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Muskoka MarketWATCH: 15 November 2017

November 15, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, winter

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 November 2017

Santa came to Bala last week and he’s coming to Port Carling this weekend, heading to Bracebridge on December 3rd, with Gravenhurst and Huntsville yet to be visited. Bala’s famed Trek to Bethlehem is in another couple of weeks. If you’ve never experienced it, take your children and grandchildren…it’s a wonderful way to give an historic perspective to Christmas.

Muskoka is resonating with the sounds and sights of this magical time of year. The Christmas train is on its way…

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 October 2017

October 18, 2017 in Big 3, Bracebridge, fall, Gravenhurst, Lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 September 2017

September 20, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 September 2017

Summer and September this year are synonymous. Who would’ve thought? The lake is warm, as are the evenings. The days? Summer like. Many of us think September is THE BEST month in Muskoka. This year it’s even better!

The Fall Studio Tour begins this weekend. Maybe this year it will be the first Summer Studio Tour. Regardless, the tour is always interesting, whether shopping for that special piece, thinking about Muskoka decorations for a festive table or just hoping to be inspired by something that catches your eye. The Tour is all of that and then some, carvings, metalwork, sculpture, paintings, fabrics …just about everything you could imagine. If you plan to go, drop by the Bracebridge Farmers’ Market at the same time. You’ll be glad you did.

On the cottage side of things, activity has picked up – both in terms of properties coming to market and properties selling. We’re busy. Plan ahead. Some of us already have appointments for the weekend. Don’t be disappointed!

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 September 2017

September 13, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Cottage, Joseph, Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling


MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 September 2017

September brings the Fall Studio Tour to Muskoka. We celebrate artists and artisans, people of creativity and talent who live and create here. Quite special to have so many gifted people so close. The Tour, which takes place in Spring and Fall is a real eye opener and definitely worth doing.

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017

September 6, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, boathouse, Bracebridge, Cottage, Joseph, Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

Artist: A. Catherine O’Mara
MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017
If you listen to the news, you’d think summer is over. Not so. We are embarking on what many people think is the finest part of the season in Muskoka. September.With it comes warm, sunny days, cool nights, no bugs and a peacefulness on the water that is hard to find in high season. The water’s still warm, swimming’s a pleasure and so is just sitting on the dock, enjoying nature. September enhances Muskoka as leaves turn to their golden and rusty hues. Somehow the sky seems bluer, it’s definitely clearer and the reflection of the forest in the lake is brighter. September glows!

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Muskoka Marketplace – Annual Report 2013

February 7, 2014 in Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Snapshot

The Muskoka marketplace in 2013 was close to 2012 performance. Dollar volume was higher across Muskoka- Haliburton by almost 4%, District of Muskoka was up by 6% and, the Big 3 lakes by 8%. The number of sales over $3 million was up as the high end of the market performed strongly. Entry level and small lake property moved well. Properties between $1 and $2 million were not as strong as in the previous year.

The number of properties sold was down from last year by 2%.

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. For the last several years, roughly 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year (1115 in 2013).  In the District of Muskoka, about 620 properties trade each year while the Big 3 lakes have about 180.

Even though we had a long, cold spring last year with lower sales than usual for the first half of the year, both the summer and fall were strong selling (July was 50% ahead of the year previous). In fact, the average days on market (DOM) declined from 90 to 80 days for the year. Typically island and small lake properties take longer to sell than larger lake mainland ones by 15% or more.

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Lake Joseph boathouse

April 28, 2013 in Big 3, boathouse, Joseph, Muskoka

This may look serene. Inside this beautiful Lake Joseph boathouse all kind of stuff left on the docks over winter is now sodden. Chairs are wet, some tools are under water but at least boats are still in their slings. On the Muskoka River, where the water is considerably higher, there are some boathouses where boats have been lifted from their slings, others jammed against the ceiling, couches sunk and personal possessions destroyed. It’s a tough way to begin the season. Some will rethink the water level entertainment room concept we’ve seen developing in boathouses lately.

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Not Spring yet

April 6, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, spring, winter

Here, in Muskoka, spring arrives with crash of sorts. It’s never the same day – it’s not a date thing. It’s an ice thing. We know spring has arrived when a contractor’s truck goes through the ice on one of the Big 3. This year, spring is a long time coming. The ice is still pretty thick. We went for a drive – to see if it was spring yet. The answer? Nope! Not yet. At least, not on Lake Muskoka, by Milford Bay …

Not Spring yet

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Ice Scupture on Lake Rosseau

February 20, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, snow, winter

Every day for the last couple of weeks, two guys (and sometimes 3) have laboriously made their way across the lake through slush, ice and snow to an island property where they are working. Their ATV has pulled a trailer, carved a trail across the lake and, done yeoman service. Fitted with tracks, in place of wheels, it has been able to haul a considerable amount of material. Today, after 24 hours of warming temperatures, mixed precipitation, driving snow and windy conditions, the roadway disappeared. Watching them progress, they seemed to be moving slower and slower while the machine labored on. Then they slowed to a stop and the machine quit. Frozen to the spot. An unwitting ice sculpture on Lake Rosseau.

Iced in place

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Muskoka Cottage Market 2012

January 10, 2013 in Big 3, Cottage, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. Typically 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year. It’s been that way for the last several years. Overall for the Muskoka Haliburton area, the number of properties SOLD was up 5% and the average price remained the same as 2011.

Our Real Estate Board segments the area by region. Haliburton Highlands, Township of Muskoka Lakes, Almaguin, Lake of Bays, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and, Huntsville. In 2012, 5 of these 7 regions increased the number of waterfront properties sold over the previous year and 2 declined. Dollar volume was up in 3 areas, even in 2 and, lower in the same two: Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes. That said, the number of properties traded on the Big 3 lakes remained identical with last year. There was a decline in business on the smaller lakes in Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes.

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