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Fall Events and Festivals in Halton

Fall Has Arrived

Fall is here and there are so many ways to celebrate the season. Whether that’s going for a hike at Mount Nemo and experiencing the beautiful colours or visiting some fall festivals and events.

Halton is a large area and each community has there own events to check out. Burlington has a festival that you might consider going to that’s perfect for the whole family, the Harvest Festival. And in Oakville you might want to visit their Autumn Festival and then Halton Hills you have one last chance to get to their farmers market.

Burlington: Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival runs every weekend starting September 22nd to October 28th at Springridge Farms 10am – 4pm. This event is perfect for the whole family. Activities include wagon rides, spooky barn, singing chicken show, goat mountain, spider web climber and farm yard pip slide. You’ll also have access to The Farm Yard which includes the animal barn, giant sand box, corn trail, tube slide, bale jumping and the escarpment lookout. Springridge Farms also offers pony rides for an additional cost of $15. 

Admission to the festival is $13 per person ages 2-92 (includes HST). However, there’s no charge if you’re interested in just visiting the gift shop, bakery or farmers market. And Springridge Farms will be having a bbq with a great menu for the whole family.

Fall has always been harvest time for rural Burlington and farms have a history of celebrating this time of year with festivals and events. In addition, Burlington conservation areas offer guided educational walks. But Burlington isn’t the only city to host a series of events, Oakville has many as well. You’re able to find the entire list on their respective websites.

Oakville: Autumn Harvest

Looking for something to do on the weekend in Oakville look no further than the Autumn Harvest festival. This festival is held every Saturday in October from 1pm – 4pm. You can join others and celebrate the beautiful fall colours in downtown Oakville. There will be hayrides through downtown with the pickup location being Towne Square. 

Maybe ghosts are more your thing, Oakville Historical Society will be a hosting a ghost walk. This costs $12 per person and $6 per child. Downtown Oakville is a beautiful place to explore with many shops and walking trails by the lake. Halton Hills also offers up some great fall festivals and events that you and your family might like to check out.

Halton Hills: Georgetown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like a farmers market on a Saturday morning in the fall. Georgetown hosts one every Saturday from 8am – 12:30pm until October 13th. This is the last weekend so make sure you get out there and support your local community. The farmers market is located along Main St between James St and Church St as well as in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Church and Main. There are more events happening throughout the whole month, so be sure to visit Halton Hills events calendar. 

What Will You Discover This Fall?

There are endless amounts of activities to discover this fall in Halton and since there are so many beautiful communities you won’t have a weekend with out something to do. Make sure you get out and explore this stunning season!

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Moving to Burlington, Ontario

Burlington is a wonderful city to live in. It’s relatively close to Toronto yet offers cheaper housing options, lower property taxes and a more nature feel to it. With the population on the rise Burlington is a vibrant city with many opportunities for all. Moving to Burlington has been in the minds of many people. But where do you begin? Below is some advice..

Research the neighborhoods

This is one of the most important steps of the moving process. Location is not only the key to your home’s future value, but to your own satisfaction of where you live. You want your home to be situated in an area that has the amenities you need daily. For example, if you need to be withing a walking distance of a grocery store or a school. Also consider the daily commute to/from work and see if there could be potential bottlenecks. On Google maps you can view traffic congestion at whatever times so use that to see. If parks are important to you, make sure there are some close by on the maps. Make a list of the potential neighbourhoods.

Find a local Burlington real estate agent

The entire moving experience, including home buying can be simplified and made easy with a proper realtor to represent you. You want someone who is well reputable in the area as a solid realtor you can trust. Someone who lives and loves Burlington. Read their reviews and reach out to your agent. They’re always happy to help!

Get pre-approved for the mortgage

Find a good mortgage broker in Burlington, early on in the process and let them help you figure out and sets your home budget. Each situation is unique that is why making an appointment would be recommended. During the appointment you can also ask related questions, for example about property taxes in Burlington and how they are actually among the lowest.

