The Inspections You Need On Your Cottage

Cottage Inspections

Home inspections are one of the most important things a buyer can do to protect them-selves from making a bad investment. What an inspection will do is provide an examination and evaluation of a residential structure. The inspection report will highlight problems or potential problems the house or cottage has. The inspection will provide you with information so you can …

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The Benefits of Owning a Cottage in an Unorganized Township


In the Near North, unorganized townships are prevalent. Populations are small and territory is large. The area where these townships can be found is between Georgian Bay and Lake Nipissing in the District of Parry Sound. These unorganized townships have no governing bodies and are not incorporated as municipalities. The territory consists of two areas located south of the French …

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How to Handle Mosquitos

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With summer finally upon us in the Near North’s cottage country,  it is only a matter of time before the bugs descend on us too! Right now, rural life is perfect. The sun is shining, it’s hot outside and there are no bugs yet. It is a result of the spring snow we had – last week! Unfortunately, it doesn’t …

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Muskoka Flood 2013 – What happened?

Huntsville Flood

Weather in cottage country has been acting strange the last few years. We have been having extremely hot, long summers with short bursts of winter. Waterfront cottages on and around Georgian Bay are experiencing alarmingly low water levels. And now, parts of Muskoka are trying its best to dry out after a catastrophic act of nature caused seven communities, from …

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Closing Costs For Your Recreational Home

Closing Costs At The Cottage

It is important to have a budget when you are looking for a cottage or recreational home. Most people do have a number in mind when they begin their search for the perfect property. But what many people do not include in their budget, especially first time home buyers – are their closing costs. Closing costs generally range from 1.5% …

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Cottage Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Cottagecountry Real Estate Terms

Buying a home for the first time can be a stressful experience. Purchasing a cottage or country home for the first time is no exception. Learning the real estate lingo for cottage country is a great first step at making the process of buying or selling your country home a little easier. Below I have compiled a list of terms …

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What Does Exposure at the Cottage Mean?

Exposure Cottage Country

  When you are in the market for a cottage or a country property, most descriptions of the property will indicate that it receives northern, southern, western or eastern exposure. What does this mean? In real estate, exposure refers to the direction the front of a home is facing. Exposure can be very important depending on how the owner wants …

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Find the Perfect Hot Tub for the Cottage

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  Submerging yourself in a bubbling hot tub and watching the sun set over the lake after an exhausting day of enjoying the outdoors sounds divine. Hot tubs can definitely add to the therapeutic nature of the cottage. They can be relaxing and rejuvenating while remaining a popular social activity. Finding the perfect hot tub for your recreational home can …

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Buying Spring Real Estate in Cottage Country

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People who are buying cottages often wonder when the best time to buy is. Cottage hunting in each season can come with both problems and benefits. Since we are heading into the spring market, I thought I would focus my attention on the benefits of beginning your search for the perfect Ontario cottage now. Spring in cottage country usually marks …

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Solar Energy for the Cottage

Solar Energy

With the cost of hydroelectricity consistently on the rise, people are looking for alternative energy sources to help cut down on costs. A type of alternative energy that makes economic sense in Ontario cottage country is solar panels. They are eco-friendly electric generators, have no moving parts, zero emissions, require very little maintenance and convert sunlight into electrical energy. Living …

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