Tips & Advice

6 Quick Tips When Opening the Cottage

Spring is here and it's time to Open the Cottage. Let's pack up the car and head north to the cottage. Now that the snow has finally melted and the road into the cottage is open, I can hardly wait to get to the cottage and get it open and…

5 Tips to Help kickstart your spring cleaning

5 tips to help kickstart your spring clean These 5 tips will help you kickstart your cottage spring cleaning because after a long winter, spring is in the air. It's time to get that spring cleaning out of the way so we can be outside and enjoy those lovely summer…

5 Things Sellers Don’t Want to Hear

The time has come to sell your home. The decision is made, and now the work begins because selling a home is stressful and lots of work. If only it was as simple as a sign on your lawn – but it's not. Things you don't like to hear from…

10 Awesome New Homeowner Gift Ideas

You’ve been invited to friends to see their new digs.  You want to bring a new homeowner gift to let your friends know you care and share their happiness.  Here are 10 new homeowner gift ideas.     1. From a French tradition comes Charcuterie The art of preparing and…

5 Tips for Selling Your Home without Breaking the Bank

You are thinking of selling your home or cottage – and what a perfect time it is to sell!  Inventory levels are low, and there are more buyers than sellers in this current market. You could just list your home, making no improvements and waiting … and waiting….and waiting for…

Selling Your Muskoka Property in Winter

Selling Your Home or Cottage in the Winter? In the past, popular opinion was that the ideal time to sell your home or cottage was spring or early summer, but buying a home happens throughout the year. Many buyers enjoy the many wonderful winter activities in Muskoka. Also, with limited…

Cottage Buyers Considerations

  Cottage buyers urged to consider internet service, water supply and lake entry The call of the loon is strong in Ontario where competition among cottage buyers has been especially fierce while the pandemic curtailed other vacation options. Some features of rural ownership should be deal-breakers, starting with inadequate cell…

3 Tips on Selling in a Sellers Market

In a Seller’s market, inventory is low, and homes generally move quickly. Here are 3 things you can pass on when selling your home in a Sellers Market. 1. Your kitchen is really outdated. The cupboards are whitewashed oak, the countertop is a butcher block laminate and the appliances looked…

What is a Buyer Representation Agreement

In Ontario, buyer representation agreements should be in writing for the protection of all parties. The representation agreement sets clear expectations for the buyer and the real estate broker. A buyer representation agreement (BRA) is a contract that lays out the terms of the relationship between a buyer and a…

Real Estate Deposits

Why do I need to give a deposit when buying a property? A deposit forms part of the purchase of the property. The deposit ensures that the Buyer has a stake in the agreement and something to lose if they walk away and refuse to close the purchase. How much…

Final Inspections are Important

As a buyer, you had a home inspection when you purchased the house, so do you really need to do a final walk-through inspection? The answer is Yes. It may have been weeks or perhaps months since you completed your agreement of purchase and sale. The purpose of the final…

Should I Have a Home Inspection?

Do I Really Need a Home Inspection? It can be tempting to forgo a home inspection, especially if the home you are buying looks to be in perfect condition and inspection is just another cost to juggle. Be Wise - Have an Inspection But be wise and NEVER skip an…

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