Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Investment/Recreational Property visit 19 in Apsley Ontario

April 25,26,27/2014
This weekend was more relaxing then working at the cottage. Not much really got done. Saturday was raining on and off. Sunday was cool but sunny. I had been sick on and off all week so it was great to just recover from that. We even rented a few movies in Apsley. Not sure when the last time Susan and I did that!
I worked a bit on my new fire pit. I got the rock placed and I need to fill in with gravel.


 Kids had a ton of fun this weekend. They put tons of miles on the ATV going around and around and around!


Still snow at the neighbours
Trees before I trimmed
Time to get of this old tent garage

Trees trimmed

As much as I got done

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Investment/Recreational Property visit 18 in Apsley Ontario

If some of you have stumbled across this blog posting titled "investment/recreational property visit...." and wonder why I post my weekends at the cottage there is two reasons. One, cottage living is not for everyone, I am trying to show you that a cottage is not only fun but there is work to be done as well. You may find this is what you would like to do, or maybe not. Two, this is an investment for me as well. I am trying to have a record on what I have done to the property over the years. I think this will give value to me and the buyer of the property.

April 11th/2013

I went to the cottage to check on the creek height. I wanted to make sure nothing was being flooded. The creek was really high but manageable. The only thing I was worried about was the ice above the bridge. There was a really thick piece and it was not broken up. I hoped it did not damage the bridge too bad.

Eels Creek melt

Easter Weekend

My first project this weekend was to finally finish the kids play room on the second level of the cottage. They kids were excited to get in!


On Saturday it was beautiful outside and could spend the day outdoors. I got a start on my new firepit, worked on getting the water pumps up and running and played with the kids. That night I had first campfire of the year!

Sunday we left to go to Napenee for the day to have Easter dinner with my in-laws. We decided to spend Monday at the cottage to work on the bridge that got damaged badly with the ice. The bridge twisted in circles. Damaged it badly. Worst part was clearing the debris. I talked to my neighbour to see if this happens every year. He has never seen the bridge damaged like this, but never seen so much ice thickness on the creek either.

Used the boat as a working platform

Lawnmower worked well dragging debris out of the water

Just the cables left, I will start from scratch


Thursday, April 10, 2014

March 2014 Selwyn (Smith Ennismore Lakefield) Real Estate Statistic Report


Sorry this is so late coming out. I usually like having it out day one or two of the month. I sold my parents home and guess who got nominated to get them moved. Now that task is complete here is the March report.

(Peterborough and the Kawartha's, March 2013 compared to March 2014)

  • Total # of new listings -8%
  • Total # of listings YTD -10%
  • Total # of sales in Feb -10%
  • Total # of sales YTD -8%

I thought the numbers looked bad in February, well they are worse in March. I still am pointing a finger at mother nature. In February I was hoping for warm weather in March, it never happened. Here it is April 10th and it is just starting to break double digits temperature wise.  As soon as we get some warmth, the market will be ludicrous. These comments are for Rural Peterborough, not City of Peterborough. The city market is strong as ever.

Market specific numbers

Area                                         March  2014 Listings    March  2014 Sales      March 2013 Listings   March 2013 Sales

Ennismore/Emily                     34                                         11                              43                            17

Smith                                       31                                          15                              37                           18

Peterborough                  159                                        88                             147                         73