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Give A Gift To Your Community This Christmas…And All Year Long!

Christmas and New Year can be an especially busy time of year as we try to find the perfect way to let friends and loved ones know we care about them.  In this day and age it is plain to see that some of us have more than others and one of the most meaningful ways we can spread a little holiday cheer -or …

November 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales In Line With 10-Year Average In November Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 190 units in November 2018.  This was a decrease of 16.3% from the near-record month of November in 2017 but was still a touch above the 10-year average for the month.  On a …

Come Dine With Me Christmas Dinner Returns!

Will you be alone on Christmas day?  Do you know of a friend, relative or neighbor who will be alone?  If you’d rather have some company and celebrate the holidays and your community, join us and feel home for the holidays! 4th Annual Come Dine With Me Christmas Dinner December 25th, 2018 Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, 14 George St. Markdale Doors open at 2:30 pm …

Owen Sound Festival Of Northern Lights 2018

      The 31st annual Festival Of Northern Lights is underway in Owen Sound and is a sure-fire way to get you and yours into the holiday spirit!  This popular attraction runs from November 17th through January 6th from 5pm until 10pm nightly and features over 400 different displays lighting up both sides of the Sydenham River, the downtown core and a stretch …

Winter Can Be A Great Time To Sell Your Property

  Conventional wisdom says that winter is not a good time to sell your home but there are definite advantages to listing your property during this time of year that should not be over looked! During the fall and winter there are fewer homes on the market which translates to less competition for you, the seller. With fewer properties available, it should be easier …

Santa Is Coming…To A Town Near You!

Santa Claus Parades begin in earnest this weekend across Grey County!  The man in red is going to be busy for the next few weeks as he makes his way through our local towns and villages so put on your coziest socks, grab your warmest toque and mitts, pick up a hot beverage (free at some parade locations!) and settle in to enjoy the …

Christmas Is Coming To Markdale!

Santa Clause Parade Saturday November 24th at 1pm Meet Santa at Walter Harris Library after the parade!     Don’t miss Moonlight Madness with downtown retailers staying open late on Friday November 23rd and gift wrapping available courtesy of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation  

October 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Solid October, Supply Still At Record Lows     Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 281 units in October 2018.  While this was down 9.4% from October 2017, it was nonetheless the third best October sales figure in history after 2016 and 2017.  On a …

Have You Heard About the South East Grey Community Health Centre?

  The South East Grey Community Health Centre provides primary care services and health programs to the residents of the Municipalities of Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate and West Grey.  In addition to the main site in Markdale, programs and services are offered at satellite sites in Chatsworth, Dundalk, Flesherton, Feversham and Eugenia.  The CHC provides a range of community-based health services through their team of health care workers including Physicians, Nurse …

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas In Grey County!

Ready or not, the Christmas season will soon be upon us!  What better way to wade into the holiday spirit than by visiting one of the many Christmas events that will be happening in the Grey Highlands area over the next few weeks?  You’re sure to find all manner of local, hand made items, beautiful gift ideas and delicious treats…and you’ll be supporting individuals …

Get Ready For BOO BASH 2018!!

  Kids and families are invited to the 2018 Boo Bash at the Markdale Rec Centre & Arena on October 27th from noon until 3:30pm. Admission is free so come out to enjoy games, a Haunted House, public skating and a special “Spooky Groove”!!   A big THANK YOU to the Markdale Recreation Committee, community volunteers and everyone who helped to make this event possible!

10 Easy and Creative DIY Hallowe’en Costumes

It’s a time-honoured tradition around this time of the year.  Kids start to get excited about the dressing up and trick-or-treating that’s just around the corner with Hallowe’en looming…but does anyone get costumes ready ahead of time?  NAH!!  Why bother when you can run around the house in a panic at 4:40pm on October 31st, trying to throw a cute, creative and entertaining costume …

September 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Down Year-Over-Year In September, Supply Still At Record Low Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 220 units in September 2018.  This was a decrease of 18.5% from September 2017.  On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 2,230 units over the first nine months of the year.  …

Getting Real About Owning Your Dream Home

When it comes to house hunting, we all dream about finding a home that ticks all the boxes…but is that realistic, especially when you’re just starting out?  I came across an article by Steve Randall in the online magazine Real Estate Professional that shows just how long it can take to achieve that Canadian Dream.   Most Canadians are not living in their ideal …

6 Ways To Put Fallen Leaves To Work In Your Garden

The kids are back in school, the fall colours are starting to appear and the summer is drawing to a close.  When the temperatures finally start to drop, one of the first items on the Autumn “Honey Do” list is often raking leaves…but is that still a good idea in today’s environmentally friendly world? Many experts now agree that bagging leaves and sending those …

August 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales In Line With 10 Year Average For August; Supply Still At Record Lows Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 284 units in August 2018.  This was down 9.3% from August 2017 and stood broadly in line with the 10-year average for that month.  On a year-to-date …

Municipal Elections in October – What You Need To Know

  Grey County residents have some options when it comes to this fall’s municipal election.  Did you know that from October 12th to 22nd you can vote over the telephone or online, 24 hours a day and on the device of your choice?  It’s true but there are a few things you can do ahead of time to make sure things go smoothly for you …

Autumn Events in Grey County

  The autumn months are busy but they’re also beautiful…if you’re lucky enough to spend them in Grey County! Many will visit the area to take in the scenery, enjoy the laid back atmosphere and sample the treasures our creative, hard working community provides (farm fresh produce, small batch cider or hand-crafted goods, anyone?).  If you’re one of the lucky one and don’t have …

July 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Remain Down Year-Over-Year Amid Scarce Supply   Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 261 units in July 2018.  This was down 21.6% from a strong July in 2017.  On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,716 units over the first seven months of the year.  This …

Get All Your Back-To-School Info Here!

We’re in the dog days of summer and thoughts are turning to “the most wonderful time of the year”…the return to school in September! If you’re new to the area you may have some questions about registering your child for classes, what types of programming is available at different schools, transportation arrangements and a variety of other things.  When my family first moved to …

It’s Fall Fair Time Again in Grey Highlands!

