Oakville, ON Real Estate News

By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Macleans magazine has just published their findings of Canada's most dangerous communities to live in. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was named the most dangerous city, according to the magazine, followed by  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Regina Sask., Prince George, B.C., Edmonton, Alberta, Chilliwack, B.C., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Vancouver, B.C., Surrey, B.C. & Victoria, B.C. As Maclean's explains their Methodology "Maclean's obtained annual crime data from Statistics Canada for municipal police services with the 100 largest populations in the nation. Using 2007 rates per 100,000 population for six crimes-homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery plus breaking and entering-Maclean's calculated the percentage difference from the national rate for each of the six crimes. In con...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
This is the time of year that the Bufflehead ducks appear on Lake Ontario and our inner harbours of Oakville and Bronte. These striking black and white ducks are the smallest diving ducks and scarcest in  North America.  The male Buffleheads have bright pink feet.  The female buffleheads are more grey or brown in colouring and their white areas are more dull.  They are very energetic, and disappear abruptly under water.  These birds drop by in the spring and fall during migration. The majority of the Buffleheads winter in the U.S. on either coasts.  The ones we see here in Oakville are probably now on their way from New Jersey to North Carolina.  I set out with my camera on the weekend to get some shots of these guys.  They are so quick, it was hard to get a good shot but I must admit I...
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One of the most picturesque and relaxing places to visit in Oakville is Bronte Outer Harbour Marina. Resting serenely on the shores of Lake Ontario, Bronte Outer Harbour Marina has a myriad of services to offer local boaters and visitors as well as beautiful areas to walk or spend some time contemplating the sounds and sights of nature. Bronte is now re-awakening from a long winter's nap and anxious boaters are counting down the days to when their boats will leave dry land and once again float gently in their water homes.Canada Geese have returned and the gulls are once more gliding gracefully on the upland drafts and breezes coming off the lake. The boat slips are thawing and a myriad of migrating waterfowl stop over daily to rest in the sheltered waters of the marina. Local residents ...
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
If you're listing your home during a downswing, you'll need to follow a specific plan of action to ensure you receive the most amount of money possible.  Here are some strategies to assist you in selling your home during slower times: Buyer Incentives - Many sellers offer incentives such as appliances, furniture or help with closing costs to make their home more attractive during a competitive market.  These little extras can really make a difference especially to first time buyers who don't have much left after their down payment. Price to Sell - Pricing your home correctly in a competitive market is absolutely critical.  It's best to set the price a little less than comparable homes in order to acquire a competitive edge.  Overpricing your home can be disastrous as not only will it qu...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
One of the great benefits that has come from blogging has been my renewed interest in photography.  I take my camera with me everywhere now.  Yesterday I thought I would get a few more photos of one of the two lovely harbours we have in Oakville.  I hadn't planned to catch the sunset so that was a bonus.  I never knew I would have so much fun chasing ducks to try to get a good shot.  The ducks in this photo only visit our parts twice a year. 
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By Lindsay Walls, Oakville Ontario Realtor
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage)
The Bank of Canada announced this morning that they would be lowering the overnight lending rate 1/2 a percentage point.  The major banks followed suit reducing the prime rate from 3% to 2.5%.  Since December 2007, the bank rates have been lowered a total of 4% points. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to speak with your lendor or mortgage broker about the options available to you to lower your existing mortgage rate.  It could potentially save you thousands of dollars in interest.  I am meeting a number of home owners who are seeing the softer market and attractive lending rates as a great opportunity to either move into their first home or trade up to a larger home. If you are considering buying a home or refinancing your existing home a good lendor or mortgage broker is es...
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING PRICES, PICTURES, ADDRESSES & MORE PLEASE CALL BARRY QUINE at (905) 399-1069. There were 31 new listings that came on the market today for oakville: 1) A 6 Bedroom Detached Backsplit FOR SALE on Pinegrove Rd (West Oakville)2) A 6 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR RENT on Tesla Crescent (Joshua Creek)3) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on River Oaks Boulevard (River Oaks) 4) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Brookhaven Crescent (West Mount)5) A 3 Bedroom Detached Bungalow FOR SALE on Dalewood Drive (Morrison)6) A 3 Bedroom Condominium Townhouse FOR SALE on Westview Terrace (West Oak Trails)7) A 3 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Carpenters Circle (Glen Abbey)8) A 3 Bedroom Freehold Townhouse FOR RENT on Dashwood Drive (West Oak Trails)9) A 4 Bedr...
