Archive for September, 2011

How to find a Rental Home in the Collingwood Area

I get a lot of enquiries from people looking for homes or apartments to rent in our area.  With a vacancy rate that is almost always under 2%, it is not surprising that people have a tough time finding new digs to call home.  In the last 40 or so years, very few new rental […]

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update (September 26, 2011)

Guest Post By David Larock On Wednesday of last week, Statistics Canada released its latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for August 2011. While overall CPI rose 3.1%, up from 2.7% in July, this was mainly due to higher food and energy costs, and price increases in these two areas have not historically spurred broader-based […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Barometer Sept. 16-22,2011

The following information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®.  They include a summary of data for the following areas only:   Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford.   Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings: 74 (55, 73) Average List Price: $496,162 Range […]

You Can Reduce Your Energy Costs and Save Money

I know this is true because we’ve done it ourselves. While the Provincial Home Energy Rebate Program is over, the Federal government revived the ecoEnergy program in June. It begins with an Energy Audit to identify where your home loses energy.  In this regard, the Province of Ontario is still offering to pay 50% of […]

What Are Your Ideas for the Collingwood Terminals?

Wasaga has the Beach.  Blue Mountain has the Escarpment.  Collingwood has the Terminals. Recently, Collingwood council passed a motion asking staff to prepare a “modified tender process” for the possible sale and future uses for the iconic grain elevator structure which was declared surplus by the Town in 2006.  Few buildings provoke reaction among the public […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Barometer Sept. 9 – 15, 2011

The following information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®.   They include a summary of data for the following areas only:   Collingwood,  Wasaga Beach,  Blue Mountain, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford.  Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings: 55 (73) Average List Price: $396,002 Range of […]

Yes, There Really Is A Grandma Lambe

I wish there were a way to post an aroma onto a blog. Since I can’t, you’ll just have to make a point of dropping in to Grandma Lambe’s yourself to see, or should I say SMELL what I mean. This quaint market is located on Highway 26 just east of Meaford.  It has been […]

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for September 12, 2011

Guest Post By David Larock The Bank of Canada (BoC) met last week and, as expected, left its overnight rate on hold (reminder: variable-mortgage rates move up or down when the BoC changes its overnight rate). The BoC’s accompanying press release should remove any doubt about whether variable rates will stay at ultra-low levels for […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Barometer Sept 2 – 8 2011

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. Single Family Residential New Listings: 73 Average List Price: $485,978. Range of List Prices: $119,900 – $2,225,000 Number of […]

Collingwood WORDSTOCK Literary Festival Begins This Friday

Lots of people have been saying to me lately that they haven’t seen me around as much as usual this summer and wondered why.  The answer is WORDSTOCK.  When I’m not busy working at my real occupation as a REALTOR®, I serve as the volunteer Chair of this made-in-Collingwood literary festival; now in its second […]

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