Markdale Fall Fair 2018 – Building Tomorrow’s Heritage Enjoy a weekend of family fun at the 160th Annual Markdale Fall Fair, August 24 – 26 at King Edward Park / Centre Grey Recreation Complex.  This year’s theme is “Building Tomorrow’s Heritage”.  With exhibits, vendors, a silent auction, the Ambassador competition, kids activities, 4H events, live music and so much more, there’s a way for …

5 Reasons You Need An Agent Working For You

     With so much information available online these days, homeowners sometimes think they don’t need to hire a real estate agent to buy or sell a home.  The internet and some advertising make it seem like a simple process that can be easily navigated without an agent.  And in some situations that might be true.  In most cases, however, having a real estate …

1st Abbeyfield (Durham) Charity Golf Scramble Tournament

Durham Abbeyfield House is hosting a charity golf tournament at Homestead Resort on September 8th to raise funds and awareness for their amazing facility and services!   Not familiar with the Abbeyfield Houses Society?  Here’s how they describe themselves on their website: “The Abbeyfield concept is very simple. Typically, up to fifteen residents of retirement age live in their own private bed-sitting rooms furnished with …

Get The Greenest Lawn Around…Without A Huge Hydro Bill

Good news:  Experts say you don’t need to spend hours making sure each blade of grass is perfectly hydrated!  Canadian Living magazine has gathered the best advice from a team of gardening experts to help you keep your grass green–without wasting water.   Preparation is key It may not be much fun but a little elbow grease goes a long way.  De-thatch and aerate …

June 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Solid June As Overall Supply Drops To Record Low Residential sales activity in the geographical area covered by the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound totaled 327 units in June 2018.  This was a decrease of 13% from the record for the month seen in June 2017 but was still one of the better months of …

Selling Your Renter-Occupied Income Property

    You own the property so you absolutely have the right to sell it but there are a few key elements to keep in mind that will help to ensure your tenant’s rights are respected and your landlord-tenant relationship stays as positive as possible.  The areas that need some special attention include how photos and advertising are handled, arranging showing appointments for prospective …

Take The Kids To A “Movie Under The Stars”

  Looking for a fun (and free) way to keep the kids entertained this summer? Make a trip over to Blue Mountain for MOVIES UNDER THE STARS! On Monday and Thursday evenings through August 30th, arrive early and enjoy a leisurely wander through the village.  Then at dusk you’re invited to pull up a chair at the Events Plaza in the Village  and take …

Need A Reason To Renovate?

  Is there a home renovation in your future?  Take a look at these government programs before you get started…you might qualify for a grant or rebate!   I’ve mentioned the Green Ontario Fund before.  This program is geared towards mitigating energy consumption and climate change.  Homeowners can qualify for discounts of up to $20,000 for things like high performance windows, insulation, air-source heat …

Canada Day in Grey

Blue Mountain Resort A Celebration of Canada with ceremonial flag cake, live music all weekend, headlining band The CARPET FROGS, guided hiking, family activities, SUBARU Movies Under The Stars and FIREWORKS!   Clarksburg Kick off the Canada Day long weekend with a Canada Day Eve Party put on by the Blue Mountains Public Library, Town of the Blue Mountains, and Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary from 4:00pm – …

May 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Solid May; Average Price Sets Another Record   Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas totaled 339 units in May 2018.  This was down 20.2% from the record for the month seen in May 2017 but stood above the same month in most other years on record.  …

Boost Your Curb Appeal To Sell Your Home

In today’s world, most home buyers begin their property search in one place – online.  And if, after viewing your home online, potential buyers like what they saw, they’re more likely to drive by or  schedule a showing so they can see your property for themselves.  How can you capitalize on this to make sure that buyers WILL like what they see of your …

Come For A Walk in Flesherton!

The village of Flesherton is well known as a hub for arts, culture and food in Grey County.  What visitors may not know is that the charming and picturesque location is also a designated “Walking Village” and a great place for a hike or casual stroll.  The Walking Village Initiative is meant to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy walking throughout the area and …

The Blue Mountains 2018 Gran Fondo – June 14 & 16

The BLUE MOUNTAINS GRAN FONDO     June 14 & 16    2018   Calling all cycling aficionados!  One of the things that draws people to Grey County is the gorgeous scenery which provides an ideal setting for, among other things, cycling.  Cyclists can often be seen flying along rural routes and working incredibly hard to scale mountainous backroads as they hone their skills and abilities by …

Key Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Lawyer

Whether you’re buying or selling property, one of the key services you’ll need to enlist is a real estate lawyer.  Even people experienced in real estate transactions have questions about the process, the associated costs and need some guidance when unexpected bumps in the road appear.  A good real estate lawyer can help you answer all of your questions and help to ensure that …

Is It Time To Downsize?

  While it’s not exactly Shakespeare, whether to downsize or not is an age-old question that can be difficult for homeowners to answer.  Maybe your nest is empty and now feels too big or maybe you’re just tired of staying abreast of the upkeep and maintenance required of a big lot or large house; downsizing can be a great option for homeowners who are …

April 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Improve in April; Listings At Historical Lows Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas totaled 312 units in April 2018.  While this was still a decline of 12.1% from the record for the month seen in April 2017, it was effectively tied with 2016 for the second best …

Hike These “Secret Trails” In Grey County

  Local hikers and walkers know that Grey County is host to a substantial length of the Bruce Trail but there are many other trails in the area that aren’t as well known.  If you’re looking for some fresh scenery or find some of the more popular trails too busy for your liking, why not try out one of these “secret trails” instead?   …

5 Things That Turn Off Home Buyers

  Spring is traditionally a busy time in real estate, with sellers getting their properties ready to put on the market and buyers waiting to find the right place for their new home.  If you’re planning to sell, its important that you present your property in it’s best light right from the start.  You know what they say, “you never get a second chance …

Back By Popular Demand: “Make N Take” Night In Support of MacPhail Memorial School’s Nutrition Program

Help support the Macphail Memorial Public School Nutrition Program! Come for a night out and take home a craft. Two dates available: Tues May 15th 7-9pm (still to be confirmed) Wed May 16th 7-9pm (still to be confirmed) Please Note: Minimum of 5 people per date. It will be held at Bernards Quality Cars (thank you Jessica!). **If you are interested please message Sheri …

Is Your Home Over Priced?

