Changes to Mortgage Stress Test

05 Mar

The government recently announced a change to the Mortgage Stress Test. Currently, buyers have to be able to afford payments if their interest rate was 2% higher than the Bank of Canada’s average rate. Under the new rules, lenders will use the average industry rate, which is about a half point lower than the BoC’s average rate. It’s not a…

10 Biggest Home Trends in 2020

21 Jan

As we cruise through January, its worth a look to see what our HGTV Canada Stars deem as the upcoming 2020 home trends. Following is an article by Laura Grande from HGTV News – “Although it might be hard to believe, 2020 is right around the corner and, with it, comes plenty of speculation as to what will become the…

The Next few months May be the Best time to Sell Your Home

13 Jan

An article written by Gerv Tacadena on Jan 8, 2020 in Real Estate Professional Magazine says that “Timing is a crucial consideration when selling a home. A study by RE/MAX said it is ideal put properties on sale during the months of February, March, and April.” RE/MAX said while the weather is not ideal during February, the month allows home sellers to…

Baby Boomers May Help Address Housing Market Challenges

13 Jan

A January 10, 2020 Financial Post Article written by Pamela Heaven, discusses how a shift in Canadian demographics will create big change in the Housing Market: “Housing prices are back on the Bank of Canada’s radar, Governor Stephen Poloz revealed in a fireside chat in Vancouver yesterday. “Should this housing rebound continue, we will be watching for signs of extrapolative…

Oakville’s Housing Market Outlook 2020

10 Jan

According to an article by RE/MAX INTEGRA, Ontario-Atlantic Canada, Oakville should continue with balanced conditions for the housing market in 2020, which is expected to prevail in 2020 due to no economic changes. The average residential sale price is expected to rise by five per cent. The anticipated price increase is being attributed to low inventory and a strong buyer…

Canadian Housing Market Outlook

09 Jan

According to RE/MAX INTEGRA Ontario-Atlantic Canada, average home prices are expected to rise by 3.7% in 2020. • Increased consumer confidence could be a key factor affecting the housing market in 2020 • 51% of Canadians are considering a home purchase in the next five years, up from 36% at the same time last year • Only two in 10 Canadians…

Sales Up For Luxury Toronto Real Estate $5M+

07 Jan

According to an RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada article, after a soft start to the year, sales of Luxury Toronto real estate is on the upswing, surpassing 2018 trough levels. Year-to-date sales in the GTA of freehold and condominium properties priced in excess of $5 million topped 100 units between January and October 31. This is up 8.5 per cent from the…

Oakville ranks 4th on list of Top Places to Live in Canada

06 Jan

Maclean’s magazine came out with its first-ever ranking this month. Editor Claire Brownell ranked 415 communities on factors such as hospital wait times, access to a doctor, crime and taxes. She ranked them in terms of best place to retire (Toronto?), best weather (the aptly named Summerland, B.C.), most affordable homes (Salmon Arm, B.C., near Kamloops) and best place to raise a…

Where in Canada is the most Expensive Real Estate Market?

21 Jun

Canadian real estate prices are moving higher seasonally, but the annual change is diving further down.  For instance, Vancouver’s decline means it gives up the throne as Canada’s most expensive real estate market, giving it up to Oakville, Ontario! Read on to understand what has been happening in the market

New CMHC Program Details Released

17 Jun

The government has released details of a program announced during the last federal budget, an initiative that could see Canada’s housing agency contribute up to 10 per cent of the price of a buyer’s first home if certain conditions are met. Click on the link below to read all the details.

Greater Share of Home Buyers Move West in the GTA

18 Apr

Migration patterns of residential homebuyers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have shifted west, with market share rising in Halton Region and West Toronto between 2013 and 2018, according to a report released today by RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. Click the Link below to read the full article.


16 Apr

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing share current trends in Bathrooms. Here is snippet from their article – Now that 2019 is well underway it’s time to dig into the current trends and discover the new ideas people are raving about this year. One big room to focus on in 2019? Bathrooms. These rooms are becoming your home within a…

2019 RE/MAX Single Home Buyers Report

21 Feb

RE/MAX recently released their findings regarding Canada’s Home Buyers. Click on the link below to read the top line results and statistics RE/MAX discovered!

Top 2019 Design Trends

03 Jan

2019 is Here! The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing takes a look at the upcoming design trends in luxury. Take a peek at the link below as they review top colours, top patterns and top design choices for the New Year.–kDtWUskv4VnJhtz-qE-dTMPneyRMopqSDUuL3EBle-ah6g8ysalRIFQ81TET8xNndCh7EhV1LRw1crdG7W7mxmFz49A&_hsmi=68725810


30 Oct

Check out the latest stats and findings from the 2018 Spotlight on Luxury Report from RE/MAX. Within the report, you will also find links to top tier media outlets for this report.

