Category Archive for: ‘Near North Seller’s Information’

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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40 Doe Lake Road is a beautiful waterfront property on the Magnetawan River. There is a freshly renovated main house with two additional fully winterized houses on the property. Perfect for extended family or as a rental income. The property is located just 165 miles from Toronto and is located between Huntsville and North Bay on the Magnetawan River. It …

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MPAC Assessments In Cottage Country


The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for the assessed values of all the properties in the province of Ontario. The assessed value of our recreational homes and cottages is located on our tax bill. This value is supposed to be the current market value of the home – why then does this value often differ so much from …

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The Truth About Multiple Representation


When you are preparing to sell your home, you will probably hire an agent to market your property to potential buyers. Often, successful marketing will draw potential buyers who wish to be represented by the same Realtor. This is referred to as Multiple Representation and the Agent must act in the best interests of both the buyer and the seller.  …

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Price Your Cottage Correctly

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When you are getting ready to sell your recreational home, you will need to come up with a listing price. Most people who are selling their cottage have a difficult time coming up with an accurate price even with the help of a Realtor. If you have had your cottage for an extended period of time, it is a place …

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Is Your Septic System Failing?

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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?

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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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Cottage Real Estate Terms You Should Know

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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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How to upgrade your cottage AND increase its value

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Unless the cottage you purchased was completely renovated from top to bottom, there are probably some personal touches you want to add. The question is: how do you increase your property value at the same time? Well, there are certain areas that are notorious for holding value. They are: kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. The first thing you want to do …

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Basic Upgrades Selling The Cottage

When you decide it is time to sell your cottage, many people will renovate or remodel in order to increase the value of their country property. The problem is that many people invest too much money in the wrong places and end up losing money when they sell. I have outlined several easy areas to concentrate on when you are …

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