Your house has been up for sale for a little while and your agent has started to drop some hints that he thinks you should consider lowering your asking price.  We all want to get as much as we can when we sell our homes but not at the expense of the sale.  If your property is not selling it could be for any …

March 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales In Line With 10 Year Average For March Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas totaled 206 units in March 2018.  This was down 32.2% from the record smashing month of March in 2017.  That said, March 2018 sales stood right in line with the 10-year average for …

Grey Highlands Home & Cottage Show

Grey Highlands Home and Cottage Show April 21st Flesherton Arena, Kinplex and Pavilion (2 Highland Drive, Flesherton) 9am – 4pm The Municipality of Grey Highlands, in partnership with the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce, 92.3 The Dock and SouthGrey.ca, is excited to host the first annual Grey Highlands Home and Cottage Show on April 21, 2018. We are very proud of the local businesses …

Spring Sports and Activities in Grey Highlands

Making plans for spring and summer activities to keep you and your family healthy and active? Grey Highlands has a lot to offer in the way of team sports, organizations and activities but you may have to act fast in order to secure yourself (or your kids) a spot!   CLUB REGISTRATIONS Badjeros Minor Baseball Didn’t make it to the registration dates?  Contact Lindsay …

February 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales down year-over-year but in line with 10-year average for February Residential sales activity recorded through the Ontario Collective MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas was down in February 2018 from the record for the month in 2017.  Home sales numbered 132 units in February, down 23.3% from February 2017.  The February 2018 sales …

Grey Highlands Is Preparing To Grow!

2018 promises to be an exciting year for Grey Highlands!  According to”Business Outlook 2018″, a special publication of the Owen Sound Sun Times, and Mayor Paul McQueen, Grey Highlands residents can expect some significant and positive changes in the coming years.  Among the community building projects residents can look forward to: an increase in construction due to a higher number of building permits being …

6 Things To Remember In A Seller’s Market

The recent stretch of warmer weather seems to have awakened many of us and has reactivated the real estate market after the usual winter slow down.  Sellers are weighing their options and preparing their properties and buyers are making up wish lists and waiting for that perfect property to become available.  The problem lately is that those perfect properties are few and far between.  …

Proven Results and Award Winning Customer Service!

I have some great news to share!  Royal LePage RCR recently held our Annual Awards to review and celebrate “exceptional performance and remarkable achievements” in 2017 and I am thrilled to have been recognized twice!   Mark Murakami, Sales Representative at Royal LePage RCR in Flesherton receiving the Director’s Platinum Award for 2017 from    Bill Wildeboer, Broker/Manager.   I am very pleased to …

Fire Safety Saves Lives!

  My office recently had a visit from Jessica Yaniw of Grey Highlands Fire & Emergency Services to remind all of the agents of the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and I thought the information she presented was well worth sharing.  Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are not only safeguards, they’re life savers!   It’s The LAW! The Ontario …

Green Ontario Energy Program

**  Renovating homeowners take note:  Premiere-To-Be Doug Ford has announced plans to repeal the GreenOn Program once he takes office.  In order to qualify for rebates, all renovation work must be completed by August 31st and invoices must be submitted to the government  by September 30th. **   Fighting climate change just became as easy as changing a light bulb or swapping out your …

8 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

  The number one thing most first-time home buyers think about is their finances.  While knowing your budget and sorting out your down payment are key, they are not the only elements you need to consider when you’re getting ready to buy a home.  Anyone looking to break into the world of home ownership should actually be taking each of these 8 points into …

January 2018 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year In January 2018 Residential sales activity recorded through the Ontario Collective MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas rose on a year-over-year basis in January 2018 from levels in 2017.  Home sales numbered 121 units in January, up 9% from January 2017.  This was tied with 2002 for the third highest sales …

Are You Sure You Want A Fixer-Upper?

Have the home improvement and real estate shows on TV got you fantasizing about scoring a bargain by buying a fixer upper?  If you’re handy, resourceful, willing to get your hands dirty and able complete at least some of the work yourself, a fixer-upper can be a good idea but its important to understand the details before you commit.  You need to know how …

Markdale Family Day 2018 & the Annual Rotary Ski Around

Markdale Rotary’s annual “Ski Around” is being held at the Nicholls’ farm on Family Day weekend this year.  I’ve enjoyed this event on skis and snowshoes in years past and encourage everyone to support a great cause, get some exercise and go for a lap at the Nicholls’ farm!  Sponsorship forms are posted at Markdale Scotiabank, PJ Knickerbockers and other locations in town.   …

Be A Savvy Seller: Price Your House To Sell

Arriving at a sale price is not as tricky as you might think.  All you have to do it remove your emotions from the equation.  Easier said than done, but that’s why you’re hiring a agent!  Savvy sellers will understand that their asking price should be based on cold hard facts rather than emotions, family memories and the amount of money they’d like to …

5 (Mostly) DIY Jobs That Are Worth The Investment

If you plan to put your house on the market this spring then you’re likely already starting to think about that list of touch ups and repairs that need to be done in order to ensure you sell for the highest price possible.  Some of those jobs are reasonably easy and inexpensive…a fresh coat of paint can do wonders, for example.  Others require a …

December 2017 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Almost Match 2016 Record   Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the Ontario Collective for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound area fell on a year-over-year* basis in December 2017 from all-time record levels in 2016.  Home sales numbered 116 units in December, down 21.1% from December 2016.  That said, this was still above most other …

Enjoy A True Canadian Pastime This Winter!

  The extra cold weather we’ve experienced this winter has at least one positive component…it has been perfect weather for getting outdoor skating rinks established!  Low temperatures can bring out the tendency to hibernate but when you’re lucky enough to live in an area that boasts many outdoor rinks and indoor arenas offering lovely scenery, time spent with friends and family and impromptu pick-up …

Will New Mortgage Rules Affect Your Plans?

