Archive for the 'Buying Real Estate' Category

How much extra would you pay for a garage or basement in your Collingwood condo?

The average sale price of a condo in Collingwood this year has run on average, at about $390,000 but not all condos are created equal: The average sale price of a condo without a garage was actually $279,277. With a garage, that number rises to $544,979! Condos with a basement sold for an average of […]

Features Home Buyers Want Most

Whether you are selling or buying, you might find the results of a study useful when assessing your own needs and more importantly, resale values.  Completed by Avid Ratings for the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Home Buyers Preference Study is a wealth of information.  While it says most buyers still prefer a two-storey […]

Want to Share A House? (and other ideas about co-ownership)

In Canada, the most common language we hear in residential zoning bylaws refers to “single family” homes but times are changing and new forms of ownership are emerging. Canadians on average, moves every 5 years or so whereas in Europe, people move about 4 times in their lifetime. Homes may be owned for generations and, […]

Why Water Levels Should Not Impact Your Real Estate Decisions

Remember when everyone was panicking about low water levels in the Great Lakes? Remember the group,  Stop The Drop that had 20,000 members?  It really was scary to see docks in the middle of backyards and, to see the impact on waterfront properties.  Well that was then, this is now. Stop The Drop’s website is […]

Real Estate Price Changes since 2010 in Southern Georgian Bay

Whenever we experience a shift in the real estate market, I like to take a closer at various statistics so thought I’d share. If you’ve owned a home in Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach and area, chances are that the value of your property has had an average annual return of somewhere between 7% to […]

A Map of Real Estate Prices in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area

Although the Southern Georgian Bay region is relatively small, it encompasses six key areas including Collingwood, Clearview Township, the Town of Blue Mountains, Grey Highlands, Wasaga Beach and Meaford.  Despite their close proximity to one another, average residential sale prices are notedly different in each as the map below shows. The Blue Mountains average sale […]

Housing Grants in the Town of Blue Mountains

Have you heard of The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation? It is a not-for-profit corporation, established in 2014 and wholly owned by the municipality. According to their website, the purpose of the Corporation is, “to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units in The Blue Mountains which are affordable to a larger […]

2017 RE/MAX Recreational Property Report

The times are a-changing.  Our family has a little log cabin, deep in the forests of Muskoka that my grandmother purchased 60 years ago in 1957 when the first wave of new immigrants embraced the Canadian dream of owning a cottage “up north” where a big piece of land could be bought for very few […]

Competing Offers Part 2: Five More Strategies To Help Buyers Win

Last week, I wrote Five Strategies forBuyers in Competing Offer situations and today we offer five more ideas that can help buyers succeed. You can read Part 1 here. IF you really, really insist on skipping a home inspection or on including any other conditions, there is a form you can sign that says you are […]

Competing Offers Part 1: Strategies To Help Buyers Win

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about strategies for buyers in competing offer situations.  Looking back, that really was the start of something that has now become common place with the extremely active real estate market conditions we have here in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain areas.  It seems like a good time […]

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