Earth Day: Picking up litter this Saturday

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Earth Day: Picking up litter this Saturday

Tags: Oakville, Earth Day, Residents, Community, Nature

This is the time of year when few plants have started growing and the snow is gone. There is nothing to cover up all the litter that has unfortunately accumulated on roadsides, waterways, edges of parking lots, and sidewalks. Just take a look at all the litter on the ground the next time you’re on a highway off ramp.   Litter is an offensive. The existence of litter in our communities s...Read More

What to expect in Spring Real Estate Markets

By: Loretta Phinney Team

What to expect in Spring Real Estate Markets

Tags: GTA, Spring Real Estate, Government Regulation, Bidding wars

Spring is usually the boom time of the year for real estate. Will this year be the same? Well changes in real estate markets in the past year have been unprecedented. If one thing is clear, it is that uncertainty is in the air.   Lots has been written about bubbles. Whether or not predictions are accurate, the frequency of warnings has increased. All levels of government have expressed concer...Read More

Best Place to Buy Real Estate in Peel Region

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Best Place to Buy Real Estate in Peel Region

Tags: Mississauga, Waterfront, Real Estate, Public Transit, Recreation

The Lakeview neighbourhood in Mississauga is the best place to buy real estate in Peel Region according to Moneysense. It’s close to the lake, transit, the QEW, and there are plans to revitalize the waterfront.   The findings of the MoneySense report are based on a number of factors including value, average price, momentum, and realtor grade. Homes in Lakeview sell at an average price o...Read More

What is the best place to buy a home in Halton Region?

By: Loretta Phinney Team

What is the best place to buy a home in Halton Region?

Tags: Oakville, Neighbourhoods, Sheridan College, Sixteen Mile Creek

College Park – right in the heart of Oakville, at the crossroads of Trafalgar and the QEW is rated the best place to buy real estate in Halton Region by a recent report put out by MoneySense.   The findings of the MoneySense report are based on a number of factors including value, average price, momentum, and realtor grade. The average price of homes in college park is 73.7% of the pric...Read More

A decrease in congestion? Where Highway 401 is widening

By: Loretta Phinney Team

A decrease in congestion? Where Highway 401 is widening

Tags: Real Estate, Mississauga, Milton, GTA, Congestion

Traffic is one of the worst things in modern life. It’s a waste of time, creates unnecessary pollution, and can incite irrational rage in some cases. But commuters from Milton and Mississauga that use the 401 will might experience fewer cases of traffic induced rage, especially if you carpool. An 18 kilometer stretch between the Credit River in Mississauga and Highway 25 in Milton will get a...Read More

81% of Oakville Residents Satisfied with Municipal Government

By: Loretta Phinney Team

81% of Oakville Residents Satisfied with Municipal Government

Tags: Oakville Residents, Urban Sprawl, Affordable Housing

An 81% satisfaction rate is a solid A-. It’s really a good mark when you consider all the things that a municipality provides to tax payers and all the things that could go wrong.   The biggest change in concern for residents in Oakville was none other than affordable housing. No surprise there, as Oakville has the third highest rental costs in Canada, as explained in one of our recent ...Read More

Vacancy Tax for Ontario?

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Vacancy Tax for Ontario?

Tags: GTA, Vacancy Tax, Housing Prices, Affordability,

Bankers, economists and people frustrated by the lack of affordable housing are calling on governments to do something about the housing issue. The last federal budget did not adequately address the GTA’s housing issues so the Ontario Provincial government is stepping up to the plate to offer solutions. One of the proposals is a vacancy tax.   Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa and ...Read More

March Housing Stats: Homeownership Dreams

By: Loretta Phinney Team

March Housing Stats: Homeownership Dreams

Tags: Real Estate, Regulation, Housing Markets, Housing Prices

The dream of homeownership needs to be kept alive, according to Toronto’s Mayor, John Tory. So he’s essentially admitting that home ownership is in fact a dream, rather than a realistic expectation. The potential for that dream becoming a reality is continuing to diminish with a year over year increase of 33.2% in prices for homes in the GTA.   The increase in housing prices being...Read More

Hurontario LRT: Good for Mississauga and Homeowners

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Hurontario LRT: Good for Mississauga and Homeowners

Tags: Peel Region, Transportation, traffic congestion, Development

Mississauga is transitioning from a suburb to a city. The $1.4 billion light rail transit (LRT) public transportation project will contribute to this transition. And homeowners, residents, and businesses will see benefits.   With 20kms of rapid transit, and 22 stops, Mississauga and Brampton will be able to intensify building development, and plan their cities for a future with less traffic c...Read More

Oakville rent is third most expensive in Canada

By: Loretta Phinney Team

Oakville rent is third most expensive in Canada

Tags: Renting Costs in Canada, Bachelor, Toronto

It’s more expensive to rent a home in Oakville than Toronto and even Vancouver. The average bachelor goes for $977 per month and the average 3-bedroom home goes for $1,714 per month. But what are the most expensive places? It might surprise you.   Yellowknife, the provincial capital of the Yukon is the most expensive place to rent in Canada. It costs $1,159 and $1,902 to rent a bachelor...Read More