Archive for March, 2014

Here’s how you can own your own home for $950 a month or how investors can get a positive cash flow in Collingwood

As regular readers know, we own an investment condo in Collingwood that we are quite pleased with. It’s one of the very few places left in Collingwood where it is possible to have a positive cash flow, even after paying the mortgage. It’s an equally exciting opportunity for a home buyer looking to own for […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Mar.21-27, 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:  49 (45,39, 54) Average List Price: $529,453 Range of List Prices: $129,900 – $3,900,000 Number […]

Why do We ask Buyers About Themselves Before Arranging A Showing?

As REALTORS®, we are often asked, “when you call up a real estate salesperson or Broker to book a showing at a listing, why are you asked some questions about motivation, ownership, timing and name and address?  The answer is simple:  we need to get to know you before we show you property.  Typically, as a prospective buyer, you […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer March 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:  45 (39, 54, 42) Average List Price: $413,399 Range of List Prices: $93,555 […]

Fraser Institute Rankings 2012-13 Schools In South Georgian Bay

The Fraser Institute School rankings have become the “Go to” source for many parents in the Collingwood, Nottawa, Thornbury (Blue Mountains), Meaford, Stayner (Clearview), and Wasaga Beach areas.  While I am not completely confident in the outcomes, they do offer insight.   The charts below shows how schools in the Georgian Triangle fared and for […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer March 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:  39 (54, 42. 30) Average List Price: $362,966 Range of List Prices: $134,900 […]

My Visit To An Off-The-Grid, Straw Bale Home – Part 2

This post is part 2 in a series.  Read Part 1 here  which describes the site and construction of the property I visited. I asked the owners how life is different from living in a conventionally built, on-grid home and one thing in particular that struck me was when they said, “While you likely do […]

My Visit To An Off-The-Grid, Straw Bale Home – Part 1

Could you live off the grid? For several years now, I have had a burning curiosity to see a home that is off the grid and to understand how it impacts daily life.  Recently, I was invited to see just such a home in Grey Highlands, not far from Meaford. “We live by the sun.” […]

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Feb.28-Mar.6, 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:  54 (42. 30, 45) Average List Price: $477,563 Range of List Prices: $124,900 […]

All About CMHC’s Mortgage-Insurance Premium Changes

Guest Post by Dave Larock Last Friday Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced that it will increase its mortgage-default insurance premiums, effective May 1, 2014. Current premiums will remain in effect on all mortgage applications that are submitted before this date, even in cases where the transaction closes well after the changeover deadline. Bluntly […]

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