July 5 2017 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News Update

July 5

July 5 2017

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News Update



If you can’t read enough about real estate, (who can?) here are the Top 50 Canadian Real Estate Blogs, missing mine. (I’m sure was just an oversight. )

Detroit by air, which is the best way to visit Detroit

Where there once were houses now are farms and grassy lots. Where there were once factories, now are ruins. Motor City looks a lot more like FarmVille.

They tool a poll

A new poll by EKOS Research suggests that just over two in five Canadians believe housing is not affordable for them, a finding that cuts almost evenly across income levels and even more bleak in some of Canada’s hottest housing markets. Only 6% of respondents in Toronto and 2% in Vancouver said they believe housing was affordable. In Calgary, the number was 11%; in Montreal, 22%.

Another roadside attraction

The world’s largest Canada Goose statue is in Wawa, Ontario. That’s only a six hour drive from the world’s largest nickel.

They took another poll

A new study by the Ontario Real Estate Association and Ipsos found a large majority of Ontarians born outside Canada (80%) say home ownership is important to them. That’s even higher than those born in Canada (75%).

One street. Eight names. KW driving video.

Last weekend I had some time to clean out some old saved links. Here is a gem from February 2014 – a video showing that without turning, you can drive on one street with eight different names. No wonder I expect to get lost in KW.

Six digits

If you’ve ever wondered where the richest and poorest people live, here is Income by postal code: Mapping Canada’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods.

Six times

Kitchener has beefed up its grants to encourage “placemaking,” offering six times as much money as it did last year to encourage people to liven up their neighbourhoods. Temporary placemaking efforts last year included things like a pop-up beach party, a soccer tournament with live music and a food truck, a pollinator garden and a historical map workshop.

Flash from the past

Here is another saved link. The Stanley Park neighbourhood of Kitchener was a farmer’s field in 1960.

Sandvine’s takeover bid scrutinized

Governments should look closely at deals that involve “dual-use technologies” — technology that can be used for benign commercial practices or mass and targeted surveillance. Sandvine’s “deep packet inspection” technology, which is used to examine and classify data that moves across Internet networks, is classic dual-use technology.

Price Reduction

Today, I reduced the price of my listing in UpTown Waterloo

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