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Collingwood, Stayner, Creemore, Wasaga Beach, Mulmur and Surrounding Areas, Ontario, Canada
Meeting your Real Estate needs in Creemore, Stayner, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Surrounding Areas. Live where you play! Blue Mountain, the Bruce Trail, hiking, biking, skiing, golf and so much more. If you would like to buy or sell property, let me walk you through the process. Putting the needs of individuals and families first, I am dedicated to negotiating the best possible transaction for my clients. Personally and Professionally serving you with many years of experience in the building trades, designing and contracting, in-depth knowledge of the Ontario Building Codes and building practices. Let me show you how my expertise and experience can benefit you!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Maybe I Hired the Wrong Realtor?

 Have you ever heard that before? Maybe you have said that before or are saying that now!!

Well, let me ask you a question.  If you list your car for sale, in the newspaper or online, is it the newspaper’s fault if it does not sell?  OR is it because the car is in bad condition, or maybe the price is too high, or simply no one happens to be looking for a 1971 Datsun?

Maybe selling your home is similar. Does your home need a little attention to minor details? Can you spruce up its appearance to make it look its best?  Maybe you are on a busy highway, in a tightly packed subdivision, have a large yard that needs a lot of garden work or you have asbestos in your home. Perhaps you are sitting on the banks of a river, or in a flood plain, or in an area designated for windmills.  Another thing to take into consideration is, the type and number of buyers out there looking for a home just like yours.  Perhaps the price is too high. Maybe the price point dictates a certain income bracket.
There are many reasons your home may not be selling. This is why it good to review all these things with your agent before listing to sell. It is possible to hire the wrong agent. It could be agent-related, but chances are one of these other factors are stopping your home from selling. With a good marketing program and the right agent, a home will sell when it is priced right.

If you choose to work with me, we will address these things right from the get go. From the first time we sit down together, we will talk about the real estate market and activity, the best price for your home, what you need to do to maximize the bottom line, the types of buyers looking for your style and location of homes, and what I do to market your home.  We will also talk about how to deal with an offer when it comes in and all the options you have. 

As part of the offer we may see conditions involving different types of inspections, amendments, waivers, notice of fulfilments, statement asking you to do something regarding the sale, release forms, acknowledgements and acceptances.  All of these details can be quite confusing. This is truly when you find out if you have the right agent. I will walk you through all of this and explain it all in laymans terms.  All of this must be done accurately and in a timely manner, if not the deal could fall apart and then no sale.

If you have any questions with regards to this blog or any other real estate questions, feel free to email me or call me. I am always glad to help.

If you are ever in the Creemore, Stayner, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Mulmur or Grey Highlands area looking to buy a home or you have one to sell, look me up.

I look forward to Personally and Professionally helping you.

Joseph Talbot

Monday, February 10, 2014


I was doing some reading online today about what some folks thought Realtors do for buyers specifically.  
One comment  was that they thought Realtors do nothing, just collect a pay cheque. I sure do wish this person was correct. I mean who doesn’t just like to get paid for doing nothing?  Another comment, by the same person, was that Realtors are not honest.  Unfortunately, that may be the case in some instances, but this could also be true if you were dealing with a lawyer or dentist or your own boss.  That is why it is a good idea to know who you are working with. This person also said that every Realtor will always tell you it is a good time to buy. That also may be the truth with regards to some Realtors. However, if you choose to work with me, you get 100% honesty. Nothing less. 
I have a tendency to be a little too honest and have probably lost sales because of that. However, I sleep with a clear conscience.  If I feel it is a bad time for you personally to buy, I will tell you so.  I take into consideration all that you tell me and use my expertise to give you my professional opinion. That is why you hire me, right? I may also tell you that the home you want to look at or have previewed is not right for you.  I will always tell you why and back it up with the facts. It is very important that you trust my professionalism and what I have to offer. 
I do a lot for my buyer clients. I have met a number of buyers that have no idea what the process is, when buying a home, or even what to look for when considering a particular home. There is so much more than just spending a short period of time in a house and saying "Yep, I wanna buy this one". Do you understand the contract, the agreement of purchase and sale? How about the conditions, the amendments, the Notices, any waivers? What if you breach the contract to buy? What happens next? What if the home inspections reveal major issues? How do you deal with that?  How about financing? There are a lot of different options.  Do you know how to think creatively outside the box to get the job done? I do!
These are just a few things that I, as a buyer representative, do for you. I will explain the whole thing to you and walk you through the process with 100% integrity. I want you to be happy and I hope that you will refer me to all you family, friends, coworkers, doctor, mechanic, and even your mother-in-law. 
The only way you will find out if I am an honest Realtor is to work with me. I would be glad to provide you with a list of satisfied clients; happy references. 
So, whether you are thinking of buying now or in the future,  call or email me today. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Contacting me is a great way to start your home buying plans.
Thanks for reading.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Call, text or email, if you have any questions.  I'll give you an honest answer!

