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Coronavirus Chronicles from a REALTOR® Part 2 March 25, 2020

Mar 25, 2020
8 days after writing the first chronical entry, the world has changed.  It feels like it happens almost hourly, doesn’t it? In real estate, agents are no longer “busier than ever” and, they are (hopefully) not doing any more physical open houses.  An ...
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Coronavirus Chronicles; rambling thoughts from a REALTOR®

Mar 17, 2020
I don’t usually drink beer but this St. Paddy’s day, I’m thinking I might drink a keg myself. Not Corona and lime though. This surreal world we all share is making me a little nuts; okay, a lot nuts.  Things move and change so fast with no definitive ...
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Electronic vs. Mechanical Lockbox: Top 5 Reasons why Electronic Lockboxes are Better

Dec 02, 2019
In our Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® area, which consists of Meaford, The Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview, we use Electronic Lockboxes.  This has been a mandate for many, many years and it is a really sound an ...
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SMART Homes Are On The Rise

Sep 10, 2019
“Hey Google, turn on the lights!” I LOVE showing homes that are equipped with Hue® lights. Instead of running around turning all the lights on or off when we leave, a simple voice command does it all. These wi-fi enabled lights also do so much more a ...
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Wood Roaches in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain Area

Sep 19, 2018
Wood Roaches in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain Area Recently, when attending a home inspection in a subdivision in Collingwood, the Home Inspector opened a cabinet door under the kitchen sink to examine a damaged part of the cabinetry.  To our chagri ...
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How Might Legalization of Cannabis affect Home Buyers?

Aug 15, 2018
The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has come out with a 5 point plan addressing concerns about how growing cannabis in homes may affect home buyers as the legalization date approaches. Under the new law, individuals will be allowed to grow up ...
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Are you a Clutter-holic?

May 23, 2018
The treasures that we all keep in our homes, remind us of special moments in time:  good or bad, exciting or poignant.  Looking at these mementoes or touching them, transcends time and space.  They’re important keepsakes that remind us that we ...
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How to Read Your Tax Bill

May 09, 2018
If you own property in the Province of Ontario, you will receive a property tax bill each and every year.  The property taxes are most often determined by the municipality in which the property exists, based on the municipal tax rate, education rate ...
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Gingerbread Dream Home

Dec 07, 2017
https://youtu.be/AdZQ-dm2GFw This Holiday season, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and REALTORS® are inspiring Canadians to donate to local Habitat for Humanity building projects to help families in need. We launched our holiday campaign w ...
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Dealing With The Legalization of Marijuana in Condos

Nov 30, 2017
  When marijuana use becomes legal next year, how will it affect condominium owners? This really interesting article by lawyer and columnist Bob Aaron, raises important issues and precedents.  My head is already spinning when I think about the c ...
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Top 3 reasons to contact the Ontario Ombudsman

Oct 19, 2017
Thanks to Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, The Ontario Ombudsman can help Ontarians who are having issues or problems with the following 3 bodies:  Municipalities  Universities  School Boards The Ontario Om ...
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What’s the deal with The Big Blue “W”?

Oct 09, 2017
Do you know what it means when you see a Blue “W” on the door or window of various establishments in the Collingwood, Clearview, Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountains and Meaford areas? It means you are able to get tap water there, with no charge. ...
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