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Tips for Protecting Your Privacy When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is an exercise in trust, and it can be stressful to have strangers walking through your home. There are a few safeguards to keep in mind to protect your privacy while allowing potential buyers access to their future dream home. 

De-personalize your house

Not all of the people who attend open houses are interested in buying your home. (You know a couple of the neighbours from down the street will check out your home if you have just renovated.) Criminals regularly scope out potential targets by casually touring an open house. 


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Buying in a Hot Market

The real estate market has been on fire for a few months now. If you’re selling, there’s never been a better time to put your house on the market. If you are trying to buy, however, it’s a cutthroat market with many properties being sold astronomically above the asking price. It is possible to find a home to buy in a red-hot market, if you follow these tips.


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10 Steps to a Successful Relocation Move to Owen Sound & Area

Moving to a new, unfamiliar community can be very exciting, but it’s also a major life decision filled with emotion and change. Whether you choose to move to Owen Sound or any of the other towns in Grey and Bruce counties, we know you’ll find lots of friendly people to welcome you. 

To make your transition go smoother, consider these suggestions:


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Why People Choose New Construction Homes

Why People Choose New Construction Homes

When it’s time to buy a new home, you may be wondering whether to build a house from the ground up or choose an already well-loved home. 

It’s not always an easy decision. While the financial aspect of purchasing a home certainly plays a large part, so do lifestyle and convenience factors. Which house is the best for you — a new build or an existing home? Let’s look at some of the factors that will play into your decision.

The appeal of a new build home

There are a number of compelling reasons people choose to build a new home, or to purchase directly from the builder.


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FAQ: Buying a House in Grey and Bruce

FAQ: Buying in Grey and Bruce

Thinking of buying a house in Grey-Bruce? Here are some of the questions we most often get from clients.

Where can I buy property in Grey and Bruce?

Our region has an abundance of beautiful properties along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, up the Bruce Peninsula, throughout our rural areas, and in our many small towns.

The largest urban centre in the region is Owen Sound, with a population of 21,341. Other major towns include Saugeen Shores, Hanover, Meaford, Kincardine, and Walkerton. The Bruce Peninsula features the town of Wiarton at its base, Lion’s Head in the middle, and Tobermory at the tip. 

How much do homes cost in Grey-Bruce?

The average price for homes sold in Grey and Bruce counties surpassed $502,000 in September, 2020. That marked an increase of about $100,000 or 23.5% over the year prior.


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7 Fun Things To Do This Winter in Grey-Bruce

7 Fun Things To Do This Winter in Grey-Bruce

The snow has arrived in our region once again, but the pandemic is sure to make this winter a unique experience. Social distancing and mask-wearing will continue to be the norm this season, but that doesn’t have to stop us from having fun! 

The Grey-Bruce region offers plenty of great outdoor (and indoor) activities that we can do while still following public health guidelines, keeping us active and exploring the spectacular scenery in our special corner of Ontario.

Here are 7 fun, local activities to help prevent cabin fever and keep you and the family healthy this winter.


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Why Buy a New Build vs a Pre-Loved Home?

Why Buy a New Home

At some point, it’s a decision many home buyers come up against: should we buy a new build or is it better to get a home that’s been lived in before?

Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer! But here are a few considerations about new homes to keep in mind as you weigh your real estate options:


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Real Estate Open Houses Return with Important COVID-19 Precautions

Now that we are in Phase Three of Ontario’s reopening plans, real estate sellers are once again able to showcase your property in an Open House.

An Open House is an important selling tool, enabling buyers to drop in any time and explore the property. If you are planning to sell—or if you are looking for your next home and planning to attend local Open Houses around Grey-Bruce and Owen Sound—here’s what you need to know about Coronavirus precautions and safety measures currently in place.

Safe Open House Viewing – Best Practices for Coronavirus

The Province of Ontario lifted the prohibition on real estate professionals hosting open houses as of Friday, July 17 at 12:01 a.m., assuming that public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions are in place.

As with all public and social activities, the most important preventative step is to stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you would like to visit upcoming Open Houses in Grey-Bruce and Owen Sound, follow these guidelines from the Real Estate Council of Ontario:

1. Be prepared for a quick screening and check-in.

Anyone visiting an Open House will be asked a few questions to screen for potential Coronavirus exposure. These questions are required by the Ministry of Health; you can see them here.

As real estate professionals, we are required to document the name and contact information of each person who attended the open house to support effective contact tracing by Public Health, if needed.

2. Wear a non-medical mask or face covering.

This face covering is required by Public Health and is to be worn at all times while indoors. See recommendations about masks and face coverings here.

3. Be prepared to queue in your vehicle or outside, maintaining a safe distance of at least two metres between yourself and others.

The Real Estate Council of Ontario has recommended that we consider requiring all clients to book an appointment in advance for the purposes of physical distancing, flow management and contact tracing. If you arrive at an Open House without an appointment, or if the property has a tight schedule of viewings, you may be asked to wait outside or in your vehicle.

4. Avoid touching any surface inside the home.

We will do our best to facilitate this by ensuring that all doors are open and lights on for the duration of the Open House. Hand sanitizer will be provided at our Open Houses. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment. Even so, we encourage you to avoid touching surfaces as much as possible.

Viewing Properties and Attending Showings During COVID-19

We will make every effort to ensure the safety of homeowners and buyers for the duration of this pandemic. Your wellbeing is Bill’s top priority, and he thanks each and every one of you for your patience and understanding as we continually adapt together to new public health and safety requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns about property viewing during COVID-19, please give Bill a call at (519) 377-7627 or get in touch through the website.

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Moving to Cottage Country: Choosing a School in Grey and Bruce

Moving to Cottage Country: Choosing a School in Grey and Bruce

Moving your family from Toronto, Hamilton or elsewhere in Southwestern Ontario to Grey and Bruce counties cottage country? You may have questions about the public and private schools available to your family in Owen Sound and the surrounding areas.

The good news is that you have a variety of options to suit your child’s educational needs and often, schools are smaller and more community-based than big-city institutions.

In this post, you’ll find links and information to help you explore schools in Owen Sound, Saugeen Shores, the Bruce Peninsula and more. First, it’s important to recognize that there are four public systems plus private options available in this region.


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Which Home and Property Improvements Really Pay Off?

Average home improvement resale recovery rates.

You want to get the greatest return possible on your investments in property improvements. But which renovations have the best resale recovery rate?

There are some improvements we make to our homes simply because we want to enjoy them. It’s never a bad idea to understand the impact a renovation has on your home’s value, though. This is particularly important if you may sell in the foreseeable future.

If you’re trying to prioritize and considering updating a bathroom, changing out your flooring, or adding a major feature like a swimming pool, check out these average rates of return first.


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