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Sales in May 2018

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Lakelands property sales remain well below last year’s record levels in May 2018 Sales of waterfront properties recorded through the MLS® System for the Lakelands region numbered 191 units in May 2018. This decreased by 42.1% from May 2017, which was a record. On a year-to-date basis, waterfront sales totalled … Continue reading “Sales in May 2018”

Muskoka Cottage Market Watch – April 2018

  Number of Listings and Sales of Muskoka Cottages Unit Sales Volume – Summary of Waterfront Single Family MLS® Listings and Sales for the last 4 years by area as reported by The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® *Mary Lake, Fairy Lake, Peninsula Lake, Vernon Lake Sales by Price Range Summary of Waterfront Cottage MLS® Listings … Continue reading “Muskoka Cottage Market Watch – April 2018”

Real Estate Market Update | Muskoka, January-March 2018

APRIL 11, 2018 This report begins with a disclaimer. These reports are prepared using, amongst other sources, data provided by the Lakelands Association of Realtors. In late 2017 the Association moved to a new multiple listing provider, and unfortunately ever since the Association has experienced difficulties producing reliable market data.   What data we do … Continue reading “Real Estate Market Update | Muskoka, January-March 2018”

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 or cottage. 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 … Continue reading “Why you need a REALTOR® more than ever in the internet age”

5 Selling Tips for a Hot Spring Market

  If you are preparing to sell your home or cottage, you’ve likely been reading about (or at least thinking about) the impending flurry of activity in the real estate market in the spring. There’s something about a long, cold winter indoors that makes owners crave a change when the ground thaws and the trees … Continue reading “5 Selling Tips for a Hot Spring Market”

Lakelands property sales running at average levels in February 2018

– down from a very strong February in 2017   Sales of waterfront properties recorded through the MLS® System for the Lakelands region numbered 36 units, down 34.5% from February 2017. This was almost exactly in line with the 10-year average for the month of February. On a year-to-date basis, waterfront sales (72) were down … Continue reading “Lakelands property sales running at average levels in February 2018”

Waterfront sales running close to average levels in December 2017

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Sales of waterfront properties recorded through the MLS® system for the Lakelands region (55 units) came in 6.8% below December 2016. This was still the third best level for the month on record, standing on par with the five-year December average and well above the 10-year average for that month. … Continue reading “Waterfront sales running close to average levels in December 2017”

Port Carling 2017 MLS Stats

The numbers are in. Chestnut Park leads the pack in cottage dollars sold.  These statistics are only MLS listings and do not include significant exclusive listings sold in-house. (Some of our clients do not wish to have a public listing, which we respect.)

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 ntinti@barristonlaw.com     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 ntinti@barristonlaw.com 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”

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”

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”

Why a REALTOR®?

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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