Archive for June, 2009

Collingwood Ethanol Apologizes To Community

According to a news story just posted online by a local newspaper, Collingwood Ethanol, now known as Amaizeingly Green, issued a formal and public apology at tonight’s Collingwood council meeting.   “Without realizing that the mayor and council were acting in the community’s best interest, we perceived the action taken by the town as an […]

Household Renovations Report

Do you ever wonder how your own behaviours and expenditures as a home owner stack up to the norm? According to a report released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), approximately 1.7 million households across 10 major city centres spent almost $21.3 billion on renovations to their primary residence in 2008.  About 35 […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: June 19th – 25th, 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: 40 […]

Even Santa Vacations in The Collingwood – Blue Mountain Area

On a recent art studio tour, my hubby John and I wandered up to the beautiful Pretty River Valley about 10 minutes south of Collingwood.  The Valley is tucked into the Niagara Escarpment amid thousands of acres of parkland, streams, hills and breathtaking views.  Lo and behold, what did we see?  Reindeer! It would seem […]

New Proposed Requirements for Wind Turbines in Ontario

We received a memo from the Ontario Real Estate Association that refers to the current situation with approval of wind turbines for power generation.  This has been a major issue in the Georgian Triangle area and so, I felt it worthwhile to share the contents of the memo which reads: “ On June 9th, 2009 […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: June 12th – 18th, 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: 46 […]

Living in Collingwood; A Community Plan

The last week has been heavy with learning as I’ve attended a number of meetings and seminars.  One featured a speaker from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) who spent a couple of hours educating a room full of REALTORS® about the property valuation process and governing legislation.  Another meeting featured Don Mathieson, the Mayor […]

Will Collingwood’s Heritage District Be Destroyed Some Day?

Quick – when you think of Elora, Fergus or Niagara-on-the-lake, what do you see in your mind’s eye?  I think most people would agree that they see quaint old towns built on a foundation of heritage buildings and planning.  Take it further and think of places like England, Greece, Rome or Havana and you see […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: June 5th – 11th, 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: 47 […]

Another Sign That The Recession Is Coming To An End

Interest RatesFor some time now on this blog, I’ve been warning potential buyers  to watch interest rates.  While sale prices may fluctuate a few percentage points here and there, the interest rates dictate the actual bottom line of what will come out of your pocket each month.  For example, a $200,000 mortgage, amortized over 25 […]

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