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Upgrade To Insulated Windows

While sealing in gaps around doors and windows can help to reduce drafts, a significant source of heat loss in the wintertime occurs through the window itself. This means greater energy expenditure to heat your home to an appropriate temperature. Consider upgrading to insulated windows which can translate to a savings of 7 to 16 percent on your energy bills when installed throughout your home. Here are a few design technologies incorporated into modern windows to improve insulation.

Double-glazing

The most basic window is comprised of a single pane of glass, but adding a second pane to the design sandwiches a layer of insulating air in between. Commonly known as double-glazed windows, they effectively insulate not only heat but sound, transmitting less traffic and street noise into your home.

Inert gas fill

While air is a good insulating element between paned glass, inert gases such as argon or krypton are far superior insulators. These gases don’t conduct energy as well as air, reducing heat transfer through the window. Argon is cheaper and more commonly used. Krypton is more expensive but more effective.

Low-emissivity coatings

The sun’s rays consist of visible light, infrared light (which is transmitted as radiant heat) and ultraviolet light (which causes upholstery, rugs and wall coverings to fade). Extremely thin, transparent coatings made of a metallic oxide can be applied to the interior of glass windows to reflect warming infrared light back into the home. This reduces radiant heat loss without compromising the amount of visible light that passes through.

Frame

While strong and lightweight aluminum is a popular framing material, it’s also an excellent conductor for energy transfer. To improve insulation, aluminum frames are constructed with a thermal barrier or break between the interior and exterior elements of the frame. It’s a similar concept to the air gap in double-paned glass. Wood, vinyl or fibreglass are also favourable framing materials as they are poor conductors of energy.


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3 Home Decor Apps That Make Redecorating Easier

If you’re thinking of redecorating your home this year, consider using an app to virtually lay out your vision first. It’ll take the guesswork out of everything and besides, wouldn’t you rather know that your bedroom can pull off lemon yellow walls before you slap some paint on? Here are three apps that will make your decor dreams come to life and save you from making a major mistake.

Amikasa

This app has a 3D room designer that lets you build, restyle, and redecorate your rooms using actual furniture and wall colours from real brands. Simply start by creating your custom floor plan with your room’s exact measurements or use an existing room shape provided by the app. Then play around with various wall colours, flooring options, and furniture items. When you’re happy with the sketch that you’ve made of your room, you can share the photos with friends and family. The app is available on iOS and Windows for $0.99.

MagicPlan

Take a photo of the room you’re redecorating and MagicPlan will automatically draw up an interactive floor plan. The app’s floor plan creator is so precise it can even estimate the amount of materials you’ll need for the space, such as how much paint is required for the walls and how much hardwood material is needed for the floors. The app has advanced features available for purchase, and it can be downloaded on all iOS and Android devices.

Houzz

From renovations to redecorations, this app will take care of everything from start to finish. It’s loaded with millions of home interior photos to help you get inspired and you can even shop for products for your home. There’s a cool 3D tool that lets you realistically see what a new piece of furniture will look like in any area of your house. All you have to do is point your camera to where you want the furniture to be in your room, then drag the furniture into your phone screen. The best part about this app is that it’s available on both Apple and Android devices for free.


The Dan Cooper Group has been not endorsed or sponsored by any apps mentioned in this article.

Oakville Market Resale Prices Continue to Recover in New Year

January Market Highlights
  • January average price of $1,115,569 is up by a solid 4.7% versus last year
  • Market now appears to have fully digested the impact of the government-mandated stress test and higher interest rates from a pricing perspective
  • That said, January volume continued its recent sluggish pattern (-9.2% versus last year)
  • Volume is expected to strengthen in the coming months with a growing restoration of consumer confidence in the market

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Oakville Transactions - JAN 2019

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Bronte7$1,765,35740
Bronte Creek7$976,85725
Central3$1,039,84372
Clearview3$986,33339
College Park2$1,017,50014
Falgarwood8$936,25243
Ford2$2,702,50026
Glen Abbey9$812,77836
Glenorchy6$979,33350
Joshua Creek4$1,097,50026
Morrison2$2,571,00034
Old Oakville6$1,908,33359
River Oaks9$1,072,38933
Southwest1$2,003,800170
Wedgewood Creek1$950,00022
West9$1,285,16755
West Oak Trails10$896,88047
Westmount9$1,101,44439

Burlington Market Recovery Continues Into the New Year

January Market Highlights
  • January sales volume was up by a substantial 15.2% versus last year
  • January average price is also up slightly (+0.7%) versus last year
  • Market now appears to have fully digested the impact of the government mandated stress test and higher interest rates
  • Inventory is also strengthening, with both new listings (+27.3%) and total active listings (+12.2%) recording nice gains versus last year

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Burlington Transactions - JAN 2019

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Aldershot South7$1,008,35037
Alton Central1$800,00028
Alton West4$655,50024
Brant Hills6$608,37023
Central7$798,62949
Dynes6$723,33330
Elizabeth Gardens5$673,53714
Headon Forest6$710,33331
Longmoor3$850,6678
Maple8$709,00036
Millcroft9$1,000,28935
Mountainside7$665,12735
Orchard8$882,26250
Palmer5$660,66026
Pinedale3$760,83310
Roseland3$1,645,00042
Shoreacres5$1,304,60022
Tansley4$544,97520

Dan Cooper Inducted into Royal LePage Hall of Fame

The Dan Cooper Group is honoured to announce that Dan Cooper has been chosen as a member of the inaugural class of inductees into the Royal LePage Hall of Fame.

Members of the Lifetime Chairman’s Club become candidates for the Royal LePage Hall of Fame twenty years after earning their first National Chairman’s Club Award (Top 1% Nationally). Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage, plus members of his senior leadership team made up the selection committee. Royal LePage Realtors under consideration have maintained continuous, unquestionable excellence at the highest level of the profession.

The Hall of Fame recognizes Realtors who have made a significant and positive contribution to the industry and to Royal LePage; are well regarded by their peers; and are recognized as significant contributors to the communities in which they live and work.

Since joining Royal LePage in 1998, Dan Cooper and his team have been helping families make their real estate dreams a reality and have become an integral part of the community. We are proud to have such a prolific and innovative leader at the helm of the Dan Cooper Group.

Congratulations Dan!