What are the Recreational Property Trends?

17 Aug

RE/MAX helps us identify some of the key market trends in the Recreational Property area: Retirees are fueling demand for recreational properties in 91 per cent of regions surveyed One in three survey respondents (33 per cent) say that they own or want to own a recreational property for investment purposes Buyers are increasingly renting in urban centres while purchasing…

7 Creative Smart-Homes Ideas to Increase Your Home’s Value!

17 Aug

When looking into ways to increase the value of your home before putting it on the market, think smart — “smart home,” that is. Installing at least three high-tech features in your house can up your sale price and entice the next generation of buyers to step inside. Read on to this insightful RE/MAX article.

Does Location Top Style?

14 Aug

When purchasing real estate, does location top style? We think it does! Location! Location! Location! almost always wins in our books. Click on the link below to see what RE/MAX has to say about this.

Love Where You Live!

13 Aug

Money Sense Magazine rated Oakville #1 (out of 415 cities) as the “Best Place to Live in Canada” and we couldn’t agree more!  We love this town and helping Oakvillians find their dream home. Check out the full ranking article at Money Sense by clicking on the link below.

Move over Hygge, Wabi-Sabi is the design trend of 2018

30 Apr

Wikipedia says characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. While “hygge focuses on coziness and comfort as a source of joy, wabi-sabi is about embracing and celebrating imperfection. Check out this article from The Globe and Mail –

Council designates Glen Abbey golf course property as Cultural Heritage Landscape

02 Jan

From the Town of Oakville Newsletter December 21, 2017 comes this information: Town Council voted unanimously to pass By-law 2017-138, a by-law that designates Glen Abbey Golf Course property as a property of cultural heritage value or interest. The town will now issue a Notice of Designation to ClubLink, the owner of the property, and register this designation on the…

Pantone Picks a Purple for Its 2018 Color of the Year

12 Dec

Color management company Pantone Color Institute unveiled its selection for Color of the Year for 2018, and it’s an enchanting choice: a deep purple called Ultra Violet. Pantone says it chose this color because it conveys “originality and ingenuity, [and] is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.” Intriguing indeed. And while I can see this shade being…

Free Overnight Parking during the Holidays in Downtown Oakville

04 Dec

The Town of Oakville has made it a little easier to enjoy a late night event this festive season. Now until January 8, town parking lots throughout downtown and Kerr Village (except the parkade at 300 Church Street) will allow free overnight parking from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Had a drink or too tired to drive home? Leave the…

COMING SOON- New Mortgage Rules

13 Nov

As we all know the government has new mortgages rules that will fall into place in the new year. Kerri Becker from the Royal Bank of Canada has simplified the new rules below with a great example on what you will be able to afford. Contact us with any further questions! Effective January 1, 2018 residential mortgage borrowers with a…

Six Tactics for a Smart Move

23 Oct

Moving can often be equal parts exciting and stressful. In fact, according to, moving is one of the top five most stressful life events that we experience. So how can you minimize stress and ensure a smooth move? Our friends at The Real Estate Book have compiled a list of six organizational tactics to keep moving day on track. SIMPLIFY BEFOREHAND: Before…

New Mortgage Rules Simplified

23 Oct

With all of the talk in the news about the new mortgage rules its easy to get confused. Kerri Becker with The Royal Bank of Canada has provided us with the information below to help simplify and make sense of the new rules. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced the following new regulations effective January 1,…

Canadian Real Estate – Not as Expensive as You may Think!

13 Oct

It turns out that Canada’s home prices are not as expensive as you think when compared globally. A recent survey shows the most expensive real estate is in Hong Kong, where the average single family home costs C$3,570 per square foot, followed by Beijing at $1,005.31 and Shanghai at $955.39. For condos, Hong Kong also leads at $2330.80 followed by…

Why Luxury Condo Sales Are on the Rise

13 Oct

According to a RE/MAX report, luxury condo sales are on the rise! It appears that baby boomers have begun to downsize! Chris Alexander, Regional Director, RE/MAX Integra, states that “the main two reasons for the year-over-year rise in condo sales are baby boomers finally starting to downsize and developers aren’t building that many large units, so its contributed to price…

Which housing markets dominated for Chinese investment in the first quarter of 2017?

