Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Report | 2019 First Half

Highlights According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, there have been 35 Lake Simcoe waterfront property sales reported in the first-half of 2019.  This is a 17% decrease compared to the same period in 2018. Orillia and Innisfil were the only areas included in our analysis that reported an increase to their sales count. Georgina …
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Luxury Home Rentals & Travel: OneFineStay versus AirBnB

As the luxury real estate rental market takes off, service becomes a differentiator. In 2009, Greg Marsh, CEO of the hospitality company Onefinestay, was on a trip to Pisa, Italy. He loved wandering off the beaten path to Piazza delle Vettovaglie and realized that he would never have ventured to the area if he had…
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10 Things Canadians Need to Know About Owning Real Estate in the USA

Are you interested in investing in real estate in the United States? Whether it is for your family, retirement, investment or a rental vehicle for extra income, Canadian citizens can buy real estate in the United State without any major restrictions.  Buying in the U.S. can be very appealing to Canadians due to the warmer weather and the strong real…
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Lake Simcoe Waterfront Report: 2019 1st Quarter

MARKET REVIEW The first quarter of 2019 is showing a positive start to the year for waterfront sales.  There was a total of 17 sales which, is an increase of 31% since 2018 within the areas that we have been reporting for the past 10 years which include: Georgina Innisfil Oro-Medonte Orillia Ramara Beaverton (NOTE: …
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Creating Your Own Luxury Home Gym

Design your own space that makes you want to work out. Having a home gym offers convenience, privacy, greater hygiene and immediate access to your  personalized workout options right from the comfort of your own home. When it is your own space, you can design it the way you want to have an appealing aesthetic…
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Grand Designs: 7 Homes with Signature Staircases

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The stairway has always been the architect’s obsession. The ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia are the first examples of ceremonial stairs that put worshippers closer to the gods. The Romans invented the spiral, or helical stairway, later adapted as a tactical defense…
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Tax Implications Of Owning Property Abroad

Did you know that if you own property abroad that cost in excess of $100,000 you must declare it on your tax return? This is just one of the tax implications of owning property abroad. According to the experts at Turbo Tax, you must fill out tax Form T1135 each year if you answer “yes”…
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Special Holiday Events in Stratford

As busy as the holiday season becomes it’s always special to attend a festive event that also helps a good cause. Stratford is spreading good will and cheer with many festivities and here’s just three you may take a fancy to. Fans of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol can enjoy a dramatic reading accompanied by…
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2017 Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Review

2017 Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Review In 2017, the Lake Simcoe waterfront real estate market experienced a 14.2% overall increase in the average price within the areas that we have been reporting which, include: Georgina Innisfil Oro-Medonte Orillia Ramara Beaverton   The total number of sales dropped by 43% in 2017.  There were 159 sales…
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Will The Future Of Airbnb Impact The Toronto Real Estate Market?

by Claxton Finn & Roxanne Henderson / Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage. Airbnb has revolutionized the way people think about travelling by creating a trusted community marketplace for people to “list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world” – Airbnb. From condos to cottages, and castles to treehouses, the company can connect you…
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