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Why, Oh Why Didn't Your House Sell? - 02/22/09 04:21 PM
Today, we present another guest post written by my ever-so-talented assistant, Chris. (She sure writes better than I do!) It was precipitated by showing her the picture below of a laneway of a chalet in Blue Mountain that I tried to show. The four foot icy snowbank was a show stopper. How can you sell a house you can't even get into? Here, just a few more dead honest reasons why maybe your house didn't sell: 1. This is a ski area, we know. People also like to snow-shoe around here. Buyers, however, do not come to a showing expecting to (7 comments)
You Get The Keys To Your Home As Soon as the Deal Is Closed - 02/19/09 10:18 PM
I could write a book about closing day stories. Some that were perfect, some that were funny and some that were nightmares. I remember one situation where my buyer clients called me up at about 6:00 pm on the closing day saying, "Marg, we're in the driveway with our moving truck and it would appear someone is in the house watching TV." I went over right away and sure enough, the elderly couple who sold the house were relaxing in front of their TV set after having just enjoyed a nice dinner. It would appear that they got the closing date (5 comments)
Why Waiting To Buy A Home Could Cost You Thousands - 02/10/09 02:16 PM
Back about 18 months ago, I can clearly remember thinking that things would change in the real estate market. Fast sales, multiple offers, interest rates, home prices... they'd all change. After twenty years in the business, I've seen enough changing cycles of the market to know that nothing ever lasts. 18 months ago, buyers here in the Collingwood - Blue Mountain area were often frustrated because they had little time to think. When a suitable home came on the market, it would often sell before they could arrange to see it or before they could make an offer. They were often in (7 comments)
Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report: January 2009 - 02/05/09 04:26 PM
The local real estate market followed national trends by posting the lowest number of monthly sales in over a decade. The 46 sales reported in the Georgian Triangle last month represents a drop of 59% over January, 2008 and is lower than December 2008's 53 sales. One interesting and slightly surprising trend is that, for the first time since March, 2008, the number of new listings for the month was lower than in the previous year. For the fourth month in a row, there was a tiny uptick in consumer confidence being reported and, the North American governments have both passed stimulus (1 comments)
What's The Difference Between a Cottage And a Chalet? - 02/03/09 12:10 PM
A few weeks ago, I learned a lesson in the obvious. It was a lesson about how easily we can sometimes take things forgranted. While showing properties in Blue Mountain to some buyers who were here from Asia, one of them asked me what the difference was between a cottage and a chalet. It seems that in our discussions and in her research about Ontario real estate, the two terms came up at different times and she was curious. It got me thinking about how I intrinsically just know the difference but it was challenging to explain in a way that (7 comments)
Wasaga Beach and Collingwood Posted Real Estate Price Gains in 2008 - 02/01/09 07:23 PM
Although it's now February, people are still asking about prices in our various neighbourhoods in the Georgian Triangle. So, in the spirit of wrapping up the 2008 statistics, here is a chart showing the change in the average sale prices between 2007 and 2008 by area: Please do remember that average sale prices can be skewed significantly by a few really high or low sales so they are not necessarily a fair representation of prices however, they do show the general trends by area. Interestingly but not surprisingly, both Collingwood and Wasaga Beach registered an increase in values; even when I (0 comments)
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