With the cottage spring market upon us, these tips outline strategies for buying real estate in a competitive Seller’s market and are crucial if you’re wanting to buy your cottage within the next few months. Please do take the time to read it so you will be more prepared as to what to expect.  1) If you will be requiring financing to buy your cottage, ask your bank for a FINAL letter of approval outlining the maximum amount being extended with an expiry date and be ready to attach it to an offer where you will be competing with those offers that don’t have any conditions. No conditions on offers will be the norm.  2) Consider increasing your budget to allow for bidding room.  3) When you see a listing of interest, contact your Muskoka…

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The #real estate market in #Muskoka has been exceptionally strong this year and the forecasts for 2021 are stronger yet due to pent-up demand and a large influx of buyers looking to buy cottages. We are expanding our team at Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage - Bracebridge Branch to keep up with the demand. If you’re a licensed real estate broker or sales representative in Muskoka, we would love to speak to you about our program. Call/text Helen at 705-571-0700 to book a confidential appointment today.

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As the Fall season is upon us, you may not be making your regular trips up to your four-seasons cottage in Muskoka. Do you need someone to  cottage-sit your #Muskoka cottage this Fall or Winter?  Or meet with your contractors or service people?  Monitor a renovation in your absence?  We now offer these concierge services .  Call or text Helen Thompson at  (705) 571-0700 for further details. 

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We're nearing the end of a great summer here in #Muskoka!  Despite a tough start to the year due to the pandemic, we are more than making up for lost time now.  Buyers are still looking for properties and we anticipate they will continue well into the Fall.  With many Buyers not planning to vacation out-of-country for the next year or two, they are re-thinking their vacation strategies and opting to buy a cottage instead.  When properties are priced right, we are seeing many multiple offer situations driving up the sale prices.  Still great value for Buyers and it's great news for Sellers who will net out a best possible price for their lifetime investment.  

If you're thinking of Selling, the Fall season this year may be our new Spring.  If you're…

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Luxury waterfront Lake House on Lake Joseph in Muskoka just minutes to Port Sandfield. With over 400 ft of prime waterfront real estate, this exceptional luxury cottage is situated on a truly unique property on the shores of Lake Joseph. The beautiful landscaped gardens, the well maintained stone pathways down to the water, showcases unmatched lake views from every angle. Lots of room for family and guests with 7 bedrooms,  9 bathrooms and 2 boathouses. Everything for the most discerning new owner!

Due to confidentiality, this property is not publicly listed. No pictures are available. Please contact Helen Thompson, Managing Partner/Broker,Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage at (705) 571-0700 to arrange a confidential, private showing. $11.9 million. .…

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"The last thing you need are unbudgeted financial obligations cropping up hours before you take possession of your new home or cottage."

Whether you're looking to buy your first home or cottage, or trading up to a larger one, there are many costs - on top of the purchase price - that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you're not informed and prepared.

Some of these costs are one-time fixed payments, while others represent an ongoing monthly or yearly commitment. Not all of these costs will apply in every situation, however it's better to know about them ahead of time so you…

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Thanksgiving weekend would not be complete without driving through the glorious district of Muskoka to enjoy the turning of the leaves. After an early start to the fall season, the unexpected heat wave slowed down the colour transition. With cold nights and normal fall temperatures returning, fall colours are coming and they are coming in fast! There are so many gorgeous sites, too numerous to name here but one of our all-time favourites is a drive around Lake of Bays. It’s absolutely stunning!

Whatever you and your family decide to do we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

Friday October 6

Simply Queen, fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock, performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most…

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Friday September 29

Culture Days weekend, Friday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, at Muskoka Lakes Museum, 100 Joseph Street features a ‘Put yourself in the Picture’ exercise designed to explore the local heritage through old postcards & modern photography.

Tom Thompson Paddle Art event, 9 am – 5 pm at Partners Hall, Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville ~ 37 Main St East. More than 100 uniquely decorated paddles will be on display for purchase through a fundraising silent auction.

Saturday, September 30

Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes continues – see Friday for details.

Drop in Art Classes, 2 – 4pm at Let The Cat Go, 193 Manitoba St, Bracebridge. Come and go as you please; every Saturday will be a different medium, suitable for all ages.

The Muskoka…

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Friday September 22

Huntsville's annual Fall Fair will run from Sept 22 to the 24 at the fairgrounds. Free admission and something for everyone! 11 am – 11 pm at the Huntsville Fairgrounds, 407 Ravenscliffe Road.

Community Fall Harvest Festival ~ hosted by Community Living South Muskoka, Morrison Meadows, 1177 Fraserburg Rd., Bracebridge, 10 am – 4 pm. Children under 2 free, ages 2 to 5 $5, all others $10. Event runs from September 22, 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The events include hay wagon rides, accessible playground, tractor train rides, trails, three-wheel bike track maze field games, sand box, face painting and tattoos, potato launcher, and a dress up contest. There is also county karaoke on Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. One…

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Friday September 15

Bracebridge Fall Fair & Horse Show celebrates 150 years! Event is sponsored by the Bracebridge Agricultural Society at the J.D. Lang Park, 331 Fraserburg Road, 7 am – 11 pm.

All Saints’ Anglican Church Fundraiser~ A truly Canadian dinner with foods representing each province catered by Culinary Designs as well as Door Prizes, a Silent Auction and entertainment by Canadian Artist and Nashville recording star, Naomi Bristow. Tickets $75.00 with a tax receipt of $35.00. Call Nancy @ 705-445-3841 for tickets.

Saturday, September 16

Bracebridge Farmers Market, 8:30 am – 1 pm ~ The Market runs each Saturday, 8:30 am to 1 pm and is located in Memorial Park on Manitoba Street next to the Norwood Theatre. Enjoy fresh, local produce…

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