By: Marilyn Rogers

Is The Summer The Best Time To Go To The Cottage?

Is The Summer The Best Time To Go To The Cottage?

Nothing says summer like a weekend at the cottage. With the Victoria Day weekend fast approaching, summer is about to officially kick off in Ontario and many of us will be headed to a cottage, whether it’s a friend’s cottage, the family cottage or our own cottage. But is summer the best time to go to the cottage? When people are considering buying one, they can sometimes think to themselves that if they can’t go to the cottage in the summer, they might as well not go at all. But this isn’t true! While summer is an absolutely wonderful time to be at the cottage, cottages can be great year-round. And, despite how much you may want to be at a cottage on the lake right ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

What is Kitec Plumbing And Could You Have It In Your Peterborough Home?

What is Kitec Plumbing And Could You Have It In Your Peterborough Home?

  Kitec plumbing is a type of piping that was used between 1995 and 2007 all across Canada and the United States. If you have a newer home, or your home and plumbing have been extensively renovated during this time, your home could have this material in it. The pipes were initially marketed as being corrosion-resistant, but they actually are at risk of corroding quickly and excessively – Kitec plumbing is no longer sold. How to identify Kitec plumbing Kitec is known for being colourful, with orange piping for hot water and blue for cold water. It should be relatively noticeable around your hot water tank, where pipes emerge from the wall and connect. The photo to the right, fro...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Make Your House Or Cottage Feel Like A Home

Make Your House Or Cottage Feel Like A Home

While moving into a new home or cottage is always exciting, it can feel a bit off to have to say goodbye to the place you’ve been calling home for however long you’ve lived there. Your new house is just waiting to be filled with your personality and new memories, and here are a few ways you can expedite the process. Use colour to reflect your personal tastes Incorporating your favourite colours in your new house’s finishing touches can really make it a home. From pillows and throws to vases and trim, don’t hesitate to personalize your house to give it that cozy, homey feel. Overnight essentials The worst part about having just moved in to a new home is not knowing w...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Closing Costs When Buying A Peterborough Home Or Cottage

Closing Costs When Buying A Peterborough Home Or Cottage

If you are about to buy your first home or cottage in Peterborough, the price of that home is not the only thing to be focused on or budgeted for. You’ll also have to deal with closing costs, which are additional up-front costs associated with the purchase of a home. Home inspections: Home inspections are a vital closing cost. They ensure that the home you’re buying is structurally and systematically sound, and that you won’t encounter any unexpected and expensive surprises later on. If a problem is found, the buyer can ask that the seller make necessary repairs, or lower the selling price. Property survey: It might seem unnecessary, but imaging buying a home with a yard ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

The ABCs of Homebuying in Peterborough

The ABCs of Homebuying in Peterborough

If you’re new to the home buying process, you might be bombarded with different terms that don’t make much sense or that you’re unfamiliar with. Of course, your Peterborough real estate agent can provide you with the most information when it comes to the ins and outs of the home buying process. However, it never hurts to try and be as informed as you can! The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently partnered with the Toronto Sun to explain the ABCs of home buying, from Appraisal or Vendor and everything in between like Lien, Deposit, Down Payment, MLS, Offer to Purchase, Title and more. It is definitely worth a read if you’ve found yourself confused while t...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

What’s The Most Important Part Of Preparing To Buy A Home?

What’s The Most Important Part Of Preparing To Buy A Home?

A budget! When you’re planning to buy a home within the next two years, most Ontario residents agree that creating a budget is the most important part of saving up a down payment. About 40 per cent of Ontario residents who are planning to buy a home in two years agree that they’ll create a budget to help save according to research released by the Ontario Real Estate Association. Over 30 per cent of Ontarians plan on cutting costs, while the same amount say they’ll earn more money. “Down-payment saving strategies depend on the buyer – one’s lifestyle, experience with real estate and often their stage in life, dictates which strategies will be most effecti...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Peterborough House Vs. Condo: Which Is Right For You?

Peterborough House Vs. Condo: Which Is Right For You?

While buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll likely ever make, there’s another big decision you’ll need to make: Whether to buy a house or condo.  While condos might make you think “big city”, areas like Peterborough also have condos. Remember, condos can come in many forms, including townhomes or standard house-shaped homes. Both condos and homes have advantages and disadvantages - there isn’t any right or wrong answer, and which of these two different types of homeownership is best for you or your family depends on your personal preference and lifestyle. When considering which is for you, think of the following points: ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Why is a Home Inspection So Important When Buying A Home In Peterborough?

Why is a Home Inspection So Important When Buying A Home In Peterborough?

Some homeowners don’t feel that the added upfront cost when they are already buying a home is worth it. But it is! A home inspection could run you a few hundred dollars, usually between $300 and $500 depending on where you live and the inspector you hire for the home inspection. So yes, a home inspection is an added expense. However, the vital systems that a home inspection looks at will cost significantly more – even tens of thousands of dollars – to repair, and if unrepaired may be hazardous to the homeowner’s health or make the home not fit to live in. The home inspection is not a gamble, instead – it’s money well spent. When you receive your home ins...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

What’s One Of The Most Important Documents When Buying A Cottage In Peterborough?

What’s One Of The Most Important Documents When Buying A Cottage In Peterborough?

  Are you buying a cottage this year? If you are buying a cottage soon, or are considering buying a cottage in the near future, you should know about the importance of getting a land survey done. The city should have land surveys for most older homes, but over time they can be lost and there’s a chance the seller won’t have an updated copy of the one for the cottage you’re interested in.  The land survey covers several different things:  -   The size and boundaries of the land. -   The locations of different improvements including fences. -   The location of the land in relation to geographical features, buildings and roads. -&...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

How Is Buying A Cottage Different Than A Home?

How Is Buying A Cottage Different Than A Home?

The weather has warmed up significantly and spring is in the air. Peterborough and the surrounding area will soon be a hotspot for cottages and cottage goers. If you’re planning on buying a cottage this year, do you know the difference between buying a cottage and a regular home in the city? Location – Location is important with any real estate purchase, but in the case of a cottage it can be a safety issue. For example, it’s vital to consider how far the cottage is from a hospital, and whether the roads are maintained in the winter months should you want to visit then. Survey – Cottage properties are a little less exact than regular homes in the city or in the sub...Read More