22 Aug

According to Juwai*, our Chinese marketing portal, the 5 strongest markets for Chinese investors were Hong Kong, Iceland, Canada, Shanghai, and Ireland. For the first time ever, Chinese outbound property investment surpassed the 100 billion mark last year. Juwai predicts that 2017 may see Chinese investment shift in momentum due to foreign buyer taxes, restrictions by Chinese authorities on the…

Chinese Property Investment Focus: Canada

18 May

Avis Team marketing partner has just released their in depth report titled Chinese Property Investment Focus: Canada. Find out key motivating factors for Chinese buyers, Chinese enquiries into Ontario properties, Chinese consumer segments and more!  Contact Avis Team for your own copy!

Five Essential Tips for Successful Downsizing

06 Mar

Downsizing your home can be a daunting task, especially if you’re working under a deadline or if you have to drastically reduce your possessions. Whether you’re transitioning to a smaller home or apartment, moving in with family, or even getting ready to move abroad, downsizing is a process that most people have to go through at some point in their…

Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home!

02 Mar

Getting your home in “sale ready” condition can feel like a daunting task. Even if you’re not planning on selling in the near future, it can pay off to regularly do a few things around your home so that when opportunity knocks, you can answer quickly! walk through your home with “Buyer Eyes” and address any small fixes that someone…

The Year of the Rooster Begins!

04 Feb

Our own Avis Team member, Christine Sun, had the pleasure of being in Shanghai for Chinese New Year! She took part in the wonderful celebrations including decorating, reunions, visiting, staying up late, giving out of red envelopes (lucky money), fireworks and much much more! 2017 marks the Year of the Rooster. You can check out predictions for the following year…

What in the world is Hygge??

16 Jan

We keep hearing about it in all the latest decorating magazines and on Pinterest Boards.  Well, according to House & Home, February, 2017, Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is simply the art of living cosy. Think warm throws, glowing  candles, roaring fires, yummy comfort food. Works for us!

Colour of the Year!

16 Jan

Pantone Colour Institute has released its Colour of the Year for 2017.  Greenery (15-0343) emerges as the Number 1 choice: a colour they have dubbed “nature’s neutral”. This green is fresh and natural and reminds us of the green we see in foliage and the lush outdoors. Think rejuvenate, embrace change, and revitalize. Think Spring!

Oakville’s Waterfront

10 Jan

Oakville’s waterfront begins in west Oakville at Burloak and stretches to Winston Churchill in the east. and encompasses approximately 275 properties. Along the way one can enjoy two harbours, two upscale downtown cores, and many  waterfront parks and walkways. The demand for lakefront properties has intensified as more buyers discover the joys of lakefront living. Consistent low levels of…

Chinese New Year, Saturday January 28

28 Dec

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is a major holiday in China and other Asian countries. In 2017 the holiday falls on Saturday January 28 and signals the beginning of a week long national holiday. The Chinese New Year is steeped in over 1,000 years of tradition and is considered both a religious and cultural holiday. Like the Western New…

Celebrating the New Year, a New Home or Just Because? Our bubbly suggestions!

28 Dec

You can’t go wrong with Veuve Clicquot, Brut Yellow Label or Moët & Chandon. Both of which are considered proper “champagne” because they were made in Champagne, France and have undergone the traditional method of a second fermentation in a sealed bottle (as opposed to a vat). Other sparkling wines such as Cava (sparkling wine from Spain) and Prosecco (sparkling…

Westoak Trails

21 Dec

One of the younger neighbourhoods in Oakville, Westoak Trails offers newer schools, parks, trails and shopping. This family-oriented neighbourhood is bordered by Dundas Street, Upper Middle Road, Bronte Creek and Sixteen Mile Creek.

West Oakville

21 Dec

The Town of Oakville boasts many not-for-profit artistic, musical and cultural groups. These groups have been struggling to develop membership and programming due to lacking physical spaces. The groups joined forces in 2004, advocating for a shared space for arts, music and culture in Oakville, spearheaded by an advocacy group called CommUnity Arts Space (CUAS). CUAS has worked for a…

Old Oakville

21 Dec

Your typical neighbour: Married couples with children between the ages of 45-64 with an average household income of $323,816 represent the largest demographic in this neighbourhood. Professional business owners, white-collar executives in stately homes. What we love: Old Oakville’s charm, historic homes and vibrant downtown core tend to draw people to this area. Amazing restaurants, shops and walkability to a…


21 Dec

Bronte is the community that makes up much of the west end of Oakville, in Ontario, Canada. Twelve Mile Creek (known informally as Bronte Creek) flows through the middle of town and empties into Lake Ontario. Main roads include Bronte Road (north-south), Lakeshore Road West (east-west, parallel to Lake Ontario) and Rebecca Street (east-west). Streets in the business section include…