Well the middle of March was mild with rain…but that next few days more snow. I had to buy potted hyacinths and tulips to remind me new growth will come bountifully from beneath that big heavy blanket of snow. The snow is still celebrated by snowmobilers, winter enthusiasts and adventurous people looking for something different to do. South River Ice ribbon The Magnetawan Public School children enjoyed making Snow Sculptures again this year. A great outdoor
activity for families as well….how about adorning our front lawn with one! Snow Sculptures
It is March break for the school children this week and the snowmobile trails (up til now) have been fantastic. Ice on Lake Cecebe this past week end was more than four feet think so this spring thaw may be a long one. Much of the snow has become very heavy with the rain so please make sure the roof of your cottage, home, barn, has be shoveled off with this exception snow load. Also with the melt will come the water engorged ditches under the snow so sledders be very careful and stick to the trails. Looking at the snow over my garden I may have flowers by next August! OK maybe that time line is a bit exaggerated but there is still 3 feet of snow cover on my lawn and 8 foot snow banks in my parking lot.
I have a commercial property that I would like to feature this week. An excellent building conforming to fire and health codes, great floor space, handicap accessible, paved parking and wonderful business exposure. Looking to open or relocate your business? Have a look at this quality building in a fantastic location. Virtual tour
On the other side of the property spectrum I have listed a cottage property on desirable Pickerel Lake. Level lot, sand entry into water…a perfect family setup. Here are a few photos:
On a different note I have started an AirBnB. With travelers accommodation being non-existent in the village I decided to open up my newly renovated apartment to people needing overnight stays: Here is a link to the site and some photos of the interior: Weeza’s AirBnB
With a whisper from Mother Nature that spring is definitely coming our way, many listings are coming on the market. Don’t wait too long if you are interested in selling your property, call or email me today for a free evaluation and we can go over my marketing plan to get your property sold quickly. In the market to buy? There may be something of interest in one of the 24 listings I presently represent….if not, I am certified as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and I will make every effort to find it for you. Signing off look for my Almaguin Highlands update the first of April.
I believe February is a short month for a reason. By February, those that do not especially like winter,
are hoping for a change in weather conditions….but it is still winter and we can’t really expect a promise of spring until March. Mid February has the distraction of Valentines Day for which many of us have something special to look forward to. I tend to call friends I haven’t talked to in a while, do something special with my Mom and have a general “Be Extra Nice Day” to strangers and clients I generally do not interact with on a daily basis. No longer having a significant other, I now have turned that the day into a very happy day with lots of positive communications. Also since it is a work day I am still waiting for something that has never happened in my career in Real Estate and that is: Someone to walk through my office door to buy a property for their sweetheart! LOL maybe it will happen before I retire.
Many of the properties that were purchased earlier this year, close in February to get their new home or vacation property ready to enjoy when spring arrives. It is a great time to do the interior renovations and having that completed to work on the exterior when the outside temperatures becomes more favourable. If you are needing contractors for some of the work be sure to contact them now to assure your project in done in a timely manner in the spring. Trades are very busy throughout the Almaguin Area and waiting too long may mean your project will not be scheduled until next fall which is very disappointing for some property owners. The Almaguin Chamber of Commerce has an excellent guide published which has names and contacts for most area businesses: Almaguin Highlands Community Guide & Directory
A listing I have is looking for a Buyer. This listing has a waterfront home, 18 acres of commercially zoned property and is perfect for someone looking to make a career change or retire and make it an income property. Zoned for commercial recreational it could be developed one cabin at a time while you get acquainted with the lovely hamlet of Katrine on desirable Doe Lake. Just give me a call and I can go over the details on how this property may be developed into a nest egg for your retirement or move the family here to have the benefits of living year round on this lovely property. To tour the home and see the surround forest follow the link: 933 Ferguson Road
Well I did enjoy this break from the work piled on my desk as I am feeling a little disorganised today but I better get back to it….right after my coffee break to organize my thoughts!
Not Rain,Sleet,Snow will dampen Almaguin’s busy real estate market. Despite nasty roads, gloomy days, lots of snow days people are actively looking for property and coming to live, work and play in our beautiful region. I think February will reward us with bright sunny days and glistening clean snow with the perfect cold temperatures to enjoy all of our outdoor activities. I love to snowshoe and look forward to hiking in the bush with my dogs, an activity I have yet to enjoy this winter. Complain as I will, outside letting my dogs out for the last time before bed each night,watching my breath, seeing the snow glimmering in moonlight, the quiet cold on my face, makes me so appreciative for this experience at the end of my day.
