Feeling Overwhelmed with Cabin Fever!
Getting outside has been my “go to” for sanity and if I meet someone on the trails I greet the warmly but from a distance. A smile and a wave goes a long way in making my day. I feel very privileged to live in Burk’s Falls with extensive walking and hiking trails. I realize not everyone has the ability to get out of their homes. I control what I can, write down the things I am so grateful for, do something that makes me laugh, dance crazy alone in my living room and try very hard not to worry and stew over what is out of my control. Have any tips for our next few weeks on how you keep sane without close face to face contact with family & friends ? I would love to hear them so please leave a comment.
This has been my GETTING OUTSIDE stress relief.
Sunrise on the Deck
Which way do we go?
Pick up the pace Louisa!
Trail by the Rivr
The past few weeks have been a challenge for everyone. Some feel isolated, others feel crowded (families) everyone has their life out of sync! I am no exception. Trying very hard to keep my clients serviced while adhering to the very necessary social distancing, screening and of course, disinfecting. I have taken this time to reorganize my home and office and thoroughly clean everything. With no children or other family members (with of course the exception of my sweet dogs) in my home, I slip into anxiety and fear, which are useless, draining emotions, so keep reminding myself “this too shall end”
Beside social distancing, I try to find ways of doing my part; thanking our front line people who bring, sell & distribute our groceries and supplies. Showing gratitude to our health care system workers and all my family members who are supportive. I have made an effort everyday to thank someone in a small way, whether it is for staying home and isolated or working from home and caring for children or other family members, employers and businesses owners desperately trying to keep afloat, everyone deserves an big thank you for doing your part.
Here are some of MY sold properties in the couple of months of this year……this market time
is very active with many of my listings sold . If you are thinking of selling please give me a call to get it sold, so that part of your life is not still on hold. We are still active and open for business in buying and selling properties and our procedures are compliant with Health Canada in screening, protocols being diligently done by our colleagues and staff to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Cabin on Lake & Acres
Christmas Eve Tamblyn Family Visit. Made Mom’s day with family spending the afternoon with her.
As the new year begins, most of us are reflecting on the past year. I have so much to be grateful for but I am always a little sad moving forward into the new year. I guess it is the realization that some of those special moments can’t be recreated, just remembered. Every year people make new resolutions for the coming year but I find that any time or day of the year,can be a turning point . A goal for a new direction in business or personal life can be set and a plan made to achieve it. I try to focus on something I can improve on and last year it was my health. I made a plan on how to achieve it, track the progress and success (set backs and failures) and tweek the plan to work with my lifestyle resulting in a more positive outcome. My goal last year was to get my blood pressure back to a healthy state. It may be one goal but I had to determine all the factors that I had to change in my lifestyle to get that goal, weight loss, activity level, sleep patterns, stress and just taking a little me time. When I looked at all those changes I thought that I may never achieve all of them (which I didn’t) but my success would be determined by my goal of healthy blood pressure. Happy to say goal achieved!
This year I am going to focus on building my real estate business into a larger company and make sure none of my clients are lacking in service. Working on organizing the steps I am going to have to take to accomplish to reach that goal is going to take some time but I hope to have the first couple of steps in completed by the end of January. Onward and Upward!
I have started putting all the Christmas decorations away for the year but I do like to leave the trees with white lights and a few winter decorations outside. It just seems so bare and cold with out decorations to reflect what a wonderful season winter is. I did decorate the B&B over the holidays and put in a cozy fireplace. I have more guests coming throughout the winter to go skating at Arrowhead Park, snowshoeing about Almaguin Highlands, snowmobiling throughout the area and visiting the ice caves and other attractions.
The weather so far has been good for me, on the nature walking trails in Powassan just boots, no snowshoes are necessary with the dogs and I so loving our daily hikes the woodlands. Unfortunately I am no photographer, wearing big gloves, in the dark, trying not to stumble, these are the best I could do……I am really upset that the trail looks so unobstructed and even because believe me it is not and I fall or stumble on them at least once everyday…..then again maybe I am just clumsy!
Losing daylight start of our hike
For Lumbig every stump is a stop
Now Corona has a new smell off the trail
Up up up the hill we all go!
The real estate market, throughout the Villages of Almaguin, is still very active with these 3 sales happening in the past month and a few more are closing in January. If you are thinking to wait until spring, this just goes to show that in winter every type of property does sell. Also in the winter there are fewer listings which tends to make your property stand out as the shiny penny without the competition from the influx of other listings coming on in the spring. Contact me today” Your Go To Realtor” and I will move your property sooner than later.
December is filled with family, friends, get-togethers, parties and celebrations. I myself look forward to wonderful visits and lots of noise and love. It also makes me sad because of the ones we have lost that will be missed this Christmas as they are every year as the time passes. New family members are born or are added as significant others to grow our family to an immense, fantastic size. Other family obligations and distance keep some from this holiday visit but the communication lines with modern technology keeps them close. I am so grateful for the ones I will see either in person or a video chat and just the thought makes me smile.
Our Santa Parade was this past weekend and although I personally could not see it my local family said it was a great parade of lights. Many small communities throughout the Villages of Almaguin have different types of events in December so be sure to support and attend if you live in or are visiting our area. Winter Wonderland sleigh rides anyone? Here is a link to book your family ride today for the holidays. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
REALTOR Food Bank Donation
As our lives become hectic with social plans, family visits and holiday functions, please be KIND to everyone this season. So many appear to be “Crabbit Apples” with a bah humbug attitude but just are overwhelmed with sadness or coping with financial pressures beyond their control. Understanding, kindness and reaching out to those less fortunate, no matter what the cause, is something we all need to do more of. Never become “too busy” to take a moment to call a friend you haven’t spoke to in a while or give a big warm smile to a stranger, after all “Tis the Season”
FOR SALE !!!
The real estate market is enjoying a surge of business with the arrival of the snow and many buyers enjoying what the area has to offer. Listing your property in the winter has many
wintery back road
benefits: there is fewer competitive properties listed making yours the shiny penny and getting more for your property; roads and driveways are frozen so no dealing with muddy roads or getting stuck in muddy country laneways; the snow easily blows off of furniture being moved in the cold rather than becoming saturated with spring rain. If you are interested in hearing about more of them please contact me. Don’t wait until spring sales are happening now.
My Mom 90th Birthday!
Hi Everyone, I have not written a blog post in quite sometime. Personal obligations were prioritised over the last few months. Not to get into personal details but caring for an ageing parent became somewhat overwhelming and some extra business related items had to take a back seat for a while to keep my client service optimum. I now feel that my routine has been established to resume some of my insights and updates again on social media.
Cutest Dogs Ever!
I have a new look! My hair is cut and going back to the natural colour(which will take a few more months to fully take effect). Also I prioritised my health and have became much more fit with the weight loss of over 75 lbs. To run a full time business, care for a parent with dementia and just be the best Mom & “Amma” for all my family it was a necessary change.
Real estate sales has been robust again this year but prices have stabilised for many types of properties in our area and it has became a very balanced market. This allows optimum expectations to be met for the sellers and a reasonable price paid for the buyers. Although many sales were expected in the early fall, mother nature had different ideas (lots of rain and yukky viewing weather) and it was mid to late October before the fall market got back into full swing. Now at the end of November sales have picked up in all price ranges and types of properties.
Don’t be afraid to list in the winter. Next Blog to give you tips on why winter is a great time to sell. Talk again in a couple of weeks signing off for now…..”Your Go To Realtor for The Villages of Almaguin” Louisa
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