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How To Win A Bidding War On A House

Wednesday May 15th, 2024

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Engaging in a bidding war on a house can be an intense and challenging experience, especially in hot markets. In a seller's market, where the demand for homes exceeds supply, buyers must go the extra mile to make their offers stand out. Here's how to enhance your chances of coming out on top in a bidding war on a house: Get Pre-approved For A Mortgage: Show sellers you mean business. A mortgage pre-approval proves you have the financial backing to buy the home. It... [read more]

Burlington Real Estate Market: April Insights & Trends

Wednesday May 8th, 2024

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The Burlington real estate market has seen notable changes recently, with available inventory increasing by 47% in April, reaching 468 active listings—numbers that echo pre-pandemic levels. Despite a significant rise in new listings, up 43% this April, sales have only seen a modest increase of 7.91%. This unusual pattern suggests that while more properties are available, buyer activity hasn't kept pace as expected during this typically busy season. Market Challenges and... [read more]

Oakville Real Estate Market: April Insights & Trends

Wednesday May 8th, 2024

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Ariel view of Oakville Real Estate Market for April 2024

The Oakville real estate market has shown significant changes recently, with inventory levels rising by 70% in April to reach pre-pandemic levels of 720 active listings. Despite the influx of new listings, which saw a 57% increase, sales have slightly decreased by 3%. This indicates a shift from a strong seller's market in the early months of the year to a more balanced market. This pattern is typical for the season, although sales usually increase alongside inventory. Factors... [read more]

Buying Up With Top Realtors in Oakville

Wednesday May 1st, 2024

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Are you ready to upgrade your home with top Realtors in Oakville? Now might be the time to move to a better home in a more desirable neighbourhood. Whether it’s soon or a few years away, a quick assessment can help you decide. Start by listing practical reasons to move up. Here's how to comprehensively assess whether you're ready to move up in the Oakville real estate market: Practical Reasons for Moving Start by identifying the practical factors that necessitate a... [read more]

Exploring Rural Oakville Real Estate

Saturday Apr 27th, 2024

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Rural Oakville blends the best of both worlds, with its modern amenities and natural beauty. It’s a great spot for families, busy professionals, and newcomers alike. Nestled north of Oakville’s bustling center, this area is seeing some exciting developments—spacious single-detached homes, cozy semi-detached ones, and stylish multi-storey townhomes, all set in walkable communities. You’ve got farmland stretching out, parks where you can just breathe and relax,... [read more]

Moving to Oakville: Everything You Need to Know

Friday Apr 19th, 2024

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Moving to Oakville? Excellent choice! Known for its scenic beauty along Lake Ontario, Oakville offers a unique blend of charming landscapes, a thriving community, and an unmatched quality of life. If you’re considering moving to Oakville, understanding the local real estate scene and community features is crucial. Living in Oakville: A Blend of Nature and Community Oakville is not just about its picturesque setting; it’s a community rich in amenities and activities. With its... [read more]

Oakville Parks & Trails: Outdoor Fun and Adventure

Friday Apr 12th, 2024

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Oakville is a treasure trove for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting over 1,400 hectares of parkland, 200 kilometers of trails, and more than 200 parks. From playgrounds to dog parks, skateboard parks, sports fields, and tennis courts, Oakville’s parks are perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature and recreation. Whether you're planning a solo day trip or a family outing, these Oakville parks offer endless opportunities for activities and relaxation. Why... [read more]

Your Guide to the Best Restaurants in Oakville

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2024

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Are you looking for the best places to eat in Oakville? Whether you're moving to the area or just visiting, Oakville offers a rich tapestry of dining experiences, from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants. The town's food scene is a mix of long-standing favourites and new, innovative spots that cater to every taste and occasion. Here's a closer look at some top restaurants in Oakville, as recommended by the team at Vieira Real Estate Associates, who not only work in the area but... [read more]

Your Guide to Building Oakville Luxury Real Estate

Wednesday Mar 27th, 2024

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Are you thinking about building Oakville luxury real estate? It's a big step, but it's exciting too! Oakville is known for its beautiful neighbourhoods and high-end homes. If you've got a clear picture of your dream home, building it from scratch means you can get everything just right. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you understand what’s involved, with tips on how to make building Oakville luxury real estate as smooth as possible. 5 Steps to Building Oakville... [read more]

Buying a House with Kids: What You Should Know

Monday Mar 18th, 2024

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Have you been searching for the perfect family home? Buying a house with kids changes the game entirely. It's not just about more bedrooms or a bigger yard; it's about creating a safe, nurturing environment where your family can grow and thrive. Here are essential considerations to guide you through the process, ensuring your new home meets the needs of every family member, big and small. Consider These When Buying a House with Kids Choosing the Right Location: The... [read more]

Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Homeowner

Monday Mar 11th, 2024

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Are you thinking of buying a home in Oakville or anywhere else? Understanding the importance of home maintenance is crucial. A well-maintained home not only ensures comfort and safety but also preserves the value of your property. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or a first-time buyer, staying on top of maintenance tasks can save you from costly repairs in the long run. Here's your essential home maintenance checklist to keep your home in top condition this spring! Your Home... [read more]

The Closure of the First-Time Homebuyer Incentive

Monday Mar 4th, 2024

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The First-Time Homebuyer Incentive (FTHBI), a pivotal program by Canada's federal housing agency, is set to conclude after March 31. Started in September 2019, the FTHBI is a program from the Liberals' National Housing Strategy. First-Time Homebuyer Incentive gives interest-free loans to first-time buyers to help them buy a home. This program assists homeowners by providing a loan for five to ten percent of a home's price. This makes it easier for them to purchase a home. The... [read more]

Real Estate Agents in Oakville Ontario

Wednesday Feb 28th, 2024

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Searching for top real estate agents in Oakville, Ontario? Well, we hope the search comes to an end! In the bustling real estate market of Oakville, Burlington, and Milton, Vieira Real Estate Associates, a top-producing team under Century 21 Miller, sets the gold standard. Our unparalleled expertise, especially in Bronte Creek where we've sold more homes than anyone else in the last five years, positions us as your go-to experts for buying or selling properties in this Oakville and... [read more]

How to Upgrade Your Home Office

Wednesday Feb 21st, 2024

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Is your home office feeling a bit outdated? With remote and hybrid work becoming more common, having a good home office space is now very important. For those eyeing properties in Burlington, Milton and Oakville, Ontario, an inviting home office is a significant draw. Let's cover how you can upgrade your home office to boost productivity and comfort! Ways to Transform Your Home Office: Streamline Your Workspace A clutter-free workspace is essential for focus and efficiency. Start... [read more]

Buying a Home in Oakville Ontario

Wednesday Feb 14th, 2024

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Considering buying a home in Oakville? You're not just investing in a property; you're choosing a lifestyle enriched with quality, luxury, and a plethora of amenities that elevate daily living to something extraordinary. Oakville's real estate market is vibrant and diverse, offering everything from cozy condos to sprawling luxury homes, each promising a sound return on investment. Buying a Home in Oakville: Why Oakville Stands Out Oakville is a community that prioritizes... [read more]

Discover Golf Courses in Oakville Ontario

Wednesday Feb 7th, 2024

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Oakville, Ontario, is a golfer's dream, offering a variety of world-class golf courses that cater to players of all levels. From the legendary Glen Abbey Golf Club to the picturesque Piper's Heath Golf Club, Oakville's golf courses are known for their challenging layouts and stunning scenery. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just picking up a club for the first time, Oakville has the perfect course for you. Let's tee off and explore what makes these courses stand... [read more]

Is Oakville Cheaper to Live in Than Toronto?

Wednesday Jan 31st, 2024

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Both Oakville and Toronto offer unique living experiences, each with its own set of advantages. If you're considering a move to either of these vibrant locations, a key question often arises: Is Oakville cheaper to live in than Toronto? This blog covers the cost of living in both areas, helping you make an informed decision based on your lifestyle and budget. Cost of Living: Oakville vs. Toronto When comparing the cost of living between Oakville and Toronto, various factors come into... [read more]

How Much Does It Cost to Build a House in Ontario?

Wednesday Jan 24th, 2024

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Building a home in Ontario offers a unique opportunity to tailor your living space to your exact preferences and lifestyle. However, understanding the costs involved is crucial before embarking on this exciting journey. In 2023, building a house in Ontario can cost between $150 to $300 per square foot. Factors like location, materials, and design complexity affect the overall cost. Cost of Building a Home in Ontario The cost to build a home in Ontario reflects the province's diverse... [read more]

Home Buying Essentials: Wants vs. Needs

Thursday Jan 18th, 2024

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Are you trying to distinguish between your home buying wants and needs? It's a crucial step in the journey to finding your perfect home. At Vieira and Associates, we will help you through this process, making sure you feel at ease and well-informed throughout. Let's dive into what you should consider when buying a home. Understanding Your Home Buying Needs Your home buying needs are the essentials, the must-haves for your new home. These are the aspects you can't compromise... [read more]

Mortgage Calculator: Simplifying Your Home Loan Calculations

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2024

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Are you looking to calculate your mortgage payment? Understanding how much you'll need to pay each month is crucial when planning to buy a house. Our free-to-use mortgage calculator helps you estimate monthly payments and make informed decisions when buying a home. Don't know how much you can afford? Start with our Mortgage Affordability Calculator! Understanding Mortgage Payments A mortgage payment is your monthly contribution towards paying off your home loan. A... [read more]

Credit Score to Buy a House in Canada

Wednesday Jan 3rd, 2024

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In 2023, the credit score needed to buy a house through a traditional mortgage lender was typically around 680. However, if your credit score isn't quite there yet, don't worry – there are other options available. Understanding the role of credit scores in the mortgage process is crucial for any potential homebuyer. Let's explore what you need to know about credit scores and buying a house. Understanding Credit Scores for Mortgage Approval 1. The Ideal Credit Score... [read more]

What is an HOA?

