Oakville, ON Real Estate News

Oakville Public Library Geneology/Genealogy Research.With Christmas on it's way, thoughts have turned to what to buy for loved ones that is 'different' or keeps on giving. I remember one year my Dad gave my brothers and I the perfect gift- an album filled with photos of our ancestors along with a story about each of them and where they fit in to the family tree. It was one of the very best gifts I have ever been given.This year I decided to make one for each of my sons. Searching for your roots can be both exhilarating and frustrating, all at the same time. It can lead you to far-off places, both in your mind and physically and once you are bitten by the genealogy bug, it can become an all-consuming passion.   For those who would like to do research into their family history, did you kn...
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A Hilton Falls Christmas – Horses, Hot Cocoa and Holiday Fun!What do nature trails, Christmas and falls all have  in common? Hilton Falls!Bundle up and get ready for some old-fashioned Christmas fun at Hilton Falls Conservation Area. The bells will be ringing on Santa and horses as children young and old, big and small, trek the trails at Hilton to the wagon stop for a beautiful winter ride over the hills and through the woods.Perhaps it will be snowing!No mind if it is or not, get your reservation today before there’s no more room on the haystack.After you’ve caroled and cuddled through the woods, warm up by the fireside with roasted  marshmallows and a cup of hot cocoa. The fireside is an enchanting little spot, right next to the falls with friendly Chickadees all about. Take a moment...
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Old Oakville Real Estate Market Report, Oakville Ontario October 2012Oakville's oldest community, Old Oakville was the first area to be settled due to it's natural harbour at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek. With the proximity to the harbour, early settlement flourished.Today, Old Oakville encompasses the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District, consisting of 162 residences that were built in the 19th century. Using river and lake stone for the foundations, many of these homes have since been recognized with plaques near their entrances. The plaques indicate the original owner (and often the original owner's occupation) and the year in which the house was built. Residents and tourists alike enjoy taking a stroll through the streets of Old Oakville to view these unique and beautiful ...
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Heritage Homes for Sale in Old Oakville, OntarioHeritage homes are amongst the most desirable real estate within the Greater Toronto Area and within Oakville, they rank near the top.Varying in style and price, Old Oakville heritage homes are an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy professional life. With walkways along the Lake Ontario shoreline, Old Oakville heritage homes exist in an oasis of peace and serenity. These beautiful heritage homes are just a short walk to historical, trendy downtown Oakville.With a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, fitness facilities, supermarkets, medical buildings, boutiques, pharmacies, and spas, the Downtown Oakville offers residents everything they might need and more.The natural environment of Old Oakville is second to none with...
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Moose and Wolves Spotted in Oakville? The Old Oakville waterfront is filled with history and things seen long before Oakville ever became the thriving town it is today. These historical sights are not limited to buildings and artifacts.Standing at the ready on the Erchless Estate grounds are four of Canada's iconic wildlife figures, creatures who testify to the wilderness that once was found here in the Oakville area.The Moose and three Wolf cement statues were created by local artist Bert Jackson and a fellow artist, Steve Hudak. They are life sized replicas of two of Canada's most majestic creatures. The Moose statue, weighing in at 1000 lbs, stands observing the three Wolves who are stalking it and ready to attack. The statues were originally unveiled at the Oakville Humane Society's...
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Oakville Santa Claus Parade - Saturday, November 17, 2012.Only 44 days left! That's right, the countdown is on and Christmas Day is almost here.Santa Claus has been making the rounds going to as many parades as he possibly can and this coming Saturday is Oakville's turn! The Oakville Santa Claus Parade will begin at 9am on Saturday, November 17th on the corner of Lakeshore and Reynolds, RAIN OR SHINE! Dress warmly and come prepared for any kind of weather. The theme this year is 'Once Upon A Christmas'. Volunteers are still needed to assist with traffic so if you have some spare time this Saturday and would like to get into the festive spirit, make sure and contact the parade organizers.Worried about parking? No need to! The FREE Santa Shuttle will be running every 10 minutes from the O...
