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Let’s Get WETT!!!

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After months of searching, you’ve finally found the escape you have been looking for. You are gearing up to enjoy long hot summer days by the water with a nice cool cocktail or maybe you are getting ready to cozy up to your wood stove with some mulled wine and a good book. BUT WAIT! Did you have your stove …

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Who Finds Value In Unorganized Townships?  

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  When you are actively looking to purchase a property in cottage country you will probably be perusing listings that your Realtor sent you or just on your own on MLS. You may come across this statement: “ask me about the benefits of living and building in an unorganized township”. What are the benefits? Who is looking for this classification? …

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MAGNETAWAN RIVER – LAND FOR SALE

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A Beautiful Private Retreat On The Magnetawan River – This Property Is A Nature Lover’s Dream! Build Your Home And Enjoy The Great Outdoors Right At Your Doorstep. Just Three Parcels Available: Parcel 1: A Very Private 3.66 Acre Lot With Just Less Than 300Ft Of Frontage On The Magnetawan River. Just 3 Hours From Toronto.  Offered For Sale At …

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OPENING THE COTTAGE – THE BARE BASICS

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After the winter that we had this year, many people are a bit nervous as to what to expect when they finally make their way to cottage country to open their cottages for the season. Although the May long weekend has come and gone, I have noticed that not very many cottages have been opened this year. I will chalk …

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Winter Visits – Do they harm your cottage?

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The snow is now on the ground throughout cottage country and it will undoubtedly stay here until the spring. Many cottagers venture up to their un-insulated or lightly insulated summer cottages to enjoy the beauty of nature during the winter months. What you do not realize is that these sporadic winter visits can actually cause quite a bit of damage …

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Keeping Your Cottage Safe

How To Keep Your Cottage Safe

It is definitely the season for winterizing summer cottages and recreational homes in cottage country. Ensuring your cottage deters crooks in the off season is an important, and often ignored part of winterizing any home.  There are several universal tips for making your cottage as safe from break ins as possible. Here they are: 1. Lock Everything It sounds straight forward …

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Closing the Cottage – Indoor Edition

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Closing you cottage for the winter is always an ordeal. It is a weekend process that requires the whole family. But if it is not done properly, opening the cottage in the spring will be a nightmare. Thanksgiving is normally the time people will close their cottage. But this year, since the fall has been so beautiful in the Near …

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Cottage?

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Now is. With Labour Day weekend behind us, the summer real estate market in cottage country is officially over. The leaves are changing colours and the temperatures are dropping, but for potential buyers of cottage real estate who love a good bargain, fall is a great time to buy country property. Buying a cottage in any of Ontario’s four seasons …

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What You Don’t Know About Buying Vacant Land

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Vacant land. It seems like an affordable way to get your foot into cottage country real estate. But what many potential buyers of vacant lots in Ontario’s Near North do not understand is that buying vacant land and building a cottage from scratch will require more money than buying land with an existing structure. If you are absolutely set on …

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Don`t Let Ants Destroy Your Investment

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For those that own recreational real estate in Ontario, every summer can be an intense battle against Carpenter Ants at the cottage. Carpenter ants are the big black ones that nest in moist, rotting wood. They can cause a lot of damage if they move into your cottage. These ants will hit their peak in late June and early July. …

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