By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Peter Steele, Broker

Getting Your Country Home Or Cottage Ready To Sell In The Fall

Getting Your Country Home Or Cottage Ready To Sell In The Fall

Ontario’s cottage country is renowned across Canada for its spectacular fall foliage and colours. Indeed, if you’re looking to sell a home or cottage during this time of year, the added benefit of the fall season can give you an extra edge – something that’s always welcome when you’re selling!   But while the time of year can make buyers extra motivated, Autumn also comes with a unique set of challenges that can make it difficult to maintain your curb appeal. Curb appeal is a very important consideration when selling a home anywhere, because it creates a lasting first impression with buyers that’s tough to break – so make sure it’s a great...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Get In Control Of Your Credit Before Buying A Cottage

A cottage is a wonderful investment and would bring any family enjoyment year-round for generations to come. However, it's always wise to ensure your credit is in good standing before you apply for financing if necessary. Even if you've always paid your bills on time, there could be a mistake on your credit report that could negatively impact your chances of being approved. You can visit either Transunion or Equifax. Transunion and Equifax are the two major Canadian credit bureaus. You can get your credit score and report immediately online for a small fee (under $25 or so) or you can follow the online instructions to receive your credit report for free by mail. You are ent...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Foundation Cracks Can Be Costly

If you're in the market for a country home or cottage, be aware that even small foundation cracks can be a sign of a much larger problem. Foundation cracks can be a very serious issue that's quite costly to experience - rural properties and country cottages have basements that are more prone to flooding in the spring months and other issues like moisture intrusion as a result of these cracks - even if tiny. Real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder recently wrote a great column on wall cracks and how they can be an overlooked, small sign of bigger issues to come when buying a home. He writes about a case in 2008 where a couple bought a 90-year-old home in Edmonton, but noticed...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Moving Scams Every Buyer Should Be Aware Of

Moving is a stressful, hectic experience, even if you're confident you can do it yourself. If you've moved previously and swore up and down the next time you moved you'd hire movers, read on. This also bodes for moving any possessions into a cottage or recreational property. There are many reputable and honest moving companies out there that will ensure your moving process goes off without a hitch, you just need to ensure that's who you're working with. Check out these little-known moving scams: How the company determines the haul Some moving companies charge by weight, while others charge by cubic feet. Weight is easily determined and many of the more ...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Selling Your Country Home Or Cottage During The Spring Market - Act Now!

The spring market is notoriously busy, hectic and competitive - no matter where in Canada you are. Whether you're in the big city or far outside of it with a country home or cottage, if you're planning on selling your home in the next few weeks or months it's vital that you get ahead of the game and are well-prepared to show off your home in the best possible light as soon as you list. First, meet with an agent. The first step towards an efficient listing is meeting with your realtor, who can custom tailor a plan to sell for your home specifically using their knowledge of the surrounding properties and ideas for how you can improve your home through staging or other changes. ...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Real Estate Agents Must Act Ethically - It's The Law

In November 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling that has effectively ensured that it's the law that real estate agents act honestly and ethically. The ruling requires that those involved in a contract, including real estate contracts, now have an obligation of good faith contractual performance and a duty to act honestly while performing contractual obligations. Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell stated in the decision, “Finding that there is a duty to perform contracts honestly will make the law more certain, more just and more in tune with reasonable commercial expectations.” While real estate agents are now legally contractually obligated...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

If You've Renovated Your Country Home Or Cottage Since 1995...

One of the most beautiful parts of owning a country home or cottage is that they're just ripe for renovating. Many of these homes are older, and an updated, more modern look can do wonders for the property. However, if you've renovated your country home or cottage between 1995 and 2007, you need to be aware of Kitec plumbing, which is identifiable by its bright colours - typically blue for cold water and orange for hot water. Real Estate lawyer Bob Aaron’s most recent column warns that this type of plumbing was used in homes and condos across North America between 1995 and 2007, meaning even newer homes or heavily renovated homes could be at risk. The plumbing was initiall...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Even More Tips For Selling Your Country Home Or Cottage During The Winter Months

Contrary to popular belief, winter is not a terrible time to sell your home. There are definitely buyers out there, some of whom aren't willing to wait until the busy spring season or are even looking to get ahead of it. Selling your home in the winter is all about making it feel warm and welcoming, keeping in mind that buyers are nice enough to leave the comfort of their own homes to visit yours! 1.  Choose pictures from the spring or summer months for your listing. No one wants to feel like they're snowed in before they even move in. And while photos from the spring or summertime will show a home somewhat different from what your home looks like now, it will let potential...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

Even More Myths About Selling Your Country Home Or Cottage

Those who have just begun the process of even thinking about selling their country home or cottage are likely to already be inundated with information, tips and advice on the best ways to sell, how they can sell their home or cottage the fastest, or how they can get the best price. Sellers are also likely to start their search for information online, where they're most often going to encounter some of these popular myths about selling their home: Gotta be green! Green features are the way to get the best price – While green and LEED certified features are a nice selling point, they don’t mean the listing price automatically deserves a boost or, more importantly, that buyers...Read More

By: Thomas Cook

The Biggest Myths About Selling A Country Home Or Cottage

If you've been thinking about selling your country home or cottage, you've likely already heard many, many different tips or pieces of advice from all kinds of sources - friends, family and even the internet. Unfortunately, there's plenty of misinformation out there about selling your home, getting a better price, and even staging your home effectively. Here are some of the most popular myths about selling your home: It’s harder to sell a house with a swimming pool – this is a very common myth about selling your house. It’s true that your average swimming pool does require maintenance and can increase energy bills, but there are also a lot of buyers out ther...Read More