June 26, 2019 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News

summertime real estate slowdown

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News

June 26, 2019 

Wednesday June 26, 2019. In this week’s Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News: ion, google, changes, housing affordability, summertime selling, Microsoft, Ottawa’s LRT, most livable cities, summertime slowdown…

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I on the Ion

I rode the Ion four times so far, once with a destination, the others just for fun — adding a bit of variety to my daily stroll. It is really great that it is finally operating. It is great to watch Kitchener-Waterloo go by from the train rather than be sitting at a crossing and seeing the train go by empty. So now we will see. We will see how it will change our lives. For many, it already has. The Ion has given us all a cool cosmopolitan feeling.

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Google prepares for a major expansion of its Canadian engineering headquarters on Breithaupt Street in Kitchener

Google will more than double the size of its Canadian engineering headquarters at 51 Breithaupt Street. The current Google office has 185,000-square-feet of space. It will retain all of that and add 300,000-square-feet by expanding into the new building that will be constructed on the parking lot across the street.

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Nine big ways Kitchener-Waterloo has changed in the last 10 years

From the creation of tech incubators to the re-emergence of regional icons, this community has supported the growth and development of a robust tech ecosystem. Over the last decade, Kitchener-Waterloo has transformed into a hub for innovation, tech excellence and a place where industry giants come to thrive.

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Study reveals least and most affordable neighbourhoods in K-W

I ignored this when it came out a few weeks ago. But I’ve been thinking about it and I’m posting it now as an example of how real estate reporting based on broad statistics sends an inaccurate reflection of things. Statistically this information might be correct. But how useful is it?

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Five reason to sell your home in the summertime

Although we are heading into the summertime slowdown, real estate still happens. Often there are opportunities by not following the crowd. Here are five. 

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Microsoft partners with UW for AI research

Microsoft has partnered with the University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute, Waterloo.ai, to provide funding, expertise, and Microsoft’s Azure technology to help the institute use AI for social good.

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Will Ottawa ever get its LRT?

Sinkholes, winter-weary trains, and political upheaval are seriously delaying the opening. I feel your pain, brother.

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Top 25 cities (video)

What makes a city great? Security, nightlife, infrastructure…

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Summertime, and the living is easy

Schools are out this week and that means summer has officially begun. For Realtors, this often signals the start of a general slow down in activity as most sellers have sold, buyers have bought and now movers are moving. Families are re-settling and settling into their new lives. And just like in the wintertime when real estate activity slows down and I try to travel to exotic places for some much needed R&R, in the summertime I try to squeeze as much living as I can out of it. Life is long, but time is short. I’m putting this news blog on a summer schedule. 

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Last week’s Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News: Ion, LRT, Broker, trust, first time home buyer incentive, fake news, real estate forecast, world prices of many things, road names

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