By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 June 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 26 June 2020

Photo Credit: Basil Thomas on Unsplash Last week we mentioned the beginning of summer. At least that’s what the calendar indicates …the longest day. However the weather gods this week decided to play a few games. Two days ago we received 100 mm of rain. Yesterday our high was about 15C. It was interesting to note points inside the Arctic Circle were warmer. They didn’t have a tornado touch down though. We did, a bit east of here. Exciting times! In other ways we’re getting back to more usual activity. Farmers markets have opened. It’s like going to the grocery store. Distancing rules. Masks in place. We persevere and strive to keep going. Adver...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka 18 June 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 18 June 2020

  Summer officially starts this weekend with the longest day of the year. I bet we can all name several songs with summer in the title. Two from the 60’s come to mind this week, for different reasons. Summer Wind was a chart topper for Sinatra. This week Muskoka really had a summer wind, accompanied by driving rain. It was short, sharp and devastating. Trees down in pockets from Bala to Dwight. Power was out for more than 50,000 for several hours. Cars, trucks and buildings were damaged. The way some of the large trees were twisted made it look like a series of small tornadoes touched down momentarily. Wind sheer is an awesome thing! Summer in the City is the other song. Summer...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka 9 June 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 9 June 2020

We are easing into summer after a long spring. The lakes are warming and recreational boating is returning. Even short term rentals are OK. Bed and Breakfasts and AirBNBs are now open. Life, though, is the same here in cottage country as it is elsewhere. Distancing prevails and people are vigilant. Relative to the GTA and Golden Horseshoe, this part of the world has fared well. COVID numbers have stayed low. People are careful and considerate. That hasn’t stopped the intrepid. Buyers who have been intending to have a cottage in time for summer have been carefully making their decisions. Sales have been happening, some with great intensity. Each of the last 3 weekends has seen cottage...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka Spring Quarantine Edition

MarketWATCH Muskoka Spring Quarantine Edition

Carefully, oh so carefully, we have been working. In the past couple of weeks we’ve had 5 offers accepted. Two of our listings have sold and we have successfully negotiated deals for 3 buyers. Real estate in the time of COVID is different, but it’s still active. We’ve also had enquiries from people who did not realize seeing property was possible and they missed out on a couple of great places. If you see something of interest on line, give us a call. We’ll work out a program to view. We can take you to the property by video, or go and take extra photos, there’s usually documentation ( surveys, floor plans etc) which adds detail and understanding. Then, if ...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 April 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 22 April 2020

Although we’ve been quiet for a while, Muskoka, Haliburton and Parry Sound are still here! Trees are budding, spring flowers have been blooming in gardens and yesterday we saw dogtooth violets in the bush. It won’t be long before was see a carpet of trilliums! This year ice went out early, by about a week or more. Judging flow over the falls in Bracebridge we’ve passed high water and are easing down to normal flow. Perhaps it’s a sign COVID is on the wane. Back to normal …now there’s a thought! We’ve not been immune to the virus either. Numbers here are low, but then so is the population. Living in this part of the world implies distance… di...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka 30 March 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka 30 March 2020

Photocredit: @alexander_briere COVID 19 is having an effect on how we operate in a number of ways. Today grocery outlets in Muskoka instituted a much more regimented and controlled way of negotiating the store. Probably the same where you live too. There are barriers between customers and check out staff to prevent droplets from migrating. None of the barriers I’ve seen has been erected to account for people over 6′ in height though. These send a reminder to those of us above that height to duck as many of us do daily to look in the bathroom mirror, constrained by low light fixtures. From a real estate perspective, we have protocols to maintain social distancing as well as disi...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 29 February 2020

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 29 February 2020

March is coming in and we’ve had a good taste of winter. Muskoka’s Festivals of Winter have pretty much run their course. Not like the GTA or Golden Horseshoe, we really have snow here. Someone came up the other day to look at property in sneakers. It doesn’t work so well when uncleared pathways are almost knee deep in the white stuff. The good news is snow is not nearly as severe as last year, so expectations for dramatic spring runoff are slim. We are hoping for spring to be earlier than last year’s cool, later effort. That doesn’t mean it’s easy sailing. The last two days around Barrie and Orillia have been as if a curtain of white has been spread acros...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

Muskoka MarketWATCH Year in Review

Muskoka MarketWATCH Year in Review

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By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 December 2019

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 December 2019

Seasons come and seasons go. For some the arrival of snow and ice is a blessing. Snow machines, skiing and skating are favourite winter pastimes. The excitement of new snow for kids ‘from one to ninety-two’ heralds a season of another sort. December celebrations of Hunakkah, Kwanza and Christmas make this time of year lively and bright. Excitement fills the air as once green hillsides turn white. Forest shapes take on new forms leading to dreams of Narnia and other places to explore. While fires may crackle in the hearth with cheerful intensity, seasoning the air with wood smoke, many thoughts turn to hot chocolate and other winter treats. Muskoka, no longer a summer playground ...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: November edition

MarketWATCH Muskoka: November edition

Photo Credit: Timothy Joseph Elzinga of North Bay MarketWATCH Muskoka: November 2019 Ice making. Unusual for this time of year, however Mother Nature has thrown us a curve. All across cottage country we see vestiges of winter. Normally we think of vestiges as ‘leavings’ but in this case these leavings are signs of things yet to come. The waterfront market slows around now because people buying waterfront want to see what’s like. Snow cover can leave you guessing. One thing weather of this nature also leaves is a matter of wonder. Atmospheric conditions often gives us great displays of light seldom seen in southern Ontario. On clear nights you might swear the stars twink...Read More