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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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Antique Boat Show

July 5, 2014 in Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

Hold on! I'm coming ...

Hold on! I’m coming …

Today’s the day. Woody lovers from all over North America descend on Gravenhurst for the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s Boat Show. Traffic across Lake Rosseau has been brisk as woody owners coverge on their way to the locks in Port Carling. This gentleman’s racer roared by in a flash, spray flying. Exhilarating! One beautiful day in Muskoka and not a better way to spend it. Gravenhurst! It’s worth the ride …

Patiently waiting

June 12, 2014 in Gravenhurst, Lakes, Muskoka

We go both ways!

We go both ways!

 

Arriving in Gravenhurst this morning it made sense to check on the ships. There they were. Patiently waiting. Each going its own way. I could imagine the slogan ” Coming or going we’ve got you covered. We go both ways!”

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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A new destination

June 18, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, summer

At the corner of Gravenhurst’s version of Portage and Main (Muskoka Rd and Bay) stands a landmark. The Albion Hotel. Dating from the 1800’s it has a long and varied history. Lately not one that would add to its glory in any way. Going through a rebirth and edging back to becoming a centre of social activity, the old hotel is rising again. And like the redeveloped Wharf in town, The Albion will become an attraction and destination.

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