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Downtown Oakville - Tree Lighting CeremonyDig out your fuzzy wool mittens and start practicing your Christmas carol songs! Downtown Oakville's Tree Lighting Ceremony is almost upon us once more.The official start of the downtown Oakville Christmas shopping season will begin at 7pm on November 16th, 2012 when the switch is thrown and the beautiful Christmas tree in downtown Oakville's Towne Square sparkles brightly with hundreds of lights once more. Even Santa and his elves will be there with hot apple cider for one and all. The Salvation Army Band and Oakville's Mayor will lead a Christmas carol sing-along with the official lighting of the tree taking place at 7:30.If you haven't visited downtown Oakville before, or haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, now would be the perfect t...
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The chicks have flown, the nests are abandoned, and you have decided that it is the perfect day in Burlington, Oakville or other regions across the continent, to take down and clean your bird houses. STOP ! Please read this before proceeding one step further. Are you aware that numerous life threatening diseases are picked up through the cleaning of bird houses and feeders ? If not, then this article is for you.   Below is a partial list of diseases/parasites that may be picked up by the simple task of doing some cleaning around your yard.   Histoplasmosis ~fungal disease that enters through inhalation;Cryptococcosus~fungal diseasePsitaccosis Salmonella.   The above list is by NO MEANS all-inclusive ! There are numerous other zoonoses that may be picked up by the handling of bird houses...
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The continental (4 distinct seasons) climate of the Burlington and Oakville area is moderated by it's proximity to the Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.Belleville and region experiences warmer temperatures in the winter and slightly cooler temperatures in the summer due to these effects and the average snowfall is lower than many areas in Canada and the north eastern states of the USA. Our winters generally pass fairly quickly with an average of 291 hours of sunlight. Oftentimes in winter we will experience a sudden thaw with a number of days reaching above 10C and into the 50s. The odd winter we experience very little snow and generally, January and February are the coldest months. The average number of snow days is 42. Spring like weather usually starts to occur haphazardly in ...
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  The Stillness of a Snowy Day in Oakville and Burlington Area, Ontario.It's collecting on the garden door and turning the Burlington and Oakville regions of Ontario, Canada into a cosy, muffled world of whiteness again. Snow, glorious snow.  I've been home this week recovering from a nasty bug that I picked up well before Christmas. The past 4 weeks have seen a seemingly never ending cycle of thinking I am finally getting over it just to have it rear it's vicious head once more. Monday I went to see the Doc as I was feeling worse than ever and I knew I needed help. After  4 days of antibiotics, I'm feeling like myself once more and can make plans to return to those winter activities that I love. The Burlington and Oakville area is home to many beautiful, groomed cross-country ski trail...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The Town of Oakville has three heritage districts as designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.  Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District First and Second Street Heritage Conservation District  Map of Oakville's 3 Heritage Districts These three districts are all located in the real estate area called Old Oakville.  Each individual neighbourhood is situated within walking distance of Oakville's vibrant downtown core, Lake Ontario and the Oakville Harbour. Many homes on Trafalgar Road back onto the 16 Mile Creek.   All three very desireable neighbourhoods are located on leafy tree lined streets.  Stately century old homes sit amongst new custom built homes and upscale townhomes and condos.  Some of the newer townhomes even offer elevators. ...
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By The Joe Terceira Team, "Turning Your Dreams Into An Address"
(Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage)
Search The Oakville Real Estate Listings To Get The Best Deal When Buying Or Selling Real Estate If you are looking to purchase real estate in oakville there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you get the most for your money. Doing these things will also make sure that you get a deal that you will love and not regret later. Looking at oakville real estate listings, can be one of the first things you do to get the right properties. There are some absolutely great properties for sale in oakville, and I can get you into one of them at a great price. Yes it may be a little more expensive then some other areas, but Oakville is considered an upper class area, with little crime. After you have made the smart decision to search oakville real estate listings you then need to make su...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Bill and Sue** are a typical young Oakville couple.  They both have great but demanding  jobs and they love to spend their spare time enjoying Oakville restaurants and theatre with their friends.  When they bought their fixer upper home, Bill and Sue had some great renovation ideas, but Bill just didn't have the time necessary to complete all of their "projects." Sue is becoming a tad impatient and she is tired of waiting for Bill to repair even the simplest tasks like the leaky taps.  Sue has the bug.  She knows there are some great new homes being built in Oakville with all the bells and whistles  that she could move right into. Sue knows that with a newer home there will be no major maintenance issues for many years to come.  She adores her century character home but it just doesn't ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Oakville, Ontario is located in an enviable geographic position.  Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario, and centrally located between the large cities of Toronto and Hamilton, the Town of Oakville with a population of approximately 175,000 still retains a small town community feel. The GO commuter trains are full every morning with Oakville residents travelling to their jobs in downtown Toronto.  Luckily, the Town of Oakville has a number of large employers, allowing many residents to live and work in close proximity. Here is a list of Oakville's Top Ten Employers 1. Halton District School Board  - 4000 2. Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. - 3491 3. Regional Municipality of Halton - 1650 4. Halton Healthcare Services Corp. - 1600  (Hospital) 5. Sheridan College Institute of Technology ...
