Collingwood, ON Real Estate News

By Fox Bloggers, Get to know the Ontario Real Estate Market
The town of Collingwood offers different types of homes for sale. When looking for a home in this picturesque town, there are a number of things that homeowners should add to their “must-have” list.  One of these things is a garage. Before committing to one of the homes in Collingwood, buyers should take the time to learn the positive aspects of garages. This will help them realize if they need a home with a garage, or can do without.Abundance of Storage Space for BelongingsMany of the homes in Collingwood offer a generous amount of interior space. However, some homeowners manage to run out of room for their belongings. When this is the case, many homeowners will store the items in their garage. People can store a number of different items in their garage, anything from old electronics ...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
Although Eco-friendly houses for sale in Collingwood are becoming a growing trend on the real estate market, Buyers and Sellers should both be aware of how different changes to a structure can raise the green value of a home. This will also require a focus on how the alterations can generate sustainable living, so that these highlights can help to move a sale.Beyond AppearancesSome first time buyers may think that the age of construction or the setting of a home can indicate whether a house is green or not. In truth, many older structures have undergone considerable internal renovations that make provisions for sustainability, and can often be healthier environments that structures that simply look modern. For this reason, if purchasing a home that can reduce the carbon footprint is of ...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
Collingwood Ontario is growing in diversity and constantly expanding as more and more couples find their new homes here. Many couples, especially gay couples are making their move to Collingwood for a variety of reasons.
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
 As one of the several developments off Trott Road -- Cranberry Cove in Collingwood gives residents a modern style community that is also a part of the larger Cranberry neighbourhood.  These row units utilize a squared off architectural design that generates efficient land use and a unique look to the condominiums within the community. Sloping roofs give way to awnings over balconies and porches, so that residents can have private outdoor space on the shared land.Cranberry Cove Real Estate Innovative floor plans also give way to ample living space, with loft suites and up to three bedrooms that can accommodate families. The raised bungalow structure also provides storage areas for each unit, while offering railed in decks for terrace gardening. The overall effect gives residents the fee...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
As residents enter the Blue Shores community in Collingwood they are greeted by the quaint white gatehouse that marks the entrance to this clean and well developed neighbourhood.  As they venture past the post boxes and down the wide and well kept private drives, they will also note the beautiful touches of traditional decor, such as stylized streetlamps and architecture that brings out a sense of a perfect waterfront village.Blue Shores Real EstateThe Blue Shores homes and condos are developed around a simple crescent pattern of streets, which allows for neighbours to stay connected, and also allows for access to amenities and the inland pond on Waterfront Circle. This development is entirely designed as private housing, with freestanding bungalow style homes that utilize modern coloni...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
The smaller development of Admirals Gate in Collingwood Ontario gives residents the perfect view of the Georgian Bay. This private community features an upscale gated entrance way that welcomes the homeowners to a sense of luxury living and features modern colonial architecture and clean, tree lined lanes. The semi-detached townhomes in this Collingwood community gives visual delight with muted colours and ornate, white trim railings along the porches and balconies. Real Estate at Admirals Gate The homes and condos for sale in Admirals Gate include large interior living spaces with up to four bedrooms, while the exteriors include embellishments that brighten the peaceful residences. Bay windows afford great views of the water and of the preserve lands, while terraced decks add privacy t...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
The Lighthouse Point in Collingwood Ontario is a large development that is situated along quiet, winding roads that hug the contours of the shoreline. This well established neighbourhood includes row style and semi-detached townhomes that are situated on larger shared lots to give residents privacy and space. This safe neighbourhood has upscale homes and condos that include water front views, and the stunning effect of the community landscape.Real Estate at Lighthouse Point The homes and condos for sale at Lighthouse Point feature a modern style architecture with natural wood facing and bright highlights along the trim. Cathedral ceilings are prevalent throughout for an open feel to the interior living space. Wood beams and trestles make a stunning contrast to the white walls in the gre...
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By Christine Smith, Collingwood Real Estate
(Locations North Brokerage)
It is that time of year again. Is the Spring Market the best time of year to buy real estate or sell a home in Collingwood? This is a commonly asked question by homebuyers and sellers.Real Estate in Collingwood Spring is a busy time of yearIt is no secret that spring is one of the busiest times of the year to put your home up for sale on the local real estate market.Whether it is the warmer weather that brings out homebuyers or the time of year that gets them excited to look at homes for sale. Whatever the answer is -- the real question remains -- is your home ready to list? Check out these tips to get ready for the spring real estate market.