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Way I See It: The World from My Perspective VACANT LAND USE

Vacant Land for Sale?
Considering a Rural Property Purchase?

Have you ever invested in a property in the country? Well, you will likely know what I am going to write about.  When you are considering a country property, it is a good idea to hire someone with a Past . . . Past experience selling/buying in rural areas, that is. This is where I come into play.  There is a lot to consider when buying a country property. I am going mention just a few things, only because you don’t have all day to read my blogs. 

·         Zoning or Designation of the Property
This could play major role in what you end up doing with it. Did you know that land, not just the buildings, can be designated Heritage?  Depending on the zoning, you could have restrictions such as where you would like to build, renovate, install lane-ways, ponds, outbuildings, fencing, or raise livestock. 

·         Location of Building Site
Consider where on the land you want to build, how much would cost to get hydro to your new home, and whether a build is even possible. 

·         Previous Land Use
Have you thought about how the land was used in the past?  Is there a lease that runs with the land, which could place restrictions on your use?  You may want to check into mining rights, gravel pits, water rights, timber contracts or farm crops. These are just a few but there are many to think about.

·         Water
The abundance or the lack of water can be a major concern for rural properties.  If there is a river or stream on your property, how does that affect your use?  There are minimum setback and elevations from waterways to buildings and laneways.  Also think of flood plains or seasonal water tables.  The Conservation Authority can often dictate what you can do. Unfortunately, applications and engineered reports can take time and be quite costly.

·         Energy Sources
Another thing to keep in mind when buying a property is the presence of windmills or solar farms in the area. What about future power lines?  How close can your neighbour build a home or barn? These issues may affect the enjoyment of your property and can impact resale value and you may not be able to control what other do.   

These are just a few things to keep in mind when you are considering purchasing a rural home. I would be pleased to help with this very important decision.  If you take the time to consider potential issues first, it can be a very exciting time, especially when you hire someone like me to help you make an informed decision. 
There are some fantastic rural homes and properties on the market today and I would like to help you find just the right one for you and your family.  I work in the Beautiful areas of Creemore, Stayner, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, and Grey Highlands; recreational paradise.

Call me today, if you have had any experiences good or bad with rural properties. I would be very interested to hear from you.  I also appreciate any comments.

Thank you very much and I hope all your Real Estate goals come true!!

Joseph Talbot, 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Listening Skills

It was brought to my attention recently that one of the most important things to a consumer is the ability for a Real Estate agent to Listen! And as a consumer myself, I very much agree with the lovely person that mentioned it. Like all professionals, not all Realtors are created equal. Some are more talented in one area than in others. Some have the gift of gab. That is great if you need to carry the conversation. If listening doesn't come naturally though, I think it is a skill all realtors should practice. I think it’s important not to just ask folks what is important to them when it comes to buying or selling a home, but to really listen to their answers.

I try hard to pay attention to what my clients have to say. They will be the ones living in the home they choose or still living in the home they are selling. I have learned over the years to listen better. Any man that has a good marriage has learned that, for sure! Before I became a Realtor, I was a carpenter and designer. It’s always been important for me to listen to what folks wanted in their home or how they wanted it to look. They would describe their vision and then I would put pencil to paper. Or rather fingers to computer. So if I wanted to be paid for that service I provided, I had to listen.