Wednesday Dec 27th, 2023

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What is HOA Homeowners Association

An HOA, short for Homeowners' Association, is a common feature in many Canadian communities, especially in areas with planned developments, condos, and townhouses. It's a group formed by residents who set and enforce rules for everyone living there. Being part of a Homeowners' Association usually means access to shared amenities like pools and well-maintained gardens, but it also involves following community rules and paying extra fees. For homebuyers, it's important to... [read more]

Refinance a Mortgage: Simplified Guide for Homeowners

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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You may be asking yourself, "Should I refinance my home?" Refinancing a mortgage means breaking your current mortgage and starting a new one, potentially with a different lender. It's a decision that can lead to significant financial benefits, such as a lower interest rate, access to home equity, or debt consolidation. However, it's crucial to weigh the pros and cons, as breaking your mortgage early can incur substantial pre-payment penalties. Let's delve into the... [read more]

How to Make an Offer on a House: A Simplified Guide

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2023

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Making an offer on a house is a crucial step in the home-buying process. It involves more than just stating a price; it's about creating a comprehensive package that appeals to the seller while protecting your interests. Here's a straightforward guide on how to make an offer on a house, ensuring you're well-prepared for this important phase. 1. Understanding the Offer Components Your house offer should include: Your Legal Details: Include your legal name, the... [read more]

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

Wednesday Dec 13th, 2023

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When it comes to buying a house, patience is key. On average, the process of buying a house from contract to closing takes about 50 days. Unlike instant online purchases, buying a home involves several steps and requires patience. Let's break down the key steps and how Jamie Vieira and Associates can help streamline buying a house. 1. Mortgage Preapproval: Your First Step Before you start looking for a home to buy, get preapproved for a mortgage. Here's a quick guide to get ready... [read more]

Fixed vs Variable Mortgage Rates: Making the Right Choice

Wednesday Dec 6th, 2023

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Navigating the world of mortgages can be complex, but understanding the difference between fixed and variable mortgage rates is crucial in making an informed decision. At Jamie Vieira & Associates we're committed to helping you understand these options. This way you can choose the best path for your financial future. Understanding Fixed Mortgage Rates Fixed mortgage rates offer stability and predictability, making them a popular choice in Canada. With this type of mortgage,... [read more]

How to Save Money for a House: Tips and Strategies

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2023

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Embarking on the journey to homeownership can be as challenging as it is exciting. At Jamie Vieira & Associates, we understand that saving for a house is a significant milestone in your life. That's why we've put together this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of buying a home. 1. Setting Your Home-Buying Goals Start by establishing clear financial targets and a timeline. Consider these key components: Down Payment: This initial payment... [read more]

Essential Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Wednesday Nov 22nd, 2023

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Buying your first home is thrilling yet daunting. When you work with Jamie Vieira and Associates, it's more than just buying a home. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every step of your journey is seamless. Our clients often share their experiences of how Jamie and his team make the process smooth and stress-free. "We definitely recommend Jamie and his team to all our family and friends who need a reliable real estate agent. Thank you for all the hard work. It’s been a... [read more]

Why You Should Consider Living in Burlington Ontario

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2023

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Burlington, Ontario, a gem nestled in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), offers a unique blend of urban sophistication and family-friendly charm. With its picturesque setting on Lake Ontario, vibrant downtown core, and top-rated schools, Burlington is not just a place to live; it's a lifestyle choice for those seeking balance, safety, and opportunity. Here are the top reasons to live in Burlington Ontario. 1. Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods   Burlington strikes... [read more]

October 2023 Oakville and Burlington Real Estate Market Analysis

Tuesday Nov 7th, 2023

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With the arrival of fall, the Oakville real estate market and Burlington real estate market each begin to reveal their seasonal narratives. Jamie Vieira & Associates, a leader among Burlington real estate agents and recognized as some of the best realtors in Oakville, brings you the latest market insights. Oakville Market Overview A Period of Transition The Oakville real estate market is experiencing a time of transition. Average property prices have seen a decrease to... [read more]

