collingwood: March 2010 Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report - 04/04/10 03:01 PM
The month of March proved to be strong start to the spring market and potentially a sign of having put the recession fully behind us - at least for now.
Sales in the Georgian Triangle last month reached the highest level on record for any March since 2004 with a total of 200 MLS® sales in all areas serviced by the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board for all types of properties.  Of the 200 sales, about 135 were single family homes and 24 were condominiums.  There were also 25 vacant land sales.  The number of new listings also climbed sharply with … (0 comments)

collingwood: Earth Hour Photos from South Georgian Bay - 04/02/10 05:00 PM
My favourite photographic contributor is at it again.  E.H. Scott,  a client of mine who lives atop the Niagara Escarpment to the south of Collingwood, sent these two photos he took on March 27th.  The first was taken at 20:53 in the middle of Earth Hour and, the second at 21:45, after Earth Hour had finished. You can clearly see that after Earth Hour, the glow in the sky from Collingwood - Blue Mountain is much greater.
 
According to the president of Collus (our local utility provider), Collingwood's consumption dropped 5.6% compared to 9% last year.  This could be due … (6 comments)

collingwood: Are You Looking for a Job in The Collingwood – Blue Mountain Area? - 03/23/10 12:37 PM
If you are thinking about relocating to the Collingwood-Blue Mountain area, chances are you might also be embarking on a job hunt.  Where do you start? 
You can begin by searching online at well known sites such as Workopolis, Monster and Local Work.    You can also check the Service Canada Job Bank and of course, the local newspapers in the area which all have online editions.
You might check in with a local service such as TRACKS or the Career Access Centre.
You can look at more local and aggregator websites such as Job Serve, Jobs Open, Wow Jobs and  Indeed.
Some local employers, … (3 comments)

collingwood: Lighthouse Point Condominiums in Collingwood - 03/12/10 05:53 PM
If you are contemplating buying a condominium in the Collingwood - Blue Mountain area, you owe it to yourself to visit Lighthouse Point.
This very popular development sits on about 100 acres with a mile of Georgian Bay shoreline on the west edge of Collingwood.  Construction began in 1989 with the last of the roughly 500 units completed last year.  In 2002, developer, Rupert Bronsdon was named builder of the year by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - an award well deserved for this quality project that elevated the standard for all such projects to follow.
Lighthouse Point is beautifully landscaped … (2 comments)

collingwood: February 2010 Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report - 03/01/10 07:12 PM
Real estate activity in February in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and area continued to show recovery over the picture we saw one year ago.
Sales in the Georgian Triangle in February, 2010 were up 39% compared to the same month last year when we were in the depth of the recession.  There were 107 sales of all types reported in our area in February but this was still well below the 139 sales reported in the same month in 2008.  The number of new listings for the month declined by 13% over a year ago with 347 new listings in February.
The … (1 comments)

collingwood: January 2010 Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report - 02/01/10 08:46 PM
I know it will not be a surprise to you to learn that real estate sales in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and area last month presented a far rosier picture than we saw one year ago.
Sales in the Georgian Triangle in January, 2010 were up 56% over the same period last year when we were in the depth of the recession.  There were 81 sales reported for January 2010 and 455 new listings representing a decline a just 2% over 12 months ago.
Sales in units have not yet returned to 2008 levels however, the 12 month average sale price continues … (2 comments)

collingwood: Schools in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area - 02/01/10 06:46 PM
People who are moving to the Georgian Triangle area often ask about school information for the area. 
There are a wide range of choices in the public, separate and private sectors.  The first consideration is which County you will reside in.  Homes located in Grey County (including Blue Mountain, Meaford and Grey Highlands) fall under the Blue Water or Bruce-Grey District while properties in Simcoe County (including Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner and Creemore) fall into the Simcoe District.
Below is a list of options with links to each school website.  As of September, 2010, full-day Kindergarten will also now be offered … (0 comments)

collingwood: Real Estate Market Forecast for 2010 - 01/06/10 10:08 AM
Trying to do a forecast of what is likely to happen in the real estate market in 2010 for the Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Triangle area is a bit like playing at a roulette table.  There are way too many strategies, systems, odds and lucky omens to consider.
I've spent the better part of the last week tabulating, reading, crunching, analyzing and surmising.  You've already seen the data from 2009 over the last couple of posts.  Below are some of the things I've been studying that will impact our market over the next 12 months or so.
General Economics
Canada … (2 comments)

collingwood: What’s Happening With Real Estate Prices in the Georgian Triangle - 01/06/10 10:07 AM
Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area Real Estate Prices Rising Again
First, a disclaimer:  Statistics can be dangerous things if they are not carefully and accurately assessed.  For example, our MLS® system uses average sale prices rather than median sale prices.  Neither is an exact science but when used comparatively, it gives us a general sense of trends only.  For example, the absence or presence of very low or very high-end sales can dramatically alter averages within small sampling groups.  Now having said that, I think we have a fairly safe picture emerging.  I've taken a look at the average sale prices … (0 comments)

collingwood: 2009 Year End Real Estate Report for the Georgian Triangle - 01/03/10 07:25 PM
2009 Real Estate Market Report for Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Area
What a year 2009 was in the real estate market. It was somewhat like driving in a snowstorm trying to sense the road ahead and having to make adjustments with each new gust.
First, a quick explanation about the data to follow. The Georgian Triangle area traditionally includes Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford.  The data collected by our Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board MLS® however, captures a wider area that includes towns on the edges of our typical trading area. As I know most of … (2 comments)

