Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Collingwood's History

By 1843 settlers had arrived on the shores of Georgian Bay near what is now Collingwood. A sawmill and a flourmill were both erected by 1846 on the shores of the bay near the east side of the mouth of Pretty River. The area was first known as Hen and Chickens Harbour. In 1854 it was renamed Collingwood after Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, who was second in command to Admiral Horatio Nelson.

The arrival of the railroad cemented Collingwood’s value as a centre for shipping and shipbuilding. In 1883 the Shipyards opened with a special ceremony. The rail line provided the ability to transport goods, materials, and people easily and efficiently through the Great Lakes. When the Shipyard closed in 1986, it was a huge economic blow to Collingwood, but the town was able to recover quickly.

Click here for some postcards of some of the beautiful original historic sites in Collingwood. 

Take a look here at this video of Collingwood’s history and beauty. 

For information about Collingwood's history, check out our sources here and here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wasaga Beach's History

John Van Vlack, a commercial fisherman, purchased 69 acres of land near the Nottawasaga River, which was first occupied by the Algonquin Indians. John built a sawmill, ran a general store, and was the area’s first postmaster. In 1896, there were 70 people in the settlement, which was known as Van Vlack, after John. In the 1890’s, the settlement was divided into subdivisions, one of which was called Wasaga Beach. Wasaga Beach became an official town in 1974. Locally, Wasaga Beach was known as simply “The Beach”, and it still is today.

Wasaga Beach became a favourite spot for picnics and holidays for people in the surrounding communities, as far as Toronto, as cars were becoming more popular. Most businesses and hotels were built along the beachfront. This was the main transportation route during the busy Summer months.

In 1934 Wasaga Beach witnessed an event of national significance. August 8, 1934 is the date of the first successful overseas flight from Canada to England. Wasaga Beach was chosen for the departure because of its long, smooth, hard-packed sand. The name of plane was the “Trail of the Caribou”, which is commemorated by a stone cairn at the entrance of the Nancy Island Historic Site.

Take a look here at this video of some of the earlier days of Wasaga Beach.

For more information about Wasaga Beach's history, check out our source here.

Friday, February 27, 2015


There is no such thing as failing a home inspection. Especially if the home inspector says so!! It is not for him/her to decide. It is not a home inspector's job to advise the buyer to buy or not buy, that is the Realtor's job. The home inspector is there to determine how the home is functioning and if there are any safety issues. The home inspection is a very important part of the sale of a home. The inspector will help in determining if there are any major or minor issues with the home. He/she may even advise the buyer if there may be any costly repairs to be made or major maintenance required. This is good advice to follow. The only person involved in purchasing a home that decides if a home inspection is a valid reason to back away from a deal is the Buyer. 

Every buyer is different. Some buyers get cold feet over very minor issues. Other buyers could care less if the house is falling down, if they intend on doing extensive renovations anyways. One of the biggest concerns that buyers have is flooded basements. This could be a valid reason to walk away from a deal, but it does not mean that you have to. There are many ways to deal with this sort of thing, if you like the rest of the home and property. I have personally bought a number of homes that were flooded or wet. I was not afraid of a project. Now, that being said, it is good advice to fix this particular problem right away. Do not let a wet basement simmer. It is a health concern waiting to happen, as it could produce mold. Always, when dealing with issues you are not capable of properly fixing yourself, get a few quotes from contractors that know what they are talking about. Ask the contractor to explain what they will do and what their warranty is. Also have the home inspector back to check out the work, this may make you feel more comfortable with the end results. 

 A wet basement is just one example of a home not functioning well. This may make you decide to walk away. But before you do, take into consideration all the other things that you may love about the home or property. If you don't want to walk away, then this is where you will find out how good your Realtor is. They may have to start thinking outside of the box to get the deal done. For example, you could get a few quotes for the work to be done and then ask for a price reduction from the original offer price. You could also split the cost with the home owner or get the home owner to have it fixed and have your inspector come back to have a look. In some situations, neither the buyer or seller have the resources to fix an issue. So here is an idea: find a contractor who will do the work and then submit the bills to the lawyer for payment on closing (there is more to this than I can explain here, so call me for more details!). There's more than one way to put a deal together for a seller that is motivated to sell and a buyer that likes the home or property.

I would very much like to hear your comments, or if you have any questions feel free to email or call me. 

Thank you for stopping by to read this. Happy selling and buying!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Should I Sell My Home On My Own?

This is a great question, let me answer this: 
If you can and feel confident enough, Congratulations, Bravo! 
I have been buying and selling properties for clients and myself for years. It is very time consuming, time oriented, time sensitive and can be frustrating. Then throw in the challenges of emotions, personal issues and confusion of all the contracts. Statistically, properties take longer to sell and for less money without the help of a Professional Realtor.


    ·  Take away all the confusion of the contracts and educate you on 
       the process and how to find the right price.
    ·  Reduce your risk and improve your chance of selling for more.
    ·  Negotiate on your behalf and increase your chances of selling.
    ·  Educate you on the true value of your home and what the market is 
    ·  Help qualify buyers before they even come to your home.
    ·  Accurately measure and properly photograph your home, so buyers 
       know what they are getting.
    ·  Ensure that you have all of the important documents in place to 
    ·  Accurately write and execute all legal contracts on your behalf and 
       coordinate all inspections.
    ·  Do a walk through of your home and property to advise you of low 
       cost repairs and maintenance to increase the homes value.

Best of all, if your home never sells, you never pay me anything at all!!! I take all the risk!!!

We also have great connections with builders, renovators, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, appraisers, designer/stagers and so much more.

I am professional, personal and I understand no matter what your story is! I am there every step of the way!

Selling Real Estate is very exciting and I would like to help you enjoy the process of selling!