  Beginning on January 1st 2018, Canadians applying for, renewing or refinancing a mortgage may have to prove that they can cope with interest rates substantially higher than their actual contracted mortgage rate.  Changes to mortgage qualification rules made by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions will set a new minimum qualifying mortgage rate for uninsured mortgages, meaning that even buyers who …

Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You” This Holiday Season

  The holiday season can be a busy and sometimes stressful time.  With so much effort put into preparation, it can be easy to forget to properly acknowledge the friends and family who have given gifts, hosted parties and treated us to their generosity.  The best way to show your gratitude is to make sure you offer a sincere thank you.  The added bonus …

New Year’s Eve Events in Grey County

This New Year’s Eve why not get outside?  Celebrate the holiday, the outdoors and our local communities by attending one of these fun and impressive events!  Bundle up and have some fun as you say goodbye to 2017 and ring in the new year.  Happy New Year Everyone!     MARKDALE   FREE SKATE AT MARKDALE ARENA Everyone is invited to grab their gear …

New Year’s Eve Family Fun in Owen Sound

  Looking for a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year in Owen Sound?  The city’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration is perfect for families with children 12 and under! Presented in partnership with the YMCA, this extravaganza will feature musical guests “Our Shotgun Wedding” and “the Eighth Street Orchestra” and the BUFF Bistro will be open throughout the event.  Lots of fun …

November 2017 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Best November On Record; Supply At All Time Low Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound edged up on a year-over-year basis in November 2017. Home sales numbered 205 units in November, up 2.5% from November 2016.  This was the best November sales figure ever for the region.  …

ATTENTION SKIERS: These Properties Are Perfect For You!

ATTENTION SKIERS!!  Looking for a cottage that’s close to the ski clubs (BVSC, Blue Mountain, Alpine, Osler Bluff, Craigleith and others) AND in a perfect spot for summer vacations?  Look no further than beautiful Grey County!  We’ve got it all:  a variety of ski clubs, lakes and rivers, countryside, picturesque towns and villages and best of all, amazing people!  These properties are all minutes …

3rd Annual “Come Dine With Me Christmas Dinner”

Mark and Lib Howell, organizer of Markdale’s community Christmas Dinner.  I am pleased to once again be supporting Markdale’s Come Dine With Me Christmas Dinner Anyone who is going to be alone for the holidays is welcome to enjoy a traditional home-style Christmas dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixin’s on Monday, December 25th 2017 at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church on George Street in Markdale. …

Throw A Holiday Party That Won’t Break the Bank

  The holiday season is upon us and if you’d like to throw a party for your friends and family, it’s time to get organized!  Worried about blowing your budget?  Don’t be!  It’s not that hard to keep your party fun and festive while avoiding the temptation to over-spend. Decide On Your Budget Consider the cost of necessities: food, drinks, decorations and anything else …

Come Dine With Me Community Christmas Dinner

Are you going to be on your own for Christmas or do you know someone who is? Then why not… Come Dine With Us and feel At Home for the Holidays! We would love you to join us and enjoy a traditional home-style Christmas dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixin’s! Our third annual “Come Dine With Me” Christmas Dinner will be held …

4 Reasons To Buy/Sell During The Winter

We’ve been lucky to have enjoyed milder weather for longer than normal in Grey County this year, but winter seems to have arrived.  For many, that means thoughts of buying or selling a home fade into the background until the spring.  But why wait?  The winter can be a great time to put market conditions to work for you.  Here are 4 great reasons …

Santa Claus Is Coming To Grey County!

  Santa Claus Parades begin in earnest this weekend across Grey County!  The man in red is going to be busy for the next few weeks as he makes no less than 8 appearances in our local towns over the next 4 weeks.  Grab your coziest socks, put on your warmest toque and mitts, pick up a hot beverage from a local coffee shop …

October 2017 Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Rebound To Post Best October On Record Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound edged up on a year-over-year basis in October 2017.  Home sales numbered 280 units in October, up 1.1% from October 2016.  It was the best October sales figure ever in the region, marking …

Visit A Grey County Christmas Market

  Ready or not, the Christmas season will soon be upon us!  What better way to wade into the holiday spirit than by visiting one of the many Christmas events that will be happening in the Grey Highlands area over the next few weeks?  You’re sure to find all manner of local, hand made items, beautiful gift ideas and delicious treats…and you’ll be supporting …

New or Used: Which Home Best Suits You?

  One question I hear fairly often is whether it’s better to buy (or build) a brand-new home or a previously owned one.  Lucky for me, there is no right or wrong answer.  The correct answer depends on the person asking the question.  What are you hoping to achieve by moving?  What qualities do you want your new home to have? What features are …

Fun Last Minute Hallowe’en Costume Ideas

If your house is anything like mine, Hallowe’en night is always a mad rush no matter that we’ve had a whole year to get organized!  There’s always at least one kid who doesn’t know what costume to wear or wants something different from the costume she wore to school during the day…arg!!  Maybe your days of getting the kids dressed up are behind you …

Markdale Boo Bash – October 28th

Local Hauntings and Ghost Stories

  With Hallowe’en fast approaching, I thought I’d look into spooky stories centered around Grey and Bruce counties.  I didn’t really think I’d find much, given our somewhat remote location (from the GTA, at least) and smaller population base but I was surprised to see a handful of local “haunted” locations pop up on more than one website!  In the spirit of the season …

September 2017 Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Average September Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were down in September 2017 from record levels posted one year earlier.  Home sales numbered 243 units in September, falling 25.9% from the highest September on record in 2016.  That said, it stood in between the five …

Believe It Or Not, It’s Time To Start Thinking About Winter!

As any seasoned skier will tell you, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season!  My family haven’t been skiers (and snow boarders) for too long but we’ve learned enough to know that there’s real value to be found in getting ready for winter ahead of time.  One of the best ways to do this around here is by purchasing early bird …

It’s Apple Season!

  T’is the season!  Apple orchards are buzzing with activity as visitors stop in to pick up a bag of freshly picked fruit or maybe spend an afternoon picking their own.  And why not?  We live in Ontario’s “Apple Country”!  Grey County is home to the largest concentrated area of apple growers in Canada thanks to the effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment …

Ten Best Places to Eat in Grey County

  You’ve decided to go out to eat, but aren’t sure where to go…sound familiar?  It’s always nice to try something new but it’s also good to have some assurance that you won’t be disappointed.  That’s where this list comes in!  Each of these restaurants have been ranked by citizen reviewers on TripAdvisor as the best of the best in Grey County, so you …

Fall Colours Tour #2 – The Beaver Valley

If you haven’t taken a drive through the Beaver Valley during the height of the autumn, you’ve been missing out on one of Grey County’s most beautiful scenery.  No worries, follow this route and you’ll experience the best of the area’s natural beauty as well as the warm hospitality that our region is famous for!   Starting Point: Meaford Hwy 26 and Grey Road …

August 2017 Market Update

    Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales off peak but still above average in August Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were down in August 2017 from record levels recorded one year earlier.  Home sales numbered 285 units in August, falling 20.4% from the highest August on record in 2016.  That said, …

Take a Grey County “Fall Colours Tour”

We all want to hold on to summer for as long as possible but school is back in, temperatures are beginning to drop and there are a conspicuous number of red and yellow leaves in my yard.  Fall is fast approaching!  Make the most of it and head out on a Grey County “Fall Colours Tour”.  All you’ll need is a camera, some comfy …

It’s Fall Fair Season in Grey County!