It’s no different in Real Estate. I need to listen to my clients want in a home. If they are looking for a three bedroom home on a small lot, then I want to try and come up with a list that meets those needs. They may not appreciate me showing them homes with two bedrooms when they have three kids. I may lose them as a client, and that would be no good. Even worse, I’d lose their trust and they would tell all their friends. It’s kind of hard to pay the mortgage and feed my family if I keep getting fired. Thankfully, that’s not the case. I try very hard to show clients property that fits the criteria they discuss early on.

I’m thankful that folks hire me because they trust me. They know that I will look out for their best interests. We all need trustworthy professionals, whether it be lawyers, dentists or realtors, to help us from time to time. I will never try to steer a client in the wrong direction. However, if you tell me that you would like a three bedroom home and your budget is $200,000 but all the three bedroom homes are $210,000, what do you do? Well . . .glad you asked. There are a few ways we could approach the situation. I could try to get you more financing. I could recommend you stay where you are now until you can afford it (This option might not be good for sales, but I look out for your interests, not mine). We could look at the 210k range and offer less money, since it is my job to negotiate on your behalf, or I could show you homes that are only two bedrooms, because you have to move. However, with the extensive building and design knowledge that I have, I would take you to these homes and see if we could inexpensively turn the two bedrooms into a three bedroom. Then I would recommend a great trustworthy contractor to come and give us a quote on doing the work.

I try hard to listen to what you would like. In the end, it just might take some creativity to get there and that is why you hire me. I see what could be there as well as what is there now. We obviously would sit down a talk all about what you would like, and what is reasonable. Then I get on top of it, ASAP. I just want you to know that I listen then I act.

There is so much more I could say on this subject. Why don’t you give me a call? I want to be the trusted, personal and professional you call when you are considering a Real Estate transaction. I represent all types of clients; first time buyers, cottages, farms, condos, leases, recreational, estates, power of sales, etc. If it has land under it I can sell it. AND I WILL LISTEN!

Contact me today. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, now share it with others.

Make it a terrific day!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Ok, the spring market has come and gone.

Do you watch what happens in the Real Estate market?  Most people are interested in Real Estate. Not too many days that go by that when I speak with folks, Real estate does not come into the conversation, no matter where I am. If the home next door to you comes on the market, are you curious about the list price? And if the home across the street sells, do you want to know how much it sold for?  Or the one across town or in the country . . . it was listed forever, wasn't it?  How much did it finally sell for?

Now for the truth of the matter, at least from what I have seen this spring and early summer. Homes have sold in this area, that completely defy logic. You know the falling down home with the two foot tall grass, across town on ABC street? Well it just sold, and for a lot more money than logic would allow.

Mostly, it boils downs to the buyer. Almost every buyer sees a little something different in every property. The home that you or I may say needs gutted and completely redone? Well someone bought it and is making some modest repairs and turning it back into a "home". Most likely, because that is what they could afford. In this area of the country, you rarely find the "Flips" that we may have once seen. It is very difficult for investors to buy a run down home and put a few bucks into it and put it back on the market and make money. Folks are buying them to live in them. 

Another surprise is the home that should have sold in a snap, but didn't. Do you know what I am talking about . . . the home with the ten acres, the great shop and an amazing and beautiful home that could suit any family? Is it the location, the neighbouring industry or the fact that it takes fifteen minutes longer to get the club? IF only we could pick up the home and put it on the edge of town. Now we are talking 200k more.

Whatever the case may be, sellers should, or at least try, to hold on. Be patient. There are new buyers on the market every day. Today may be the day your home sells. As for the sellers of the home that defy logic and sell really quickly in today market, YA!  For you, that is great, now go buy another home!

Now here is my sales pitch!!  No matter what type of home or property you own, I would like to be your Realtor. I will do all I can to help you sell for as much and in the shortest amount of time possible, of course being fair and courteous to the buyer too.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Give me a call and let get started on your next sale or purchase. I look forward to meeting you.

Until next time.

Joseph Talbot.

Professionally and Personally Helping You Achieve Your Real Estate Goals