We’re all in this together…..SO STAY APART!

We’re all in this together…..SO STAY APART!

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.

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.

 

 

 

Reflection of 2019 Welcome 2020

Reflection of 2019 Welcome 2020

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!

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 a Conflicting Month for Many

December a Conflicting Month for Many

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.

Long Absence Over

Long Absence Over

My Mom 90th Birthday!

Cherish Laughter

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

 

February in the Villages of Almaguin

February in the Villages of Almaguin

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!

Real Estate Buzzing in Almaguin

Real Estate Buzzing in Almaguin

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.

 

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