Life in Oakville - by Lindsay Walls

Real Estate Sales Representative - RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage
Welcome to Life in Oakville, a blog dedicated to the issues and events that affect day to day life in this great community. Conveniently located along the shores of Lake Ontario just 30 kilometres away from Toronto and Hamilton, Oakville is a popular choice for commuters who want to live in a community setting while maintaining the career opportunities associated with the Greater Toronto Area. For more information on the town of Oakville, its local real estate market and the real estate buying and selling process, please visit my website at Thanks for stopping by! Lindsay
What a difference a year can make. We started off 2009 with headlines predicting housing market crashes, rapidly declining sale prices and general gloom and doom stories. Now, in December we are seeing speculation of housing bubbles, stories of bidding wars and general speculation about how “hot...
  If you have spoken to a Realtor about buying a home, you should be familiar with the Buyer Representation Agreement. Like any contract, the Buyer Representation Agreement outlines commitments that your agent promises to make in exchange for commitments you promise to make. Under this Agreement,...
  My husband and I recently bought a new house.  While we had no intention of buying from a developer, after many conversations and much investigation it was clearly the right choice for us.  My wonderful husband Chris is used to me talking about houses and the real estate market non-stop so he ...
Keeping up on the Development Charge debate being waged in Oakville?  For those who have not yet heard, the Town of Oakville recently approved a 65% increase in the development charges used to fund infrastructure costs associated with growth.  At the heart of the debate are two issues: 1) the to...
  Yes it’s true.  Today, the Oakville Power Authority (OPA) announced plans to build a gas fired power plant in Oakville.  The power plant will specifically be located along Royal Windsor Drive, next to the Ford Motor Company’s Oakville manufacturing plant just southwest of Ford Drive and QEW.  ...
A couple of months ago, Oakville town council reviewed the results of a report measuring the satisfaction and priorities of Oakville residents.  Craig Worden, the Vice-President of Public Affairs at Pollara (the market research firm conducting the poll) had this to say about the 2009 Oakville Ci...
In mid-June, Halton District School Board trustees confirmed the final ruling on the Southeast Oakville (Ward 3) public school closures. After months of debate and community input, the trustees voted in favour of an option put forth known as Hybrid 3B. If you’re like me, Hybrid 3B means nothing ...
Peter Gilgan, the owner of Mattamy Homes here in Oakville recently sent out an email regarding his company’s North Oakville development plans. For those of you who don’t know, Mattamy is the largest land owner in the yet to be developed area of North Oakville (North of Dundas Street). At the hea...
I had an epiphany a few days ago – in a car dealership of all places.  My sister was looking for a new car and had asked me to come along with her to negotiate with the sale rep she met a few days earlier.  To protect the guilty, I will not mention the name of the dealership we went to however w...
Here is a dirty little secret about the real estate industry.  To be successful, agents have not 1 but 2 jobs.  One job is to HELP PEOPLE BUY/SELL REAL ESTATE.  This is the obvious one.  What most people don’t realize is that this is really an agent’s second job.  Our first and more difficult job...

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