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It's not easy to choose the perfect neighborhood for you or your family. Let's face it, your neighborhood is just as important as your house. If you are not happy with your neighborhood it will eventually lead to you not being satisfied with your home. Do your research to determine what a neighborhood has to offer you. The greatest areas for families with children is not always the best place for a single person or empty nesters. This article will explain the things that you should be looking at in a neighborhood during the buying process.

Location

Location is everything. Imagine living in an amazing area, but you work over 50 miles away. This will not leave you with much time to enjoy everything that your neighbourhood has to offer considering you

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You might have heard that saying about the number of fish there are in the sea – the sea of prospective dates and mates. The same goes for homes on the market.

Even when the market heats up as it's doing now, it's not uncommon for a buyer to visit 10, 20 or even more homes before finding the property they want to make their home.

These numbers can be daunting, but even the most particular buyers, even buyers who are frustrated by how many homes don't seem like the right fit, can take heart in this one truth of dating that also applies to house hunting: You only need to find ONE.

So the next question is this: how do you know which fish is the one you should take home – I mean, make your home? To help, here are six signs that a given home you're

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Did you know that we spend more than 300 hours per year in our kitchens*?

When you’re looking for a new home (or just dreaming about one), the kitchen can be the room that makes the biggest impact. If a kitchen has outdated appliances, a weird layout, or is noticeably cramped, you definitely notice it.

Whether you like throwing big dinner parties or the only appliances you use are the microwave and the toaster, it's important to feel comfortable in your kitchen. But they can be costly to redo, which is why so many homeowners put this off for the next owner.

That’s not the case with these homes!

To save you time, we hand-selected homes for sale right now with beautiful kitchens.

As you can see, a kitchen with all the right features can

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"Our Cottage Sold in 2 Days After Being on the Market for Months"

Here's the situation

Megan and her family had owned their cottage for a couple of years. They bought a different property and realized they weren't going to need the cottage anymore, so they decided it was time to sell it. 

They listed it for sale with a different agent in August. He had an old fashioned approach to real estate and basically just stuck a for sale sign in their front yard with little to no social presence and zero scheduled showings. Megan grew frustrated because she knew if her home had the right exposure, allowing people to see and experience photos of her home, then people would fall in love with it just as she had. October rolled around and their beloved cottage

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HERE'S THE SITUATION

Adrian and his family have vacationed in Muskoka for over 40 years. As his kids grew older, they expressed their desire to have a cottage of their own, especially with grandchildren on the way. Rather than renting or going to a village as they have in the past, they finally decided to take the plunge and buy a cottage to call their own. 

 

WHAT THEY WANTED

After vacationing in Muskoka for years, there was no doubt in their minds that this was the place they wanted to buy their second home.  "We wanted to find something we loved at a price we were willing to pay. We interviewed a couple of other realtors, but no one really stood out to us. Our friend, who is a broker over in Toronto, ended up recommending Heather," Adrian

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” to sell?

Despite homes being covered in snow and icy roads galore, winter is a great time to sell your home! Or is it? Just like with any season, there are pros and cons to selling your home. If you’ve been contemplating whether you should list your home now or wait until the snow melts away, we made a list of everything you should take into consideration.

 

1

Buyers mean business

While more buyers are looking in the spring and summer, there are more serious buyers in the winter season. If someone is making time to visit open houses and showings during the busiest time of the year (and the coldest time of the year) they are more likely to be serious about their search.

2

Less competition

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The holidays have arrived in Muskoka!

Not only do we love this time of year, but we love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations around town. Whether you're just visiting or have lived here for your entire life, there are a few holiday displays and celebrations that you must see to get you in the holiday spirit!

1. Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army Band

Happening on December 19th at 7 pm in Bracebridge on the corner of Taylor Road and Pine Street

2. A Portage Flyer Christmas – Evening Train Ride to Santa

December 21st from 5-8 pm

Click here for more information

3.  Santafest Weekend

December 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, and 21st & 22nd from 11 am to 5 pm

Click here for more information

4. Torchlight Parade

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So, you’ve been thinking about putting your home on the market... but the timing never seems right. I get it, life moves fast! It’s already the beginning of November and the holidays will be here before you know it. Entertaining guests, travelling, and spending time with family during this season is stressful enough that you can't even fathom the thought of potential buyers walking all through your home, dealing with inspections and navigating. 

So what do you do? Should you wait another few months after the holidays to list your home? No.

In fact, according to the Ontario Collective, the average number of days on market is 47 days. That means the longer you put off listing your home, the longer the sale will take to wrap up after the holidays.

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