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Important Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

By: Loretta Phinney

Important Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Tags: Municipal & Planning Law Bulletin

  All across Ontario, municipal elections are just over six months away. On April 1, the most recent amendments that will impact the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 came into force. There are a lot of changes to the rules for this election, but below are some of the most important ones to note.   Important Dates Nominations open May 1, 2018 and are open until July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p...Read More

Home Renovation Tips

By: Loretta Phinney

Home Renovation Tips

Tags: ADD REAL VALUE TO YOUR HOME

  #6 Curb Appeal You only get one chance to make an excellent first impression.   A well-maintained garden will attract potential buyers and make them curious to see the rest of the house. Make sure there are no defects in the exterior of the house, and that everything looks well maintained. Walk across the road and take an objective look at the front of ...Read More

Seasonal changes…

By: Loretta Phinney

Seasonal changes…

Tags: Decorating tips for spring and summer

      Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons we have in Canada even though it is, no doubt, a short one. Now it is the perfect time to add a touch of spring and summer to your home décor. Here are a few simple ideas to turn your home into a beautiful fresh spring showplace with some wow factors for your home décor in very little time.   ...Read More

A New “Old World” Style for 2018

By: Loretta Phinney

A New “Old World” Style for 2018

Tags: Modern Interior Trends

Stately & Bold The big colours for 2018 are in! Today’s hot trends gravitate towards an “Old World”, 1920's feel. Champagne, Cobalt blue, and violets are the in colours this year. The Pantone colour for this year is called 18-3838 Ultra Violet Bold, blush pinks and teals are also in, leaning more towards edgier, youthful spaces. “The modern home usually maintain...Read More

Halton Region Pushes Back Against Major CN Truck-Rail Project

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Halton Region Pushes Back Against Major CN Truck-Rail Project

Tags: Oakville, Halton Region, Milton, CN Rail, Traffic, Development

A 1,200 acre plot of undeveloped land in Milton is the focus of a legal battle brewing between local municipalities and CN Rail.   Milton, Burlington, Halton Hills, and Oakville have joined together to file suit against the transportation giant as it looks to break ground on a major logistics hub in Milton south of Britannia Road off of Tremaine Road.   The proposed $250 million project ...Read More

Toronto gets new status as "Severely Unaffordable"

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Toronto gets new status as "Severely Unaffordable"

Tags: Housing, Real Estate, Condos, Detached Homes

The new government rules relating to housing appear to not have done much to improve the affordability of Canada’s priciest cities so far. In fact, Toronto housing prices have reached the status of “severely unaffordable” from Demographia. How was this determined?   A recent survey found that Toronto has risen in the rankings as one of the most unaffordable cities in Canada ...Read More

Highway 413 Cancellation could affect Halton Real Estate

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Highway 413 Cancellation could affect Halton Real Estate

Tags: GTA real Estate, Halton Region real estate, Highway 413

The environmental assessment of the GTA West Highway (highway 413) has been cancelled, effectively cancelling the highway project that would have paved a strip through Ontario’s greenbelt from Vaughn to Milton.   The cancellation of highway 413 shows how the province is recognizing the value of complete communities as opposed to highway led planning that results in sprawl. Denser urban ...Read More

Fighting Homelessness at the Coldest Night of the Year Event in Oakville

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Fighting Homelessness at the Coldest Night of the Year Event in Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Glen Abbey, Homelessness, Community, Local

Canada’s National walk to fight homelessness is happening on Saturday February 24th. The fundraiser supports individuals and families across Canada who are struggling to make ends meet.   The family friendly event is hosted at the Glen Abbey Community Centre and give participants options to walk different distances depending on ability and preference. You can walk 2, 5 or 10kms.   ...Read More

Oakville Rejects Application for the Demolition of Glen Abbey

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Oakville Rejects Application for the Demolition of Glen Abbey

Tags: Oakville, Glen Abbey Development, Clublink, Conservation

The Town’s decision should not come as a surprise to anyone following this story. Earlier this week, Oakville Town Council rejected a demolition request from Clublink, the owner of the property that has development plans. Earlier this month, council approved additional protection for the Glen Abbey Golf Course.   Oakville’s official plan has been amended, and a bylaw has been pass...Read More

The Risk of Buying Pre-Construction Homes

By: Loretta Phinney Team

The Risk of Buying Pre-Construction Homes

Tags: Real Estate, GTA, Home Builders, Home Buyers

For the last decade pre-construction home buyers across the GTA have enjoyed moving into homes that were already worth more than they paid for them. Recent market conditions however have forced some developers to reduce their prices, and this is coming as a shock to those who signed their contracts less than a year ago.   Today, buyers of Mattamy built homes are waiting for construction to be...Read More