Prepare a Home Wishlist

Figure out what is essential, what would be nice to have and what is extra – and simply make a list. It will help you meet your home  budget, by allowing you to eliminate some things if need be. For example, a pool is nice to have, but a remodeled kitchen is a need to have. Which would you skip on if the budget was exceeding?

Get to know the neighbourhoods

Take your favourite neighbourhoods list and explore each one, not just in day but at night too. You want to get the full feel of the area at different times of the day. As you go along be observant and make an entry of what you liked or disliked for each neighbourhood you visit. For example, you didn’t see any nice parks near by, or the roads were really rough and the area wasn’t as you imagined. Or perhaps it’s even nicer than you thought. This kind of dialogue will help you narrow down the home search.

Find a Home and move in

Now that you have your budget figured out, neighbourhood picked out and a ideal home found. You want to put in an offer and finalize the deal. But the paperwork necessary to buy a home can be overwhelming. Plus all the other things you have to manage, like the move itself. It can be hectic. That’s why you need all the help you can get. That’s where your real estate agent helps out. They help during the offer process, closing day, viewings, utility connection appointments, etc.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.

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Finding Your Ideal Home in Burlington

There are many factors home buyers should take into account when looking for that ideal home in Burlington, Ontario. Buying a home isn’t a simple process and you should put a lot of thought into it. This is why it’s always a good idea to get professionals, such as Team VanDinther, to guide you through the whole process.

So what are those factors to consider? What makes a home an ideal home? Ideal home is located in the right spot, and the home itself is accommodating your lifestyle and needs. Sound easy but in reality it can be tricky. And sometimes what we want and what’s available are not the same. Also, first thing is first. Figure out your purchase power. This will be the ultimate say in what you can attain.

Location. As the old phrase goes: Location, location, location! This is very important for a number of reasons. For one the price of your home will largely be determined by the location of the land and what’s around.  The value of your home appreciates as you live in an area that’s “happening” and has everything close by. You could have the most beautiful home, but if it’s too far from everything and isolated, you’ll end up not liking it as much. We’re talking major roads and highways, amenities, schools, parks, community centers, businesses, restaurants, etc. Well established communities, that support quality life. Consider where you work, how do you like to spend your free time, where are your friends and family, is waterfront important to you, or perhaps you like a more secluded area a bit outside the city. You don’t want to pick a house located too far from everything, even if that house is absolutely amazing. Unless you’re buying in an area that will grow in the years to come and you’re aware of that and OK with that.

Your Lifestyle. Where you are in life will determine the type and size of home you need. For example if you are thinking about starting a family? or have one already you need a place that will be accommodating to that in the few years to come, at least. Think about how many rooms/bathrooms you’d need, what style of home? are too many stairs a problem? backyard size? number of garages? Do you need a shed for tools and tinkering around. Figure out how many years you’d want to stay in this home, and then try to picture your life 2 years from now, 4 years, 6 years, and so on? Does it work for everyone that will be living in the house? If you are not planning kids but have lots of pets, you may need a bigger backyard or parks close by, rather that lots of bedrooms. If you are parents you need to take into considerations schools and where you want to send you kids to? Check out our blog post The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario. You want your home to be able to accommodate your lifestyle.

Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario
Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario

Neighbourhood. What’s around your area? What can you do with your family or friends on the weekend? How does a typical evening feel like? What about morning rush hour? Try to see your potential neighbourhood in different times of the day to avoid surprises. Ask other home owners what do they love most about the neighborhood, what do they dislike? Do you like neighbourhoods that are easily walkable. For example if you go to www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works and type in your address, neighbourhood what score does it give? Are you OK with that? Get a good feel of the neighbourhood because once you step outside your house, this is what you’re be immersed in. You wanna feel right at home. Some of Burlington’s best neighbourhoods for families are: Millcroft, The Orchard, Alton Village. South Burlington is primarily older neighbourhoods but closer to the Lake Ontario and very beautiful mature lots. Downtown core, Aldershot, Corporate tend to be suitable for young professionals or retirees.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.