Archive for October, 2007

Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program’s Homeownership Program

I came across some interesting information on the Simcoe County website that I don’t think has been well publicized.  Following is an excerpt from the Simcoe County website detailing the program: The County of Simcoe’s Social Housing Department is taking part in the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program’s (AHP) Homeownership Program as a way of providing […]

You Can Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster

Most Canadians want to pay their mortgages off as fast as they can.  Since the payment of principal and interest is typically not tax deductible as it is the U.S., we are paying the bill with after-tax dollars and for many, it’s an awfully big chunk of our monthly expenses. There are many things you […]

Can St. Joseph Really Help to Sell Homes?

Over my last two decades as a REALTOR®, I’ve had a few people tell me about St. Joseph and that he can help to sell homes.  Legend says that if a statue of the Saint is buried on the property, that it will help to increase the chance of getting the home sold.  I have […]

The Falls Inn at Walter’s Falls

The Falls Inn in Walters Falls opened in 2005 and I’ve often heard people rave about it since then.  I finally got up there myself a few weeks ago for lunch on a lovely fall day.  I was a bit surprised to see a rather modern looking brick building as I had envisioned something made of […]

“Places To Grow” in Ontario

In the Friday edition of the local paper, there were no less than five articles over six pages that dealt with the issue of growth in the Georgian Triangle region.  “Land Review Sparks Heated Exchange” which discussed Collingwood council’s current review of industrial and commercial lands. There was “Councilors Not Keen on County Growth Strategy” […]

Business Opportunity in Downtown Collingwood

What is the profile of someone who wants to buy or establish a business in Collingwood?  I’ve been pondering that question for a few days since I listed a local business for sale.  And yes.  This is a shameless plug of one of my listings for sale. The entrepreneurs that I know in the community […]

If You Are A Landlord in Ontario, PLEASE READ THIS

Someone I know was fined $5,000 last year for failing to ensure that there were working smoke detectors in a rental unit that he owned.  At the time the tenants first occupied his unit, the smoke detectors were working and he never knew otherwise. Later, during a random door to door check by the local […]

9 Donald Ave Nottawa: Large Home Near Collingwood

This fabulous executive home is located in an area known as the “McKean Subdivision” in Nottawa just 5 minutes south of Collingwood. This very popular neighbourhood is home to a perfect blend of families, retirees and professionals who prefer larger lots, substantial homes and good neighbours. It’s hard to find a home with 4 bedrooms […]

Collingwood Harbourlands Park

One of my favourite places in Collingwood has to be Harbourlands Park.  It is located at the end of the “spit” leading to the majestic Collingwood Terminals grain elevators near the foot of the main street.  There are beautiful walkways and gardens including a memorial walk paying tribute to the many shipyard workers who worked […]

Where Do You View Real Estate Listings?

Do you look for real estate listings online?  Where? Sometimes, we have little controversies in the real estate community.  One such issue last year was the introduction of something called IDX into our real estate board.  IDX stands for Internet Data Exchange and basically what this system does is to allow REALTORS® to display information […]

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