Real Estate Information & Cottage Blog

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED RENTING OUT YOUR COTTAGE PROPERTY?

5 ways your cottage can make you money Photo by Cora Mueller/Shutterstock For many of us, owning a cottage isn’t a money-making proposition. We own one because we cherish being able to get away from the city, or because we want to build or maintain a treasured family tradition. A…

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THINKING OF BUYING A COTTAGE IN 2018?

Buying a cottage in 2018? Here’s what you need to do no Photo by Golden Shrimp/Shutterstock So you’ve decided to buy a cottage next year — congratulations! It’s a big step. Generally, the best time to buy a cottage is in the fall or winter: prices tend to go down…

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THINKING OF BUYING A COTTAGE IN 2018??

Buying a cottage in 2018? Here’s what you need to do now So you’ve decided to buy a cottage next year — congratulations! It’s a big step.  Generally, the best time to buy a cottage is in the fall or winter: prices tend to go down after the cottage season…

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PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXEMPT??

Can I still use the principal residence exemption for my cottage? This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of Cottage Life magazine. I READ THAT the Canada Revenue Agency has changed the reporting rules when it comes to someone selling a principal residence. Can I still use the exemption if I…

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WINTER ACTIVITIES IN MUSKOKA

Winter activities for your whole family Canadians love to complain about winter. The cold. The ice. The slush. The general misery that goes along with cold noses, frozen fingertips, and wet feet. We’re a nation united by a common enemy. Considering winter generally lasts from November until March (or longer),…

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HOW NOT TO BE A TERRIBLE COTTAGE GUEST

9 ways to be a terrible cottage guest Hate the great outdoors? Here are nine ways to ensure that you’re never invited back to a cottage: 1. Go to the cottage empty-handed. Showing up without food or drink is a surefire way to end up on the cottage blacklist, especially…

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2017 COTTAGE TRENDS

The five trends shaping the 2017 cottage real estate market This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of Cottage Life magazine. People own cottages to escape the city, but what if the city won’t let them escape? That’s how things felt for Tammy and David Aspinall. Living in Toronto during the…

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PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AT THE COTTAGE

How to put down your phone, ignore emails, and actually enjoy the cottage The days of no Internet at the lake are pretty much over. Yay. Or not—if it means that you just…can’t…stop…the email. “Now, work can follow you everywhere you go,” says David Posen, a medical doctor, stress specialist,…

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Cottage Love Letters

Love letters to the cottage: The ever-present lure of the la As the country turns 150, we’re celebrating the greatest national pastime: going to the cottage, the place where we feel most Canadian. In the middle of the class you feel like you are going to die, or, at the…

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COTTAGE UPDATES

Upgrades that will increase your cottage’s value The reasons people choose to upgrade a cottage vary, but the value and cost of those upgrades will almost always impact their decisions. If you plan to use your cottage for years to come, your choices will likely differ from those cottagers who…

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BBQ AT THE COTTAGE

Wow cottage guests with this kalbi barbecue marinade By David Zimmer This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of Cottage Life magazine. When you’re in charge of grilling for the cottage masses, it’s always good to have an ace up your sleeve, an easy-to-use boot derringer you can pull out…

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WHY YOU SHOULD LIVE IN HUNTSVILLE, ONTARIO

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