collingwood: Collingwood Heritage Building To Get New Lease On Life - 07/17/09 07:26 AM
I was so excited after reading a news release about the old Tremont Hotel building in downtown Collingwood, Ontario, that it was hard to get to sleep.
As I mentioned in another post on the subject,  the Tremont building has sat neglected and abandoned since the town purchased it several years ago with the intention of tearing it down for parking.  Since the building is located in the Heritage District and is considered to be an exceptional heritage asset, it would have been a horrible shame.  Thankfully, the current council stopped to reconsider that decision and ultimately put out a request for proposals … (3 comments)

collingwood: Building A Swingers Community - 07/09/09 04:22 PM
Ha!  Got ya with that headline!  Read on...
Back in September 2007, I wrote about our foray into the world of real estate investment.  Hubby and I purchased a condo in Collingwood, Ontario that we rented to a fantastic family and, we are still very happy with our decision.  There's more though.  One never knows where things can lead and many things have happened since then.
First, I was elected to the board of directors of the condominium corporation last year.  It's been a tremendous learning curve but one I am so glad to have taken on.  Having book knowledge of the Condominium … (4 comments)

collingwood: June 2009 Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report - 07/03/09 07:04 PM
The June stats are in and there are some pleasant surprises and some very positive news.  Look at this chart:

For the third straight month in a row, we saw the number of MLS® listings for the month drop below 2008 levels with 11.6% fewer new listings when compared to June 2008.  The BIG NEWS however is this... for the first time in 14 months, the number of sales for the month exceeded the previous year.  Yes, for the first time since April, 2008, the number of sales last month exceeded June '08 by a substantial 16%.
June also had … (4 comments)

collingwood: Uxbridge Real Estate Agent Escapes To Collingwood – Blue Mountain - 06/25/09 07:44 PM
One of the things I've enjoyed most about being part of the Active Rain family is connecting with REALTORS® from all over the continent.  There's a dynamic, intelligent and caring community of people in our business and, I've always learned or been inspired by the posts I've read.
Two of the people I've had a chance to meet on a couple of occasions now are Kathy Clulow and her hubby Barrie from Uxbridge, Ontario.  Last week they made the very good decision (shameless plug alert) to  have a mini-vacation in the Collingwood - Blue Mountain area and we were able to get … (4 comments)

collingwood: Yet Another Reason to Move To Collingwood – Our World Famous Water - 05/10/09 08:27 PM
When I meet new people who are considering a move to Collingwood and area, I like to give them what I call my "cook's tour."  What people see driving through or visiting on vacation merely scratches the surface and never meets the core of what a town is really all about.
On just such a tour last week, I drove my clients past our water treatment plant.  They thought this was a rather odd thing for me to show off and then, when I told them that Collingwood had one of the safest and best water supplies in the world, I … (3 comments)

collingwood: Another Collingwood Heritage Building At Risk - 05/03/09 01:25 PM

Nothing fires up debate in our fair town of Collingwood better than a plan to tear down a heritage building.  Every time the issue arises, entrenched camps form with flaring tempers, passionate appeals and political hand wringing.  There have often been lines drawn in the sand:  tear it down or, fix it and leave it.  Neither seems right to me.
In the last few years, the issue has come up over and over again as the town struggles with the impact of enormous growth pressures.   Many of the properties are public assets such as old schools and the question of … (2 comments)

collingwood: See Stars In Blue Mountain and Collingwood! - 03/29/09 10:47 AM
 
One of my clients sent me the most beautiful picture a few weeks ago and I'd like to share it with you.
These folks immigrated to Canada from the U.K. in order to improve their quality of life.  They bought a lovely rural property on the Niagara Escarpment just south of Collingwood in the stunning, Pretty River Valley.  Now, they take the time to smell the roses so to speak and, they notice things others may take for granted.
Case in point:  on a walk down their country road one night a few weeks ago, they took this picture which … (1 comments)

collingwood: What Should Collingwood Live Like in the Future? - 03/21/09 08:44 AM
Our daily lives are dramatically impacted by the liveability of the community we live in.  Access to  transit, our civic spaces, community amenities and the form of new development around us impact us the way building heights, trees and sidewalks more obviously do.
The Town of Collingwood is undertaking the development of an Urban Design Standards.  Not guidelines but, actual and enforceable standards.   They will direct the way new commercial, industrial, and multi-unit development will look and function in Collingwood.
According to a presentation made to council in December, the purpose of the Project is to develop urban design standards that … (0 comments)

collingwood: February 2009 Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report - 03/04/09 11:06 AM
The local real estate market for Collingwood, Blue Mountain and surrounding areas showed some minor improvement over the past month compared to the previous 3 months.  Overall, sales YTD are still well below last year by about 50% in the number of unit sales.
Following Januarys pattern, it was again interesting and slightly surprising to see that the number of new listings for the month was lower than in the previous year.  Typically, we expect to see an increase in listings during recessionary periods however, this decrease may signal general stability among homeowners not having to sell.
The following information was … (0 comments)

collingwood: Georgian Triangle Real Estate Market Report: January 2009 - 02/05/09 04:26 PM
The local real estate market followed national trends by posting the lowest number of monthly sales in over a decade.  The 46 sales reported in the Georgian Triangle last month represents a drop of 59% over January, 2008 and is lower than December 2008's 53 sales.
One interesting and slightly surprising trend is that, for the first time since March, 2008, the number of new listings for the month was lower than in the previous year.  For the fourth month in a row, there was a tiny uptick in consumer confidence being reported and, the North American governments have both passed stimulus … (1 comments)

 
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