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Everyone has surely heard about the fall from grace of our local MP for Simcoe-Grey, Helena Guergis so we won't even go there.  One of her last acts before being expelled from the Conservative caucus though was to bring some very good news to our area. Georgian College will receive an investment of $4 million for a new Collingwood Campus through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  While Georgian has had a presence in Collingwood for many decades, it has been a part-time campus more or less with locations spread out around the town.  In a recent media release, Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College stated, "This investment in a new, permanent home for Georgian College serving Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Meaford ...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
The month of March proved to be strong start to the spring market and potentially a sign of having put the recession fully behind us - at least for now. Sales in the Georgian Triangle last month reached the highest level on record for any March since 2004 with a total of 200 MLS® sales in all areas serviced by the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board for all types of properties.  Of the 200 sales, about 135 were single family homes and 24 were condominiums.  There were also 25 vacant land sales.  The number of new listings also climbed sharply with 614 new listings in March; a level not seen since May, 2008. The 12 month average, residential sale price has returned to 2008 levels in most areas and is now at its highest level ever in some areas.  Condominium sales continue to show a sharp...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
The features that home buyers look for reflect the changing realities of the world we live in.  For example, as the average age of the population rises, so does the demand for one storey homes.  With environmental issues reaching our collective consciousness, so does the demand for "green" features increase. I spent some time this morning reading various reports and studies to find out the trends home builders and renovators might want to pay particular attention to.  What I found was not surprising at all.  Buyers are placing increased importance on:  Open concept floor plans One level living Main floor master bedrooms Universal design Energy Efficiency Recently, the Ontario Association of Home Builders held their meetings here in Collingwood and some of the newer trends they identifie...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Real estate activity in February in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and area continued to show recovery over the picture we saw one year ago. Sales in the Georgian Triangle in February, 2010 were up 39% compared to the same month last year when we were in the depth of the recession.  There were 107 sales of all types reported in our area in February but this was still well below the 139 sales reported in the same month in 2008.  The number of new listings for the month declined by 13% over a year ago with 347 new listings in February. The 12 month average, residential sale price is returning to 2008 levels in most areas and is now higher in Wasaga Beach and Collingwood than it was in 2008.  Condominium sales continue to show a sharp rise compared to the previous two years. There have been 43...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
I know it will not be a surprise to you to learn that real estate sales in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and area last month presented a far rosier picture than we saw one year ago. Sales in the Georgian Triangle in January, 2010 were up 56% over the same period last year when we were in the depth of the recession.  There were 81 sales reported for January 2010 and 455 new listings representing a decline a just 2% over 12 months ago. Sales in units have not yet returned to 2008 levels however, the 12 month average sale price continues to climb.  Of particular interest is the number of condominium sales last month which showed a sharp rise compared to the previous two years.  These sales occurred across our area in all price ranges and follow the pattern of buyers moving to condominium livi...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Trying to do a forecast of what is likely to happen in the real estate market in 2010 for the Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Triangle area is a bit like playing at a roulette table.  There are way too many strategies, systems, odds and lucky omens to consider. I've spent the better part of the last week tabulating, reading, crunching, analyzing and surmising.  You've already seen the data from 2009 over the last couple of posts.  Below are some of the things I've been studying that will impact our market over the next 12 months or so. General Economics Canada is the leading country in the G7 for economic growth.  Foreign investors are attracted to Canadian commodities, stocks and real estate assets There are trillions of dollars of commercial debt outstanding in the U.S. and th...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
2009 Real Estate Market Report for Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area What a year 2009 was in the real estate market. It was somewhat like driving in a snowstorm trying to sense the road ahead and having to make adjustments with each new gust. First, a quick explanation about the data to follow. The Georgian Triangle area traditionally includes Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford.  The data collected by our Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board MLS® however, captures a wider area that includes towns on the edges of our typical trading area. As I know most of you are focused on the traditional six communities, the statistics used in this report include only those areas and, only reflect data collected in our MLS® system. We started the year abou...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
I was so excited after reading a news release about the old Tremont Hotel building in downtown Collingwood, Ontario, that it was hard to get to sleep. As I mentioned in another post on the subject,  the Tremont building has sat neglected and abandoned since the town purchased it several years ago with the intention of tearing it down for parking.  Since the building is located in the Heritage District and is considered to be an exceptional heritage asset, it would have been a horrible shame.  Thankfully, the current council stopped to reconsider that decision and ultimately put out a request for proposals to the public. Recently, Collingwood council accepted a proposal from local residents, Richard and Anke Lex.  Rick is a developer and also the current president of the local chapter of...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Ha!  Got ya with that headline!  Read on... Back in September 2007, I wrote about our foray into the world of real estate investment.  Hubby and I purchased a condo in Collingwood, Ontario that we rented to a fantastic family and, we are still very happy with our decision.  There's more though.  One never knows where things can lead and many things have happened since then. First, I was elected to the board of directors of the condominium corporation last year.  It's been a tremendous learning curve but one I am so glad to have taken on.  Having book knowledge of the Condominium Act and all of the inner workings of a corporation is quite different than having practical knowledge as I do now.  Our little corporation may in fact be one of the more complex ones in the area for a variety of...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
When I meet new people who are considering a move to Collingwood and area, I like to give them what I call my "cook's tour."  What people see driving through or visiting on vacation merely scratches the surface and never meets the core of what a town is really all about. On just such a tour last week, I drove my clients past our water treatment plant.  They thought this was a rather odd thing for me to show off and then, when I told them that Collingwood had one of the safest and best water supplies in the world, I saw them snicker to one another.  I'm sure they were thinking that I was in full sales pitch mode.  But then I explained. Collingwood's Water Works was established way back in 1889 and later became a public utility in 1912.  With our water supply coming from Georgian Bay, our...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Nothing fires up debate in our fair town of Collingwood better than a plan to tear down a heritage building.  Every time the issue arises, entrenched camps form with flaring tempers, passionate appeals and political hand wringing.  There have often been lines drawn in the sand:  tear it down or, fix it and leave it.  Neither seems right to me. In the last few years, the issue has come up over and over again as the town struggles with the impact of enormous growth pressures.   Many of the properties are public assets such as old schools and the question of maintenance, restoration falls to municipal shoulders. Some people look at an old building and see an unsafe, derelict and ugly structure that is better torn down and replaced by something more modern and functional.  Others see a pie...
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By Marg Scheben, Edey - Collingwood, Ontario
(RE/MAX four seasons realty limited)
Our daily lives are dramatically impacted by the liveability of the community we live in.  Access to  transit, our civic spaces, community amenities and the form of new development around us impact us the way building heights, trees and sidewalks more obviously do. The Town of Collingwood is undertaking the development of an Urban Design Standards.  Not guidelines but, actual and enforceable standards.   They will direct the way new commercial, industrial, and multi-unit development will look and function in Collingwood. According to a presentation made to council in December, the purpose of the Project is to develop urban design standards that will: 1. direct new development that is guided by the community's Official Plan, Council policy,various policy documents and past community part...
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