Answers to your Questions

Should I use a Buyer agent?

(November 14, 2016, posted in Real Estate FAQ)

CBC Marketplace recently aired a program on TV showing hidden camera footage of real estate professionals in Ontario breaking the rules while representing their seller clients to potential buyers. Representing both the Seller and Buyer in a real estate transaction is called Multiple Representation, or 'double ending' a deal. This practice is common, and can be done ethically and legally....but it... read more.

Inexpensive and Less Expensive Cottage Properties

(October 28, 2016)

There are many waterfront homes and recreational(cottage) properties that don't fit the stereotype of Goldie Hawn, Pro Athletes, and BaySt/Wall St. power-players. Where do you buy if you don't have a huge budget, but can afford to invest in a cottage property? Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, Lake Vernon, Fairy Lake, Lake of Bays are some of the big, expensive lakes (for good reasons) that... read more.

When is the best time to buy a cottage?

(October 09, 2016)

I get asked this question "When is the best time to sell my Muskoka cottage" along with "When is the best time to sell my Muskoka cottage?" 

Your cottage is most attractive to potential Buyers DURING COTTAGE SEASON. I know this may seem obvious, but some people don't want to show their property while they are trying to enjoy the cottage themselves. This sometimes keeps buyers from bein... read more.

Stigma and Properties - What does it mean?

(September 30, 2016)

Occasionally, when selling a house, or bringing a buyer to a property, we come across what is referred to as a 'stigma' associated with the property or area. Examples include:

  • the property was used in the ongoing commission of a crime (e.g., drug dealing, chop shop, brothel);
  • a murder or suicide occurred at the property;
  • the property was previously owned by a notorious individual (e.g., organized cri... read more.

Can I look at other offers while I've accepted a condtional offer?

(September 18, 2016, posted in Real Estate FAQ)

I have just accepted a conditional offer on my house. Can I still look at other offers?

When you decide to sell your home, you can look at as many offers as you want.Even if you accept a conditional offer, you can look at others because the conditional offer is not final and binding on you and the buyer until all of the conditions in that first offer have been... read more.