A client, who is looking to purchase land to build a home on, asked me this week if could I describe what it is like to live in the Almaguin Highlands and what wildlife he should expect to see. I asked him in return “Have you ever been to Algonquin Park? He answered yes and I then said “imagine stepping out the back door of your home in Algonquin park…that is what it is like to live here” He and his family will be up next week to view a few properties and hopefully purchase their “little piece of northern heaven”
Many people come to our area for various reasons. I have a new listing this week that will appeal to someone with business knowledge and expertise in operating a restaurant business. It could be someone local not really wanting to commit to purchasing or perhaps a person who is looking to move their business to Burk’s Falls. Fantastic opportunity for a motivated business person with restaurant experience to operated their business in a great location in Burk’s Falls. Beautiful historic brick building, parking lot, outdoor patio and beautiful setting. Net $2000.00 lease per month and owner is looking for a three year lease.
More info on my website or visit Realtor.ca
In our Village we are lacking in accommodation for anyone wanting to stay a couple of nights or just passing through and want to stop and stay without driving further to find a place to sleep. I have decided to start an Air B&B with the extra apartment in my building. It should be ready by the first of February and in my next blog I will give you a preview of what will be offered. Hopefully this will encourage others, with extra space, in the village or surrounding area to do the same. Burk’s Falls can become a destination instead of people just driving through. Our community has so much to offer and with more people coming and staying a while, prosperity will come for everyone as the spin off activities will filter to the local businesses. On that positive note I am signing out for today…..time for my dogs to go out and me to enjoy some cold night air.
Hard to believe we are in the middle of January and it has been a very frosty beginning. I am grateful for the frigid temperatures necessary to make the lake ice safe for the trails and the ice fishing. The roadways are also dry and clear, good for travelling with the crisp cold temperatures comes very little snowfall. We can always bundle up right?
You know that new listing I was mentioning? Well, I had a little delay in getting it processed for the MLS. Good pictures, to properly promote a commercial property, are necessary for great first impressions to attract buyers. This property wasn’t quite ready but it will next week and featured in my blog.. Businesses are moving in Burk’s Falls, with recent sales of a couple of businesses, bringing new people into our village. We do like to share our up and coming dynamic Village and having new business and new business owners will make sure our Village thrives.
This coming weekend is the Burk’s Falls Winter Fest so visit their page Winterfest for details and don’t miss out on the family fun, games and laughs. This event is taking place January 20th (evening) and 21st (afternoon). Your $10 wristband gives you access to the Saturday evening family bowling and dance, as well as the complete lineup of events on Sunday, including face painting, games, horse drawn wagon rides, contests and more.
Here is a listing that meets many buyers needs, back lot to Lake Cecebe, walking distance to the lake, backs onto green space for trail walking, beautiful home with pond, large garage…want to move here yet. Worth a look 253 Chapman Drive
I have an awful cold and typing skills are a little off with those pesky germs making me cough with every key stroke. With a little rest I will be back in good form by the weekend. This keyboard is shared so it is wiped clean after it’s use as not to spread this to anyone else in the office. You may have found irregular hours this week at our office and I truly apologize if you were inconvenienced. Being ill, it is best to stay well clear of others including co-workers and clients. For this week, your “Go To REALTOR®” for Almaguin Highlands, can always communicate via email or telephone and keep those pesky germs to myself. Off now to have some ginger/honey tea and a good night’s sleep. Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog.
Today everything at work is business as usual but schools had a snow day, giving all the children riding buses, one more day to claim as holiday time. I was very happy not to venture out this afternoon as the roads and weather turned nasty.
This evening, letting the dogs out, the trees howled with the north wind blowing snow off the rooftops and down the street. In this video not much to see but the great, big, roaring sound is Mother Nature a wee bit on the cranky side.
Catching up with work after holidays makes me feel out of sync with my schedule. It seemed everything I thought could be accomplished today was a far reach from actual reality. As the week progresses hopefully things will fall into place. The market is still busy, with a commercial and residential property just sold this week, dwindling my listing inventory. Many sellers do not have their properties listed through the winter months as they feel buyers will not be viewing property because of the snow. Winter months are more challenging but technology, summer photos, google earth overviews and a determined Real Estate Agent attract buyers interested in purchasing property. Many of the properties available this season have become the shiny pennies to buyers needing to make a move, however lack of inventory makes for a small pool of listings to choose from. Does it sound like I am asking for your listing?
Well, yes I am….just give me a call or email and I will market your property to find the right buyer.
If you are looking for a career change or to be your own boss don’t forget the great business opportunity in Sundridge. The Double Decker fast food restaurant is closed for the winter but you could buy now and start up first thing in the spring. Great business to run year round with good location, Highway 11 signage and a spot well known in the area. A perfect business venture for someone to be self employed and make a good income. Fast Food Restaurant
On a different note…..there is another commercial property that may be developed.
