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Clairwood Connection April 2021

Clairwood Connection

April 2021

 Spring is in the air in Southern Georgian Bay! While the lifts would still be turning at Blue Mountain Resort, if not for the provincial shutdown, and skiers and snowboarders would still be enjoying some slushy spring runs, the minds of many have turned to garden centres and patio furniture. Our newest blog post has some great tips for preparing your garden for the spring season.

The real estate market continues to be a hot one and properties are “flying off the shelves”. Many listed homes are receiving multiple offers, and with the low supply of properties for sale, the market continues to be in the Seller’s favour. You can see from our graphic below that the dollar value of sales and the average price of homes sold are up significantly from last year, and the number of days that a home stays on the market before being sold is considerably lower.

We’ve added a new feature to our Clairwood Connection Newsletter this month. Sometimes the terms that we use as REALTORS® are not familiar to our clients.  The “What does that mean?” section will focus on a new real estate term each month to help clarify some of these terms.

We are still very excited about our beautiful new website ClairwoodRealEstate.com, and we think you will find all of the real estate information you need there. 

If you are thinking of making a new beginning with a a property purchase in the Southern Georgian Bay area, you will benefit from working with one of our amazing REALTORS®. Give us a call at 705.445.7085 to connect today!

Market Statistics 

The real estate market in Southern Georgian Bay continues to roll at a blistering pace – here is our Market Snapshot for March 2021. To see the detailed Market Statistics for the Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Market, click here.

What Does That Mean?

Each month we will focus on a real estate term to help clarify its meaning. This month we are focusing on “FINTRAC”.

When you buy or sell property in Canada, you will be required to provide your REALTOR® with proof of your identity, along with some other pieces of information like your occupation, and your bank account details if you were the Buyer. Real estate brokerages, and their sales people and brokers, are required to confirm the identity of parties to a real estate sale transaction by The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), an agency of the Government of Canada responsible for facilitating the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering, terrorist activity financing and other threats to the security of Canada. Real estate brokerages are required to report suspicious transactions, terrorist property and large cash transactions over $10,000 to FINTRAC. Real estate brokerages must report the receipt of a deposit on any property sale, and while Clairwood Real Estate does not accept cash for deposits, the parties to the transaction must provide proof of their identity, and the party giving the deposit must provide details of the bank account the funds came from in order for the FINTRAC analysis to be completed.

Check Out Our NEW Website!

We are very excited to launch our BRAND NEW website! If you are looking for a home to buy, or hoping to sell your home, or if you are searching for information and resources about the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market, visit our new website. Bookmark us for quick access to all the real estate information you need!

Featured Listings

Read our Latest Blog

Spring Landscaping Projects for More Curb Appeal

As we watch the last bits of snow melt and see the tips of grass poking through our muddy yards, it’s not hard to start thinking about the lush green gardens we’d like to see this spring.
Read more

Real Estate News

Together we make up a group of enthusiastic professionals eager to show you the possibilities of the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market. We use the most current tools and technology so we can meet your needs, whether they be investments or a dream home. With years of experience in real estate and the Georgian Bay area, we value our clients because we care about this area and the people who live in it. Click here to connect. We look forward to meeting you.

We love where we live and work and we know that you will love it too! Click here to check out the Community Profiles of the Southern Georgian Bay communities that we think are great places to live.

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Spring Landscaping Projects For More Curb Appeal

Spring Landscaping Projects For More Curb Appeal

As we watch the last bits of snow melt and see the tips of grass poking through our muddy yards, it’s not hard to start thinking about the lush green gardens we’d like to see this spring. However, before you pick up a shovel, it’s best to do a little preparation to ensure your gardening projects grow to be as beautiful as you’ve imagined. While the last weeks of cool weather roll by, get inspired and start your planning to get your yard ready for a springtime landscape overhaul to give your home the curb appeal boost it needs.

Start With Research

Before you reach for your shovel and start digging up your yard like an untrained puppy, you should probably do a little research into what exactly you’re planning to do and will be dealing with. First, you should take a look at what kind of climate you’re living in and do a little investigating into what types of plants and greenery do best in those temperatures and conditions. This will help narrow down what sorts of things you can plant when the snow thaws. You should also look into factors such as the cost of purchasing and maintaining your choices, a planting schedule so you know when to plant it and when it will bloom and even what other items you may need to accomplish your landscaping ideas, such as sprinkler systems and gardening tools. You’ll also want to take a look at how much sun your new garden will receive during the day, to make sure you purchase the kinds of plants that will thrive as a result.

Consider Other Living Things

In almost any climate, you’re bound to run into some local pests. Whether they are neighbourhood animals, insects or even wildlife, they can all play a big factor in maintaining your perfectly landscaped property. While some insect problems have preventative measures you can take, some need to be controlled throughout the summer months, such as mosquitos and wasps, which can greatly affect the use of your yard and surrounding area. Another thing to take into consideration is which plants and fertilizers are toxic to animals. Whether it is your family’s pet, a local stray or even just wildlife, it’s best to avoid any greenery or chemicals that could harm animals. Always double check the toxicity of anything you put in your garden before you reach for your trowel. This is also a good idea to keep in mind as water run-off from your garden could end up in our waterways.

