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Fun Attractions and Activities in Muskoka

Monday Aug 21st, 2017

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Muskoka is a gem in Central Ontario with its scenic views of nature, its small villages, and marinas by sparkling lakes. For Ontarians, Muskoka is a place to travel to for a break from the cityscape. There are many attractions to see and activities to do. For those who prefer leisure and relaxation: Wine, Brewery and Roastery Tours: Muskoka is home to three of Ontario’s best breweries, to fine wines and delicious coffee. Explore and taste well-crafted beer, fine made wines... [read more]

Insuring Cottage Properties

Sunday Aug 13th, 2017

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In real life, very few dreams live up to the advance billing. The experience of enjoying your own cottage, however, can be the exception to the rule. In Muskoka, in the Kawarthas, further west or north among the lakes, wherever your home-away-from-home is found, it often becomes a refuge of value far beyond any details in a real estate listing. The clear separation from routine, a deliberate dedication of personal and family time, the co-existence with nature, all deliver immediate rewards to... [read more]

How Muskoka came to be: A History of Muskoka

Friday Aug 04th, 2017

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If you’ve been to Muskoka and have been lucky enough to enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer, you may have wondered about the history and the people who settled the area.  What brought settlers to this rugged terrain in the first place?  Who were they and how did they manage to hack out an existence from the wilds they would have encountered? The Muskoka region in Ontario is made of several townships, including the Town of Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and... [read more]

Our top 5 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Friday Jul 28th, 2017

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Purchasing your first home can be simultaneously exciting, overwhelming and stressful. The following are our list of top five tips to help prospective home buyers with purchasing their first home. Tip # 1 – Prioritize your hunt It is crucial to sit down and determine what you are looking for and prioritize your requirements. Are you interested in buying your first home in a specific geographic area, close to a certain school, or in the city’s core? Do you have your mind made... [read more]

Muskoka Boat Launches

Friday Jul 21st, 2017

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Lake of Bays Boat Launches Norway Point Park, Norway Point Rd Beach, launch, and dock   Toad Lake, Limberlost Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   Bella Lake, Fieldale Rd Shallow water, suitable for canoes and small boats   Wolf Bay, Wolf Bay Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   Blue Lake, Limberlost/Blue Lake Rd Suitable for canoes and small boats   South Portage, South Portage Rd Wood dock, suitable for larger boats,... [read more]

Buying a Rental Cottage

Thursday Jul 13th, 2017

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During the cold winter months or the hot summer days, where being stuck in the city can be almost unbearable, most people head up to their cottages for a reprieve from all the noise. Some of these people rent out their cottages for additional income on the side. If you are wondering whether buying a cottage is worth it, here are some facts to let you know what it means to buy a rental cottage. There are two types of cottages: Type A: a cottage with access year-round, and is winterized... [read more]

Easements and Property Rights

Tuesday Jul 04th, 2017

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  Whether you’re a current or prospective property owner, it’s important to understand how easements may affect your use and enjoyment of real property. Easements are a necessary part of our property law system, granting rights to municipalities, utilities, and other parties that help create or maintain various services to our communities. They can also be a source of frustration when property owners discover that they don’t have total control over their land. What... [read more]

The types of properties available in the Muskoka Region

Sunday Jun 25th, 2017

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For many people, the idea of a home or cottage in the Muskoka region is a dream come true.  This area has not only long been a sanctuary for those wanting a get-away surrounded by pristine lakes and beautiful old forests, but it has become the place to be for  Hollywood stars, top business executives, and even the hockey players of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  You can get a taste of what it would be like to live here by paying a visit and either renting a cottage or even booking a... [read more]

Are you thinking of renting out your cottage?

Thursday Jun 15th, 2017

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If you own a cottage property, you may be thinking of possibly renting it out for a short or long period of time. If this is the case, there are undoubtedly lots of questions floating around in your head. Who should I be looking to rent to? How much should I charge? When should I rent my cottage out? Is it even a good idea to rent my cottage out? Relax! There are answers to all of these questions. Renting out your cottage requires a lot of preparation, but it does not have to be a complete... [read more]

Finding your perfect oasis in Muskoka

Thursday Jun 08th, 2017

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Whether you’re looking for your very first home/cottage or are in the process of either upgrading or downsizing, welcome to Muskoka!  This area, about 1 ½ hours north of Toronto, is your ticket to over 1600 lakes, granite cliffs, pine and maple forests and awe-inspiring waterfalls.  The Muskoka District is made up of several communities, including Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes Township, and Lake of Bays Township. Each has their own individual charm... [read more]

Key Legal Considerations in Purchasing or Using Your Cottage Property

Thursday May 25th, 2017

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The arrival of summertime means it is cottage season. We can all imagine the picturesque cottage with pristine water, crisp air, plenty of sunshine, surrounded by friends and family. Whether you own or dream of owning a cottage, it is important to understand the unique characteristics of owning rural properties. The following are key legal considerations in purchasing or using a rural property such as a cottage: ACCESS RIGHTS: Having a cottage in a remote area or on an island can be... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016

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In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]

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