All you need to know about Real Estate Crowd Funding

By: Nate Van Beilen

All you need to know about Real Estate Crowd Funding

Tags: Investing, debt, equity, Homeowner, innovation

Crowdfunding is traditionally used for raising money for projects or new business ventures. With new innovations in technology, web development, finance and legal changes, crowdfunding is now coming to the real estate market. It is a great way for investors who might be renting to diversify their investment portfolios into the real estate market.   There are two different ways that inves...Read More

New Trend in Homes: Super Kitchens

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Trend in Homes: Super Kitchens

Tags: Homeowner, renovation, Open Concept, Real Estate

Canadians are now spending more and more time in their kitchens. Kitchens are becoming the real hub of a house as almost two thirds of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in the room. Kitchens are not only being used for cooking and baking but its nearly half of families socialize and entertain guests. This means that homeowners are adding functions and décor to kitchens that were ...Read More

Family Day and Canada's 150th Anniversary 

By: Nate Van Beilen

Family Day and Canada's 150th Anniversary 

Tags: Oakville, Community, Family Day, Art, Culture, Canada

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Canada. Oakville is integrating Family day with the Canada’s national anniversary by hosting workshops where participants can paint tiles. These tiles will me combined together to form a mural that will reflect the history and culture of Canada.   The project is bringing 150 communities across Canada together to create a unifying mura...Read More

National Sweater Day

By: Nate Van Beilen

National Sweater Day

Tags: WWF, Canada, Energy, Green House Gas

Tomorrow is National Sweater Day. You might be asking why there is a day devoted to wearing sweaters. Look no further. The nation wide event is organized by World Wildlife Foundation with the intention of raising awareness about the importance of saving energy and inspiring Canadians to use less heat during the winter.   Heating is a very large user of residential energy. In fact, 80% of...Read More

Halton Healthcare Receives Gold Award

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Healthcare Receives Gold Award

Tags: Oakville, Trafalgar, Ontario, Quality Service, Patient Safety

Quality workplaces often lead to quality service. In fact, nurses that are more satisfied in their workplace tend to be more productive which ultimately results in increased patient safety. As Halton Healthcare was recently recognized as a quality workplace, Halton Region residents can be assured that the care they receive is top quality.   The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the ...Read More

New Technology Expected to Disrupt Real Estate Industry

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Technology Expected to Disrupt Real Estate Industry

Tags: Information technology, Risk, Investors, Business Deals

Every industry is disrupted by advancements in technology. Real Estate is no different. In fact, a recent meeting of real information technology providers concluded that in the coming years, access to aggregated market data will allow investors to valuate real estate assets in real time so that they can be traded just like stocks. The Urban Land Institute meeting, attended by more than ...Read More

Winterlicious 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Winterlicious 2016

Tags: Toronto, Local Event, Restaurant, Food

You might want to loosen those belt buckles. Over 200 restaurants in Toronto are offering amazing deals for price-fixed three-course lunch and dinner menus. Even if you’re not in the city, Winterlicious is definitely worth it, especially to try something new or out of your typical price range.   The fixed prices for lunch run from $18, $23, and $28. Dinners are more expensive and are pr...Read More

New Standards for Oakville Canopy Cover

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Standards for Oakville Canopy Cover

Tags: Real Estate, Trees, Health, Forest, Urban Development

New residential developments definitely have a sterile feeling to them. The lack of any substantial trees is an unappealing and depressing characteristic. Science actually backs it up. A study done in Toronto found that people who live in neighbourhoods with a higher density of trees report significantly higher perceptions of health as well as significantly fewer cases of cardio-metabolic conditio...Read More

Free Organics Trade Show

By: Nate Van Beilen

Free Organics Trade Show

Tags: Local Business, GTA, Environment, Trade Show

What’s better than free food? Free food that is healthy and nutritious. The 2016 Guelph Organic Trade show is celebrating its 35th year on January 30th and 31st at the Guelph University Centre.   The event hosts more than 160 exhibitors and vendors from all over the GTA and southern Ontario; 40 of which are food related. The show is free to the public, hosted in the open University buil...Read More

4 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

By: Nate Van Beilen

4 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Tags: Investment, Markets, Returns, Equity, REIT

Do have a home already but like the financial returns from the purchase? Buying a home isn’t just for living in. Real estate can be a solid investment option as markets tend to be relatively predictable - people are always going to need a place to live.   Plus, right now in Canada, the real estate sector has relatively high returns. The equity and commodity markets have not had a good s...Read More