Why Oakville is the Ideal Place for Real Estate Investment and Living

Sunday Oct 29th, 2023

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Oakville, a picturesque city located on the shores of Lake Ontario, is not just another suburban community; it's a city that offers an unparalleled quality of life. Named one of Canada's top 20 places to invest, Oakville is a beacon of luxury, comfort, and green living. Here's why Oakville is the perfect place to own real estate and why people are flocking to live here. Prime Location Imagine waking up to the serene views of Lake Ontario every morning. Oakville offers this and... [read more]

The Hidden Costs of Cash for Houses: Why You Need A Trusted Real Estate Professional

Wednesday Oct 25th, 2023

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The allure of quick cash offers for your home can be tempting, especially when you're facing financial difficulties. Companies promising fast cash, no Realtor fees, and immediate closings are on the rise. However, these options often come with hidden costs and risks, making it crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional like Jamie Vieira & Associates. The Pitfalls of Unregulated Home-Buying Companies Linda, a resident of Ontario, found herself in a financial bind... [read more]

Oakville Real Estate Market: What September 2023 Trends Mean for Buyers and Sellers

Wednesday Oct 18th, 2023

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A Closer Look at Oakville's Real Estate Dynamics September 2023 brought some interesting shifts in the Oakville real estate market. While detached homes experienced a slight dip in value, other property types like condo apartments saw a year-over-year increase of 2.7%, marking the first such rise in nearly a year. The average residential property in Oakville was sold for $1.55 million, an uptick of $60,000 compared to August. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Perspective The... [read more]

How to Know When It's the Best Time to Sell

Wednesday Oct 11th, 2023

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Deciding to sell your house is a significant financial and emotional decision. Your home is more than just bricks and mortar; it's an archive of memories and milestones. Whether you're outgrowing your current space, considering downsizing, or eyeing a new location, various factors will influence your decision to sell. Here's how to determine when it's the best time to sell your house. Assess Your Financial Situation First, get a clear understanding of your mortgage... [read more]

Your Partners in Real Estate: Jamie Vieira & Associates

Wednesday Oct 4th, 2023

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Choosing the right real estate agents can make or break your property buying or selling experience. At Jamie Vieira & Associates, a top-producing team under Century 21 Miller, we set the gold standard in real estate in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton. This blog gives a detailed view of our services, processes, and what makes us unique in real estate. The Company: A Legacy of Excellence Jamie Vieira & Associates is not just another name in the real estate business. With a... [read more]

Hot Tips for Energy Savings at Home

Friday Sep 21st, 2018

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Many might not realize the easy steps one can undertake to save energy and effectively lower their hydro as well as gas and even water bills with relative ease and very little compromise. Lowering of heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes homeowners can do themselves. 1. Find better ways to heat and cool your house Heating and cooling digest at least half of typical household energy use. Here are a few tips to help remedy this: Use... [read more]

ELF’S, GDO’S AND DOM - Real Estate Acronyms You Should Know When Buying or Selling Your Home

Friday Sep 21st, 2018

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As realtors, it’s safe to say we occasionally assume everyone knows the terms we use daily. I’m lucky to work with some fantastic brokers and salespeople so on behalf of all of us, let me apologize if you’ve ever, for a second, thought that along with the appliances and window coverings you were also purchasing an ELF with your new home. Here are a few acronyms we use along with their meanings. Hopefully you read this before you clear a spot on the shelf. ELF’s... [read more]

5 Over Used Real Estate Terms

Wednesday Aug 29th, 2018

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1. Priced To Sell What else would it be priced at? The assumption is, if you've gone through the steps to list your home on the open market then it's with the intent to sell. 2. Gleaming Hardwood Floors It seems that every home with hardwood floors is GLEAMING! Stop it people! 3. Show With Confidence What does this even mean? What if the realtor showing that day is feeling not so confident? Can we still show? 4. Backyard Oasis Unless there's a pool, drink station and... [read more]

Glen Abbey Golf Course Update - Summer 2018

Wednesday Aug 29th, 2018

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With the Canadian Open having just finished up in Oakville, Ontario, we thought now would be a good time to update you on the status of the Glen Abbey Golf Course situation. As you’ve likely heard by now, ClubLink has submitted an application to demolish the golf course, while Oakville Council is arguing their application is flawed because they applied under Section 34 of the Ontario Heritage Act. This act deals with buildings and structures, while the Town believes Glen Abbey is a... [read more]

Are Your Must Haves Really Must Haves?

Tuesday Aug 28th, 2018

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When your ready to buy a home, your realtor will usually meet with you and ask for your "must haves" or your "wish lists". This helps them narrow down the criteria in order to make the search process more accurate. Here are a few key considerations you should make before finalizing your list. Let's get started:   "I need GRANITE counter tops" This is a very common item we find on our home buyers wish list. But before you rule out looking at homes... [read more]

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