Archive for February, 2014

Should Home Inspectors Be Regulated?

Just writing that made me think how ridiculous a question that is.  Of course they should be regulated and it looks like the time is near when this will finally come about. Last year, the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services created a panel to look at the issue and make recommendations regarding mandatory qualifications for […]

Meaford – Planning Series

Each year we attend a Panel of Planners seminar, which is attended by local municipal planners.  This year, planners from The Blue Mountains, Clearview Township, Collingwood, Meaford, Tiny Township and Wasaga Beach were all in attendance.  We’ll be posting summaries from each of the planners here on the blog. Municipality of Meaford Developments: Meaford Haven […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Feb. 14-20, 2014

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 Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings:  30 (45, 39, 39) Average List Price: $506,883 Range of List Prices: $164,900 […]

The Truth About Assigning a microFIT Solar Contract When Buying or Selling A Home

We are seeing more and more homes with solar panels and many are tied to a 20 year contract under Ontario’s microFIT program which pays the homeowner for the solar power generated and fed back into the electricity grid.  So what happens when one of these homes is sold? We recently sold what appears to […]

An Alternative to Buying An Investment Condo at Blue Mountain

I get a LOT of calls from people looking for a recreational, investment condominium unit at Blue Mountain that they can rent out and cover all of their costs including any mortgaging.  Often, they have $75,000 or more to put in as a down payment. I’ve said it before and will say it again.  It’s […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Feb. 7-13, 2014

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 Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings:  45 (39, 39, 27) Average List Price: $566,162 Range of List Prices: $199,000-$2,550,000 […]

Township of Clearview – Planning Series

Each year we attend a Panel of Planners seminar, which is attended by local municipal planners.  This year, planners from The Blue Mountains, Clearview Township, Collingwood, Meaford, Tiny Township and Wasaga Beach were all in attendance.  We’ll be posting summaries from each of the planners here on the blog. CLEARVIEW Developments Draft Plan Approval stage: […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Jan. 31-Feb.6, 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 Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets. Single Family Residential New Listings:  39 (39, 27, 55) Average List Price: $433,102 Range of List Prices: $159,999 […]

January 2014 Real Estate Market Recap For Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area

With the deep freeze we experienced in January, it’s no surprise that sales figures for the month in the Collingwood area were down significantly over this time last year. There were 83 sales last month; down 27% over January 2013.  Of these, 55 were single family properties which sold for an average value of $370,060.  […]

HST and The Purchase of a Recreational Condominium

Even though Harmonized Sales Taxes have been around for 3½ years now in Ontario, HST continues to be a complex area in the matter of some real estate transactions. Here in the Blue Mountain area, we have a number of condominiums that are located in commercial resort developments.  For example, the condos in the Village […]

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