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By Lindsay Walls, Oakville Ontario Realtor
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage)
By now, most of us have probably seen enough HGTV to realize that preparing your home for sale or “home staging” is a critical part of the home selling process.  While most buyers tell me they can see beyond cosmetic issues such as paint colours, decor and furniture placement, the reality is that homes that look good, inevitably sell faster and for top dollar.  When you remove the emotional attachment to your home by decluttering, depersonalizing, and neutralizing, you are left with a space that buyers instantly connect with.  All of a sudden a buyer starts mentally moving their own things in. Hiring home staging consultants has always been part of the services I provide to my clients.  I’ve seen the benefits first hand and can’t stress its importance enough.  Many people gloss over the...
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By Ryan Chelak, Oakville & Mississauga Real, Estate Broker-Luxury
(Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage)
  Bronte Creek Provincial Park is hosting their annual Maple Syrup Festival beginning February 28, 2009, and the following weekends in March and daily on March break from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (March 16- 20th).    "Being apart of co-ordinating the Maple Syrup Festival has been an amazing experience.  The park is a truly enchanting place to be and it is the perfect place to host a maple syrup festival.  The festival is traditional  and incorporates maple sugar demonstrations, delicious  pancakes, historical buildings, wagon rides, artifacts and on-going activities that are high quality for a low cost." - Angela Vincent, Assistant Event Coordinator    Guests of the Maple Syrup Festival will be treated to free wagon rides that take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh p...
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By Lindsay Walls, Oakville Ontario Realtor
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage)
  The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’.  One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.  In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity. John F. Kennedy               For a few months now we’ve heard all about the economy.  Opinions are being given everywhere we turn – on the radio, on our tv’s, in our living rooms, as we talk to our friends and family.  There is no doubt that we are living in interesting economic times but as we hear more and more opinions on the subject, I’m starting to see a trend emerge with home buyers who are looking at the sluggish economy as a fantastic opportunity. I continually meet first time home owners who are interested in understanding the market and all the incentives available to them.  I am a...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The boundaries for the real estate neighbourhood in Oakville known as Central Oakville are the Sixteen Mile Creek to the East, Dorval Drive to the West, Speers Road to the North and Lake Ontario to the south.  Central Oakville offers a mix of home styles.  Being central to the downtown core and the harbour, it is not known for entry level priced homes.  Many of the one time cottages south of Lakeshore Road have been torn down and replaced with large luxury homes.  Overlooking the harbour are exclusive townhomes built on property that was once a factory.  The original cottages in this area once housed the hired help for the wealthy who owned estates along Oakville's lakeshore.  Many homes in the Queen Mary Drive and Stewart Street area were built  just after WW2 and most are bungalows an...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
  It's cold here in Oakville.  Damn cold.  And the snow keeps piling up.  But what have I been doing lately?  Running around all the different neighbourhoods in  Oakville with my trusty digital camera taking pictures for my blog to post to Localism.com  No one else in Oakville has posted any photos so I'm on a tear.  What I didn't expect was to be so amazed by some of the winter sights I was able to capture and and experience first hand.  For those of you who live close to a lake or any body of water, I think you often take it for granted and not enjoy what it has to offer.  Trudging through the deep snow to position myself to catch the harbour freezing up, the pier, lonely benches, ducks and geese, I forgot about the cold and realized these were real picture perfect moments.  What do t...
