By: Laura Ellis

The market is moderating

Tags: #homeprices, #realestatemarket, #georgianbaylistings, #georgianbayrealestate, #muskokarealestate,

  LISTING When we get ready to list a house, we must look at the property through a Buyer’s eyes – if we were buying this house, what would we notice about it, what would we really like and what might concern us. It helps to take a really good look at all of the comparable listings as if they were available to purchase at the same time as the property we are listing.  ...Read More

By: Laura Ellis

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

Tags: REAL ESTATE MARKET, GEORGIAN BAY REAL ESTATE, MUSKOKA REAL ESTATE, BUYING REAL ESTATE

Well, it seems I was a bit too optimistic in my post in September, but who could have foreseen the Omicrom situation, coupled with record-setting low inventory levels.  We really thought that we were easing out of the worst of the escalating market, but here we are in February 2022, just coming out of another lock-down and we are back in the realm of high prices and bidding wars. The la...Read More

By: Laura Ellis

Low Inventory Keeps Prices High

Tags: Georgian Bay Real Estate, Muskoka Real Estate, Listing, For Sale in Midland, For Sale in Penetanguishene, For Sale in Tiny

Former Southern Georgian Bay MLS® home sales moderate to more average levels in October Residential sales recorded through the MLS® System for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 340 units in October 2021. This was a substantial decline of 32.8% from October 2020. Home sales were 4.5% below the five-year average and 1.1% below the 10-yea...Read More

Real Estate Market as of mid-Sept/21

By: Laura Ellis

Real Estate Market as of mid-Sept/21

Tags: Real Estate Market, Georgian Bay Real Estate, Muskoka Real Estate, Buying Real Estate

How is the market now? Well, this year has certainly been one for the books!  The early part of the year was unlike anything I (and some more “seasoned” colleagues) have ever seen before.  We thought the prices had reached their peak last year (at least in my local market of Southern Georgian Bay), but the early part of this year proved us wrong with savage biddin...Read More

Help for First Time Buyers in Ontario

By: Laura Ellis

Help for First Time Buyers in Ontario

Tags: First Time Buyers, Buying Real Estate, Georgian Bay, Muskoka

This is a daunting time for anyone wanting to purchase a property but is especially so for First Time Buyers. The skyrocketing prices and low inventory have made this a very challenging market.  There is some assistance out there for you if you know where to look.  Here are a few options for your consideration.     LAND TRANSFER TAX REBATE Land Transfer Tax is a calc...Read More

By: Laura Ellis

How are you coping?

Tags: Georgian Bay Real Estate, Waterfronts, Cottages

I am sure you are as tired of the endless news cycle as I am, but I wanted to reach out to you to let you know what is happening in my real estate world. It is NOT business as usual. Social distancing makes conducting real estate transactions very challenging.  The paper processing part of it is easy - we are doing more and more on-line anyway with email, secure document signing ap...Read More

Real Estate In The Time of Coronavirus

By: Laura Ellis

Real Estate In The Time of Coronavirus

Tags: Georgian Bay Real Estate, Real Estate in Midland, Buyers

  Well, this sure has put a wrench in the works for us all, hasn’t it?  It is an extremely difficult time for everyone and there is so much uncertainty on almost every front.   As you may have heard, real estate was deemed an essential service and our businesses have stayed open to a certain extent.  It is NOT business as usual.  Most offices are clos...Read More

Going to build your own home? Think long-term.
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By: Laura Ellis

Going to build your own home? Think long-term.

Tags: Buying A Lot, New Build, Dream Home

  I’ve recently had a wave of clients either listing or purchasing vacant lots.  It would be ideal if my listings and buyers matched up perfectly, but this is the real world!   In any case, in speaking to my purchasers and their intentions for future construction, it has been brought home to me, yet again, how short-term focused many of them are.  These aren&rs...Read More

Is it time to sell your home?
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By: Laura Ellis

Is it time to sell your home?

Tags: Seniors, Retirement, Transition, Older Adults

Are you considering selling your home to downsize or move into a retirement residence? Or perhaps you have the opportunity to home-share with an adult daughter or son, in a mutually beneficial arrangement? You may be considering leaving the family home with all that it represents - the place where your children were raised; the location where your oldest and best memories reside.  For m...Read More

Why do I really love living here?
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By: Laura Ellis

Why do I really love living here?

Tags: Beach living, Tiny Township, Cottage Country

As a realtor, it's my job to say how much I love this area, but I'm not sure that I REALLY say what I love about it, so here goes..... 1.  The sparkle of the sunshine on the water.  When I was a little girl, I always waited breathlessly for that first glimpse of the bay when we came over the hill on the way to the cottage. It still gives me a thrill and makes me smile.  Fort...Read More

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