  It’s Fall Fair season in Grey County!  No matter which community you’re in (or close to), there’s an opportunity for you to join in the end of summer celebrations just about every weekend from now through the end of September.  Take in the livestock shows and exhibits, see who grew the biggest pumpkin or tallest sunflower, peruse the quilting and hand-craft displays, enjoy …

Outdoor Adventures In Grey County

  One of the best things about Grey County is the geography.  Rolling hills, meandering rivers and streams, steep cliffs and vast expanses of woodlands provide an abundance of opportunity for the outdoor adventurer!  Ready for an adventure of your own?  It can be as active or as relaxed as you’re comfortable with.  From a casual walk to a hike, from biking to paddling …

July 2017 Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Set New July Record Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were up from year-ago levels in July 2017.  Home sales numbered 314 units in July — a new record for the month.  On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,878 units over the first seven months …

Top Tips For Selling Your Home

  Selling your home can be a stressful process, there’s no doubt about it.  The good news is that there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself.  As with most significant life events, preparation is key.  Try to be pro-active and have some idea of what you’re getting into so that you’re ready to deal with each step of the …

Summer 2017 Bucket List!

It’s August…have you made good use of the summer so far?  We all say we’re going to get outside and really enjoy the summer months while they’re here but sometimes we get too busy to make plans and end up missing out on some great opportunities.  Sound familiar?  Well, I’m here to help!  Here are some suggestions for a Bucket List of awesome activities …

Top Tips For Buying A Home

  Regardless of what we hear in the media, regardless of what phase of the cycle the market is in, regardless of whatever the current trends may be, there are always people looking to make a move.  If you’re thinking about moving, it’s likely because circumstances dictate that now is a good time for you.  Want a little free advice?  Forget about what’s hot …

5 Star Google Review

I am pleased to have another great review to share and happy to know that newcomers to our community are enjoying the awesome local amenities!   “As first-time homebuyers who are new to Grey County, we feel lucky to have found Mark as a realtor. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and was able to answer our many questions during the home-buying process. As well, Mark …

So, You Want To Buy A Cottage…

You’ve spent some time at a friend’s or relative’s cottage and loved every minute of it.  You’ve got some savings and like the idea of putting it toward a long-term, “can’t lose” kind of investment.  You’re not afraid of a little hard work and aren’t looking for a picture perfect property, so you’ve decided to buy a cottage of your own!  While there are …

June 2017 Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales slow from breaking records to tying records in June 2017 Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were unchanged on a year-over-year basis in June 2017.  Home sales numbered 330 units in June, tying the record for the month set last year. On a year-to-date basis, home …

4 Suggestions For Your Laundry Room Make-over

  Laundry rooms can leave a lot to be desired.  Sometimes dark and dingy, often relegated to the deep corners of an unfinished basement where bare concrete block walls and cold concrete floors are to be expected, they can be less than inviting spaces.  And since doing laundry can become an almost daily event, having a welcoming, organized area to complete the chore in …

Decorating Your New Cottage On A Budget

  Decorating your cottage can be tricky, especially if you’ve scrimped and saved in order to be able to purchase the property and don’t have a lot of money left!  Besides, you don’t go to the cottage to spend all your time indoors and you likely don’t want to take on a major reno job, but it’s always nice to add your own personal …

Summer = Ice Cream!!

  We’re approaching the end of June, exams are underway at Grey Highlands Secondary School and the kids at MacPhail Memorial and Beavercrest are counting down the days until the official start of summer vacation!  In our house that means that very soon, report cards, soccer games, long weekends and even average summer days will be celebrated in a very particular way…with ICE CREAM!!!  …

Celebrating Canada Day in Grey!

Have you made your plans for Canada Day yet?  Here’s what’s going on in Grey County on July 1st.  Wear your best Canada garb, grab a maple donut, a coffee (double-double, of course!) and enjoy some Grey County hospitality! In Owen Sound, head over to Kelso Beach Park at about noon for activities such as JUNO nominee Chris Mckhool, art and animation lessons by Curvey …

Father’s Day Suggestion: Golf In Grey County!

With Father’s Day fast approaching, the search is on to find a gift that Dad will love.  It’s really not that difficult, just think about his preferred pass-times and activities.  Most Dads I know would enjoy spending an afternoon enjoying great weather, good company and a bit of physical activity on one of our fantastic local golf courses!  There are a good number of …

Market Update May 2017

  Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound rose 16.3% on a year-over-year basis in May 2017. Home sales numbered 386 units in May – a new all-time record. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,234 units over the first five months of the year. This was a record for the period, up …

5 Mistakes Buyers Make During A Seller’s Market

  Like most things in life, the real estate market fluctuates.  Most recently, we have been experiencing a strong Seller’s Market but the tide will inevitably turn.  Even financial experts have difficulty predicting when conditions will change, so how is the average buyer supposed to use market conditions to his or her benefit?  The secret is to be prepared ahead of time. Here are …

5 High-Impact DIY Jobs That Get Your Home Market Ready

  You’ve decided to sell your home but recognize the need to freshen things up a bit before listing.  Wondering which are the best jobs to tackle to get your home ready to sell?  In order to attract buyers right from the start, you have to present your property in it’s best possible light, which usually means a bit of a tune-up is required.  …

5 Reasons To Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market

Not a regular at your local farmer’s market?  You should be!  In Grey County, we are lucky to have an abundance of them, so distance need never be an issue.  From Flesherton’s regular Saturday morning affair (in the arena/library parking lot) to Dundalk’s weekend market (running from June through Thanksgiving) to Meaford’s 100km market to the spectacle at Keady Fairgrounds on Tuesday mornings (considered …

Mother’s Day in Grey Highlands

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and if you’re like many of us you’ll wait until almost the last minute before giving any thought to what you can do to make the day special for the mother in your life.  Breakfast in bed, flowers and taking over the housework all go without saying…don’t they?  If you really want to give Mom a break, consider taking …

April 2017 Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales post record April Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound rose 14.6% on a year-over-year basis in April 2017.  Home sales numbered 314 units in April – a new record for the month. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 848 units over the first four months of …

Testimonial: Another Satisfied Client!

