By: Marilyn Rogers

How To Keep Your Energy Bills Lower This Winter

How To Keep Your Energy Bills Lower This Winter

Winter is here, and that means that country home and cottage owners are turning up the heat in an effort to keep warm over the colder months. So what’s the best way to keep warm this winter without paying out the nose for it? The best ways to lower your energy bills low this winter: Keep your blinds and curtains open during the day. Not only does this add extra light, the sunlight will help warm up the interior of your home during the daytime hours. Switch to LED Christmas lights. If you have Christmas lights around the exterior of your home or on your tree, they’re on for a good part of the evening. Switch to LED lights, which use less than half of the energy of standard...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Did You Know That A Buyer Can Cancel A Home Sale If They’re Misled?

Did You Know That A Buyer Can Cancel A Home Sale If They’re Misled?

When a home is being sold, it’s always the wisest move as a seller to disclose everything they can, being upfront and honest with the buyer. While this can seem counterintuitive to making a sale, not providing all of the information can cause serious problems that may even cost you the sale of the house – and then some. Ontario Real Estate Lawyer Bob Aaron wrote about this exact issue in a Toronto Star column, discussing a case where a home was built on a landfill that was potentially toxic and the seller filled out a Seller Property Information Statement. The question on the form was direct, stating “are you aware of possible environmental problems or soil contamination ...Read More

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