Archive for June, 2007

What are you doing this Sunday?

With Canada Day fast approaching on Sunday, you might be making plans on how to spend the day.  May I suggest you spend it with us? I grew up in a waterfront community in the GTA and while I loved the fireworks on July 1st, the day never really represented much more than that to […]

Why is there a Blue Flag at Wasaga Beach?

The warm weather is here and it’s that time when we all head to “The Beach.” Those of us who have the priviledge of living here, head to THAT beach.  Not only does Wasaga Beach have the distinction of being home to the longest freshwater beach in the world, it can now proudly state that […]

If You Are Renovating…

You might be surprised to know that you could encounter a health hazard from asbestos.  Recently, I was in a house that had thick cloth and fibre wrapping about some boiler pipes.  It was cracked and torn in places and later, identified to be asbestos.  Since friable (loose or disturbed) asbestos is a potential health […]

Affordable Housing and Zoning By-laws

With a new comprehensive zoning by-law under development, now is the time to seriously consider real solutions toward the affordable housing challenges faced in Collingwood.  Recently, the town was granted 1.26 million dollars from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program towards the creation of 18 units currently slated for development on the site of the former […]

One of Canada’s Best Place to Live: Collingwood

Money Sense magazine ranked Collingwood as one of the best communities in which to live in Canada.  Those of us here already know it (although I think sometimes we forget) but now, everyone else knows it too.  123 communities with populations over 10,000 people were ranked on statistics such as weather, real estate prices, income […]

There’s lots to do at Blue

Did you know that you can watch movies at The Village at Blue Mountain?  Every Friday night in June and, every Wednesday and Friday night in July and August, movies start at dark on an outdoor movie screen and there’s no charge.  You can grab a comfy Muskoka chair in the Plaza but be warned […]

Curb Appeal Counts More Than Ever

Most potential property buyers search the internet on sites such as  They form first impressions based on pictures and if a house does not look appealing, they often pass it by.  I’ve seen this happen so many times myself and know first hand the importance of showcasing your house and property to create the […]

Considering a Cottage This Summer?

Wasaga Beach has long been a favourite for summer vacations. Generations have enjoyed family cottages but today, real estate prices have put the dream of cottage ownership out of reach for some people. There’s a rather unique alternative available that strikes me as a very feasible alternative.  The development known as “The Lakes of Wasaga” in […]

A Quick and Easy Little Tip for Buyers

Tying up laces and pulling at stuck boot zippers can be frustrating in a little foyer over crowded with a few people. Going in and out of several houses in a few hours is made easier and more comfortable if you wear slip on shoes, boots or sandals.  That’s it.  Simple, huh?

Is a 12.7% annual return a good thing?

While we’re looking at changes, I thought it would be interesting to see what has happened to real estate prices over the last decade as well. I looked up the average sale price of a 3 to 4 bedroom, single family home in the area encompassing Collingwood, Meaford, Wasaga Beach, Clearview and the Town of […]

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