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    Oakville Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Lindsay Walls


    Meet Oakville Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Lindsay Walls servicing Oakville, Burlington and surrounding areas. Whether you are buying or selling, Lindsay is committed to realizing the full potential of all her clients' real estate goals.

    Wednesday
    Nov042009

    Luxury housing sales edge higher as purchasers take advantage of buying opportunities in Ontario-Atlantic Canada, says RE/MAX

    Luxury homes sales continue to accelerate as economic recovery takes hold in major markets in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.  Below are the details of the full press release.

    The RE/MAX Upper End Report found that momentum is building in

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    Tuesday
    Nov032009

    The Oakville Market Isn't Heating Up, It's HOT!

    October statistics were just released from the Oakville Milton Real Estate Board which confirms everything we are seeing in the press - the real estate market is really hot right now. Sellers are enjoying high demand for their homes with most selling close to or higher than list price.
    Many people have asked me if the lack of listings is causing upward pressure on prices however as the stats show below, the number of listings is actually up 7% year to date. The real issue is that growing consumer optimism and historically low interest rates are attracting buyers to the point where demand is dramatically outpacing supply.

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    Friday
    Oct162009

    Are Luxury Homes Odd and Illogical?

    I often get messages from people asking for my opinion on the local housing market. Recently I received a letter from a local resident which I decided to post in the event that someone else out there had the same question. A special thanks to the resident who sent me the question. Hopefully you don’t mind my reposting it here…

    QUESTION:
    Why are contractors building so many large and luxurious houses when the real estate market is depressed? I feel there is something odd and illogical about the enthusiastic construction of these houses during a slump. What do you think?

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    Tuesday
    Oct132009

    New Homes - Read This Before You Buy From a Developer

    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 was not surprised when I asked him one day if we could stop by a builder’s sales office on our way out of town to spend the day with our nephews. Truth be told, I think he was actually warming up to the idea that it was time to move although you would be hard pressed to catch him admitting it. My intentions were really just to understand the new phase being developed by the builder as I do with all the new developments in Oakville. I wasn’t serious about buying for ourselves and yet there we were 6 days later, standing in line overnight waiting to purchase a new home.

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    Tuesday
    Oct132009

    Fall Market Update

    It’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving and Halloween are just around the corner. Where has the year gone? The real estate market certainly out-performed the weather, sweeping aside the dark economic clouds despite a forecast of doom and gloom in the media at the beginning of the year.

    Throughout this year, buyers and sellers obviously focused on neighbourhood and chose to ignore negative national and provincial headlines on market conditions. The simple fact is that the only meaningful real estate marketplace is the one you are in, so it is important to look closely at your own community’s real estate activity. The road to good real estate buying and selling decisions is via a market analysis provided by a local Realtor who knows the ins and outs of the neighbourhoods you are most interested in.

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    Tuesday
    Oct132009

    Power Plant To Be Built in Oakville – OPA Awards Contract to TransCanada Corporation

    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. OPA awarded the power plant contract to TransCanada Corporation; the only company of the 4 bidder’s who plans to build on Oakville lands. The other 3 companies all proposed to build in the neighbouring Clarkson area of Mississauga.

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    Tuesday
    Oct132009

    New Oakville Homes Are About To Cost You More Money

    North Oakville Development

    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 town and region need to find a way to fund growth and 2) developers are concerned about the impact of a 65% increase on growth.

    Publicly, both camps have been quite clear on the need for self-funded growth. In other words both sides recognize that growth should not come at the expense of existing tax payers. In a letter to prospective buyers sent out in June, Peter Gilgan, CEO of Mattamy Homes write

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    Monday
    Jul062009

    Survey Says…2009 Oakville Citizen Survey Results

    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 Citizen survey results - “Based on experience this is among the most positive results I’ve every seen.  It’s really quite uncanny that we had to point to areas of improvement but those areas you actually had positive scores on”.

    This is an excellent survey to flip through, especially if you’re curious about what people have to say about Oakville.

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    Wednesday
    Jul012009

    Update on Southeast Oakville School Closures – Final Approvals Passed

    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 to you so I’ve summarized what this means below.

    The following 3 schools will be closed as of September 2010: Brantwood, Chisholm and Linbrook. A new elementary school will be built in Clearview and the remaining schools of Maple Grove, EJ James and New Central will remain open.

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    Monday
    Jun292009

    North Oakville – Proposed Tax Hikes Impact Development

    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 heart of the email is Mattamy’s concern over a proposed increase in new development taxes. When a new home is built, the developer has to pay a development charge to both the region and local government in exchange for certain developmental services such as roads and utilities, park development, fire and rescue services, additional library and recreational services, etc. Ultimately, these development charges are passed down to new home buyers as reflected in the purchase price of their home.

    Oakville’s current development tax is already significantly higher than other surrounding communities

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