Monday, September 30, 2013

Investment/Recreational Property Week 8 in Apsley Ontario

Fall is coming in with the quickness I hope winter does not have. It was noticeable the creek was low again upon arrival. Below is this weeks picture and last weeks picture. Notice the ladder. I would estimate at least a foot lower.
I worked on Saturday afternoon but I was still able to get a few projects done on Saturday and Sunday morning.
I finally finished trimming out the pine stairs. I still need to sand the stairs and varnish. I may be able to get up to the property and complete this week.

An issue that has been an issue well before we purchased the property was the sink was leaking.

The drain bowl was completely rotten. I purchased a kit at Kingdon Lumber in Lakefield for $5.50 and replaced the bowl.

Susan hated the faucet so while I was in the plumbing business I changed the taps as well.

Susan with her helpers put together the shelving under the sink.

Susan took some time and rearranged the furniture. I think this room is really enjoyable now to read and relax.

The last room in the cottage/home is this one on the upper level. Once this room is complete it will serve as a toy room for the kids.

As I said, fall is coming quickly. The trees are starting to change colours but not quite there yet. I would bet that next weekend will be the full fall colours. Come up for a drive, it will be beautiful.


Thursday, September 26, 2013


Residential - Looking for a beautiful new family home including a large yard in a rural setting? Here it is! Being offered is a new build located on a large county lot with a beautiful mixture of landscaping and trees. This country home offers open concept living, gleaming hardwood throughout home and wonderful kitchen for your cooking and baking needs. 4 piece ensuite and walk-in closet off of master bedroom. You can`t help to appreciate and enjoy the entrance foyer! Large deck from kitchen/dining area via patio doors. Insulated basement awaits your creativity. Do not Miss out on this home.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Investment/Recreational Property Week 7 in Apsley Ontario

Now that was a rainy Saturday. The rain started early early Saturday morning and kept going to early Sunday. Upon arrival of the cottage the first thing I noticed the creek was a foot lower then normal. The difference was made up with the rain.

On Friday I was able to build the railing for the upper bedroom. This meant we could set up the beds and spend our first night in the cottage.

Kids bedroom.

I had to work all day Saturday but on Sunday I chilled with the kids outside most of the day. It was nice to just relax and hangout.

Renee was glad to be outside!

I did wash the truck. That was as much as I got done. It is not hard to tell Fall is here. I am sure you will start seeing the fall colours in my future pictures!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Investment/Recreational Property Week 6 in Apsley Ontario

Welcome to fall. After a week of high temps our temperatures came crashing down! I took the family up to the cottage on Friday but I spent most of my time back home working and running a charity golf tourney. I did get a few things completed without much relaxing.
Got the plugs into the stairs, sawed and first rough sanding

I did even get the BBQ put together

Sam got to relax

I got started on the upper bedroom with new flooring. I purchased new laminate flooring on sale from $1.19 to $.89 per square feet at Home Hardware. It was the worst crap I ever delt with. It was warped. Staight from China. Never again.

Susan got all the painting done.

I finally got the flooring down with the help of an air nailer

Where I am at now.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What the recent CMHC changes mean for the Canadian housing market

Just as our country's love affair with real estate was heating up once again, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has decided to clamp down on guarantees for mortgage-backed securities. While the issue is creating a lot of chatter around the water cooler – and may ultimately serve to push interest rates up by as much as .50 basis points – it's unlikely that home buying activity will dampen. Especially now….
July marked a turning point for housing in many major centres, including Toronto and Vancouver. Overall sales activity in Canada was up over nine per cent from one year ago, with 44,829 homes changing hands in July, compared to 40,962 in 2012. The average price also rose during July, with values up more than eight per cent to $382,373 nationally. While Ottawa has clearly demonstrated its power to "tighten the taps" so to speak, we can't say the same for its ability to assuage consumer sentiment.
Rest assured, affordability will still prevail, with solid fundamentals underpinning economic performance. Growing consumer confidence levels, the threat of higher interest rates down the road, and low inventory levels will support the Canadian real estate market moving forward. As far as mortgage rates go, CIBC Chief Economist Avery Shenfeld hit the nail on the head when he said, "Overall, the days of very cheap mortgages are going to be replaced by cheap mortgages." Essentially, the outlook for Canadian real estate remains steadfast. Although year-to-date sales currently fall short of last year's pace, the gap is expected to narrow in the months ahead. By year-end, unit sales are forecast to be on par or slightly ahead of 2012 levels both nationally and provincially, while the average price of a home will climb by three to four per cent.

C/O Gurinder Sandu
EVP/Regional Director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc.

Monday, September 9, 2013


 ANDIMAR ESTATES, PIGEON LAKESIDE COMMUNITY offering fishing, boating & quality living! This is a quality 20 year home that consists of 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. I doubt you will find a cleaner and tidier home listed today! Includes one of the nicest sunrooms I have seen, with the option to reinstall a hot tub in the room (ask for details). Enjoy the evenings on the large quality deck. All these features, and I have not talked about the detached 2 car garage/workshop and .64 ace lot. WOW!! 15 minutes to Peterborough or Lindsay. Deeded access to Pigeon Lake through Association

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Investment/Recreational Property Week 5 in Apsley Ontario

Hi Everyone. It was a mixed bag of weather this weekend. The big project for this weekend was the stairs replacement at the cottage. Because of other commitments we did not arrive at the cottage until Saturday night. 
Keith and I had to do a ton of thinking on angles and measurements on these stairs. It is not as easy as it looks. We measured, cut, measure, cut then measure and cut again.
Once the raisers were correct we made cleats for the treads to rest on. We glued, nailed then screwed the cleats. They will never go anywhere.

Once up the sanding will begin. We did not get much sanding done. This will be another day.

Starting to look comfortable!

Upstairs the clean up begins. Susan got the ceiling painted as well. Next project getting these rooms ready for the kids.

The bathroom walls are so uneven. I put a coating of drywall mud to see if I can fix them before we left to go home.