Ontario Providing More Rebates for Green Home Renovations

By: Case Feenstra Team

Ontario Providing More Rebates for Green Home Renovations

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, GHG Emissions, Renovations

Rebates are now available for Ontario families looking to improve their homes’ energy efficiency through renovations. The rebates will come as part of the GreenON program and will be funded by the Ontario Green Fund, a non-profit provincial agency financed by the province’s cap and trade system for carbon emissions.   GreenON is part of Ontario’s plan to fight climate change...Read More

How you should be spending your commuting time

By: Case Feenstra Team

How you should be spending your commuting time

Tags: Commuting, Things to do during a commute, Commute Times

Commuting takes up a significant portion the day for many Canadians. The amount of time spent in this inactivity on a nationwide scale is alarming.   In our time-poor society where everybody is leading busy lives, it is important to make the most of our time as it is invaluable and limited.   According to a study done by Stats Canada, millions of Canadians commute on a regular basis to w...Read More

CRA to Target Wealthy Homeowners with New Project

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CRA to Target Wealthy Homeowners with New Project

Tags: Homeowners, Real Estate Tax, Tax Evasion, Panama Papers

A new project from the Canada Revenue Agency will use postal codes to track and crack down on Canada’s wealthy homeowners who are using their properties to evade taxes.   In the wake of the Paradise and Panama Paper leaks which exposed large-scale tax avoidance schemes taking place around the world, Canada’s tax collection body is looking to show that it will not be so easily evad...Read More

November Housing Market: Sales, Listings and Starts

By: Case Feenstra Team

November Housing Market: Sales, Listings and Starts

Tags: Detached Home in the GTA, Real Estate Listings, Home Sales

November is usually a time of year when the housing market cools down. But this wasn’t necessarily the case for the GTA real estate market this past month. Home listings and starts in particular saw significant increases year over year and home sales are up from October, while home sales slumped for all categories compared to this time last year.   Active home listings are up 110.6% yea...Read More

New Airbnb Bylaw Will Reduce Units Available in Toronto

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New Airbnb Bylaw Will Reduce Units Available in Toronto

Tags: AirBnb, Toronto, Real Estate, Rental Markets, Investment Property

A new rule in Toronto will reduce the number of units listed on the popular short term rental site Airbnb.     On December 7th Toronto City Council voted to remove the ability for residents to list secondary suites in their homes for short term rental. This will impact units such as basement apartments and will come into effect on July 1st 2018.   The push for new rules came from ci...Read More

New Parking App in Oakville

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New Parking App in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, HonkMobile, Street Parking, Phone App

The Town of Oakville has teamed up with HonkMobile to offer residents a more convenient way of paying for parking. Instead of fumbling around for change, you can now use the HonkMobile app to pay for your parking spot.   The App charges a $0.25 service fee but lets you search and book parking spots and lots. If you need to top up your street parking time, you can do so remotely with the app a...Read More

The Flourishing Tech Sector of Halton

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Flourishing Tech Sector of Halton

Tags: Technology, Innovation in Halton, Real Estate, Silicon Halton

Recently we wrote about Halton as one of the locations being considered for Amazon’s second North American headquarters. This news may have come as a surprise to those who were unaware of Halton’s status as a center for tech and innovation, but the region should not be underestimated in this regard.   The renowned neighbouring tech hubs of Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo have long ...Read More

Oakville Prayer Breakfast: December 6th

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Oakville Prayer Breakfast: December 6th

Tags: Oakville, Business, Prayer Breakfast

The Oakville Prayer Breakfast starts at 6:45 am on Wednesday Dec 6th and runs until 9am. The Prayer Breakfast will feature a hot buffet breakfast, networking, music, prayer and keynote speech by Julia Hanna, a successful local restauranteur, who has opened and operated numerous restaurants in Oakville, some of which you may have heard of.   Hanna opened Café Galleria in 1983, Paradiso ...Read More

New Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Rolled out in Oakville

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New Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Rolled out in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Police, Community Safety, Crime in Halton

Last week the Oakville Conference Centre played host to the unveiling of a community safety and well-being plan. The new plan was developed in part by the Halton Regional Police Service and was announced to the public at a symposium attended by over 300 community members.   With crime and social issues at the forefront of the new plan, Halton’s Chief of Police specified the need to impr...Read More

Toronto Condo Prices Continue to Rise

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Toronto Condo Prices Continue to Rise

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, Condo Prices, Home Buyer

Overall real estate prices and purchases in the GTA may be slowing down but the condo market has continued its steep climb.   91% of all home purchases last month were newly constructed condos, a total of approximately 4,890 properties. This is an 18% rise from last year’s numbers for newly built homes.    Since last year the number of low-rise home sales has decreased by 70% ...Read More