Burlington scored best mid-sized city in Canada – Fifth year in a row

July 4th 2017 was a proud day for all Burlington residents, and all those in the past and present working hard to make Burlington, a true gem of a city! According to MoneySense, Burlington is best mid-sized city in Canada and the second best city in Ontario to live in.

MoneySense uses their own methodology to establish a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities and towns, taking into account things like demographics, unemployment, income & wealth, affordability, taxation, mobility, crime, weather, health care, amenities, culture & community. This year was their 14th edition and they’ve included even more cities in the report, about 417 cities to be exact.

Burlington scored high with having low crime, great weather and high wealth and incomes. It is also considered a top place to retire and a welcoming place for new Canadians.

Here is a summary of their 2017 reports (looking at Ontario and how Burlington compares):

Burlington is 2nd best place to live in Ontario after Ottawa.

Burlington  is 4th best place to retire in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 7th best place for weather in Ontario after Thorold.

Burlington is 14th best place for new Canadians in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 20th best place to raise kids in Ontario, after Oakville.

Overall, Burlington scored well and is an awesome city to live, work and play in. The city has come a long way and it’s continuously improving and growing. There are new developments all around, infrastructure upgrades, social and cultural programs underway. It’s a thriving city that’s got something for everyone. Situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, well connected to all the major highways, positioned by lake Ontario – Burlington real estate is a good choice.

Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring commented on MoneySense 2017 best places to live in Canada report: “There are many moving parts that go into creating a city, from economic prosperity to cultural vibrancy, from preserving history to building healthy communities. This is an acknowledgement of all of the people, past and present, who have worked to make Burlington the great city it is today.”

For all your Burlington real estate needs, be it buying or selling a home, contact Lori VanDinther and the team to help you make the right moves.

What Should I Do Before/After My Closing Day?

When buying or selling a home, the Closing day can be intimidating – so much to do! Here’s a quick checklist for Buyers and Sellers to help take the stress away and make your moving day a GOOD DAY!

Closing Day Tips

If you are selling a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Call the Municipality to cancel your automatic monthly property tax and provide your real estate lawyer with your tax statement.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to cancel your accounts and stop automatic debits from your bank account. The meters will be read on your closing day.
  • Call your telephone, cable etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider (you must maintain insurance through your closing day).
  • If you are selling a condominium, call your property management company to cancel the automatic withdrawals of your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are buying a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Instruct your mortgage lender/bank to send your mortgage instructions to your real estate lawyer’s office (We need your mortgage instructions 2 weeks prior to your closing date).
  • Call the Municipality after you move in to set up your automatic property tax withdrawals if you wish to be on monthly payments.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to set up your accounts.
  • Call your telephone, cable, etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider. We will need to have your “insurance binder” the day before your closing date.
  • If you are buying a condominium, call your property management company immediately after you move in to set up the automatic withdrawals for your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are selling your home in Burlington, or moving to Burlington and looking to buy a home – contact Lori VanDinther and her team. As a long time residents of Burlington, they are well familiar with all the neighbourhoods, amenities and good locations to either get your first home, start/raise a family or happily retire.

The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario

Living in a neighbourhood with good schools is very important, not just to parents but also to homeowners and those looking to invest in real estate. The value of your home goes up as the schools in the area are ranked higher. That is because parent’s value good education, and studies have shown that children attending good schools tend to do better on exams and as a result get better grades and education.

So how are the schools in Burlington area performing? Anyone considering buying a home in a particular Burlington neighborhood would want to know this.

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The Fraser Institute’s school rankings website provides a detailed report on how each school is doing in academics compared to other ranked schools. It also shows whether the school’s results are improving, declining, or just staying steady over the most recent five years.

Here is a list ranking the best schools in Burlington on a scale of 0 to 10, including a map of where those are.

Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. John T. Tuck – 8.2
  2. Charles R. Beaudoin – 8.1
  3. Alexander’s – 7.9
  4. Orchard Park – 7.7
  5. Glenview – 7.4
  6. Maplehurst – 7.2
  7. Pineland – 7.2
  8. Ryerson – 7.2
  9. C. H. Norton – 6.9
  10. Tom Thomson – 6.8

Top 10 Catholic Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. St. Patrick – 8.6
  2. St. Raphaels – 8.3
  3. St. Anne – 8.2
  4. St. Elizabeth Seton – 8.1
  5. Ascension – 7.7
  6. Canadian Martyrs – 7.6
  7. St. Paul – 7.6
  8. St. Gabriel – 7.0
  9. St. Mark – 6.8
  10. St. Christopher – 6.6

All Public Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Nelson – 8.0
  2. Lester B. Pearson – 7.2
  3. Burlington Central – 7.1
  4. Dr. Frank J. Hayden – 7.1
  5. Aldershot – 7.0
  6. Robert Bateman – 6.4
  7. M M Robinson – 6.4

All Catholic Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Corpus Christi – 7.9
  2. Assumption – 7.6
  3. Notre Dame – 7.0

Lori VanDinther, a Burlington RE/MAX Agent and a long time resident of Burlington has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years! Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your home? Contact Lori today to help get you on the right path to success.