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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
    Nov122008

    Investment in Home Improvement Key in Competitive Housing Market*

    An increasingly competitive housing environment is prompting a significant number of Ontario homeowners to invest in renovation before listing their homes for sale, according to a recent survey by RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada.

    The RE/MAX Survey of Home Buying and Selling Trends in Ontario, conducted by COMPAS Research, in the first half of 2008 found 79 per cent of sellers said they made improvements to their homes two years prior to listing and more than one third (39 per cent) of them did so with selling in mind. Further indicative of how sophisticated sellers and buyers are becoming, 37 per cent of sellers made upgrades to their home after listing their property for sale. Home sellers are typically spending $21,000 on average in renovations; the most popular of which are updating kitchens, hardwood flooring, and new windows.

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    Wednesday
    Nov122008

    Protecting Your Largest Asset During Economic Uncertainty

    It is only natural to question your home investment during times of economic turbulence.  While newspapers and TV broadcasts report on national and global findings, real estate conditions vary from community to community. We are certainly not experiencing a sub-prime mortgage crisis similar to the U.S. but we also don’t live in a bubble. So how exactly do you determine the impact on your own home? Simply put, you need to be armed with local real estate knowledge.

    Like the rest of the GTA, Oakville has enjoyed a sellers market for several years with record housing prices, high turnover and quick sales. Many sellers found themselves in multiple offer situations. What we are now seeing is a return to a more balanced market meaning better buying opportunities, lower demand and longer turnaround times for homes listed for sale.

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    Tuesday
    Nov112008

    Northward Bound - Shaping Oakville Development Plans

    With great schools, safe neighbourhoods, diverse economic opportunities and a great standard of living, it is not surprising that Oakville’s population is expected to grow approximately 40% in the next 15 years. The challenge for the Town of Oakville is to control the growth in a manner that maintains or increases Oakville’s desirability. The recently approved North Oakville Secondary Plan was designed to do just this.

    “North Oakville” is the largest (and one of the few remaining) undeveloped stretches of land in Oakville. It is bordered by the area North of Dundas Street, South of Hwy 407 West of Ninth Line and East of Sixteen Mile Creek. It is the largest development plan currently underway in the Province of Ontario.

    After more than 5 years of planning, the Town of Oakville approved the North Oakville Secondary Plan in January 2008. Highlighted below are some key facts on the area:

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    Tuesday
    Nov112008

    Calculate the Energy Efficiency of Your Home … and get an edge on your neighbour

    Falling victim to rising energy costs? Thanks to a new energy assessment initiative, you can now find out exactly how energy efficient your home is. For a cost of $150 ($300 total cost less $150 Ontario Government Rebate), a licensed or independent energy advisor will perform a residential energy assessment to identify how your home uses energy and where it is being wasted. You will be given a report detailing where your energy dollars are being spent and what you can do to reduce costs. Your home will also receive an energy rating label comparing it to similar homes in your area. This service is brought to you by Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency.

    Should you choose to make some or all of the recommended energy retrofits made by the assessor, a new energy label will be applied against your home and you could qualify for a grant of up to $5000 from the Government of Canada

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