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Say Goodbye To Lockdown Blues

6 tips to keep your moods in check

So many things happen during lockdown. It’s easy to lose that cheer that time with family and friends can bring, those hard-earned vacations get cancelled and our day to day routines are thrown out of the window. You might find yourself or those around you experiencing some mood changes – here’s 6 different ways that you could tackle that. 

1. Move your body every day

One of the most important commitments you can make to yourself is keeping your body in motion. According to Harvard Medical School, getting in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week and two days of muscle strengthening activities is a sensible goal. This can look like a 21 minute daily walk, or, if you find it is impossible to to find the time to move every single day, a 30 minute burst activity five times per week. A walk or run are great free ways to get some movement in, but if your schedule and finances permit, you can pour in some creativity to your workout, even from home. Research whether your gym or studio offers online classes or simply do a quick cardio circuit search on YouTube. 

2. Chase the daylight

Soaking in vitamin D is essential for your health, both mental and physical. By exposing yourself to sunlight, your body increases its levels of serotonin – a mood-boosting chemical which lowers levels of sadness or depression. Spending time outdoors can also increase levels of melatonin, which lower stress, and help strengthen your immune system. 

3. Invest in a sunlamp or day light bulbs. 

Special light that mimics nature. Invest in ways to bring a bit of daylight into your life if you’re stuck in an under lit home office. While there is nothing that can replace the vitamin D king himself, keeping a sunlamp nearby can positively affect your body’s sleep cycle and provide a mood boost. If you’re feeling gloomy, purchasing a sunlamp can be an easily accessible solution. 

4. Prioritize Sleep

it’s no secret that maintaining a consistent sleep schedule has a plethora of health benefits. When we’re stuck at home, it’s easy to stay up too late or sleep in and get out of sync. Keeping up with restful slumber (yes, event on the weekends) keeps your body’s internal clock in check and can actually help you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Not to mention, getting quality Z’s can dramatically improve your mood. At the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that subjects limiting their sleep schedule to 4.5 hours per night for one week reported feeling stressed, angry, sad and mentally exhausted. When increasing their sleep intake, their mental state received a huge boost. 

5. Keep a regular routine

A consistent routine lets your body when it is time to wind down or prepare for activity. After a long day at work, whether you’re an essential service or you’re at home, set some time aside to treat your body and mind to a relaxing act of kindness. In your routine, especially if you’re at home looking at screens – make sure you make time to distance yourself from your work environment or put the devices away for a set time. 

6. Lose yourself in a new hobby

Research has shown that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods and depression. Being cooped up indoors during lockdowns and stay at home orders is the best time to try something new. It could even lead for heartwarming bonding moments among family members with a new shared interest. 

Some ideas for new hobbies

  • Baking
  • Virtual lessons
  • Knitting
  • Learning a new language
  • Calligraphy
  • Embroidery 
  • Soapmaking
  • Art
  • Hiking
  • Board Games
  • Lego Kits
  • Puzzles

Do you have any tips for surviving another Lockdown? Let us know below!

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March Market Report For Barrie

One year on since Lockdowns and Restrictions started, the market continues to be red hot in Barrie. Year over year, we saw a large spikes in home prices across our region. Compared to last March, we saw a huge 32% increase in sale prices across Barrie. Partly due to the strong market we’re experiencing right now and partly due to downturn in the market last March as the effects of Covid took hold. As we bounced in and out of restrictions and lockdowns across the region, we saw the trend of low inventory continue. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of April 9, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on March 2020 vs March 2021.

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March Market Report In Our Communities

One year on since Lockdowns and Restrictions started, the market continues to be red hot in our communities in 2021. Year over year, we saw large spikes in home prices across our region. Compared to last February, we saw a huge 51% increase in sale prices across our communities. In Tiny Township alone, we saw an 88% increase in sales prices

As we bounced in and out of restrictions and lockdowns across Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay, we saw the trend of low inventory continue. Active listings are down over 66% compared to 2020. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of April 5, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on March 2020 vs March 2021.

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FSOGB Wins Reader’s Choice Award!

Thank you to everyone in our amazing Community that took the time to vote for us, For Sale On Georgian Bay as the “Best Real Estate Office” in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards for the Midland Mirror.

We were delighted to discover the news and honoured, humbled and very excited to receive such an accolade within our first year of Business in the community.

The support of our Community is what drives us to empower its residents with the best Real Estate advice available.

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February Market Stats For Barrie

February continued in the same vein as January in Barrie. To begin the year we saw a large 36% increase in sale prices across Barrie when compared to 2020 and February repeated the trick by showing another 36% increase in Sales Prices. As restrictions and lockdowns continued across Simcoe, we saw the trend of low inventory continue.

Active listings are down over 50% compared to 2020. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of March 12, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on February 2020 vs February 2021.

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February Market Report In Our Communities

The market continues to be red hot in our communities in 2021. Year over year, we saw large spikes in home prices across our region. Compared to last February, we saw a huge 41% increase in sale prices across our communities. In Tay Township alone, we saw over 65% increase in sales prices.

As we bounced in and out of restrictions and lockdowns across Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay, we saw the trend of low inventory continue. Active listings are down over 74% compared to 2020. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of March 12, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on February 2020 vs February 2021.

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January Market Stats For Barrie

To begin the year we saw a large 36% increase in sale prices across Barrie when compared to 2020. As restrictions and lockdowns increased across Simcoe, we saw the trend of low inventory continue.

Active listings are down over 68% compared to 2020. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of February 10, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on January 2020 vs January 2021.

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January Market Report In Our Communities

As we said goodbye to 2020, we welcomed 2021 with massive spikes in home prices across our region. To begin the year we saw a huge 98% increase in sale prices across our communities compared to 2019. In Penetanguishene alone, we saw over 168% increase in sales prices.

As restrictions and lockdowns increased across Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay, we saw the trend of low inventory continue. Active listings are down over 85% compared to 2019. With low competition, now is the time to take advantage of the market and achieve maximum price for your property.

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of February 4, 2021, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on January 2020 vs January 2021.

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December Market Report In Our Communities

A look back at December 2020 compared to December 2019 and why it’s a great time to list your Property for Sale.

The whole world was happy to see the end of 2020 but we’re not quite done with it yet as we look back on the final month of that last year to have an idea of how the 2021 market could begin.

As we transitioned into the festive period, we saw a big spike in sales prices through December. To round out the year, we saw a massive 34% increase in sales prices across our communities. In Tay Township alone, we saw over 64% increase in sales prices. Even as restrictions and lockdowns increased across Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay, we continued to see a very impressive rebound from Covid-19.

The number of sales across our communities saw an increase year over year at 19%. With less homes on the market to start with, this spike in sales leaves us with a big lack of inventory across the region. If you’re looking to sell your home this winter, this is great news for you! Prices are up, interest rates are down and your home faces less competition on the market whilst there is a host of motivated buyers looking to complete their home search!

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of January 8, 2020, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on December 2019 vs December 2020.