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By David Archibald
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp)
Number of Homes sold in Oakville each month in 2011 Selling Price   Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan                     Less than $300,000   26 32 36 33 27 28 17  14 $300,000-$500,000   85 111 122 143 116 136 102  69 $500,000-$700,000   67 78 114 109 95 99 50  59 $700,000-$1,000,000   41 42 65 68 42 41 49  16 $1,000,000-$2,000,000   14 20 25 38 23 23 21  11 More than $2,000,000   4 5 3 4 7 2 4  7                     Total Sales   237 288 365 395 310 329 243  176 Total Inventory: 659 homes currently listed for sale in Oakville (as of Sept 7). There were 237 sales in Oakville in August, down significantly from the previous 3 months but much stronger than last August  when we had 220 sales. For the most part the weather cooperated with much more moderate temperatures than in July, making h...
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By David Archibald
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp)
Oakville Rental Market Update - 2011   Apartments Townhomes Detached Total Current Inventory  16 26  46  88           Number of Units Rented         August 22 34 37 93 July 22 27 32 81 June 19 35 40 94 May 19 32 28 79 April 10 26 27 64 March 13 27 23 63 February 14 31 18 63 January 15 25 22 62           Total for Year 134 237 227 598 Average per Month 17 30 28 75 It was a busy month with a total of 93 rentals in Oakville in August, up from 81 last month and about average for the month of August (there were 92 and 91 leases in August 2010 and 2009 respectively). Rental inventory dropped back down to 88 units from 107 last month. The supply of apartments and townhomes remains very low (less than 1 month supply) while the supply of detached homes is well above the monthly average. As with ...
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By David Archibald
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp)
Yet another new TV show on homes - this one has a difference though, inpsecting homes to see if those bumps in the night are mechanical or mystical! http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/repairsandrenovations/article/1041070--inspecting-homes-for-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night
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By David Archibald
(RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp)
When people ask me about problems with rentals they are usually surprised when I tell them that the majority of the issues I have had with rentals are caused by the Landlord. Some Landlords don’t realize that a good Tenant is like money in the bank (literally), and you need to take good care of them and respect their rights. I’m sure there are some bad Landlords out there, but in most cases, I think the Landlord probably isn’t aware of the rules and regulations of tenancies in Ontario and what his/her responsibilities as a Landlord are. Being a good Landlord starts before the Tenant is in place. A good Landlord should properly screen Tenants (or have his agent do so). There are many questions one cannot ask prospective Tenants as they contravene the Human Rights Code so a Landlord shou...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
Recently a client said just that to me. I was very pleased because it meant she got it. She was talking about de-personalizing her home as she prepared it for sale. In her case it was pre-packing her tea cups and cat figurines that were on display. De-personalizing a home is tricky process. You want to remove the seller from the home without making it cold and unappealing. You have to leave enough there to tell the buyer that the seller is comfortable here and so will they be if they move in. 80% of buyers that view a home cannot visualize or get past what it there. They can't imagine themselves in a home if there is too much of the seller's lifestyle in the home. Today I did a consult on a home that had many cultural references. It was a beautiful home but you knew their heritage as so...
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
Why should I have an ASA? Why should I get my accredited Senior Agent designation? The Accredited Senior Agent program is a simplistic one. Its there for the public. Any good realtor can sell a house. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. But what happens is ... Only an Accredited Senior Agent can go in and deal with the contents; you've got houses with 30 or 40 years with the same family in there. We have to deal with the emotional, we may have a family dispute that we have to deal with and need to bring in professionals. We recognise tax problems talking Income tax problems, We recognize estate work and probate, we're trained to look at a lot factors beyond the scope of typical realtors. Good Realtors can sell that house. An Accredited Senior Agent can handle all aspects of tha...
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