By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto: Disliked Driver of Canada’s Economy

Tags: Toronto, home prices, economy,

  David Olive recently reported that Toronto is disliked throughout the rest of Canada because it is the country’s principal city and receives a lot of attention. As much as people outside of Toronto might balk at the city, the NDP leader Thomas Mulcair recently stated, “Toronto is the most important city in Canada.” Is he right? Let the facts speak for themselves. The...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

De-clutter, De-stress, and Donate

Tags: Home value, stress, clutter, donate

  Do you have too much stuff? After this long winter, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and stressed with all the clutter around you. In fact, psychologists at UCLA have recently confirmed a correlation between clutter and poor health by studying the stress hormone cortisol. The study concluded that people with clutter issues share the same pattern of cortisol associated with those suffering f...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oil’s Effect on Home Prices

Tags: oil, home prices, Canadian Real Estate Association, consumer confidence, Toronto

Whether you like it or not, Canada’s economy is tied to the wobbly nature of oil prices. Consequently, the sharp decline in oil prices is having a negative effect on national housing sales. Alberta, Canada’s oil producing province is taking a particularly heavy hit from the slump in oil prices. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) forecasts a decline of 3.4% in Alberta’s ...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

5 Points to Consider about Mortgages, other than interest

Tags: Interest, mortgage, rate, payment

Interest rates are an important factor when choosing how to mortgage your home, but what other factors are there to consider? David Fleming at the Toronto Realty blog offers a great list of some factors and features that are sometimes overlooked when mortgages are drawn out: Amortization Period – the choice of 25 or 30 years. Five years can make a big difference in interest payments Pre...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: High Rendition Jazz Annual Concert

Tags: Local Event, Halton, Oakville

  The High Rendition Jazz Band is putting on its 8th Annual fundraising concert on Saturday, March 28, at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Oakville. The High Rendition Jazz Band is an award winning group made up of very talented high-school aged musicians in the Oakville, Burlington and the surrounding Halton region. The fundraising event will help cover expenses of the organizatio...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event – High Rendition Jazz Annual Concert

Tags: Local Event, Halton, Oakville,

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By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event – High Rendition Jazz Annual Concert

Tags: Halton, Oakville, Rob Burton, Jazz, Local Events, Concert

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By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto, Vancouver - outliers in Canadian housing market

Tags: Housing Market, Toronto, Vancouver, Real Estate,

  The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reports a significant increase of home prices in the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver.  Demand for homes remains red hot due to low borrowing rates, especially for detached homes within Toronto’s city limits. Meanwhile, the rest of Canada is experiencing an average increase in the benchmark price for a home at 6.3% making the aver...Read More

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville’s Maple Syrup Festival - this March

Tags: Local, Event, Oakville, Maple Syrup Festival

    Satisfy your sweet tooth while learning about 1900's era heritage this March break at the Maple Syrup Festival! This annual local event takes place in the heart of Oakville, at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The festival operates every weekend in March plus the week of March Break – a perfect outing for the whole family. Open from 9:30am – 3:00pm, the festival offe...Read More

By: Case Feenstra

5 costly mistakes

Tags: home buyers

5 Costly Mistakes Home Buyers Make. Mistake #1Not knowing what they can afford before making an offer. The best way to avoid this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you know exactly how much you can afford. Usually pre-approvals are free. Mistake #2Not knowing who the agent represents. Unless an agent is working as your buyer representative, they represent the seller. Many people don'...Read More