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By Tara Sales
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage)
what do I have to do to get a fabulous listing to sell? I have done the usual suspects DROP the price, perfectly stage the home, done agent & public open houses, dropped flyers, door knocked and done a video tour which you can see on my website www.TaraSalesRealEstate.com I'm running out of ideas.  I have also had the place listed for 2.5/mos then took it off we are now back on with a fresh low price. Does anyone out there have any other creative ideas on how I can get this one sold? Your advice is appreciated :) Cheers,Tara
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Glen Abbey, a popular Oakville neighbourhood was a planned community which began development in 1981.  What was once 1000 acres of farmland grew quickly to include a variety of different types of dwellings, parks, open space, schools, churches, trails and bike paths.  And let's not forget the world famous Glen Abbey Golf Course, home to the Canadian Open and designed by Jack Nicklaus.  Glen Abbey Golf Course overlooks the banks of the 16 Mile Creek which is the eastern boundary for this neighbourhood.  Glen Abbey sits north of the Queen Elizabeth Way highway and stretches to Upper Middle Road to the north and Bronte Road to the west. The prestigious homes of Fairway Hills overlook the golf course with many backing onto the holes themselves. Dorval Crossing shopping plazas at the south e...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
We have a new statutory holiday here in Ontario.  It is called Family Day and it will be observed on the third Monday of every February.  It was actually a campaign promise made good by our Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, delivered the day after his Liberal Party was re-elected Oct. 10, 2008. There is a lot of controversy over this decisiion as it seems many people will not get the day off to spend with their families.  Schools will be closed and of course the banks and government offices will close their doors.  Many Ontarians are pleased with the announcement but some economists are estimating that the cost of the day off will come in at between $500 million and $2 billion dollars, by way of holiday and overtime pay, and loss of productivity and revenue. I guess that remains to be se...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Localism Neighbourhood -- Bronte Although the Village of Bronte officially became part of the Town of Oakville in 1954, it still retains its own unique charm, making it a thriving attraction for tourists and locals alike.  Many homeowners in this neighbourhood have grown up here and refuse to live anywhere else.  Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, this area contains a real mix of housing.  High rise apartments and condos stand amongst small cottages, upscale townhomes, lakeside estates, and large lots being redeveloped.  Low rise condos sit atop boutiques and small businesses, overlooking Bronte harbour.  Power boats and sail boats sit alongside the Bronte Harbour Yacht Club. The Bronte Harbour Outer Marina is a fairly recent addition to the area and  is home to boats big and small....
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
There were 14 new listings that came on the market yesterday for oakville: 1) A 3 Bedroom Townhouse FOR SALE on Springforest Drive (Bronte Creek)2) A 2 Bedroom Condo Townhouse FOR RENT on English Rose Lane (Wedgewood Creek)3) A 4 Bedroom Condo Apartment FOR SALE on Marlborough Court 4) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Highland Road (Central Oakville)5) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Whistling Springs Crescent (Westmount)6) A 5 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Balsam Drive (Old Oakville)7) A 3 Bedroom 2-Story Link FOR SALE on Ridgewood Court (Glen Abbey)8) A 3 Bedroom Detached Bungalow FOR RENT on Alscot Crescent (Wedgewood Creek)9) A 2 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Reynolds Street (Old Oakville)10) A 3 Bedroom 3-Story Condo Townhouse FOR SALE on Mowat Avenue...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
 The real estate boundaries for Southwest Oakville are  Dorval Drive to the east, Third Line to the west, Rebecca Street to the north and the shores of Lake Ontario to the south. This mature area boasts tree lined streets, and offers many different styles of homes including two storey, bungalow and split level designs.  This is a neighbourhood of all detached homes. The average sized lot is about 75 feet by 150 ft.  but there are some lots up to a half acre.  Most of the homes in the area were built in the 1960's and 1970's.  Over the years many new homes have replaced the smaller, older bungalows and many homeowners refuse to move from the area and update and renovate instead.  Because of this, there is a low turnover, which keeps the prices up. Southwest Oakville has always been a des...
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
There were 14 new listings that came on the market yesterday for oakville: 1) A 3 Bedroom Condominium Townhouse FOR SALE on Brays Lane (Glen Abbey)2) A 3 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Craigleith Road (Joshua Creek)3) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Ribble Crescent (Bronte Creek)4) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Mistwell Crescent (Bronte)5) A 5 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Cavendish Court (Morrison)6) A 4 Bedroom Detached Bungalow FOR SALE on Wedgewood Drive (Morrison)7) A 4 Bedroom Detached Bungalow FOR SALE on Westdale Road (Southwest Oakville)8) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on English Rose Lane (Wedgewood Creek)9) A 6 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE or LEASE on Forestbrook Road (Glen Abbey)10) A 4 Bedroom Detached 2-Story FOR SALE on Lapsle...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Travel south on Trafalgar Road from the Queen Elizabeth Way and you will enter into Old Oakville, an area of character homes on mature tree lined streets.  Many historic homes are located between Lakeshore Road and the shores of Lake Ontario.  Downtown Oakville offers upscale boutiques, world class restaurants, century old churches, cosy cafes, Oakville Harbour and much more.  The price of real estate in Old Oakille ranges from $500,000 + to multi - million dollars.   Most of the homes in Old Oakville are older detached but there is also a selection of upscale townhomes and condos. Because this area is one of the more expensive in Oakville to live in, there are very few first time buyer homes available.   Public schools located in this area are Brantwood and New Central.  MacLachlan Co...
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