March: Healthy Month for Canadian Home Sales

By: Nate Van Beilen

March: Healthy Month for Canadian Home Sales

Tags: Real Estate, Home Sales, GTA, Price Gains, CREA

March was a healthy month for Canada’s real estate market according to a recent report released by The Canadian Real Estate Association.   National home sales edged up by 4.1 percent and new listings increased by 1.8 percent over the past month. On a year by year comparison, March 2015 saw activity levels increase by 9.5% compared to March 2014. “Low mortgage interest rates are ...Read More

The Future of the Gardiner Expressway and Oakville Commuter

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Future of the Gardiner Expressway and Oakville Commuter

Tags: Gardiner Express, Oakville, GTA, Commute

For the driving Oakville commuter, getting to and from Toronto is frustrating to say the least. The Gardiner Expressway is receiving attention regarding reconstruction and maintenance. According to Toronto Star reports, the section west of Exhibition Place will remain the same and the section through downtown is currently under repair. Upon completion, the downtown section will hopefully relieve s...Read More

Halton School Graduation Rate Higher than Ontario Average

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton School Graduation Rate Higher than Ontario Average

Tags: Schools, Halton, Graduation Rate,

88 percent of high school students in Halton District are graduating compared to the Ontario average of 84 percent. This rate has increased over the last four years according to the Halton District School Board. Graduating students complete 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional), a mandatory literacy test, and a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. Ontario high school gra...Read More

Local Event: GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards

Tags: Oakville, United Way, Volunteer, GenNext, Community

“Recognizing volunteers as the real celebrities of Oakville.” The slogan of the GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards sums up the purpose for the awards. This event seeks to celebrate and recognize Oakville residents who are doing amazing things such as organizing events, starting charities and volunteering their own time to help better our community. The mission of GenNext is to create oppo...Read More

Oakville Olympian Tera Van Beilen accompanies PM Harper to Panama Summit

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Olympian Tera Van Beilen accompanies PM Harper to Panama Summit

Tags: Pan Am Games, Tera Van Beilen, Prime Minister

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Panama the past few days for the Summit of the Americas. While in Panama, the Prime Minister hosted a reception to promote the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer. Pan Am and Parapan Am athletes Elise Marcotte, Marco Dispaltro, Priscilla Gagne, and Oakville native Tera Van Beilen accompanied the Prime Minister on the trip. The Pan Am reception b...Read More

Halton’s Red Light Cameras: Keeping Roads Safer?

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton’s Red Light Cameras: Keeping Roads Safer?

Tags: Halton, Red Light Cameras, Safety, Traffic,

Do you hate the idea of a camera giving you a ticket? Despite one’s potential dislike of the red light cameras, studies do show their use results in less car accidents causing injury. If you enter an intersection when the light is red, cameras will provide photo evidence for authorities to enforce traffic laws and issue tickets/fines. Halton authorities state the use of red light cameras i...Read More

Baby Boomers Driving Luxury Housing Market for their Children

By: Nate Van Beilen

Baby Boomers Driving Luxury Housing Market for their Children

Tags: Wealth Transfer, Luxury, Real Estate Market, Baby Boomers

Generational wealth transfer for the real estate market is becoming an increasingly significant factor in home purchasing, especially in luxury markets. The most significant transfer is between the baby boomer generation and their children. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada released a report on buying habits of different generations. CEO Ross McCredie said,“I don’t think you&...Read More

Oakville Resident announced as Pan Am games Torchbearer

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Resident announced as Pan Am games Torchbearer

Tags: Pan Am Games, Oakville, Toronto

  Oakville resident Lynn Petruskavich was recently announced to be a torchbearer for the Pan Am Games Torch Relay. Petruskavich is very involved in inspiring active living and bringing healthy food options to the Oakville community. “It’s such an honour to represent a town that I love so much,” said Petruskavich. “As a mom and enthusiastic volunteer, it’s incre...Read More

Healthy Economic Outlook for Halton According to Reports

By: Nate Van Beilen

Healthy Economic Outlook for Halton According to Reports

Tags: Economy, Halton, Employment, Infrastructure, Investment

Multiple reports indicate positive expectations for the future of Halton’s economy. These expectations are based on Halton Region’s impressive accomplishments in 2014. Some of the highlights from the reports include the following: • 4.4 per cent average unemployment rate for 2014 is the lowest in Ontario. • 73.6 per cent labour force participation (those either employed...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Property Tax Increase in line with Inflation

Tags: Property Tax, Oakville, Infrastructure, Budget, inflation

  Oakville residents will be paying an increased property tax rate for 2015. The 1.7 percent increase, which is in line with the rising cost of living, was unanimously voted for by Oakville’s Town Council. The increase is the equivalent to a $14.88 per $100,000 of assessed property value. “Council has once again honoured its commitment to its residents to provide the progr...Read More