Seller Tips

Leaky Basement?

Basement leakage is the most common problem found in houses and cottages, and over 90% of all basements are found to leak and suffer damage at one time or another. Evidence of moisture penetration can be found in almost every house. A house or cottage with water problems does not necessarily mean it was poorly … Continue reading “Leaky Basement?”

Waterfront sales remain at average levels in September 2017

    Sales of waterfront properties recorded through the MLS® system of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® came in 25.3% below last September’s record. On a year-to-date basis, waterfront sales were down 14.4% from the first three quarters of 2016. The waterfront figures for September 2017 stood in between the five … Continue reading “Waterfront sales remain at average levels in September 2017”

Muskoka Cottage Market Watch – Jan-Apr ’17

– January-April, 2017 An in-depth look at the Muskoka real estate numbers by the Gardiner Team Number of Listings and Sales Unit Sales Volume – Summary of Waterfront Cottage MLS® Listings and Sales for the past 2 years, and this year to date as compared to last year to date, by area as reported by … Continue reading “Muskoka Cottage Market Watch – Jan-Apr ’17”

The Two Story Boathouse

  Nathalie Tinti, Barriston LLP 45 Ann Street Bracebridge ON P1L 2C1 705-645-5211     Who doesn’t love a boathouse? It increases the living space of your cottage and some boathouses are so beautiful that they are actually like a cottage themselves. These larger boathouses are usually two story and include some sort of … Continue reading “The Two Story Boathouse”

Boathouse Q & A

Nathalie Tinti, Partner Barriston LLP 45 Ann Street Bracebridge, ON P1L 2A1 (705)645-5211   Question: Is my two story boat house legal?   Answer: Chances are, if you have a two story boat house it is located on either municipally owned land (likely an original shore road allowance) or land over which the Ministry … Continue reading “Boathouse Q & A”

Cottage Insurance: FAQ’s

If you are looking for answers to insurance questions for your Muskoka cottage, the best place to start is at a local insurance brokerage. We talked to Lori McCormack at AW Shier Insurance Brokers, now part of the Stan Darling Insurance group. Here are some answers to a few of the most common questions and concerns … Continue reading “Cottage Insurance: FAQ’s”

Why you need a REALTOR® more than ever in the internet age

These days, there are more options than ever when it comes to buying or selling a home. It seems a new website, or sale-by-owner service is popping up every week. And while there is most certainly room for technology, progress, and a fresh approach within the real estate industry, this inevitably creates a lot of … Continue reading “Why you need a REALTOR® more than ever in the internet age”

Real Estate Q & A: Chestnut Park VP of Operations and Broker, Justine Deluce Shares Her Tips on How to Choose the Right Agent

When it comes to buying or selling your home, choosing?the right real estate agent becomes an integral part of?the process. While the sale or purchase of your biggest?financial asset can be an exciting time, it can also be?stressful especially if someone who is not the right agent?for the job is representing you. Here are a … Continue reading “Real Estate Q & A: Chestnut Park VP of Operations and Broker, Justine Deluce Shares Her Tips on How to Choose the Right Agent”

5 Home-Selling Tips for a Hot Spring Market

  If you are preparing to sell your home, youve likely been reading about (or at least thinking about) the impeding flurry of activity in the real estate market come spring. Theres something about a long, cold winter indoors that makes homeowners crave a change when the ground thaws and the trees bloom. If you … Continue reading “5 Home-Selling Tips for a Hot Spring Market”

Watch out for RECOs top 10 home buying and selling pitfalls

?For most people, buying or selling a home is one of the most important and highest value purchases they will make, and potentially the most challenging. November is Financial Literacy Month, an opportunity for the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) to put consumers on alert for 10 major home buying and selling mistakes that … Continue reading “Watch out for RECOs top 10 home buying and selling pitfalls”


Buying or selling a home or cottage is far more than a real estate transaction. Its often at the heart of a major life transition?such as purchasing your first cottage, buying a larger cottage because your family has grown, or downsizing to simplify your life as empty nesters. Thats why a REALTOR® can make such … Continue reading “Why a REALTOR®?”

Windows, doors costly to replace

A CLOSER LOOK: Energy savings, new features may be worth it By ROB PARKER, Special to QMI Agency Last Updated: April 21, 2012 12:00am With spring officially here, many homeowners are starting to look at those jobs that aren't so appealing or practical during the winter. Two areas that come to mind are windows and … Continue reading “Windows, doors costly to replace”

Retirement & Downsizing: BMO Advises on How to Determine Whether or Not to Make the Move

– First of Canada's nine million Boomers became eligible for retirement in 2011 – Health, location and financial considerations will determine whether they move or not – BMO offers advice to those thinking of giving up the family home   There are several factors to consider when making the decision to downsize or not, including: … Continue reading “Retirement & Downsizing: BMO Advises on How to Determine Whether or Not to Make the Move”

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