No Comments

Buying In The Winter?

Debating on Buying in the Winter? Pros to buying now.. 

Although the spring and fall are the most common times to buy and sell your home, there are some advantages to looking for a home during the cold winter months. While there aren’t as many homes to choose from, there are significantly fewer buyers actively shopping and therefore less competition.  Everything slows down in the winter when it comes to real estate, but for some buyers this opens up a great opportunity. 

Less Competition

It is common for buyers to put their home search to a halt during the holiday season. This is typically due to certain buyers finding it less appealing to go out in the snowy cold weather or because people would like to take a break for holiday festivities. However, you can use this to your advantage by braving the elements. With less active buyers, you are less likely to get into a bidding war and there are less showings which motivates sellers. With the contrast between less competition and motivated sellers, you are more likely to get away with offering less and saving on the overall purchase price.

Moving and Renovation Expenses

Another benefit to buying in the winter is that when it’s closing day, you have a much broader selection of moving companies and contractors. For movers, they are often busy the first of the month helping people who are renting and their busy season is the spring and fall. With less people moving in the winter months, moving companies sometimes decrease their rates to remain competitive. It is the same with contractors, once the weather gets better in the spring they get booked up quickly.

Motivated Sellers

Some people may have had their home on the market for quite a few days at this point in the year or have just recently listed. We often find sellers with their homes on the market during the winter are very eager to sell. This means the possibility of the seller accepting an offer below what they’d typically accept is much more likely. 

We are always here to help when you need us, every step of the way. Any questions you have, always feel free to reach out to us here at For Sale On Georgian Bay!

No Comments

December 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

One last look back at 2022 as we take in the December Market Stats. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where December sales were down 48% compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 349% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties. Although prices are down (1.7%), it’s important to remember that, year to date, the average sale price is up 7.7% compared to this point last year.

In our local communities, we saw the active listing trends continue, a lot more inventory in Penetanguishene with a staggering 2600% increase and in Tiny with a 507% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Midland and Tay throughout December. Prices stayed fairly consistent compared to last year with very minimal decreases In Midland, Tiny & Tay. Across our other communities, we saw larger decreases. However, it’s important to note that there were limited sales to base this information off – Sales Activity was down almost 48% across the region. As we head into the new year, we expect a re-balancing of the market to continue with more opportunities for buyers but also attractive sales prices for sellers.

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 6th, 2023, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on December 2021 vs December 2022.

No Comments

November 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

As we get deeper into the holiday season let’s take a look at how the Market is looking. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where November sales were down 29% compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 211% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties. Although prices are down (7.3%), it’s important to remember that, year to date, the average sale price is up 8.1% compared to this point last year.

In our local communities, we saw the active listing trends continue, a lot more inventory in Penetanguishene with a huge 433% increase and in Tiny with a 304% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Penetang and Tay throughout November. Prices stayed fairly consistent compared to last year with very minimal decreases In Midland. Across our other communities, we saw larger decreases. However, it’s important to note that there were limited sales to base this information off – Sales Activity was down almost 30% across the region. As we head into the new year, we expect a re-balancing of the market to continue with more opportunities for buyers but also attractive sales prices for sellers.

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 December 8th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on November 2021 vs November 2022.

No Comments

3 Ways To Donate Locally This Holiday Season

If you feel that your cup is full and are looking to give back this holiday season, there are many opportunities throughout Simcoe County and the surrounding Georgian Bay area that allow you to donate to local families who are in need. A child may be able to open a gift that they otherwise wouldn’t have received on Christmas morning, or a family may be able to have the Christmas dinner they dream of providing for their household. Whether you are able to make a monetary donation, a food/toy donation or an act of kindness for a family or an individual your good deed will touch the hearts of many during the holidays. 


The Rock 95 & Kool FM Toy Drive

This toy drive donates toys to children of all ages ranging from infant to 16 years old via cash or toy donations. All drop-off locations are listed here. To make a donation, the local Midland drop off is located at The Beer Store at 9350 Highway 93, Midland Ontario and the local Penetanguishene drop off is located at The Beer Store at 15 Main St, Penetanguishene Ontario. Or alternatively, you can make a monetary donation online here. Donations are being accepted until December 19th, 2022.