  SELLER SATISFACTION SURVEY ROYAL LEPAGE RCR REALTY     Your Name:  F.S. Salesperson:  MARK MURAKAMI   Please rate your level of satisfaction for the following questions: (Very Satisfied, Satisfied, Dissatisfied or Very Dissatisfied)   How satisfied are you that your salesperson recommended a suitable price and kept you informed of market changes affecting the price of your property? Very Satisfied   How satisfied …

5 Tips For Successfully Navigating A Seller’s Market

  With record breaking sale prices in the GTA sending a ripple effect up to Grey County, competitive bids and a dramatic drop in inventory of homes for sale, there’s no doubt that we are smack dab in the midst of a Seller’s Market.  And that can have a dramatic impact on the way houses are being bought and sold.  I contributed to an article …

How To Find The Right agent

  Whether its your first home or your 5th, buying (or selling) a home is stressful, there’s no two ways about it.  It can be especially stressful in hot markets, such as the one we’re experiencing right now. Whether you’re selling or buying a home, its a big decision that involves a lot of time, energy and money, so it’s important that you find …

March 2017 Market Update

    Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Post Record March Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound jumped 26.3% on a year-over-year basis in March 2017. Home sales numbered 269 units in March – a new record for the month. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 534 units over the first three …

Easter Egg Decorating Made Easy

  Having three daughters, we have acquired plenty of experience in dying Easter eggs over the years!  Some attempts were more successful (and messier) than others.  Here are a few of our favourite ideas for you to try with your own kids…or, all by yourself!     Vegetable Dyes –   My Dad, who grew up on a farm in Alberta, always tells our kids …

Sprucing Up Your Starter Home – Cosmetic Changes Are Best

So, you bought a starter home.  Good for you!  You don’t expect to stay forever, but you also aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It has been a few years and it is now time to make some home improvements, but you have a budget to stick to and you’d like to make sure you’re spending that money wisely so you see some return on your …

What To Look For In a Great Starter Home

You’ve been scrimping and saving for years and you’re ready to buy your first home.  Starter homes are often thought of as kind of temporary: its not your “forever home”, its a comfortable place for you to enter the real estate market, learn what it’s like to be responsible for your own property and hopefully build some equity that could get you closer to …

Feb 2017 Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales just miss record February Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound edged down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis in February 2017. That said, it was still just three sales shy of the February record set back in 2006. Home sales numbered 161 units in February 2017. On …

Winner of President’s GOLD Award 2016!

  I am pleased and proud to announce that at last month’s Royal LePage 2016 Awards Ceremony, I was presented with the PRESIDENT’S GOLD AWARD for once again placing in the top 6-10% of our local residential market place! A big THANK YOU to my clients, past and present for your support, your loyalty and your business.  I appreciate it very much and will …

Staging Tips To Help You Sell Your House – Part II

In staging your house, your goal is to help buyers fall in love with your property.  This means more than just vacuuming and making sure the dishes have been done.  It means freshening up your home, getting rid of clutter, completing all those little jobs that make up your ongoing To-Do list, and paring back on unnecessary trinkets, photos and/or personal items.  And it’s …

Staging Tips To Help You Sell Your House – Part I

Getting ready to put your house on the market?  Everyone hopes for a quick and lucrative sale but not everyone understands that they can play a role in how quickly their home sells and sometimes can even have a little influence over the selling price.  How?  Staging and preparation.  Staging your home can take many forms and while it isn’t guaranteed to get you …

Spring Is Almost Here…Make A Great First Impression!

It may not seem like it at this time of year, but spring will soon be here and the snow will soon be gone.  That’s often when people ramp up the search for their new home.  Are you ready for that?  Will your front porch look a little worse-for-wear?  Will the garden be in need of a good cleaning up?  Make sure you’re ready …

GET OUTSIDE! and Enjoy a Grey County Winter

  If you follow me on Facebook (Mark Murakami Royal Lepage), Twitter (@MurakamiMark) or Instagram (greycountyhomes), you know that we make an effort to get outside and enjoy winter weather rather than counting the days until the snow melts.  We live in the snow belt and a winter without snow is just cold and grey and miserable, so why not make the best of …

January Market Update

  Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales down in January 2017 from last January’s record high, but still above average for the month. Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were down 13.3% on a year-over-year basis in January 2017. That said, it was still above average – the second best January since January …

Family Day Lasts All Weekend in Durham!

Durham marks Family Day this year with a long weekend full of activities celebrating Canada’s 150th and Durham’s 175th anniversaries! Friday Feb 17th 1-4pm                   Snow Sculpture Judging pre-register with Steve & Jenny Parsons at 519-477-2125 or jennyandreeparsons@gmail.com 7-10pm                 Trivia Night at the Garafraxa Café.  Theme: History of Canada and Durham Register teams of up to 8 with Jessica Duguay, 519-369-4551 registration fee of $10/person …

Family Day in Markdale and Priceville!

Celebrate Family Day in Priceville at Stothart Hall! Located at 104 Kinross Street (Priceville Ball Diamond) Lace up and enjoy outdoor ice skating 10:00 – 2:00 (weather permitting) Free hot dogs & hot chocolate 11:00 – 1:00 Call D Harrison for details (519-924-2415) A BIG THANK YOU to Doug and Mary Harrison for organizing the event and maintaining the rink! Celebrate Family Day in …

5 Reasons To Buy A Home In The Winter

The winter months can be a time when we stay inside and think about all the things we’d like to do once Spring arrives.  For many, thoughts of home improvement or even buying a new home will be at the top of that list.  Why wait?  Winter time can be a great time (yes, even in the Markdale/Flesherton area, in the Beaver Valley or …

Preserve Your Old House’s Character For Better Resale Results

Are you lucky enough to own an old farmhouse?  A Victorian or Edwardian in town?  A home that is full of character and the kind of workmanship not commonly found in more modern buildings?  While older homes often need upgrades and repairs to keep them reasonably economical to run and maintain, there are certain elements that you may want to think twice about changing.  …

5 Reasons To List Your House In Winter

In Grey Highlands, like many areas, the beginning of the year can traditionally be a slower time for real estate.  We go into “hibernation” and spend more time indoors while the snow piles up outside.  After clearing away the Christmas decorations, getting the house back to normal and dealing with winter weather, who wants to think about moving, right?  WRONG!  Now is a great …

