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Local Business Connections

Looking for a school for your children, a local professional for renovations, someone to help finance your property purchase, or another local service or product? Start here!


Mortgage & Banking Services

 Brian Mill, Mortgage Agent

Brian Mill is a local mortgage agent with Neighbourhood Dominion Lending Centres.  He focuses his business in both Owen Sound and Port Elgin and prides himself on being one of the most experienced and knowledgeable mortgage agents in the area. 

Brian has been in the business for over 15 years and has helped thousands of clients secure mortgages.  With over 35 lenders, Brian will analyze your situation and find you the best mortgage solution and rates.

Phone: 519-379-3003
Fax: 1-888-788-4566
brianmill@ndlc.ca | www.brianmill.ca


Homeowner Services

Miss Fix-It

Established in 2007, Now Serving Owen Sound and All Surrounding Areas

Miss Fix It offers professional organizing, staging, decorating and renovations.  Miss Fix It has an office located downtown in the heart of Owen Sound, below Sutton-Sound Realty!  Now offering furniture, artwork, accessories, drapery, linens, pillows and so much more to full stage your home.

Website: www.missfixit.ca

Instagram:_missfixit_

Phone: 289-221-3355

Address: 1077 2nd Ave East, Suite C, Owen Sound, ON


McMillen Electric & Complete Home Inspections

McMillen Electric and Complete Home Inspections provides quality residential and commercial electrical services for  new construction projects, renovations, and repairs.  This includes electrical installation for new builds, panel and service upgrades, house rewires (replacement of knob and tube wiring, ungrounded wire), installation of fixtures, wiring devices, recessed and low voltage lighting, in-floor heat, baseboards, hot tubs, security and landscape lighting.  We also provide generator installations services (standby, or portage plug in) as well as smoke detectors and strobe lights.

Hire an Owen Sound electrician or home inspector

McMillen’s also provides professional home inspection services to help customers make informed decisions when buying or selling a home.  We apply knowledge and skill to visually inspect possible defects and examine the overall conditions of one’s home using a simple and easy to understand written report (including photos, illustrations, and recommendations).


Builders & Contractors

Barry’s Construction

Barry's Construction Ltd - Project Management, Residential & Commercial Rentals, Land Development & More

Where to Stay

Micha’s Bed & Breakfast

Micha’s Bed & Breakfast offers many upscale accommodations and experiences within the very heart of Owen Sound.  Enjoy your stay in secluded suites, or the large spacious rooms waking up to a wonderful breakfast.

This location reflects the historical ages of Owen Sound’s port. Complete your adventure with access to many restaurants, art galleries, and small shops within walking distance. 


Business Services

Have1.com

Everything we do here at Have1.com is a team effort to help our customers reach their goals when it comes to branding.  One of our newest  items we are offering is Laser Engraving on promotional items, and our biggest hit right now is Laser Engraved Patches for Hats. 

We currently have an introductory offer of 24 caps with Leatherette or Leather Patches customized with your logo/event. Visit us in person or on our website at Have1.com.


 

BillMcFarlane.ca does not accept payment of any kind for placement in our Local Business Connections. While each professional and business listed is featured based on the work they have done with or for our company, we make no warranties or guarantees as to how they may perform for others. These listings are intended as informational only and should not be considered an endorsement.

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Buying an Investment Property

Learn more about buying an investment property in the Grey Bruce region.

When contemplating the purchase of residential rental property there are as many types of properties to buy as there are considerations to take into account.

This article will focus strictly on purchasing student rental property for a member of your family to reside in while attending college.

One of your first considerations involves how long you plan on remaining in ownership. Will you hold the property just while your child attends post-secondary schooling, 3, 4 or 5 years, or will you continue as an absentee landlord after they have graduated.

If so, who will manage the property, and do the maintenance and repairs for you and how will the added expense of a property manager affect the income generated from the property. If you do decide to sell after your child graduates and the market is not the best for selling can you keep the property until the market turns around?
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Qualifying for a Mortgage

See if you qualify for a mortgage.

Arrange Financing

Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval

An important ingredient in a successful home search is knowing how much you can afford. You don’t want to fall in love with a property only to find out it’s outside your price range.

That’s why I recommend getting a Mortgage Pre-Approval. This is a document from your bank or other lender stating how much of a mortgage they are willing to give you. There are two advantages to getting this pre-approval:
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Selling Real Estate Tips

Tips for selling your house in Grey Bruce and Owen Sound.

Setting Your Price

How do You Determine Your Asking Price?

You obviously want to sell your house for the highest possible price. You may even have a number in mind. But, how do you determine if that number is reasonable? You may be concerned that:

  • If you list your house too high, few buyers, if any, will see it.
  • If your price is too low, you could end up leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

Don’t worry. I’m an expert at creating a pricing strategy that will pique the interest of qualified buyers – and set the stage to get you the highest sale price possible. I’m also a specialist in the local market. I know what properties like yours sell for, and can get yours sold at the high end of that range.

I begin by getting to know your property and all its desirable features. Then I make some calculations to determine its Current Market Value. That value is based, in large part, on what similar houses in the area have sold for recently.
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Buying Real Estate Tips

Find Your Dream Home – Right Here!

Finding and buying the ideal property can be a dream come true. There is something special about walking up to the front door on moving day, sliding in your key and entering the foyer of your beautiful new home.

However, getting to that point can be a nightmare unless you have the right real estate agent working with you throughout the buying process. As your real estate agent, I ensure that I will do two important things for you:

  • Help you buy a home that matches your requirements;
  • Make the process simple and easy.

How do I work with clients?

To begin, I take the time to learn what you really want in a home. We look at your needs and desires, and help you determine the price range within which you should shop. Then we show you properties that meet that criteria – including new listings the moment they come on the market.
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Local Information – Owen Sound

The City of Owen Sound is an excellent place to live and invest in property.

The City of Owen Sound is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in a valley below the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. It lies at the foot of the Bruce Peninsula, famous for its exceptional geography.

Known as the Scenic City, Owen Sound features an expansive harbour and bay, winding rivers, tree-lined streets, extensive parks and trails and a thriving, historic downtown.

It’s the largest urban community in Grey and Bruce counties and holds the seat of government in Grey, supporting regional, provincial and federal government offices, a regional hospital and a campus of Georgian College.
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