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.
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!
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
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.
Well I picked up a new Bouvier pup on November the 5th 2017. She is now 8 weeks old and Corona is a wonderful big sister to her. Training a dog (not that there is much training except of the owner at this age) is so much less stressful with an adult dog to teach them the routine and what is acceptable and not. Her name is Lambig pronounced in English “lumbeeg” wikipedia on Lambig
I chose that particular name because of the endearing memory I have of my grandfather giving my husband a bottle of it to return home to Canada on our first trip to see my family in France. Although not my drink of choice Jim cherished the gift and still had
Knight Brothers Factory circa 1896
that bottle long after the death of my grandfather. We finished the last of it to celebrate our move to the Burk’s Falls Knight Brother’s factory building in 1996 twenty years after Jim had received it. It makes me smile and think of them both, every time I say her name.Lumbig has had her introduction to office life this past week. She has gone a few showings, assisted GREATLY when I had to put up my signs and is learning that we do not pee on clients lawns. The burst of energy is always followed by a very long puppy nap. My clients have certainly have enjoyed her puppy antics. The snow covers the ground today and both dogs love the outdoors. More difficult to find the property boundaries when showing property however.
Many Clients have taken this opportunity to view vacant land as the terrain can be assessed without all the foliage camouflaging the lay of the land. Not many listings available in this are so if you are a seller give me a call and I can promote and perhaps bring you a successful offer before snowshoes are required for showings. I sold eight vacant properties last winter and I would think most properties listed through this winter season will be sold as well. I do have a lovely building lot almost 3 acres in size on Sterling Creek Road very affordably priced at $35,000. I will be taking pictures of that property later today with the arrival of the snow. Sterling Creek Road