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Don`t Let Ants Destroy Your Investment

Antsatthecottage

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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Is Your Septic System Failing?

Failed Septic System

Out of sight, out of mind; this describes most people’s relationship with maintaining their recreational home. If you are like most cottage owners, you probably do not give much thought to what goes down the drain (unless you have had septic issues in the past). That is, until the sewage backs up into the house or terrible odors start coming …

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How Important is Cottage Landscaping?

Cottage Flowers

Landscaping your house in the city is a no brainer – it adds curb appeal and value. Landscaping cottage real estate is no different. First impressions happen quickly so improving the appearance of the property is definitely something to think about – especially if you want to sell your cottage. In a city house where you have a private backyard, …

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Who is Responsible for the Flood in Cottage Country?

Cottagecountryflood

With the water from the flood in Muskoka finally gone, devastation remains. It is safe to say that damage from the flood caused millions of dollars of damage. Personal cottages and small businesses were destroyed. While it is clear that the melted snow and rain that caused the flood was a natural occurrence, some residents are saying the the flood …

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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

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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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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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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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