By: Marilyn Rogers

Ontario’s hottest cottage real estate markets of 2020

Ontario’s hottest cottage real estate markets of 2020

Following is an excerpt from an article Marilyn was quoted in that appeared on Cottage Life's website in late July, "Ontario’s hottest cottage real estate markets of 2020" By Andrew Cruickshank... Buy, buy, buy. Real estate agents across Ontario are being overwhelmed by buyers interested in purchasing a piece of cottage country. But inventory is limited. It’s a “seller’s market,” says Marilyn Rogers, a real estate agent who operates out of the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton areas. When COVID-19 hit, the market slowed for Susan Benson, a real estate agent out of the District of Muskoka. She says there was concern the trend would continue into the s...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Getting Your Peterborough Cottage Ready For Winter

Getting Your Peterborough Cottage Ready For Winter

If you haven't done so, it's time to start thinking about getting ready for the winter months as we say good bye to summer. Having a cottage that’s winterized is a great idea – not only does it make your cottage more appealing to buyers if you ever decide to sell, it ensures you and your family can enjoy cozy cottage evenings all year-round. And, if you’d rather avoid the drive during the winter months, you can always rent it out to generate extra income when you’re not interested in using it. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider:   Electrical   If your cottage is not winterized, it might run on electric heating, which can be very expe...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

What Makes Buckhorn Lake Incredible?

What Makes Buckhorn Lake Incredible?

Buckhorn Lake is a true gem offering a great natural and peaceful environment, but it’s also surrounded by great places for those who are looking for adventures. The water is clear which makes swimming very enjoyable, as well as canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The wildlife is also incredible enabling residents to experience the nature in its purest form. The artificial lake was initially known as Hall’s Bridge, thanks to its first settler, John Hall, who built a dam and a sawmill there in 1830. He used to put his collection of deer antlers on the outside walls of his mills which inspired settlers to start calling the area Buckhorn. However, there is another story of how the lake...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Should You Buy A Peterborough Cottage With Friends Or Family?

Should You Buy A Peterborough Cottage With Friends Or Family?

With home prices rising, some people may consider going in on a house with their friends and family. They might be thinking of living together, or they may be considering using the home as a vacation destination if it’s a cottage – either to be alternately shared or rented out. This can be a very wise investment decision! However, when co-buying any type of real estate it’s very important to consider exactly what you want in a property, how it will be paid for, and how the property will be used. In a TD Canada Trust article, Michelle Snow, the Associate Vice President of Retail Products at TD, says, “Whether buying a home on your own or together in partnership with...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Chemong Lake And The Surrounding Area

Chemong Lake And The Surrounding Area

The beautiful Chemong Lake, just 10 minutes away from Peterborough, is one of Kawartha's finest lakes that features great waterfront properties for sale and rent and a number of activities year-round. The once small natural lake is now the biggest lake in the Kawartha chain, and even though nowadays, bridges and roads connect the area with the wider community, crossing the lake for the earliest settlers was yet a major challenge. The lake's rich history has remained a big part of the lakeside we know today. The nine-mile long shoreline has become one of the most attractive locations for buying real estate. Even if known as a major tourist destination, Chemong is also home to many ye...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Avoid These Contractor Red Flags

Avoid These Contractor Red Flags

Renovating your home is a great way to increase its value before selling it or to make your home better suit your current needs and lifestyle. The majority of homeowners trust their renovations to a contractor, but things can go awry if it doesn’t go well. Be on the lookout for the following red flags when hiring a contractor to work on your home.   They demand cash upfront. While a deposit is to be expected, there’s little incentive to finish a job for shady contractors if they’re paid up front. There’s no reason to pay upfront, and typically contractors are paid in increments as the work is completed or upon completion.   They don’t want a contract. ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Building A Dock or Boathouse

Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Building A Dock or Boathouse

Ontario Real Estate lawyer Bob Aaron writes informative columns for home buyers and sellers in the Toronto Star. However, one of his columns touches on problems surrounding cottage ownership. The issue described in the column stems from the fact that the Ontario Crown technically owns the bottoms of most rivers and lakes in the province. In most cases, a cottage owner is not allowed to erect a large boathouse or a dock the foundation of which would be sitting on the bottom of the body of water. The case in the column, however, deals with both a large dock and boathouse that aren’t resting on the bottom, but that were attached to the shore using a steel cable. The neighbours of the co...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Are You Buying A Home Or Cottage in Peterborough This Spring?

Are You Buying A Home Or Cottage in Peterborough This Spring?

It’s often no surprise to anyone that the spring real estate market can be rushed, competitive and hectic. However, even with this atmosphere, a home is one of the biggest investments you’re likely to ever make and the process being a little hectic shouldn’t stop you from getting all of the information you need to make a sound buying decision.   Arm yourself with a checklist of questions to ask the sellers or their agent so you can really ensure this is the house for you: What is the neighbourhood like? (Asking neighbours or local business owners can also be a great way of getting honest information about a neighbourhood). Have you recently redecorated or painted? ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

It's almost spring, despite how it feels outside. Spring is the time when the real estate market is the most active, so if you're planning on selling your home in the coming months it's a good idea to get started on any minor spring maintenance chores as soon as possible.  Here are a few things you can do to help your home sell and to avoid unpleasant surprises later on: Fix any chipping paint. Any painted wood that's chipping or flaking is at risk for moisture intrusion and rot, plus it doesn't look very nice. Make sure that the exterior surfaces of your home or cottage have been power washed, and if necessary sanded and re-painted. Undergo a roof inspection. Whi...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Going On Vacation? Keep Your Home Safe!

Going On Vacation? Keep Your Home Safe!

There is nothing (nothing!) like the peace of mind and relaxation you feel when you finally get to grab a much-needed vacation. But if you’re a homeowner, it can be hard to escape that nagging feeling that something might be going on at home no matter how hard you try to relax. Read on for ways you can make extra sure that your home will be just fine if and when you want to leave for a week or two.   Make friends with your neighbours   Nosy neighbours can be both a bane and a blessing at the same time. In this case, they really are a blessing because they’ll be the first to notice if something isn’t quite right – day or night. Let any neighbours you trust kn...Read More