Get Inspired!

If you prepare your yard for the spring thaw in gradual stages, it’s much easier to allow your creative juices to flow. Begin with clearing last year’s dead plants from beneath the muddy ground in order to start with a clean slate to envision what styles and colours you’d like to introduce to your property. Does your home’s exterior call for a more modern Zen appearance or a colourful lush garden of perennials? Flip through your favourite home and garden magazines to get an idea of what landscaping looks will work for your home. And remember, when done in stages, you can get a better idea of how much more or less you’ll need for the final look that will become the wow factor of your neighbourhood.

Plot, Plan & Map It Out

While the idea of landscaping your property can be exciting, it’s best to take it one step at a time. While you’re waiting for the snow to melt, start a plan and schedule for your projects. Take your time to research and map out where and what you’d like to plant, and consider their ideal planting times. While some greenery is best planted in the early spring, others survive best when planted in the later spring months. A great thing to remember is that while differing plants & flowers bloom at different times, this can make for a great way to stretch out your gardening commitment as well as change the look of your landscaping as the months roll on. If you have any questions about when to plant each type of flower, don’t be afraid to consult your local greenhouse or garden centre. Additionally, take into consideration things such tree roots, long-term growth and even whether or not you may need to bring in a professional to help with some bigger landscaping projects.

Consider The Upkeep

The biggest factor with landscaping is the cost and effort for its upkeep. Even though you may be planning to sell your home with a gorgeous garden, if the on-going maintenance is overwhelming to the potential new home owners the on-going costs and work might deter them from making an offer. While the final product can add so much aesthetic value to your home, the maintenance is not always easy. Once you’ve got your plan of what you’d like to add to your property, take into consideration how much time and money you’re willing to invest in keeping up appearances. Factors such as trimming, raking, watering and pruning can take up many Saturday afternoons, so make sure you can keep up with what you’re planting. If you’re new to landscaping and gardening, aim for smaller projects that require less maintenance to avoid finding your yard dried and dead by early summer.

A beautiful yard can add so much to the enjoyment of your home and can be a great project for the spring and summer months. However, it’s important to remember to work in stages and to not get in over your head by the commitment. If you have any questions about how your landscaping can help enhance the curb appeal of your home and attract the right buyer, give one of our fantastic for your home when it comes time to turn your investment.

Clairwood Connection March 2021

Clairwood Connection

March 2021

The Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate market continues to be hot. High buyer demand and low supply of homes to be purchased are keeping prices elevated and forcing many sales into multiple offers. In 2020 we saw the average price of a residential home in the Western Region of the Southern Georgian market increase by a whopping 24% from $515,515 to $678,309.

What does that mean for you if you are planning to list your home to sell? It is likely that your home, if it is priced appropriately, will sell very quickly, and there may be multiple offers received. Your real estate agent will likely suggest “holding offers” which means that you, as the seller, will set the date and time to review any offers that are received for your property. Buyers will need to present their best possible offer, with their best price and the fewest conditions that they are comfortable with, and then hope that you choose their offer to work with. There are many things that you can do to prepare your home to generate lots of attention once it hits the market, like decluttering and staging – be sure to check out our Tips for Sellers, and then give us a call.

What does this mean if you are a buyer looking to purchase a home in our area? Whether you are a first time buyer or an investor, or somewhere in between, this hot market means that you will need to know what you are looking for and what your budget is. Since most properties are “holding offers”, as the buyer you will need to present your best possible offer, with your best price and with the fewest conditions (like financing and inspections) that you are comfortable with. A local realtor, who knows the local market, is your best resource in Southern Georgian Bay. Check out our Tips for Buyers, and then give us a call.

Market Statistics

For a more detailed look at the current Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Market, click here.

Check Out Our NEW Website!

We are very excited to launch our BRAND NEW website! If you are looking for a home to buy, or hoping to sell your home, or if you are searching for information and resources about the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market, visit our new website. Bookmark us for quick access to all the real estate information you need!

Featured Listings

Read our Latest Blog

Be Prepared for Up-Front Costs

Are you getting ready to buy a new home? If so, you’ve probably already thought about establishing a budget, but did you know that there are some up-front costs that you’ll need to be prepared for?
Read more

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Real Estate News

Together we make up a group of enthusiastic professionals eager to show you the possibilities of the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market. We use the most current tools and technology so we can meet your needs, whether they be investments or a dream home. With years of experience in real estate and the Georgian Bay area, we value our clients because we care about this area and the people who live in it. Click here to connect. We look forward to meeting you.
We love where we live and work and we know that you will love it too! Click here to check out the Community Profiles of the Southern Georgian Bay communities that we think are great places to live.
Click on the calendar to go to our listing of upcoming Open Houses.
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