December Market Update

  Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were down 6.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis in December 2016. That said, it was still the second best December on record after December of 2015. Home sales numbered 138 units in December 2016. On an annual basis home sales totalled a record 3,030 units, …

2 Turkeys Provided to “Come Dine With Me” Christmas Dinner in Markdale!

    As many of you will know, I am proudly supporting Markdale’s “Come Dine With Me” Christmas Dinner again this year.  Libby Howell (with me in the photo above) volunteers her time and expertise in the kitchen to organize a small army of volunteers and provide a full Christmas turkey dinner with all the “fixin’s” for anyone in the general Markdale area who is …

November Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales tie last year’s November record Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound were unchanged on a year-over-year basis in November. Home sales numbered 200 units in November 2016. This was a record for the month – tied with last November. On a year-to-date basis home sales totaled 2,892 …

Markdale “Come Dine With Me” Christmas Dinner

I am proud to be supporting  “Come Dine With Me – Christmas Dinner” again this year, the second running of a community event co-ordinated and run by long-time Markdale resident Lib Howell.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day is invited to join the group that will be assembled at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church (14 George Street, Markdale) for a full turkey dinner with …

Christmas In Grey County

Christmas is coming to Grey County!  There are so many events happening through our local towns and villages during this holiday season that you're guaranteed to find at least one to enjoy with your family and friends.  Take some time to enjoy the season, your surroundings and your community, and enjoy a reminder of why we all choose to call Grey County "home". Wednesday ...

Christmas Gift Ideas For New Home Owners

  Ready or not, the Christmas season is upon us in Grey County and those who are more organized than I am will be starting to think about gift ideas for their friends and family.  Having worked in real estate for over 10 years now, there is an area that I can offer a little advice on related to the gift giving season and …

Tips for Selling Your Home This Winter

Some people think the winter is a terrible time to sell your home but there are definite advantages that should not be over looked.  During the fall and winter there are fewer homes on the market which translates to less competition for you, the seller.  With fewer properties available, it should be easier for you to catch the attention of potential buyers who have …

Can A Real Estate Agent Work For Both The Buyer AND The Seller?

A local real estate agent has a new listing that is perfect for you.  Can he effectively help you buy that house AND help his clients sell it?  The answer is yes, but you should be educated about the process.  The situation I just described is called Multiple Representation or Dual Agency and in the words of the Real Estate Council of Ontario, “occurs …

Grey Bruce Real Estate – October Market Update

“Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales smash previous October record!” Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound posted another double-digit year-over-year gain in October 2016. Home sales numbered 277 units in October 2016. This was a new record for the month, beating the previous October record set in 2009 by 24.8 per cent. It …

Grey Bruce Hallowe’en Fun!

Wondering what’s on in Grey and Bruce Counties this week?  Hallowe’en themed events…what else?!   Friday October 28      Hallowe’en Games Night at The Frog Pond, Owen Sound Dress up in your best group costume and drop by The Frog Pond at 209 8th Street, downtown Owen Sound for a family games night courtesy of The Rocking Horse (843 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound).  This …

Reduce The Likelihood Of A Break-In At The Cottage

Now that we’re on the other side of Thanksgiving, many of the cottages that will not be used as ski cabins will soon be closed for the winter.  Because that often means all regular visits will stop, your cottage could be left vulnerable to vandalism or a break-in.  In a recent article in Cottage Life magazine, the OPP warned out of town property owners …

September Market Update

Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales set new September record Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound posted another double-digit year-over-year gain in September 2016. Home sales numbered 328 units in September 2016. This was a new record for the month, beating the previous September record set last year by 17.1 per cent. On …

New Mortgage Rules Will Impact First Time Buyers The Most

  At the beginning of this month, the federal government moved to tighten mortgage lending rules which will limit the size of mortgage most of us qualify for. The government says it is responding to concerns regarding sky-rocketing housing prices in larger cities like Toronto and Vancouver, and how that could lead to difficulties when the low borrowing rates that we have been enjoying …

Thanksgiving For All

With Thanksgiving a few days away, most of us are starting to think about a nice dinner with friends or family.  Turkey or ham, maybe some mashed potatoes with gravy, some stuffing or roasted veggies and if we’re lucky, pie for dessert.  There’s something else we should all be thinking about that gets both more notice and more necessary at this time of the …

Best Coffee In Grey County

              I wasn’t always a coffee drinker.  Until I was about 35, I never touched the stuff.  In fact, when the K-cup/coffee pod craze took off, my mother in law offered to buy us a Keurig machine for Christmas and we declined because we figured we’d never use it!  I don’t know when it happened but at some point …

Grey Bruce Real Estate Data – August 2016

Take a look at the data released for August 2016 from the agents’ Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound.  Some interesting numbers. Sales and sale price were up but number of available listings was down…what does that mean for you? #1) Now is a GREAT time to offer your property for sale because there are fewer other properties to compete with. #2) If you …

Autumn Leaves In Grey County

  September may still feel warm but it ushers in what many Grey County natives feel is the most beautiful time of the year in our area.  In a few short weeks – maybe even days – everywhere you turn in Grey County, you’ll be surrounded by red, orange and gold foliage.  Whether you take these colours in while walking the dog, hiking a …

T’is The Season: Fall Fairs 2016

Fall is my favourite time of year.  Chilly walks with the dogs while admiring the leaves, pumpkins and cornstalks decorating the front porch, warming up with a mug of tea or coffee, and of course, sweater weather.  We’re not quite there yet, but it is fast approaching.  How can you tell?  WalMart is full of Back-To-School supplies, people are starting to talk about pumpkin …

Seller FAQs

Buying a home can be stressful.  Selling a home even more so.  There are some factors of your sale that are hard to control; how long the house will be on the market before you get an offer, for example.  Other things are a little easier to settle, such as closing date.  One reason we often find ourselves anxious about selling a home is …

Buyer’s FAQs

Buying a home or property can be a stressful experience, no doubt about it. The best way to reduce this stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed is to make sure you educate yourself. Talk to friends or relatives about the process, do a little research of your own…ask questions. As is often said, buying a home is probably the most significant purchase you’ll ever make, …

Do You Have An Emergency Preparedness Kit?

