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May Market Spotlight: Muskoka & Surrounding Area

Data is collected from The Lakelands Real Estate Association for single-family detached residences, both on and off water in the Muskoka and Almagquin area. Only data sourced from MLS is used.   WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE SALES ACTIVITY   Huntsville & Lake of Bays Area Compared to 2018: Slight increase in number of sales Increase of 30% in average sale price Fewer days on market Sale to list price were close Take away: 2019 there were 5 sales over $2 million compared to 2018 where the was 1 sale over $2 million.  This impacts the average sale price.  Properties selling between…

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April Market Spotlight: Muskoka & Surrounding Area

Data is collected from The Lakelands Real Estate Association for single-family residences, both on and off water in the Muskoka and Almaguin areas. Only data sourced from MLS is used.   WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE SALES ACTVITY   Huntsville & Lake of Bays Area Compared to 2018: Decrease in number of sales Increase of 30% for average sale price year over year Slight increase in days on market Sale to price ratios were very close Breakdown: There were significantly fewer new listings in April compared to March, where 26 hit the market. It is typical that we see an influx of new…

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Our New Digs!

Welcome to 59 Main Street East Huntsville, Chestnut Park Real Estate I really cannot say enough about Chestnut Park Real Estate. They are a professional, friendly, and approachable company who truly care about their agents. This support allows us to do what we do best, and that is to deliver a high standard of service to our clients. When I first joined the company in 2011, even as a "rookie" agent I felt welcomed and supported.  Fast-forward 8 years and here we are, celebrating the opening of a new downtown location.   A little about the Chestnut Park Story Chestnut Park Real Estate…

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March Market Spotlight: Muskoka Area

Data is collected from The Lakelands Real Estate Association for single-family residences, both on and off water in the Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes area.   WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE SALES ACTIVITY   Huntsville & Lake of Bays   The take away: The difference year over year in terms of average list price, is relative to the number of listings sold in a certain price point. In 2018, 6 of the 9 sales were over 900k, compared to 2019 where the 3 sales were between 500-700k. We did see a slightly higher sale to list ratio in 2019, along with fewer days…

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How To Compete Responsibly In A Competitive Market

The first three months of 2019 have demonstrated that we are still in a competitive active market.  Since January, off-water homes in the Huntsville area have sold for an average sale price of $394,780, averaging 67 days on market and selling for 98.59% of list price. 96 new listings entered the market with 75 sales over those three months.  The inventory we gain, doesn’t stick around.   So how do you, as a buyer, compete responsibly in this type of market?   Buyer Strategies…and it’s not always about price Know the market, shop and compare prices of similar properties. Have…

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February Market Spotlight: Huntsville & Lake of Bays

Data is collected from The Lakelands Real Estate Board for single-family residences, both on and off water in the Huntsville and Lake of Bays area.   WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE SALES ACTIVITY:   Compared to February 2018: Decrease in sales (3 sales in 2018) Decrease in Ave. Sale $ Increase in Days on Market (4 days in 2018) Decrease in New Listings (-4) Increase in % list to sale price (94.12% 2018) Opinion: The increase in list to sale price ratio, was the result of a cottage property on Lake of Bays selling 80k over list price. This particular property was a…

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It’s time to sort the junk drawer!

  De-cluttering and organizing are important steps in the pre-listing process, but it can feel overwhelming. Having a place to start can help build momentum to tackle the bigger projects.   When enough is enough   Confession: I remember before my urge to purge and embracing a more clutter free life, I not only had one junk drawer, I had a few...along with overstuffed closets!   My epiphany came when one day I was cleaning up for guests and throwing “stuff” into my closets. This hidden clutter made me anxious, and the realization hit me (while opening my closet) that…

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Market Pulse & Trends 2017 vs 2018

What was the impact of low inventory, stress tests and the rise of interest rates on the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Real Estate Market?   Buyer Demand Compared to 2017, we experienced lower inventory in both the Residential Market and the Waterfront Market. Buyer demand in both markets remained evident, despite the introduction of the nationwide 'stress test' in January 2018 and the forecasted interest rate increase. Steady buyer demand resulted in the continued high list to sale ratio and fewer days on the market.  Differences in List to Sale Ratio and Days on Market (DOM) for 2017 vs 2018 were nominal. Annually we saw an increase in average sale…

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Great house, but does it have a backyard for my dog?

Pets Influence Buying Decisions If you are among the 35% of Canadians who have a dog, or the 38%* who have a cat, then I am sure you can appreciate the influence they have in buying and selling your home. (Canada Wellness Report*) When I was looking for my home in Huntsville, a backyard was a must have for Harley (my pup), along with a friendly neighbourhood for walks. If a house did not have either of these things, then I wasn’t interested.  Next!     Buying a Pet-Friendly Home Several "must-haves" come up during the buying process for a…

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January Market Spotlight: Huntsville & Lake of Bays

Data is collected from The Lakelands Real Estate Board for single-family residences both on and off-water.   WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE SALES ACTIVITY:   Compared to January 2018: Increase in Sales Increase in Ave. Sale $ Increase in Days on Market (DOM) Increase in % Sale/List price. Opinion: The 111% increase in ave. sale price was result of a few sales in the higher price points compared to 2017. January 2017 there were 6 sales overall compared to 8 in 2018. 5 of those 8 sales were in the 500-800k range and 2 were over 1m. DOM and % Sale/List were only…

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