How Dangerous is Halton Region?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How Dangerous is Halton Region?

Tags: Halton Region, Danger, Real Estate, Community

Crime rates are an important factor for assessing real estate options and even more important if you plan to raise children. Some might suspect that crime rates are increasing in Halton, but this could be largely attributed to the constant news about criminal activity rather than an actual increase in criminal activity itself. What do the latest numbers show?   Halton Region ranks as the 223 ...Read More

Potential Condo Development at Trafalgar and Leighland

By: Case Feenstra Team

Potential Condo Development at Trafalgar and Leighland

Tags: Oakville, Condo Development, Trafalgar Road, College Park

Want to live a stone’s throw from Oakville Place Mall, or the Oakville GO Station? A new condo development in the northwest intersection of Leighland Avenue and Trafalgar Road might be an option you want to pay attention to.   The address of new development is 297 Queens Avenue. The parcel of land slated for development is currently an underutilized greenspace. A 10-storey building with...Read More

The GTA Real Estate Rental Woes

By: Case Feenstra Team

The GTA Real Estate Rental Woes

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Condo, Rental Market, Bidding Wars

Condos are currently the most attractive segment in the expensive GTA rental market. More and more real estate agents have noticed that “financial inducements” are becoming more commonplace for as tenants attempt to close in-demand properties with landlords.   “Holding offers” and bidding wars are not unexpected for rental units these days. Many agents report multiple ...Read More

Doubts Arising about Ontario's New Affordable Housing Plan

By: Case Feenstra Team

Doubts Arising about Ontario's New Affordable Housing Plan

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Inclusionary Zoning, Affordability, Policy

It is no secret that the GTA’s housing market is increasingly expensive and short on affordable units, but the provincial government’s proposed solution may not be as effective as planned.   The situation for low income families has been unsurprisingly disheartening. To combat this issue and assist the over 200,000 families currently on Ontario’s affordable housing waitlist,...Read More

Blockchain Technology Could Reshape the Future of Real Estate Purchases

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Blockchain Technology Could Reshape the Future of Real Estate Purchases

Tags: Real Estate Purchases, Transactions, Technology, Brokers

The past few months have seen Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies grab headlines with their soaring prices, but the technology behind them is not limited to currency.   Blockchain is the technology that powers cryptocurrencies. Simply put, it is a way of tracking transactions where each purchase is recorded within the exchange itself, rather than a centralized database like a bank. This means ...Read More

3 tricks China uses to curb real estate speculation

By: Case Feenstra Team

3 tricks China uses to curb real estate speculation

Tags: China, Real Estate Speculation, Canada, GTA Real Estate Market

Speculation in real estate is a nuisance that has contributed to the increase in Canadian real estate prices over recent years. China has experienced speculation in the past and could offer lessons for Canada.   The Chinese have implemented three tools that they use to effectively mitigate and repel speculation Notably High Down Payments: China has increased the minimum down payment requir...Read More

'Art from Heart' Exhibit Now Open in Oakville

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'Art from Heart' Exhibit Now Open in Oakville

Tags: Joshua Creek, Oakville, Art Exhibit, Community

This week the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre saw the opening of ‘Art from the Heart’, one of the regions most renowned exhibits.   Now in its 7th year, ‘Art from the Heart’ showcases the work of adults with special needs. This year, the exhibit is being held in collaboration with Oakville Community Living and is made possible by the support of Oakville cultural grant...Read More

Hot Halton Condos

By: Case Feenstra Team

Hot Halton Condos

Tags: Halton Region, Condos, GTA Real Estate, Oakville

Could 2018 be a big year for condos in Halton? Despite a slight decline in home values in the GTA at the end of 2017, condo prices in Halton have so far been immune.   Year over year home prices still rose last year, but condos in the 905 region did so at the fastest pace of all housing types at 14.3%.   Expensive real estate in urban cores has been pushing buyers to the suburbs for deca...Read More

Is a Foreign Buyer Ban a Good Idea?

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Is a Foreign Buyer Ban a Good Idea?

Tags: Foreign Buyer, BC Real Estate, Toronto, GTA

Housing prices in major cities across the world are increasing as foreign investors continue speculate. Countries such as New Zealand are very aware of the foreign investor problem and in response have imposed a ban on foreign real estate purchases to protect local buying power.   Recently, B.C. Green party leader, Andrew Weaver, has stated that the province should follow New Zealand’s ...Read More

Renters Being Squeezed out of Toronto's Core

By: Case Feenstra Team

Renters Being Squeezed out of Toronto's Core

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, Rental Market, Leases, Oakville, Suburbs

Low turnover in the GTA’s rental market is continuing to push renters to the edges of the city.   With downtown Toronto rents rising nearly 12.5% in 2017 to just under $2,400 and rent controls recently being expanded, renters are encouraged to stay put in their units. As more tenants renew their leases less opportunities arise for new renters in the city. Last year Toronto experienced a...Read More