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

It's a new season
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By: Laura Ellis

It's a new season

Tags: Cottages/recreational properties

  BACK TO BUSINESS Below are some statistics recently released by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors.  Basically the average price is up, but the number of units is down. "The average price of homes sold in the Eastern Region in December 2018 was $424,039, jumping 22.6% from December 2017. The annual average price in the Eastern Region was $453,9...Read More

By: Laura Ellis

The best time to buy a cottage...

Tags: Georgian Bay cottages, recreational property, waterfront

I often get asked, "When is the best time to buy a cottage or sell at cottage?" and the answer really will vary depending on the needs of the asker. Traditionally prices in the spring generally are a bit higher but that's also when you will see the greatest selection of properties.  You are also likely to face more competition from other buyers.  After a long, cold, s...Read More

Something strange is going on.
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By: Laura Ellis

Something strange is going on.

Tags: Cottages for sale in Tiny Township, Beach Properties, Inventory, Tiny Beaches

The real estate market has becomes a rather mysterious thing.  Back in the olden days, there were foreseeable, predictable patterns, especially here in "cottage country".  Our winters are pretty intense so the year-round people often moved in spring/summer, coinciding with the end of the school year and before the begining of the next.  The cottage people wanted to buy in ...Read More

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