre-approved mortgage will give you more co...Read More

Quality of Life in Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Quality of Life in Oakville

Tags: Housing, Equity, Income, Health

A recent report suggests that while Oakville is one of Canada’s wealthiest communities, there is room for improvement in terms of quality of life for everyone. Oakville Community Foundation’s (OCF) Vital Signs report highlights the main issues that affect the quality of life in Oakville and puts a spotlight on work being done by charities, residents, and governments to improve the live...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Wedgewood Creek

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Wedgewood Creek

Tags: Iroquois Ridge, Morrison Valley, Community, Family Friendly

Wedgewood Creek is a very family friendly neighbourhood in North Eastern part of Oakville. The neighbourhood is bounded by Dundas to the North, 8th line to Glenashton, and then on to Grand Blvd, in the east, Upper Middle Road to the south, and Trafalgar Road to the west.   The age of homes in this neighbourhood range from very new to 25 years old. The majority of homes are 2 story detached ho...Read More

Public Transportation Affects Home Value

By: Nate Van Beilen

Public Transportation Affects Home Value

Tags: Infrastructure, Commute, Property

As our society aims to become less dependent on carbon based energy, it is inevitable that demand for public transportation will increase. As a result, it can be expected that homes which are located close to public transportation routes will become more valuable. A study by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) confirms this. Homes near pub...Read More

Riocan CEO Confident in Canadian Real Estate Market

By: Nate Van Beilen

Riocan CEO Confident in Canadian Real Estate Market

Tags: REIT, Investment, Urbanization

Over the past year, there has been a lot of speculation about the health of Canada’s real estate market. Soaring prices have led the Bank of Canada and even Wall Street speculators to warn about pricing overvaluation. You may be able to sleep a bit easier after hearing the perspective of Edward Sonshine, CEO of Riocan, Canada’s largest real estate investment trust. Sonshine is confide...Read More

Royal LePage Launches New House Price Survey Program

By: Nate Van Beilen

Royal LePage Launches New House Price Survey Program

Tags: Real Estate, Median Price, Investment

The Royal LePage Canadian Real Estate Market Composite is a quarterly report which analyzes millions of real estate transactions. The report has been enhanced after 40 years of comprehensive market research.   The report now analyzes over fifty major Canadian markets, up from twenty-two. It also reports median prices instead of just average prices. Median prices are a more meaningful metric f...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: College Park

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: College Park

Tags: Sheridan, Oakville Place, International Baccalaureate

  Aptly named, College Park is home to Sheridan College, a world class polytechnic institute. College park is part of Mid-Town Oakville, an area identified by the province as an urban growth centre. The neighbourhood is bounded by Upper Middle Road to the north, Trafalgar Road to the west, the QEW to the south, and 16 Mile Creek to the east. College Park features Oakville’s largest ma...Read More

Oakville Hospital is just about ready

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Hospital is just about ready

Tags: Infrastructure, Halton Healthcare Services, Resident Tour

A large and expensive public works project such as the Oakville Hospital will have high expectations from the the public that is paying for its development and construction. Halton residents will be happy to know that the project is just about ready, with finished rooms, beds, and installed equipment. After four years of construction, Halton Healthcare Services gave an exclusive media tour of the...Read More

$10 Million Investment in Nuclear Manufacturing in Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

$10 Million Investment in Nuclear Manufacturing in Oakville

Tags: Employment, Energy, Manufacturing,

Significant investment is coming to Oakville’s manufacturing sector with a new 34,000 square foot facility. Laker Energy Products is a company that manufactures fuel channel end-fittings and liners for CANDU reactors. The new facility in Oakville will employ 40 people as it comes online early next year.   Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan, released by the Ontario Ministry of Energy,...Read More

New Halton Police Headquarters to cost $65 million

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Halton Police Headquarters to cost $65 million

Tags: Crime, Oakville, Expansion

Crime rates must be soaring. The new headquarters are a ‘must have’ according to the Halton police chief. The groundbreaking of construction for the 235,000 square foot complex is commencing on October 14th. It is a significant expansion compared to the existing 86,000 square foot facility. The project is expected to take 21 months to complete with police moving in around July 2017. Th...Read More