Hospice Huronia Wish List

During the holiday season, you may have not thought about donating to hospice. However, the holidays can be very tough for patients and their families. Hospice Huronia is willing to accommodate any ideas you have with donations large and small, including acts of kindness and Giving Packages, you can view their wish list here. Donations can be made at 948 Fuller Ave, Penetanguishene, Ontario between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Monetary donations are also accepted online.  


The Barrie & District Christmas Cheer Campaign

This campaign collects donations of food and toys for families in need. Anyone willing to donate can text the word CHEER to the number 30333 from their wireless device and can make a donation of $5, $10, $20 or $25. Funds will be sent directly to the campaign and the donation will be charged to your next wireless bill. You can learn more here. You are also able to donate online here.

No Comments

October 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

As the leaves fall from the trees, so do home prices across our region, down 11% from this time last year. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where October sales were down 28% compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 145% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties. Although prices are down, it’s important to remember that, year to date, the average sale price is up 9.4% compared to this point last year.

In our local communities, we saw the active listing trends continue, a lot more inventory in Midland with a huge 195% increase and in Tiny with a 150% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Penetang and Tay throughout October. Prices stayed very consistant compared to last year with very minimal increases and decreases. Whilst house prices still look very attractive to sellers, there are many opportunities for buyers too giving us an interesting market heading into the winter months.

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 November 4th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on October 2021 vs October 2022.

No Comments

September 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

Fall is now in full swing and the market continued to cool off during September, providing many opportunities for Buyers. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where September sales were down 38% compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 151% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties. Year to date, the average sale price is up 11.5% compared to this point last year.

In our local communities, we saw these trends continue, a lot more inventory in Midland with a huge 234% increase and in Penetang with a 109% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Tiny and Tay throughout September. Whilst house prices still look very attractive to sellers, there are many opportunities for buyers too giving us an interesting market heading into the winter months.

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 October 6th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on September 2021 vs September 2022.

No Comments

August 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

As summer has been winding down and everyone preparing for Kids going back to school, we saw an anticipated slowing of the market throughout August. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where August sales were down 34% compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 140% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties. Year to date, the average sale price is up 13.3% compared to this point last year.

In our local communities, we saw these trends continue, a lot more inventory in Midland with a huge 195% increase and in Penetang with a 121% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Tiny and Tay throughout August. Whilst house prices still look very attractive to sellers, the Bank of Canada continues to adjust interest rates and we will see more variations moving forward. Interest is likely to continue to rise so don’t miss out on that dream home now.

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 September 15th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on August 2021 vs August 2022.

No Comments

Tiny Township Launches “Short Term Rental Licence Program”

We’ve seen it happen in other communities and it’s been rumoured here for a while but today saw Tiny Township launch a “Short-Term Rental Licencing Program”.

Other waterfront communities have already launched similar programs citing the “disruption of the social fabric of their close knit communities’ as a reason to lean towards such sanctions.

What do you think?

Are AirBnB and VRBO properties good for our communities? They bring money to our local community, a community that thrives on tourism throughout the summer months. We get to share our community with those who aren’t lucky enough to enjoy it year round. 

Or, do you feel that with short term rentals, it can lead to a community losing their identity with many properties being owned by investors. Other problems that have arisen have been “nuisance parties” and increased traffic through otherwise residential neighbourhoods.

Do you own a short term rental property in Tiny? Or, do you live in Tiny and are affected by short term rentals in your neighbourhood? Let us know what you think.


Here’s everything you need to know about the launch of the licence program from the municipality of Tiny Township:

Licence applications will only be received by the Township between October 4 to November 15, 2022. Details on the application process are forthcoming, however, those interested in applying are encouraged to visit our website www.tiny.ca/bylaws to review the By-law, which identifies the requirements that must be met to successfully obtain and maintain a licence.

