2016 Halton Budget Highlights

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016 Halton Budget Highlights

Tags: Quality of Life, Investments, Sustainability, Finance, Strategy

The 2016 Halton Budget which was recently passed, will see a 1.9% increase in property taxes. The purpose of the tax increase, according to Halton Region, is to improve regional service for 2016, including police services. The improved services are mandated by Halton’s Strategic Action Plan which focuses on health, complete communities, economic growth, connecting people with services, ...Read More

Oil: A Toxic Calgary Real Estate Story

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oil: A Toxic Calgary Real Estate Story

Tags: Dutch Disease, Home Sales, Home Prices, Oil Prices, Federal Budget

Dutch disease is a term used by economists to describe an economy where investment increases the economic development of one industry while other industries become less competitive.   The Alberta Tar Sands have been slapped with the Dutch Disease label in the past. The Canadian dollar in the early 2000s was strong from the increasing oil exports based on high oil prices. The manufacturing sec...Read More

Glen Eden set to Open on Friday

By: Nate Van Beilen

Glen Eden set to Open on Friday

Tags: Ski, Snowboard, Halton, GTA

Finally, some snow! 2015 was a record setting year in Canada for real estate but also in weather. This past December saw weather that was the hottest on record in cities across GTA and Ontario. It left meteorologists scratching their heads. To the joy of skiers and snowboard enthusiasts, Glen Eden will finally be operating its lifts this Friday, January 8th.    The cold temperatures this...Read More

Hot Housing in Hamilton

By: Nate Van Beilen

Hot Housing in Hamilton

Tags: Home Prices, Condo Development, Mortgage, Real Estate

16,000 homes were sold in the Hamilton region in 2015. Selling prices were almost 10% higher than previous year averages, more than Toronto or even Vancouver. Pretty good for the old steel town!   TD economists are warning that the performance of 2015 could affect the numbers when comparing year to year averages. So if 2016 prices seem lower than 2015, the reality is that 2015 is an anomaly a...Read More

Uber in the GTA

By: Nate Van Beilen

Uber in the GTA

Tags: Toronto, Taxi, Customer Satisfaction, Poll

Creative destruction is the notion used by economists to describe the continuous product and process innovation where those new products and processes replace outdated and obsolete ones. Uber seems to fit the notion well, as the increased ridership and polls showing customer satisfaction could indicate a start of the eventual decline of traditional taxi services.   According to a recent poll ...Read More

2016 Real Estate Anticipations

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016 Real Estate Anticipations

Tags: Home Prices, Oil Prices, Canadian Dollar, GTA, Investment

‘Steady’ seems to be the key word analysts are using to describe what the Canadian housing market will be like in 2016. Steady, a word alluding to regular, secure, and supported, is a rather boring adjective to describe something like the Canadian real estate market where records were set in 2015. Some refer to the Canadian real estate market as a bubble, so predictions of steadiness a...Read More

New Year: 5 New Laws you need to know

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Year: 5 New Laws you need to know

Tags: Tax, Debt, Canada, Liberal, New Laws

A number of laws and policies are coming into effect across Canada on January 1, 2016. Some are federal and others are provincial. They are important to be aware of so you’re not caught off guard. After all, ignorance to law is never a valid excuse. Pedestrian Safety: Drivers now have to wait until a pedestrian is all the way across the road before turning at a light or driving past a cro...Read More

Open Houses in Virtual Reality

By: Nate Van Beilen

Open Houses in Virtual Reality

Tags: Real Estate, foreign investors, technology,

Pictures say a thousand words, but virtual reality says even more. I thought virtual reality would be limited to video games and movies. But virtual reality has made its way into real estate. This type of technology could help foreign investors scout out potential real estate options.   One company is creating a virtual reality system based on new condo development plans that allows buyers to...Read More

Tiny housing movement gaining traction

By: Nate Van Beilen

Tiny housing movement gaining traction

Tags: Housing Prices, Toronto, Housing Policy, millennial

Housing prices are rendering conventional homes out of reach for many young buyers, who are now turning to alternatives. But housing prices aren’t the only motivator.   A smaller home allows for less time spent in maintenance which is attractive for the active millennial generation. Smaller houses also decrease ecological footprints, as less materials are required for the building and l...Read More

The Transition from Sheridan College to Sheridan University

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Transition from Sheridan College to Sheridan University

Tags: Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton

Oakville’s Sheridan College is internationally recognized as a leader in animation and digital arts design. However, as a college, Sheridan graduates are can be limited by the school’s status as a college rather than a University.   Once Sheridan becomes a University, the graduating students will be eligible to enter graduate programs at other Universities. Frustratingly, Sheridan...Read More