This year round waterfront home has 18 acres that is zoned for commercial recreational use. It could be used as a campground, build a cottage resort or anything that falls into that type of category. The residence is beautiful with a commanding view of Doe Lake, sand beach and clean water entry. Have a look at the details it could be the investment you have been looking for. Waterfront Opportunity
Well it is off to sleep for me now…. listening to the wintery sounds from my nice warm bed. Read my blog next week new commercial listing coming and new sales too!
Let the New Year begin! As I do every year I feel nostalgic and a little sad to have
the past year filed away. I never really make any New Years Resolutions however reviewing the past year, always has a great impact on how I look at my achievements and mistakes to develop a working plan for my life in 2019. In 2018 I started a new real estate brokerage which is extremely successful and ventured out of my comfort zone in the work section of my life. This year I intend on building that business and have other like minded Realtors® join my company and expand our service keeping level of professionalism that all the Sellers and Buyers in the Almaguin Highlands have come to expect.
In the personal aspect of 2018 I felt a bit out of touch with my ever growing family mostly due to my travel being restricted in caring for my Mom. She is no longer able to travel well, so I hope my family in 2019 will continue to come visit this year to spend time with her. With dementia she does not remember the visits but she enjoys them so much in the moment. Also warm memories are made for the grandchildren, great grand children and great great grandchildren to past on the stories when they get older.
Balancing work, family gives me a great sense of accomplishment (even though sometimes I think everything is out of balance) and that is something I intend to prioritize this year. I am one of the lucky ones that is privileged to have fulfilling work, appreciative clients and an attentive, loving family. WOW so much to be grateful for! I think 2019 may be challenging and that is a good thing because if we are not challenged we become complacent and forget to be grateful for what we have.
With our great office dynamics REALTY EXECUTIVES Local Almaguin Highlands Inc.,
Brokerage will make it’s mark felt with a positive impact on the Real Estate throughout the Villages of Almaguin in 2019.
Looking for recreation property, hunt camp or just room to roam these listings have that and more.
First Property link to listing 933 Highway 522 Trout Creek
Second property link Forest Lake Road, Sundridge
Like many people I wait until the first of December to decorate my building and office. Decorating in the cold is not my favourite thing of the season but I like to wait until after Remembrance Day out of respect and not to take away from the importance of that day. Now I have (really my grandsons and son-in-law) the front outside and the inside looking very festive. And No they did not install the lights and end up like the guy in this photo! My apartment too, is lit up with decorations lifting my Mom’s spirits since she is not able to get outdoors as much as before.
Friday Night before the parade the local real estate companies with the Village of Burks Falls organized the Annual Tree Lighting event. Hot Chocolate and cookies enticing everyone attending to sing Christmas songs a a little louder. Hanging Christmas ornaments on the tree was also enjoyed and at the end the lights went on. Sparkling and twinkling colour made the tree come alive with the spirit of the Holidays. I look out my window every night a watch the snow covered tree stand all lit up and making our Village ready for Santa’s arrival.
My Mom and I had a ring side seat from which to watch the Santa Claus Parade, from our living room above in our apartment above my office. The lit up floats and music were lovely. Many businesses from the
surrounding area participated including Fowler’s Construction who are working on the street construction in all the inclement weather we have had. The Shriners came all decked out as they do very faithfully every year to take part in our Parade.
Santa of course came up last all bright with lights. At the end of the parade Santa and Mrs Claus handed oranges and candy canes to the children who came to tell him their Christmas wishes.
I feel very grateful this time of year for all I have been blessed with; my family, (including a cute little Great-Grand-Daughter) a successful business, good health, and of course two devoted dogs. Not being able to partake in many of the Holiday Functions this year has made me especially appreciate the many people behind the scenes working to make the events wonderful and enjoyable for our whole community.
Realty Executives Local Almaguin Highlands Inc. have sponsored a few hours for public skating at the Burk’s Falls Arena over the Christmas break so go out and enjoy some free family skating.
December for Real Estate sales is generally slow with everyone getting prepared for the holidays…not this year! It seems our winter wonderland is attracting all types of Buyers to come and look at properties throughout the Villages of Almaguin. Everything from vacant land, cottages, homes & businesses are having Buyers book showings. Offers are coming in and deals are being made. Now that is a great Christmas present, a relocation to our extraordinary Almaguin Highlands. Check out the links below, you might decide to become a an owner of your own piece of Northern Heaven.
