Monday, January 27, 2014

Investment/Recreational Property Week 14 in Apsley Ontario

Cold and snowy. The theme of our winter. This weekend was no different. I went up early Friday and opened up the driveway and walkways with the snowblower. I went back home, loaded the family and took them up. Again, not much accomplished on the property, too busy just relaxing! I had to cut Sunday short as I had to work but it sure helps with the winter blahs to get away for a few days.

Eels Creek looking North

Eels Creek looking South

 To cold to play outside so a soccer game broke out



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

December 2013 Selwyn (Smith Ennismore Lakefield) Real Estate Statistic Report


I would like to start off this blog by thanking you, the reader of this blog for your attention. I know that there is content on anything out there on the web so you taking a few minutes reading my blog is appreciated.

I would also like to thank my clients over the years. Your business and friendship is truly appreciated as well!

Now to the update! December 2013 was very interesting for Ennismore/Emily. There was only 3 new listings signed up but 8 sales were recorded! Funny enough in December 2012 the numbers were flipped with 9 new listings and 3 sales. How do you predict what December is going to be like, eh?
Totals for Ennismore/Emily for 2013 was 345 listings and 176 sales. That is a 51% Sales Ratio for 2013 compared to 44% in 2012.

Smith/Lakefield on the other hand had 11 new listings and only 2 sales in the month of December. You have to wonder why such different results in basically the same area. (Same Township "Selwyn") To compare December 2012 had 7 new listings and 7 sales. Totals for 2013 is 310 listings with 155 sales. That is an honest 50% Sales Ratio for 2013 compared to 50 % in 2012.

Taking the complete Peterborough and Kawartha board numbers which covers basically Peterborough County, this area recorded 179 new listings and 106 sales for the month of December 2013. December 2013 is down 18% over December 2012. Over all numbers from sales 2012-2013 was basically the exact same number.Wow! 

With all that said the economists were correct that the market will hold its own with very little to no growth. I am ok with this as we are still recovering from the housing fallout in the USA in 2007-2008 and the tough new mortgage rules the Federal government put in place last year.

Monday, January 6, 2014

23 Grandview Dr, Omemee Brad Sinclair Re/Max Eastern

RESIDENTIAL - ANDIMAR ESTATES, PIGEON LAKESIDE COMMUNITY offering fishing, boating and quality living. This bungalow features 3 bedrooms, bathroom, living room, dining area and galley kitchen on the main floor. The lower level features family room, fourth bedroom, laundry room and tons of storage. Huge country lot 100` x 300`. Walk out from kitchen to large deck. 27` above ground pool. Many major updates completed including all windows (2012), carpet in basement (2013), hardwood floors in living room (2012), pool line (2011) and roof (2006). Located only 15-20 minutes to Peterborough or Lindsay in a family friendly waterfront community with deeded access to Pigeon Lake. Quick possession is possible.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Investment/Recreational Property Week 13 in Apsley Ontario

It has seemed like forever since the last time we stayed at the cottage. With going to Florida in November and such a busy month in December we just did not get a chance.

I took the family up on New Years Day. I was a good boy the night before so I did not have a big head January 1! Great way to start off the year. Others I know can not say the same thing!

Renee All Ready to go!

We arrived to a clean cottage with no water. The pump would not pump nothing. The driveway and deck had not been cleared so it took awhile to even access the basement where the pump is which is done through the deck. Susan started to melt snow on the stove for water. I found the issue quickly. The heatline was not working and the pipe from the well to the pump was frozen. That sucked! It was only -29C why would it freeze?? I mucked around with the water system until dark and gave up. No water and nothing I can do. We melted a lot of snow as the kids needed a bath and no matter what we do not miss bath night.

The next morning Lucas and I went outside to clean up the snow in the driveway. I decided to go to Donia's Tim-Br Mart and picked up an ice auger. Back when I was a kid this is how we cottaged in the winter. Water was hauled in by bucket. A heck of a lot quicker then melting snow!

Lucas helping me clean the driveway

This is how I was going to access the creek

I was surprised to see 8 inches of ice
Getting dark and -29c again
This was my reward for a hard days work! Truth to be told, I bought all this for Christmas Eve but we all had the Flu!

Friday it was still really cold, in the -20c's. Lucas came out to play but did not last long. I was eyeing up a tree that I hated that over hung the creek. With so much ice on the creek it was my only opportunity to get rid of it.

Poor Lucas was mad he could not swing!

The Hated Tree
Look to the left and you will see the hated tree


Better call it a day!

Saturday it finally warmed up. It felt almost HOT at -4C. I referee in Apsley in the morning and when I got back to the cottage the kids and I went out and played. We had a ton of fun. I even dug out the swings!

Lucas and Faith working on their snow angels
Riding down the hill on the sled
Susan could not came out to play as she hurt her knee. But she still makes a mean hot chocolate when we went in
Apsley (North Kawartha) has such a nice rink
Sunday is now here and it is going to snow and maybe freeze rain so we packed up early at noon and booked it for home.