Impressive Gains in GTA Real Estate for August

By: Nate Van Beilen

Impressive Gains in GTA Real Estate for August

Tags: Home Prices, Sales, GTA, Oakville, Fully Detached

Housing price increases of 10% were seen across the GTA in August with an average selling price of $602,607. Highlighted in reports is how condo sales are growing relatively fast as prices for townhouses, detached, and semi detached housing are growing to levels outside of affordable ranges for buyers.  Demand for housing is outpacing new sales listings and new construction developments...Read More

Oakville Lifestyle Home Show and Healthy Living Show

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Lifestyle Home Show and Healthy Living Show

Tags: Oakville, Home Improvement, Glen Abbey, Health, Wellness

Home improvements can be an important investment decision for increasing the value and livability of your home. The Oakville Lifestyle Home Show is a one stop shop to learn about companies offering products and services to meet home your improvement needs. This is the 26th annual show; a successful and popular event. Running alongside the Lifestyle Home Show, the Oakville Healthy Living Show will...Read More

Pan Am Swimmer, Friend, and Family

By: Nate Van Beilen

Pan Am Swimmer, Friend, and Family

Tags: Pan Am Games, Medal, Case Feenstra, Tera Van Beilen, Swimming

Pictured from left to right is Tera Van Beilen, Case Feenstra, and yours truly, Nate Van Beilen. We had a chance to all be together for a short time after Tera’s swimming events and before she is off for more training. The Pan Am Games come to a close this weekend. Many of the events are complete and medals have been accumulating quite impressively for Canada’s athletes. Tera was succ...Read More

Free Swimming Days in Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Free Swimming Days in Oakville

Tags: Tim Hortons, Swimming, Oakville, Beaches, Pools

  These past few weeks have been sweltering hot. If you are looking for an interesting place to cool down, then why not stay close to home and swim at a beach or at one of Oakville`s free swim days? Tim Hortons is partnered with the Town of Oakville to provide free swimming days during the summer. Click here to view the free swimming schedule in pools around Oakville. Despite what some thi...Read More

Bank of Canada Lowers Interest Rates

By: Nate Van Beilen

Bank of Canada Lowers Interest Rates

Tags: Bank of Canada, Interest Rates, Housing, Royal Lepage

The Bank of Canada recently lowered interest rates even further – the second cut this year. Reactions to the decision from economists, professors, and even real estate companies tend to be more on the surprised and negative side of the spectrum. Cheaper money may increase Canadian household debt levels, which levels are already concerning. Economists predict that major banks won’...Read More

New Transit Initiative in North Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Transit Initiative in North Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Transit, Bus Service, Green, Home to Hub

A new service, called Home to Hub, was introduced recently in new developments north of Dundas. It will allow residents in these areas to be picked up at home and dropped off at the Uptown Core Terminal. The shared service will use smaller capacity buses to replace the Dundas 5A bus route during rush hour. The service operates between  6-8:30 am and 4:30-7 pm Monday to Friday. Customers can ...Read More

Local Event: Burlington Beer Festival

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: Burlington Beer Festival

Tags: Burlington, Beer, Local Event, Spencer Smith Park, Brewery

Beer, beer, beer is coming right here in Burlington this weekend. From July 17th to 19th at Spencer Smith Park, the Burlington Beer Festival is sure to be an unforgettable night. Well, depending on how much beer you enjoy. The outdoor festival offers products from over 30 breweries cider houses and wineries. There are also many food vendors and venues, along with live music all weekend. This year...Read More

Ontario GreenBelt Cycle Route

By: Nate Van Beilen

Ontario GreenBelt Cycle Route

Tags: Health, GreenBelt, Ontario, Cycle,

Did you know that Ontario has a world class conservation program protecting almost 2 million acres? Did you know there is a 475 km bike route through this beautiful green landscape? The Route goes from Northumberland to Niagara on signed bicycle roadways through forests, winding rivers, welcoming communities, and family farms. The new webpage shows the locations of beaches, conservation areas, ar...Read More

Ontario Releases New Air Quality Health Index

By: Nate Van Beilen

Ontario Releases New Air Quality Health Index

Tags: Air Quality, Ontario, Pollution, Smog,

Ontarians will gain better access to information about air quality and how it affects their health from a new air quality health index. The index will detail real-time health risks due to air pollution. The air quality index works like the UV index which shows how strong the sun is by using a number system. The air quality index has a ranking from one to ten and greater with lower numbers represe...Read More

Toronto Phases out Tokens, Turns to Presto for TTC

By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto Phases out Tokens, Turns to Presto for TTC

Tags: TTC, Presto, Toronto, Transportation, Metrolinx

A top comment that reads “Finally, the TTC is moving into the 1990s,” sums up how far behind the TTC is compared to the rest of the world in terms of how commuters are charged. By mid 2017, tokens and tickets will be replaced by Presto Cards which can be loaded with money online or at ticket counters. Paying for subways fares with tokens is cumbersome and takes up a lot of time and re...Read More