Archive for September, 2013

Country Living, Energy Efficiency and A Lake – What More Could You Want?

One of the better kept secrets in this area is a little place known as Brewster’s Lake.  The reason not everyone knows about it is because it is a private lake and accessible only to the owners who have properties in the immediate development around it. This special neighbourhood is located about 10 minutes from […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Sept. 20-26, 2013

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 (47, 53, 47) Average List Price: $497,814 Range of List Prices: $134,900 – […]

New Collingwood Condos: DWELL in Creekside

 Creekside is finishing their successful project with the release of their final product – a three storey, 35 unit, condominium, apartment building.  While the sales office officially opens this Saturday, REALTORS® had an opportunity to visit the building this week. I’ll share my thoughts in a moment but first, a few details.  The building is […]

Does Your Condo Insurance Leave You At Financial Risk?

As a condo owner, do you assume that your building’s insurance will cover damage to another unit from water or fire that originated in your unit?  If so, you are not alone.  According to a recent study conducted by Abacus Date for the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, 61% of condo owners either don’t know […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Sept. 13-18, 2013

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: 47 (53, 47) Average List Price: $462,742 Range of List Prices: $174,900 – $2,195,000 […]

Pre-Closing Inspections Should ALWAYS Be Done

Mark Weisleder is a practicing real estate lawyer in Toronto and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star newspaper.  He recently covered the topic of pre-purchase inspections. When an offer is accepted on a property, there is a clause in the fine print that says the property remains at the risk of the seller […]

The Listing Photo of Your Home Shows What?!

The other day, I was looking through our MLS listings and came across a home for sale with SNOW in the picture.  What???  It turns out, the property has been listed, with an agent from out of the area, since 2012 and the pictures were never updated.  Really. First of all, who lists their home […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Sept. 6-12, 2013

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: 53 (47) Average List Price: $451,330 Range of List Prices: $115,500 – $1,999,000 Number […]

Understanding Your Credit Report

Karen Fritz, AMP, is one of my favourite Mortgage Brokers in the area.  She is also the owner of the Centum Alternative Mortgages Ltd.  office in Collingwood.  She recently gave a presentation to a group of business people about credit ratings that I found most interesting.  Sometimes I have clients that have a challenging time […]

Military Families On The Move Have Unique Circumstances

We have two military bases in our area which include the ones in Meaford and Base Borden.  As personnel are frequently posted into or out of the area, I have been fortunate to work with many military families over the past 20+ years.  This has given me a profound respect for the special challenges they […]

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