933 Ferguson road 19 Horizon Road 818 Relative road
Just on the market! Wonderful 80 acre parcel listed for $189,900….build, use for recreation, sever for investment….this property offers it all
Complain, as we all do, the white fluffy stuff has come early and in abundance keeping us fit at the end of a shovel. with the cold temperatures many ski hills have opened and it has been the earliest in the past 30 years. My dogs have made the best of the snow racing in a crazy pattern around the flower bed, jumping over the piles of snow made by the snowplow and just enjoying a playful romp outside. After they come inside it is a different story …sound asleep drying out on their blankets
An update on the construction on the business street in Burk’s Falls. The freezing temperatures have not deterred the diligent workers from braving the cold paving the street and pouring concrete for the sidewalks. Out in front of our business is not yet completed but will be wonderful when these improvements are done. Right now there are heated frost tarps on the sidewalks so please Do Not walk on them (extremely slippery) walk on the street and go through the pathways made for pedestrians to the businesses. Our back parking lot and back door is open for our clients so they can come in and do business avoiding the uneven ground coming through the front of the building. As a motorist be careful of pedestrians and slow down going through the Village. The construction has definitely been an inconvenience but so worth the end result of our main street showing that Burk’s Falls is an up and coming community soon to be the shining star of the Villages of Almaguin. Residents will be proud and businesses will again flourish…. a win win for us all. This first step will encourage commerce and local business to improve their facades, planters and gardens and make it appealing to all who walk through our Village to shop and do business here.
A shout out to Fowler Construction for their tireless diplomacy and consideration in dealing with the endless stream of disgruntled people……I hope they know how much they are appreciated doing a job that has to be done. The day to day life for us, in the short term, is a little more difficult but necessary to achieve a major community improvement……and yeah I admit I do a little complaining too.
Although it has been a bit more difficult for our clients to come into the office the market continues to be active. Technology plays a huge part in promoting our properties so if you are looking to list through the winter months please give us call and get a jump on moving this spring. Here is a link to my newest type of promotion I am doing for some of my clients. 933 Ferguson Road – Home, Waterfront & Acreage
Here are a few more photos of our winter beauty – worth the drive!
Today is Remembrance Day and throughout the Villages of Almaguin services are being held for those lost and those still serving to keep Canada safe. As Canadians we are very well respected by other countries not only as allies in the time of war but for our diplomacy in times of peace. As time passes the “great wars” are not as remembered buy the young and it is our obligation and duty to educate our children and grand children about the sacrifices made by everyone. The soldiers who fought, the people displaced because of war all have suffered and the endless political rhetoric that continues seems to keep forming and fueling today’s atrocities all over the world. It rests with all of us in society to change and help our children understand conflict resolution, managing to accomplish it without injury and destruction to property, land and life. We need to be diligent in keeping the minds of our youth open, accepting, kind and teach them the negotiating tools to deal with tomorrows conflicts better than we ourselves have done in the past. All that change can not happen, unless in our everyday lives we show youth by example, how we deal with views other than our own using with respect and kindness rather than judgment and animosity. Start resolving disagreements at home and work without violence and instill empathy in our youth for the plight of others. A strong people Stand Up for others and Stand Down on judgment.
Our office has signage! my new firm is:
REALTY EXECUTIVES Local Almaguin Highlands Inc., Brokerage. My goal is to serve all the Villages of Almaguin with buying or selling their unique real estate in this beautiful area. As a Broker of Record I hope to enlarge our team of two, myself Louisa Moffit and Sales Representative Jim Creasor invite other agents to join our team to give our clients in the Almaguin Highlands the specialized service they deserve. Contact me, if as an agent, you are ready to make a move and I will give you the details of how this brokerage may be a good fit for you.
The weather has been a very HOT topic throughout Ontario with the heat
drying out the vegetation and a Fire Ban for our area is in effect. Those here for holidays or camping I am sure are making the lakes and rivers their go to places for heat relief and the residents are doing the same. Driving please look out for wildlife as they come near the roads as the evenings cool down. Never leave your dogs or children in a vehicle even for a few minutes, it can be life threatening very quickly.
The street construction in Burk’s Falls causes a bit of delay getting from one end of the village to the other but be patient for the flaggers are out in that heat all day and deserve to be respected. Wait your turn, don’t stress and enjoy your air-conditioned vehicle for 1 or 2 minutes while the necessary construction is being done. Those of you in vehicles with no air be grateful you are only waiting a few minutes and not spending the entire day in the heat waving other motorists safely through the construction.
All businesses in the Village of Burk’s Falls are inconvenienced however access to the businesses is always available. Who knows maybe slowing down traffic may make people take notice of businesses, they never took the time to see, as they drove right by. That in mind, decorate your store fronts and get ready to be part of face lift the Village is receiving. There will always be complaints but when given lemons make cool lemonade! Your positive attitude will be refreshing and contagious.
Cooler temperatures are in the forecast and also on the bright side not many black flies are around ( although I think our mosquitoes are still plentiful). Until my next post remember Be Kind, it doesn’t cost anything and can usually cool down most heated situations.