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Winter Home Buying. by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Winter home buying can be perplexing for both buyer and seller, especially in the north.  When the weather turns and temperatures are freezing the ground, the snow is up to your knees, and it is not fun to tramp through the elements to shop for homes, it can be trying.

Working in a climate that brings snow, cold temperatures and homes that are seasonal, it has many challenges for the Realtor, the buyer and the seller.  But, working through the challenges can be rewarding.

Sellers often think that there are no buyers in the winter and take their homes off the market.  This is simply not true, there is always someone looking for a home.   Seller on the market through winter may just be rewarded with a buyer.

When we had little kids and took them to the mountains to ski, we always advised them to dress in layers and take extra gloves.  You can always strip down if you get too hot, we would tell them.  This is the same advice I have for buyers looking in snowy northern Michigan for homes.  Buyers are often coming from climates that are not as severe and are met with a surprise when they have to trudge through snow knee deep and look at a home with little to no heat.  Be prepared for all things when looking at homes in the winter months.  Bring boots, hats, gloves, etc.

Sellers find another challenge when they actually have an offer presented to them in the winter.  If it is a summer home, they are often out of town during the winter months and need to deal with things from a distance.  Their home may be winterized and they will now need to deal with opening it up for inspections and then re-winterizing it until closing.  They may not want people coming through the home with snow.  They may not want to have the driveway plowed and add an additional expense.

Seller can work with their Realtor to handle snow plowing and to protect their homes.

I find that buyers generally flexible when it comes to inspections.  Trying to coordinate things to avoid de-winterizing more than once, etc. can be done.  Depend on the Realtor to make sure things get done to eliminate extra costs.

Buyers sometime take a risk buying in the winter.  For instance, a waterfront home be a risky buy because you really cannot see what the waterfront is like.  The Realtor should be able to come up with photos from the seller to rest assure the buyer as to the condition of the waterfront.  Another challenge is inspections of the well and septic systems.  This can not always be done in the winter.  If the septic inspector cannot break ground to access the system, inspection has to be postponed or waived.  A seller that has records of all septic inspections can be helpful.  These records sometimes serve the purpose for the buyer.  Keep those systems in good condition with regular checkups and keep the records handy.

These are just a few examples of winter challenges when buying or selling a home.  They are not monumental, but a bit more work versus summer season selling.  It can be done if the seller, buyer and Realtor all work as a team to – get it sold!

 

 

Hot Deals, by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Hot deals on lake front property will be out there. Just look around and see what is still on the market and if they are willing to make a deal.  Now is the time, Labor Day weekend marks the  end of summer for many lakefront homeowners.  Most people are done using their cottage this weekend.  They are getting the kids back to school.  The retirees are getting ready to go back to their winter homes.  Generally if the home has not sold by now, they are reducing prices.  If they haven’t reduced prices, they will be ready to negotiate something to get it sold.  So, check out the hot deals, summer may not be over just yet!

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Let’s Go To The Cottage – Canadian Lakes Homes Blog – Kathleen Adams

Let’s go to the cottage!  These words bring sweet memories as I think back about our cottage years.  In fact, they are never ending times.  The cottage was a place we went to year-round and spent quality time together with family, extended family and friends.  Memories abound when you have a cottage and they are years that you will always cherish and want to continue with each generation. We visited friends last night that are here from Lake Tahoe.  And when I say here, I mean they are at the cottage on Horsehead Lake.  They, like our kids, grew up at the cottage.  They are now married and having children and have come to spend two weeks at the cottage.  This is home away from home, a haven, a place to go to recharge.  And we recharged each weekend in the summer, and many of them spring, fall and winter.

When our kids were in college and had time to come home, it was to the cottage they roamed.  The cottage was home because that is were their fondest memories were made. There is nothing like a cottage; and what a time to invest in a cottage.  We have a good inventory of cottages around the lakes in the area.  A changing of times for many families that have to sell for some reason.  But what a great time for someone to start their cottage memories by investing in this vacation market.  I can remember a time when you could not find a cottage on our lake to buy.  If someone did want to sell, there was someone in the neighborhood that knew someone who wanted to buy it.  They never hit the market!

I think this is one purchase you will never regret.  A cottage is so much more than a vacation property.  It permeates the very people it houses with sights, sounds, smells, and great times!  Our first cottage was 700 square feet, had three bedrooms and a pull out sofa – one bath.  We had the best times there and still recall all the fun things we did when we are all together.  Our second cottage was 5 bedrooms and baths, and I remember having 50 people for my 50th birthday and what a celebration weekend it was!  Big or small and cottage does it all.

Thinking about a cottage?  Come and see what our area has for you!  There is a nice selection to choose from with prices all around good!

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Canadian Lakes Housing Market Report

The Canadian Lakes Housing Market is starting out strong.  In the past three months inventory is down 7% and sales are up 12.5%, and prices have gone up a bit as well.  That is a great trend.  We still have a nice selection of inventory with about 50/50 waterfront to non-waterfront.  The homes that sold in December were averaging a $186,750 sales price.  Not bad for the Canadian Lakes Housing Market which has a $198,000 average list price on current market homes.

Get in on the action in 2013 with low interest rates still favorable for the buyer.  This is a good time to capture a good buy while prices remaining stable.  Before long we should see prices starting to creep up, so get a good deal now!

Here’s hoping you all had a Happy New Year!  Let’s celebrate in 2013 with all our family and friends throughout the year.  A great way to be with family and friends all year long is with a vacation home.  Why not consider Canadian Lakes your destination for that wonderful gathering place.  Click below to see what is for sale in Canadian Lakes Housing Market

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Winter is on the Way

Winter is on the way – that is for sure.  We can expect snow any day now.  The mild weather this year has us fooled but we know that winter is on the way.  It is also a time when people like to “take their home off the market”.  Sometimes that can be a mistake as it interrupts the marketing.  Two things that we can also be sure of in Real Estate; to sell a home it needs to have a fair market price, or a longer period of time on the market.  If it is priced right, it should sell in a fair amount of time.  If it does not, and seems priced high for the market area, it will take a longer period of time to sell.  Keep up on the market in your area with a good Real Estate Agent!

Enjoy the upcoming winter season, and as we look forward to the next season, if you are dreaming of that summer property, it’s never too early to start looking.  There are great buys out there.  Don’t forget, winter is on the way!

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Time for School

It’s official – the time for school has come.  While parents are proud to see their little ones going off to new and exciting school days, somewhere deep down they are thinking, whew – summer was hectic and I’m glad it’s over.  Time for school can mean more time for parents to do parent things.  Time for school can also be a time for parents to reflect on the summer past and wonder what would make it more relaxing.  Have you thought about a summer cottage?  It could be just the thing to bring the family together and help you relax while having fun.  There are still plenty of warm sunny days to explore homes for sale.  So while your little one is spending time in school, do a little parent shopping.  I can help you find that perfect summer home – and make your next summer an unforgetable one.

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Labor Day at the Lakes

Labor Day at the Lakes is here this weekend.  Wow – I cannot believe this summer is about over.  We had a great July in Canadian Lakes with plenty of wonderful weather.  August has felt a bit like September but we cannot complain about this past week.  I have had the opportunity to get in a bit of golf this summer as well – which has been nice.  Even thought people will be winding down the cottage season as Labor Day at the Lakes approaches, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the summer season through September.  The lakes will be full of activity through September and some of October.  So, enjoy your Labor Day at the Lakes!  If you get a chance to look at homes, we still have a great selection.  See what owing a home on the lakes is all about.  Click the icon for more information on great lake homes.

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