Solar Adds Value to Real Estate

By: Case Feenstra Team

Solar Adds Value to Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Property Values, Solar Panels, Clean Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are not only a source of clean energy, they are also a source of value for your home. A study looked at property appraisers’ valuation of homes with solar panel installations. It is the first study of its kind to shed light on the real value that solar can have on property values.   Solar panels can add equity to a house. This equity can reduce the payback...Read More

Oakville Housing Prices are Fastest Growing in Canada

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Housing Prices are Fastest Growing in Canada

Tags: Oakville Real Estate, Housing Costs, Detached Homes, Toronto

A study looking at the price of houses in Canada over the last 20 years has revealed that the growth experienced in Oakville is unmatched by any other region.   Housing costs across the country were analysed on a per-square-foot basis and compared to what they were in 1997. 20 years ago, detached homes in Oakville were selling for $105.77 per square foot. Today, they average $627.33, an incre...Read More

Sears in Oakville Place Might be Replaced with…

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Sears in Oakville Place Might be Replaced with…

Tags: Oakville, Oakville Place, Mall, Shopping

Sears Canada has gone through a disastrous series of events that resulted in the closure of stores across Canada, including the Oakville Place Mall location. Sears took up a massive 104,000 square feet in the mall. The space could be redeveloped to hold multiple new stores.   Saks OFF 5th store, which is an outlet discount division of Saks Fifth Avenue, has expressed interest in 40,000 square...Read More

A Lively Market for Canadian Owned U.S. Property

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A Lively Market for Canadian Owned U.S. Property

Tags: Real Estate, Foreign Properties, Property Owners, US Real estate market

Despite a growing list of things that could prompt Canadians to cash out of their U.S. properties, the beginning of 2017 saw a new record set for real estate purchases by Canadians south of the border. Over 33,000 properties were bought up for a total of nearly $20 billion USD, both of which are record breaking figures. With extreme weather events on the rise, a strengthening loonie, and an unfav...Read More

Tougher Mortgage Rules: Good for the Economy in the Long Run

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Tougher Mortgage Rules: Good for the Economy in the Long Run

Tags: Real Estate, Interest Rate, mortgage, downpayment, Homebuyers

New rules from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) are creating more stringent stress tests for homebuyers. This will push some first-time buyers out of the market – for now. But the rules help to maintain healthy real estate and financial sectors   For example, a family with an income of $100,000 that currently could afford a home for $726,000, would only ...Read More

Real Estate Tech: A New Boom

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Real Estate Tech: A New Boom

Tags: Real Estate Investment, Investors, Innovation, Technology

The real estate investment industry is experiencing a new boom that’s worth paying attention to. After a decline in investments following the financial crisis in 2008, real estate technology is now on pace to experience its second straight year with over $1 billion in total outside investments, a positive sign for the industry overall. What is real estate tech? It’s a type of financi...Read More

New housing development planned for Oakville Lakefront

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New housing development planned for Oakville Lakefront

Tags: Oakville, Lakeshore, Housing Development, Luxury Homes

Housing development in Oakville has become a contentious issue. But a luxury development project south of Lakeshore road in Oakville will likely get wide support to move forward.   Majestic Edge Estates is proposing a subdivision of 19 new lots from 346 to 362 Lakeshore Rd. West. The property is just a few blocks west of the Dorval and Lakeshore intersection.   A new public road would be...Read More

Oakville Place Grand Re-opening: This Saturday

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Oakville Place Grand Re-opening: This Saturday

Tags: Oakville Place, Residents, Fall Trends, Local Event

Oakville Place has undergone some major renovations over the past few years and is holding a Grand Re-opening event this Saturday, October 14th from 1pm to 5pm. The event is called “Tastes of the Season” and will feature events put on by some of today’s most influential tastemakers.   What’s a tastemaker? Someone who sets the standards of what is currently popular or f...Read More

Half Price TTC for GO Train Commuters

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Half Price TTC for GO Train Commuters

Tags: Oakville, GO Transit, Ontario, Commuter, TTC, Public Transit

Good news for Oakville GO Train Commuters! The Ontario government has made a decision to subsidize the TTC fares for people taking the GO Train by half. This means GO Train riders will not have to pay the full fee to use the TTC before AND after taking the GO Train or the UP Express. It will cost only $1.50 instead of $3.   The fare discount only applies to those using the Presto Card.  ...Read More

7 Job Opportunities for Millennials in Real Estate

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7 Job Opportunities for Millennials in Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Millennials, Career, Property

Today, there are numerous opportunities for millennials in fields such as technology and commerce, particularly the Canadian Real Estate industry. With today’s modern day technology and easily accessible information, it is easy to see why there are so many young individuals pursuing careers in real estate. Living in Canada, the opportunities are open to anybody with a wifi connection and a...Read More