Archive for August, 2012

New poll shows 7 out of 10 Ontarians support standardized home energy labelling

On August 23, 2012,  NAIMA Canada, the national association representing mineral wool insulation manufacturers, released a public opinion poll focused on home energy efficiency labelling in Ontario.  It was very kindly forwarded to me by our local Environment Network and the content is so interesting, I wanted to share it with you in full.  Here’s […]

This Land For Sale Near Collingwood is Perfectly Decorated

Beautiful, Style At Home, Architectural Digest – there are so many inspiring magazines devoted to home décor.  Have you ever seen one for vacant land?  Of course not.  It comes already decorated by Mother Nature herself. I’ll admit that selling vacant land is not usually as exciting as selling a home or condo but every […]

How to Build Your Mortgage Bunker (while you still can…)

Have you ever thought about the impact of the amortization schedule of your mortgage on your financial plan?  In this excellent article, Dave explains why longer is better. Guest Post By David Larock Apologies in advance to our banking regulator (OSFI) and the Bank of Canada (BoC) for the advice I am about to give […]

What Will Happen To the Niagara Escarpment Plan?

I imagine everyone in the Province knows about the plans for the mega quarry just south of our area.  It has had strong opposition and may in fact have gained enough traction to be THE single issue that will affect the outcome of the next election. Here in the southern Georgian Bay, we are dealing […]

2012 Tax Rates in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area

The tax rates are finally all set for the communities of the Georgian Triangle.  (Why does it take until August for these things to get finalized?)  Here is a chart of the residential mill rates for 2012. To calculate the taxes on a property, you take the value set by MPAC for the property multiplied […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Aug. 10-16, 2012

This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings: 49 (42, 59, 40) Average List Price: $482,372 Range of List Prices: $125,000 – […]

Land Transfer Tax Refund for First-time Homebuyers

You didn’t think you could buy a house without giving the good ol’ government some tax did you?  Of course you didn’t.  If you are a first-time homebuyer though, you’re in luck. Land Transfer Tax applies to all transfers of land in Ontario but first-time homebuyers may be eligible for a refund of all or […]

Feds To Study Health Impacts of Wind Turbines

No matter what your thoughts may be about industrial scale wind turbines in Ontario, there is no question that they spur controversy.  In our area, there are a few proposed installations so the debate rages on with lawsuits launched, friendships destroyed and tempers flared.  Very, very sad. One of the issues turbine detractors talk a […]

Georgian Triangle Real Estate Barometer August 3 – 9, 2012

This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings: 42 (59, 40, 59) Average List Price: $387,490 Range of List Prices: $150,900 – […]

July 2012 Real Estate Market Recap For Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area

After an off month in June, sales in July rebounded with the number of units sold (186) up 16 percent over the same month last year, making it the third best July on record.  As of the end of July, the number of properties sold so far this year put it just 4% below the […]

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