Archive for October, 2009

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: October 23-29, 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:  28 (37, […]

Early Mortgage Renewal May Beat Rising Interest Rates

I called our bank this week and talked to my favourite person there about our mortgages.  Shudder.  Shake. I’ll tell you straight up that I’m not much of a risk taker.  I do however try to undertake thoughtful analysis in decision making especially as it applies to money.  In addition to our home, my hubby […]

Home Renovations and Resale Values

With the current Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) and the ecoEnergy grants available, home renovation appears to be alive and well.  It certainly is in our house. Have you ever wondered what the pay back might be for the money you invest in those renovations?  The Appraisal Institute of Canada has a handy calculator on their website to […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: October 16 – 22, 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:  37 (47, […]

Should You Buy A Home On A Corner Lot?

Over the many years I’ve been selling real estate in the Collingwood – Blue Mountain area, I’ve very often heard buyers say that they think both property values and realty taxes are higher on corner lots.  I don’t know where this belief stems from – perhaps it was true at one time but not necessarily […]

Keeping the Lights On in South Georgian Bay

The power went out again a few days ago.  Apparently it was the result of a car hitting a pole.  Again.  Either we have the world’s worst drivers around here or, our infrastructure is ultra sensitive because really, the power seems to go out far too easily. Don’t get me wrong.  I think our electricity […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: – October 9 – 15, 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 (54, […]

HST Threatens The Affordability of Home Ownership

I’m kind of surprised that in the course of day-to-day business, not too many people are talking yet about the impact of the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on a real estate transaction.  As the July 1, 2010 implementation date draws closer, I’m sure it will become a major issue. The new tax has its merits […]

Another Before and After Exterior Home Renovation

I’ve been driving by this house on Maple Street in Collingwood for the last year watching the transformation.  I don’t know the owners but have to congratulate them on a job well done.  Here is what the house looked like when they bought it a couple of years ago. This is what the house looks […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Barometer: October 2 – 8, 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:  54 […]

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