Archive for March, 2008

A Cross Canada Real Estate Check Up

On week-ends, I try to keep up with some of the more interesting Canadian bloggers so I have a sense of what’s happening in the rest of the country.  Here is a summary of today’s cross country check-up: Father and son team, Fraser and Stephen Winters in St. John’s, Newfoundland discuss Seven Reasons To Relocate […]

Collingwood Condominiums: There’s Good Value in Rupert’s Landing

South Georgian Bay is home to many condominium communities and some of the more established ones are located on the western edge of Collingwood.  While there are literally thousands of new ones planned or already underway, some of the old projects are still tried and true offering buyers great value for their dollar. One such […]

Part 2: Building A Home in the Collingwood / Blue Mountain Area: The Land

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at general considerations for building your own home. Today, we’ll take a look at land and site preparation considerations and costs. First you need to find a suitable piece of vacant land which might be in-town or may be in the country.  Once you have that general […]

Collingwood New Home Subdivision Tour Part 4: Sunvale Homes

Purchasers can be forgiven for their confusion when they come upon the 81 lot Sunvale home site which is also called Riverside, like the adjacent homes being built by Starserra Homes in the same vicinity.  Actually, at the moment, they are lucky if they come upon the Sunvale site at all, as it is hard […]

Do You Have a Comment About Collingwood -Blue Mountain Real Estate?

I have a question for you.  Yes, YOU.  Since you are reading this, I really want to know your opinion. I’ve been actively blogging now for a few months and with each passing week, the number of readers and visits goes up and up; now into the thousands each month.  More and more people are […]

Oh, oh. The Tax Assessment Freeze in Ontario Has Thawed Out

Do you remember all of the ado about the problems with tax assessments a couple of years ago?  The government decided at that time to freeze tax assessments while problems within the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) were ironed out.  Well, that freeze is now being lifted and this means some homeowners could face double-digit […]

Yes, Your Home Is Your Castle … at times

One of my clients (and now a special friend) over in England sent me this morning chuckle: How your property is viewed by: Yourself….   A Buyer …   The Lender …   The Appraiser … The Ontario Tax Assessor … How true it is! Related Posts: How Collingwood and Wasaga Beach Property Taxes Compare […]

Part 1: Building A Home in the Collingwood/Blue Mountain Area

With spring fast approaching, we’re getting more enquiries again from people who are looking for vacant land on which to build their new home now or at some point down the road.  After 19 years in this business, I’ve seen both winners and the losers in the building game.  There are those who built something […]

Is the Real Estate Boom Over In Collingwood?

On Monday, Garth Turner’s new book, Greater Fool:  The Troubled Future of Real Estate, will be out in bookstores across Canada.  Chances are it will get some pretty good media coverage and everyone will be talking about his predictions of a real estate crash.  Since I believe in self-fulfilling prophecies, he could be right but, not […]

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Buy or Sell Real Estate?

If you are thinking of buying real estate, you might be wondering when is the best time to buy and, if you are thinking of selling, you might be asking yourself, When should I put my house on the market? If you ask ten average people on the street, I’d almost bet that at least […]

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