By: Nate Van Beilen

New Regulations Aimed at Shady Real Estate Bidding

Tags: Real Estate Bidding, regulations, bidding wars, home buyers

A recent Globe and Mail article explains how issues in the real estate bidding process have prompted officials to introduce new regulations. The regulations will target questionable activity including fake bids from agents trying to drive up the selling price of their listing, and agents who represent both buyers and sellers. Red hot real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver have led to inte...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Big Changes coming to Oakville Place Mall: Good for surrounding residents

Tags: Oakville Place, Shopping, Pusateri's, RioCan, property value

A redevelopment project will begin this summer at Oakville Place Mall. The $30 million plan includes a Pusateri’s grocery store and up to 30 new high-quality retail outlets. Shoppers can expect ongoing changes over the next few years. The redevelopment does not plan for any expansions. Included in the redevelopment are upgrades to the exterior of the mall and a restructuring of the mall&rs...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Crime Rates at Historic Low

Tags: Halton, Oakville, Crime, Property Value

Halton is one of Canada’s safest communities according to latest police statistics. Violent crime, assaults, thefts, and property crime rates are have all decreased in 2014 compared to 2013. Stephen Tanner, who has been Chief of the Halton Regional police for the last two and a half years, said, "I think it's a combination of living in a secure community with low unemployment and ...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Community Mourns for Councillor Max Khan

Tags: Oakville, Max Khan, Justin Trudeau, Kevin Flynn, Halton,

A memorial service took place this morning, March 30th, in remembrance of Oakville Councillor Max Khan. Khan, 46, suddenly died in the early hours of Sunday morning from pneumonia-like symptoms after being rushed to the hospital. He battled through three separate bouts of cancer over his life and stayed motivated during these periods by the people around him, his religious faith, and faith in Cana...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Earth Hour Reminder

Tags: Earth Hour, Halton, Oakville,

Saturday March 28, lights will be turning off for the hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. The Town of Oakville, Halton Region, and Halton and Catholic School Boards are participating in the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) initiative to create ecological awareness for the earth by turning off all non-essential lighting and electrical equipment that doesn’t compromise safety or essential services. In ...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 Ways Schools Affect Home Prices

Tags: Schools, Home prices, Real Estate, Property Tax

  Is there a connection between schools and home prices? Surveys show a surprising relationship and correlation between the two. Bill Gasset presents some interesting ideas in a recent article on this topic. People are willing to pay more for good schools – most people are willing to pay between six and ten percent more for homes with access to good schools. One in six are willing ...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: 2015 Green Living Show

Tags: Green Living, Toronto, sustainable, organic,

Green products, innovations, and lifestyle ideas abound at the Green Living Show, Canada’s largest green consumer show. Taking place at Metro Toronto Convention Center March 27-29, the Green Living Show is a kickoff for Earth Month and is a great opportunity to learn about healthier living, and a healthier planet. The organizers of the show are dedicated to easy and workable solutions for ...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Mounting Opposition to Oakville Housing Development

Tags: Housing Development, Oakville, Halton, Ontario Municipal Board

  Opposition towards an Oakville housing development over Saw Whet Golf Course is heating up. Last year many local residents wrote to Oakville’s officials expressing concern and outcry regarding plans for a 780 house, 2 high density multi story building development. In response, Oakville Town Council did not approve plans. However, the housing developer has now recently sidestepped th...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Strike Possible for Halton Schools

Tags: Halton, Strke, School

  If contract negotiations are not advanced, the Halton District School Board may go on strike in April. A central issue seems to involve timing and communication.  “It’s more about how long it has taken to set up meetings with the board than the issues themselves,” according to Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Vice President Harvey Bischof....Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto: Disliked Driver of Canada’s Economy

Tags: Toronto, home prices, economy,

  David Olive recently reported that Toronto is disliked throughout the rest of Canada because it is the country’s principal city and receives a lot of attention. As much as people outside of Toronto might balk at the city, the NDP leader Thomas Mulcair recently stated, “Toronto is the most important city in Canada.” Is he right? Let the facts speak for themselves. The...Read More