Archive for April, 2009

Ontario Government Runs Out of Energy

… to bring forth bold legislation that is. Last week, a delegation from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government to discuss REALTOR® concerns related to the Green Energy Act, and more specifically, mandatory home energy audits. Since then, it appears that the government will be amending sections […]

Is Another Collingwood Heritage Building At Risk?

Nothing fires up debate in Collingwood better than a plan to tear down a heritage building.  Every time the issue arises, entrenched camps form with flaring tempers, passionate appeals and political hand wringing.  There have often been lines drawn in the sand:  tear it down or, fix it and leave it.  Neither seems right to […]

Collingwood’s Olde Towne Village a Successful Housing Intensification Experiment

Collingwood was first introduced to developer, Slokker Canada back in the late 1990’s.  Known best today as the partners with the FRAM Group  as the developers behind the new Shipyards project,  these builders introduced a new concept in neighbourhood planning to the town. Before the word “intensification” took hold, Slokker proposed the construction of a […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: April 17th to 23rd, 2009

The following information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board.  They include a summary of data for the following areas only:  Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. For this week (previous three week’s numbers are in brackets): Single Family Residential • New Listings:  50 […]

The Truth About Buying A Property Under Power of Sale

Real estate buyers have somehow been conditioned to think that buying a property listed under a power of sale arrangement represents an opportunity for a real deal.   I’ve noticed some REALTORS® capitalizing on this belief by advertising special websites to find out about these listings and, I’ve seen REALTORS® advertising the power of sale […]

Another One of Collingwood’s Best Kept Secrets – Paula’s Pantry

Until it was featured in a clip on Canadian Idol last year, Paula’s Pantry has been one of Collingwood’s best kept secrets. “Paula’s” as we like to call it, is located in a very non-descript, little building outside of the commercial area.  When you walk in the door, the smell of fresh baking would make any […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: April 10th to 16th, 2009

It was another good week for sales here in the Georgian Triangle with the positive trend holding.  In the end of the day, the facts are all that matters BUT, there is a current swimming in the background that is rather interesting. April is traditionally one of our peak sales months in the Collingwood – […]

Collingwood – Blue Mountain Real Estate Market Trends

The most common question REALTORS® hear is, “How’s the market?” I suspect that if you asked 10 people this question though, you’d likely get 10 different answers. There are so many ways to view and interpret data.  Are we comparing areas?  Home styles?  Price ranges?  Month to month or year over year?  All of these […]

What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage Anymore

This is one of those uncomfortable topics that most people prefer not to talk about but the reality is that it happens.  Job loss, illness or other life events can suddenly interfere with the ability to pay a mortgage and it happens to the nicest people.  If times are tough at the moment and you […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: April 2 – 9, 2009

It was another good week for sales here in the Georgian Triangle. The following information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board.  They include a summary of data for the following areas only:  Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. For this week (previous three […]

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