Sarah Van Rosan and Ally Yao of Dan Cooper Group

Happy Chinese New Year! 金鸡报晓去, 瑞狗迎新来

Chinese New Year arrives on February 16th, 2018 and marks the beginning of a new lunar calendar and the start of the Spring Festival in China. As 2017 ushers out the Year of the Fire Rooster, 2018 welcomes the Year of the Earth Dog.

The Dog occupies the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac and applies to you if you were born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018. If you benefit from his friendship or his love, a Dog will never disappoint you.

In Chinese society, Dogs are the favoured domestic animal because they are so loyal to their owners. Like a Dog, those born in the year of the Dog possess the admirable canine qualities of loyalty and integrity. The element Earth enriches Dog’s character and adds stability. People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, straightforward, friendly and loyal and have a strong sense of responsibility according to Chinese zodiac analysis. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. These shining characteristics make them have harmonious relationships with the people around them.

So what we can expect from the coming year? The Dog is an ethical and idealistic sign, the year that bears its name will also bring increased social awareness and interest in society’s less powerful members. Any tendencies to take, take, take will be replaced by a widespread sentiment of generosity and selflessness. In general, we will all be imbued with the Dog’s keen sense of right and wrong.

狗年吉祥

Modern Upgrades to Make Winter Mornings a Little Easier

As the days get shorter and the temperatures dip, getting up in cold, dark Canadian mornings becomes more and more of a struggle. Short of hibernating until spring or moving to Florida, there are a variety of technologies and upgrades, ranging from simple to luxurious, that can help you start your day off on the right foot.

SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK

Most of us on 9-to-5 gigs are probably waking up while the sky is still dark, which makes getting out of bed infinitely more difficult. And the loud jarring screeches of a traditional alarm clock, while effective, aren’t the most pleasant way to start your day. So consider investing in a sunrise alarm clock. Starting from 30 minutes prior to your wake-up time, a low light will turn on and the intensity will gradually increase. The light that falls on your eyes will energize your body as a natural way to wake up. Look for a model that also has a gradual sound alarm that starts quietly and increases over a few minutes for a gentler awakening.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Programmed technology is your friend when it comes to easing into a winter morning. If you already own a programmable thermostat, we applaud your energy-saving efforts in setting the temperature a few degrees lower overnight. If your alarm goes off at 7am you probably have the thermostat set to increase up to a comfortable temperature at the same time. But consider setting the increase to start a half hour before your wake-up time. That way your home is nice and warm by the time you have to peel back the covers.

PROGRAMMABLE COFFEEMAKER

If you’re one to start your day with a cup of coffee, just the smell of that sweet stuff brewing will be enough to get you out of bed. Get yourself a timed coffee maker which can be set to start brewing at the same time as your alarm goes off. Knowing that a fresh cup of coffee is waiting for you in the kitchen is enough incentive to avoid hitting that snooze button for the nth time in a row.

RADIANT FLOOR HEATING

Hitting the cold, stark ceramic flooring of your bathroom with warm, bare feet is an unpleasant start to any winter morning. A pricey but luxurious remedy is to install radiant floor heating in your bathroom. It works by invisibly heating a room through hot water pipes or electric wires installed underneath the floor. Choose a system that’s programmable so that your bathroom floor will be nice and toasty by the time you need to step in.

RADIANT HEAT DRIVEWAYS

Imagine opening the front door to the aftermath of a brutal winter storm and walking on a snow-free driveway to your car while your neighbours are furiously shovelling away in a frenzy. Adopting the same technology as radiant floor heating, radiant heat driveways use electric or hot plumbing systems below the pavement to melt snow and ice. Advanced setups have built-in sensors that trigger the system to turn on only when snow is detected. For the full treatment, you can install the system along the front patio, steps and the walkway to your car. Or for a budget-minded option, simply install the system along the tire tracks of your driveway, making it easy to get your vehicle out on the road.

AUTOMATIC CAR STARTER

Sitting in the driveway and waiting for your frigid car and its motor to heat up eats up precious minutes of your morning routine. But by installing a remote starter system, you can start your car’s engine from the comfort of your home a few minutes before you head out the door. That way you can hop in and hit the road – and the interior will be toasty warm too.

Oakville 2018 Market Off To Quiet Start

January Market Highlights
  • January volume down by 21.5% versus last year, with 106 units changing hands
  • Despite volume softness, prices remained reasonably firm at last year’s level (down by just 0.5%)
  • Too early to tell to what extent volume softness is related to the new “stress test” mortgage qualification requirement
  • Despite firm prices, the sales experience is taking longer (39 days verses 23 days last year)

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Oakville Transactions - JAN 2018

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Bronte Creek5$960,34051
Bronte5$1,153,20041
Central3$1,521,66732
College Park2$627,50027
Clearview---
Falgarwood3$715,33341
Ford6$1,936,5009
Glen Abbey7$1,080,21427
Glenorchy5$733,50060
Joshua Creek3$1,096,66758
Morrison4$2,690,19430
Old Oakville4$2,773,75040
River Oaks18$815,33933
Southwest---
Wedgewood Creek5$1,292,00061
Westmount10$765,70046
West6$866,33338
West Oak Trails6$842,87526

Burlington 2018 Market Off To Quiet Start

January Market Highlights
  • January volume down by 25.5% versus last year, with 105 units changing hands
  • Average price also showed some weakness, declining by 6.9% versus last year to $701,872
  • Too early to tell to what extent volume softness is related to the new “stress test” mortgage qualification requirement
  • In addition to volume and pricing softness, the sales experience is taking longer (40 days versus 26 days last year)

Burlington 2018 Market Off To Quiet Start

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Burlington Transactions - JAN 2018

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Aldershot South3$972,66756
Alton Central1$960,00014
Alton West1$1,120,00010
Brant Hills6$576,58340
Central9$920,99442
Dynes8$684,25660
Elizabeth Gardens2$585,00078
Headon Forest3$538,0009
Longmoor6$742,81758
Maple2$753,00046
Millcroft6$992,86743
Mountainside5$510,02735
Orchard3$609,00049
Palmer5$546,85024
Pinedale3$671,80047
Roseland3$1,109,66744
Shoreacres4$1,047,75033
Tansley4$697,87565

Oakville Sales Pace Showing Signs of Improvement

December Market Highlights
  • Oakville home prices surged by 14.8% in 2017, to $1,233,920 for the average resale home
  • Ontario Fair Housing Plan, introduced in April 2016, had a significant psychological impact on buyers
  • 2017 total volume of 2,496 units was down by 22.3% versus record-setting 2016 volume of 3,214 units
  • New federal mortgage lending guidelines (“stress test” qualification) became effective on January 1st, 2018

Related: Monthly Neighbourhood Market Reports

What’s Your Oakville Home Worth? Get a Free market evaluation of your home.

Oakville Transactions - DEC 2017

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Bronte Creek9$896,00033
Bronte4$1,015,50018
Central6$1,058,58348
College Park1$785,00014
Clearview---
Falgarwood4$822,37522
Ford3$1,476,33359
Glen Abbey9$913,61151
Glenorchy7$1,066,07147
Joshua Creek2$1,369,00048
Morrison2$2,051,94446
Old Oakville3$2,623,33392
River Oaks12$855,10836
Southwest4$2,903,50031
Wedgewood Creek7$1,089,28648
Westmount14$942,78644
West10$1,134,50045
West Oak Trails7$933,39730