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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 March 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 30 March 2018

Spring is officially here. We know by the date, by the Cottage Life Show having come and gone, The Muskoka Spring Art Show was held last weekend and Muskoka Highlands says 3 nights of 8C weather and the course is open. We also know it’s spring because the roads are heaving as frost departs, some private lane ways are soft up to the axles and ice on the lakes is starting to darken. Ice out is at least a couple of weeks away but shorelines are becoming visible, much of our snow has left and the roadways are clear. It’s only as we get into valleys and shaded areas that much snow cover remains. Think mud. If you’re coming to ‘kick the dirt’, be prepared to wear so...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 March 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 March 2018

March break is upon us in Ontario. A surprising number of people have decided to take their break in cottage country. Ice conditions are as good as they have been for years. Snow cover is light and it’s easy to get around. Snow machiners aren’t so happy and cross-country skiing certainly is not a Muskoka pastime this March. But skating? It’s great! We’ve been pretty busy too. The early birds are out in full force. The number of listings coming to market reflect the fact that it’s easier than usual to get into property. Sure, boots are still a requirement, but we’re not wading through knee deep drifts to get to the back door. Although the Toronto marketpl...Read More

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

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018 Gravenhurst, Port Carling and Bracebridge have all enjoyed celebrating winter in Muskoka since our last Marketwatch. Bracebridge closes the main drag, trucks in snow and creates a huge toboggan run right down through the centre of town. Fun! In their own ways other Muskoka communities aren’t outdone either. Winter in Muskoka is worth celebrating. Ice on the lakes is 30 cm thick, making sled travel possible ( always be careful and keep an eye out for open water or drain holes ) and hospitable for ice fishing and cross country skiing. Wildlife, too, are often more visible. The forest is bare and line of sight is improved. Animals are out foraging. Si...Read More

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

Muskoka MarketWATCH - Cottage Country Annual Market Report

Muskoka MarketWATCH - Cottage Country Annual Market Report

Cottage Country Marketplace The basic message? 2017 was a very strong year. For all segments of our marketplace record average prices were achieved. Most, but not every geography had record numbers of sales. All properties sold faster than in the last 3 years on average and at stronger percentages of ask. We have chosen to take a high-level perspective of the waterfront real estate market in the primary areas we serve. The numbers we have are general and indicative of trends across a large geography. Conditions change within geography, in fact, they even change by lake if you go to the detail of understanding the effects of exposure and view on sales. The Big 3 (Lakes ...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 20 December 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 20 December 2017

The new listing service, Matrix, is up and running. The change has had a few minor bumps. Largely though, the change has gone smoothly. Some of our subscribers have yet to log on to their new portals. That will create the biggest challenge because the links provided expire in about 10 days unless activated by logging on before then. Let us know if you need to have the link resent to you. Our real estate market has been pretty quiet, as you might expect. Muskoka has had record cold. There’s lots of snow and many smaller lakes already have closed over with ice. Friends of ours were commenting about sled tracks across their lake already. That sends shudders through us. There is NO WAY ic...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 15 November 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 15 November 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 November 2017 Santa came to Bala last week and he’s coming to Port Carling this weekend, heading to Bracebridge on December 3rd, with Gravenhurst and Huntsville yet to be visited. Bala’s famed Trek to Bethlehem is in another couple of weeks. If you’ve never experienced it, take your children and grandchildren…it’s a wonderful way to give an historic perspective to Christmas. Muskoka is resonating with the sounds and sights of this magical time of year. The Christmas train is on its way… We haven’t experienced much lake effect snow yet. Forecasters think this is may be the year to remember lake effects. So far it’s b...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 18 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 18 October 2017

  MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 October 2017   Last week we talked about the Cranberry Festival. Saturday was a gift. The day was dry and warm. Sunday, on the other hand suited ducks and worms better. The festival is a marker that cottage season has changed. Today the sky is clear, the colours (what is left of the forest crown) are bright. Walk through the woods and the scurrying going on is amazing! Chipmunks are industriously storing nuts, acorns and maple keys. They usually tuck away enough for 3 winters (just in case). They talk a lot too. Sit and watch and these little guys are defensive of their territories in a way you might not imagine. They fairly ye...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 11 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 11 October 2017

  Thanksgiving in midsummer? No, but it certainly felt that way! One of the best weekends Muskoka had to offer all year! Afternoons were glorious. Kids played outside, some of them in the water. Boats were out, some just drifting while the occupants soaked up the rays. Sunsets? Magnificent! Some of the best we’ve seen in years. It was certainly a memorable weekend – especially since some of us recall snow showers in the last 20 years. The Muskoka weather should continue too. Next weekend is Cranberry Festival in Bala. A great way to fete the little red berry that can add so much dash and colour to our festive occasions. Don’t overlook cranberry sausages, butter tarts...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 4 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 4 October 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 October 2017 Here we are! Thanksgiving is upon us. Turkey time. Some cottagers are using this weekend as the time to get ready for winter, clearing the water lines, installing anti-freeze in reservoirs, putting bubblers in the water and weights on dock decks. Others we know are putting sand and salt barrels at strategic points in their lane ways. You never know when a hill needs to be sanded for winter use. At the time of writing, the day is sunny. Sky is clear and some of us are wearing shorts! Autumn this year has been a blessing! Here’s hoping it continues. There are a number of serious buyers making their way north over the next week and walking in the su...Read More

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

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 27 September 2017

MarketWATCH Muskoka - 27 September 2017

This past week has been a gift. We spent more time on the water than we have all summer. Weather has been very cooperative. Balmy breezes, gentle waves and rising temperature of the lake has made being waterbound truly enjoyable. Very few boats too, although Monday evening found the lake to be busier than it was on the weekend. Looking across to the beaches, they were busy too with kids from after school. What a life! We know the weather’s about to change. It has to change. In the meantime, Muskoka is in its glory. Leaves are testing their fall colours, bugs have decided they’ve had enough and it’s warm! Summer in September. Nice.   As far as waterfront cottages go,...Read More