All applications received by the November 15 deadline will be reviewed by staff. If everything is in order, a licence for 2023 will be issued.  No new Applications will be received after November 15 2022 until the total number of active licences has fallen below 300 in the municipality. Any operator that has not submitted a licence application but continues to operate after November 15, 2022, will be investigated and charged pursuant to by-law provisions.

The following are just a few of the highlights of the Short-Term Rental Accommodation Licensing By-law #22-017. For a complete list of requirements please visit our website: www.tiny.ca/business-development/short-term-rentals.

  • Applications will be received between October 4, 2022, and November 15, 2022;
  • Shall not rent a premise for more than 92 combined days per calendar year;
  • Requirements that a Licensee shall only be an individual(s), not a corporation;
  • Requirements for signed Renter’s Code of Conduct AND Licensee Code of Conduct & Acknowledgment;
  • The maximum number of renters on any premises shall not exceed ten (10);
  • Requirement to designate a Responsible Person who can be contacted within 30 minutes and respond on-site within 60 minutes;
  • Demerit Point System established and applicable table listing offences;
  • Authority for the Licensing Officer to suspend or revoke licenses as set out in the by-law.

Do you have a short term rental property in Tiny and wondering how this will impact you or the value of your property? Call us and we can chat about your options. 

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

1 Comment

Meet Georgie

The Midland and District OSPCA recently gave us the chance to name an animal in their care and we picked the name “Georgie”, a nod towards Georgian Bay and a symbol of what connects all of our communities.

We couldn’t be more proud to learn that our name was given to this brave, strong little guy with a story of resilience that inspires us all.

Our kitten, Georgie was found abandoned at the side of a road in Orillia recently.

A passerby happened to see the hurt feline and came to his rescue, taking him to the Orillia OPP detachment.

“An officer rushed the kitten to the Mariposa Veterinary Hospital in Orillia,” said Robin Elliott, the community development coordinator for the Midland Animal Centre.

Georgie, was found to have suffered extreme nerve damage to his right front leg. He had also lost the skin on his chin and abdomen area.

“To give Georgie the best chance at a pain-free life, amputation of his leg was recommended,” said Elliott.

The cat also needed extensive stitches to try to reattach the skin around his chin and abdomen, Elliott explained.

The approximately 14-week-old kitten was transferred to the Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie for surgery and is now on the road to recovery.

The good Samaritan who found Georgie generously donated $400 toward his emergency care and the OPP also held a fundraiser at the detachment in Orillia, raising $750, said Elliott.

It’s “an amazing story of collaboration and love,” she said.

However, more money is needed to cover the cat’s veterinary costs. It’s estimated about $500 more is needed and Elliott is hoping local pet lovers might step up to support the effort.

To make a donation, call the centre at 705-534-4459 or donate online at www.ontariospca.ca and specify the Midland Animal Centre for the fund allocation.

Elliott said the Midland facility is looking after the cat’s care because the Orillia Animal Centre already had a “major medical case” and did not have the capacity to take on another one.

Whatever happens, it looks like Georgie will have a safe and secure future. Elliott said the cat is recovering in his new “foster-to-adopt home” of a friend of the OPP officer who originally rushed him to the vet.

Officials urge people who are unable to look after their pets to contact their local OSPCA or animal rescue agencies. 

No Comments

July 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

As we look back at July, we saw a really interesting shift that presents opportunities for buyers and sellers. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where July sales were down 50% compared to 2021. However, in the sales that did take place, prices were up compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 119% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties.

In our local communities, we saw these trends continue, a lot more inventory in Midland with a huge 121% increase and in Penetang with a 100% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Tiny and Tay throughout July. Prices were up across our communities, a 57% increase in Midland and 15% increase in Tiny & Penetang. Whilst house prices still look very attractive to sellers, the Bank of Canada continues to adjust interest rates and we will see more variations moving forward. Interest is likely to continue to rise so don’t miss out on that dream home now. 

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 August 9th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on July 2021 vs July 2022.