Town of Oakville Launches App

By: Nate Van Beilen

Town of Oakville Launches App

Tags: Town Council, Mayor Burton, Mobile App

The replacement of real people interaction with technology has begun right here in Oakville. How convenient. The Oakville app now allows residents and businesses to quickly engage and interact with the town.  “Council actively encourages and supports new innovative ideas to connect and communicate with residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The Oakville mobile app will make it...Read More

Halton Region Transportation Progress Report: Safe and Efficient

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Region Transportation Progress Report: Safe and Efficient

Tags: GTA, Infrastructure, Smart Commute, Metrolinx

Another great reason to live in Halton Region: the least congested corridors of any regional municipality in the GTA. This was one of the findings in the recently published 2014 Transportation Services Progress Report.   The Report also outlines a commitment of Regional Council to invest $1 billion into the region’s transportation infrastructure.   “Halton Region is committed...Read More

3 Benefits of Owning Multiple Properties

By: Nate Van Beilen

3 Benefits of Owning Multiple Properties

Tags: Interest, Rent, Investment, Mortgage

Buying real estate other than your personal dwelling can be a viable long term investment option in areas where there is a demand for rent. The College Park neighbourhood in Oakville comes to mind.   There are three benefits from investing in rental properties: cash flow, mortgage payoff, and property value appreciation.   1. Cash flow is generated from the sum of rent collected minus ex...Read More

New Paramedic Station coming to South West Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Paramedic Station coming to South West Oakville

Tags: Infrastructure, Healthcare, Halton, EMS

Haltan Regional Council recently approved the construction of a new EMS facility to be built in South West Oakville at Rebecca Street and Woodside Drive. "The paramedic station is required to address a noticeable gap in the critical five-minute response time coverage in southwest Oakville," a related Halton Region report states. This infrastructure development will be important for the ...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Joshua’s Creek

By: Case Feenstra

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Joshua’s Creek

Tags: Schools, Detached Homes, Iroquois Ridge

Joshua’s Creek is one of Oakville’s newer neighbourhoods, developed in the mid 1990s and early 2000s. It is bounded by Dundas St. to the north, 9th Line to the East, Upper Middle Road to the south, and Glenashton/Grand Blvd to the west.   Detached homes are predominant in Joshua’s Creek with a smaller amount of freehold and condo townhomes. Like the Wedgewood Creek neighbour...Read More

Oakville’s New MP: John Oliver

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville’s New MP: John Oliver

Tags: Politics, Healthcare, Economy, Change

Oakville was on the edge of its seat last night following the tight race between Conservative incumbent Terence Young and Liberal candidate John Oliver for the federal election. The race was too close to call until 11:30 when 230 out of 252 polls had reported results.   Oliver won with 49.8% of the vote followed by Conservative Terrence Young with 42.1%, NDP Che Marville with 5.9%, and Green ...Read More

5 Ways to Increase Your Chance of Securing a Property with Multiple Offers

By: Nate Van Beilen

5 Ways to Increase Your Chance of Securing a Property with Multiple Offers

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, Seller's Market

The current reality of real estate in the GTA is that of a seller’s market, meaning there is an imbalance with more home buyers than home sellers. This gives the sellers an upper hand as buyers compete with each other to make the best offer. As a result, there can be bidding wars. Here are 5 tips on how to win this war. 1. Get pre-approved. A pre-approved mortgage will give you more co...Read More

Quality of Life in Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Quality of Life in Oakville

Tags: Housing, Equity, Income, Health

A recent report suggests that while Oakville is one of Canada’s wealthiest communities, there is room for improvement in terms of quality of life for everyone. Oakville Community Foundation’s (OCF) Vital Signs report highlights the main issues that affect the quality of life in Oakville and puts a spotlight on work being done by charities, residents, and governments to improve the live...Read More

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Wedgewood Creek

By: Nate Van Beilen

Real Estate Breakdown in Oakville’s Neighbourhoods: Wedgewood Creek

Tags: Iroquois Ridge, Morrison Valley, Community, Family Friendly

Wedgewood Creek is a very family friendly neighbourhood in North Eastern part of Oakville. The neighbourhood is bounded by Dundas to the North, 8th line to Glenashton, and then on to Grand Blvd, in the east, Upper Middle Road to the south, and Trafalgar Road to the west.   The age of homes in this neighbourhood range from very new to 25 years old. The majority of homes are 2 story detached ho...Read More

Public Transportation Affects Home Value

By: Nate Van Beilen

Public Transportation Affects Home Value

Tags: Infrastructure, Commute, Property

As our society aims to become less dependent on carbon based energy, it is inevitable that demand for public transportation will increase. As a result, it can be expected that homes which are located close to public transportation routes will become more valuable. A study by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) confirms this. Homes near pub...Read More