I’ve been sitting on this article for a little while and given the recent weather warnings, it seems like the right time to put it out there.  Regardless of the season, extreme weather is becoming more common and it can cause some unusual situations that we’re not always prepared for. Whether it’s a black-out, flooding or a true emergency, preparation is key. Ease your …

Eat Your Way Through Bruce/Grey!

In Grey-Bruce our rural communities are the ideal location for growing and raising a wide variety of fresh, local food…so why not take the opportunity to enjoy it first hand?  Throughout the region, foodies, chefs, producers and entrepreneurs have come together to present an opportunity for us to sample local fare at various culinary events throughout the year.  With thanks to On The Bay …

Have You Outgrown Your House?

Is your house still a good fit for your family?  Its not always an easy question to answer, and if the answer is no, the right course of action isn’t always an obvious one.  My family is a perfect example.  When we bought our current house, 2 of my 3 daughters shared a bedroom, all 5 of us shared the main bathroom, we had …

Maximize Your Vegetable Garden

If you are like me – and the majority of the people I know who live in Grey County – you’re smack dab in the middle of vegetable garden season.  And if you’ve got some knowledge, hard work and a little luck you’re starting to enjoy the results of the sweat equity you put into your garden 6-8 weeks ago.  One thing I’ve noticed …

5 Reasons “For Sale By Owner” Is A Bad Idea

We all know the argument: “Why pay a realtor a commission for a job you can probably manage by yourself”? The question is, can you really manage the work that is associated with selling your home without specialized help, advice or guidance? In reality, few of us have the time, the expertise or the professional support to get the job done efficiently and effectively. …

Plan Your Grey County Stay-cation

In no particular order, here are some of the most popular tourist locations in Grey County.  Act like a tourist and enjoy the attractions that we sometimes overlook just because we live here.  I guarantee you’ll appreciate how lucky we are to live in Grey County just a little bit more!   Inglis Falls, Owen Sound According to tripadvisor.ca, “#1 of the Top 30 …

Its Strawberry Season In Grey County!

Its strawberry season in Ontario!  Whether you’re visiting a pick-your-own farm or just picking them up at the supermarket, fresh strawberries are a treat we all enjoy.  Why not treat yourself or surprise your family with one of these simple strawberry recipies today?  Let me know which one is your favourite!   Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Prep 20 m Ready In 35 m Ingredients: 1 package cream …

Why Do I Need A Mortgage Pre-Approval?

Expect to be in a position to buy a property soon?  Have you visited your bank or lender for a mortgage pre-approval yet?  You should…in fact some realtors will be reluctant to spend too much time showing your houses if you haven’t been pre-approved.  It’s not that they don’t value your business, they’re actually looking out for your best interests.  What will you do …

A Guide For First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is an exciting experience that is often the culmination of many years of hard work, careful planning and deliberate saving.  But it can also be stressful and intimidating if buyers aren’t familiar with the process and the possible pitfalls.  Often, before that perfect house has even been found, buyers have envisioned themselves settling into their new home and have plans …

Navigating Your Purchase or Sale: Let Your agent Be Your Guide

Buying a home or property is not usually fast and easy.  It is most often a process which can take days, weeks, even months before it has been completed from start to finish.  You will likely spend a fair amount of time with your realtor and will hopefully grow to feel quite comfortable with him.  Your realtor is, after all, your representative for what …

Take Advantage of 2016 Seller’s Market!

Thinking about selling your home? STOP THINKING AND ACT NOW!! Want 3 good reasons to get your house on the market as soon as possible?   #1 The busy real estate market in larger centres is having a ripple effect on our area. THINGS ARE SELLING QUICKLY and for top dollar.  The average number of days on the market has been dramatically shorter than …

MacPhail Tigers Concert Band Fund Raiser

The MacPhail Tigers Concert Band, from MacPhail Memorial School in Flesherton, has qualified to attend the Nationals and needs your help!  This award winning band with their amazing conductor/teacher Charlie Glasspool won a PLATINUM AWARD – the highest level of accomplishment – at MusicFest Regionals last month. Link to article in Own Sound Times. In an effort to help this fantastic group with their fundraising, …

5 Things you Need to Know About a Seller’s Market

On The Bay Magazine Story by Janet Lees ❧ Illustration by Robert Carter Mark Murakami provides insight on dealing with a seller’s market Over the past few years, when it comes to real estate, home buyers have been in the driver’s seat for the most part. They’ve had lots of homes to choose from and could take their time to find the perfect home …

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release March 2016

Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound came in well above year-ago levels in March 2016. Home sales numbered 213 units in March 2016, up 36.5 per cent from March 2015. This was the highest level on record for sales in the month of March. Sales of all types of properties numbered 268 units ...

Maximize Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything when you are selling your home. A prospective buyer will decide in a single glance if they want to consider purchasing your home, or even step inside and take a look. How does your home look at first glance? Stand on the sidewalk in front of your home and take a good long look. Do you like what you see? …

Savvy House Hunter Secrets

Experienced home buyers know that there’s more to look for than a good neighbourhood and a sturdy foundation. They shop with their hearts, their heads – and with the expert advice of a real estate professional. Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, here are some savvy steps to follow. 1. Know how much you can spend …

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release February 2016

 Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales remain at near-record levels in February. Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound came in well above year-ago levels in February 2016. Home sales numbered 163 units in February 2016, up 25.4% from February 2015. This was the second highest February on record – one sale behind February 2006. ...

Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is tough enough on humans – imagine how overwhelming it would be if you didn’t understand what was going on. When you’re moving with pets, the boxes, the commotion, and tension can add up to confused, stressed – even sick – animals. To keep your cat or dog (or iguana) calm and relatively happy during your move, all you need is a little …

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release January 2016

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Set New January Record RAGBOS reported record-setting January residential sales of 120 units, up 41.2 % from the same month in 2015. The previous record was set in 2007. Also it was the first January on record where the value of total home sales — $28.4 million — surpassed $25 million. It was a 36.2 % increase over January last …

2015 Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Market Stats – Jan. to Dec.

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Markdale

The Village of Markdale Markdale was first settled in the mid 1800's by George Walker and Joseph Price.  The village was named in honour of one of it's prominent early settlers, Mark Armstrong, whose family organized and established a veneer plant, furniture and cheese box factories and a foundry.  By the time the village was incorporated in 1888, it had become what the village's historical records refer ...

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