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Covid 19 Grey Lockdown: What to expect when buying or selling your home.

With cases on the rise throughout Ontario, we’re all preparing for what a Grey Lockdown looks like. Your For Sale On Georgian Bay Realtors continue to minimize direct contact by using digital and virtual alternatives where possible.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home across the Georgian Bay region, you can depend on your local professionals to take the necessary precautions to keep everyone involved protected, while still providing the knowledge and expertise you expect.

Here’s what to expect:

  • All in-person Open Houses are prohibited.
  • Showings by appointment are permitted.
  • We will maintain a minimum of six feet apart at all times.
  • We will use personal protective equipment and sanitize our hands before and after any showings.
  • We will avoid shaking hands.
  • Expect a limit on the number of persons that can attend a showing.
  • We will encourage the avoidance of touching any surfaces in the home, eg. light switches, door handles, door handles and cabinet doors.
  • We will not allow the use of any bathroom facilities at the property.
  • We will not share the use of any electronics (phones, tablets etc.), pens or any other personal property during the showing.
  • We will comply with requirements of the seller during the showing.

With the use of virtual showings or in-person safe showings as a way to see and view properties, your buying or selling journey might be different, but not diminished.

If you have any questions about how the process might work, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll be able to guide you through the whole process. With For Sale On Georgian Bay, we’ll be with you – every step of the way.

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Toronto Home Prices In June Exceed Pre Covid Levels

We like to keep our finger on the pulse of what is happening in the GTA so that we can be prepared for when those trends filter north and all the way to Georgian Bay.

The Toronto Region housing market recovered considerably in June following a significant slowdown due to COVID-19. As cases started to decline across the province and the economy began to open up, more buyers and sellers jumped off the sidelines and returned to the market, kickstarting sales recovery. Similarly, average home prices continued on a steady upward trajectory, lapping February 2020 levels. This is significant as February was the last full month before COVID-19 health and safety measures were introduced. 

TREB noted there were 8,701 home sales across the Toronto Region in June – representing a striking 89% increase since May. Compared to February 2020, home sales across the Toronto Region grew 20%. New listings picked up across the region in June and exceeded June 2019 levels by 2%. New listing growth was significant on a m-o-m basis as well, with a 77% increase, and grew 52% since February.

So what does this mean for you? Based on the recent traction we are seeing in the market, although demand is not quite at pre-emergency levels, it certainly feels as though we are heading back in that direction. Inventory is growing again in the Southern Georgian Bay region and the demand for property is growly at a daily rate, especially as those looking to move north are selling their GTA properties.

Your best bet at staying informed is always to reach out to Adam, Eric or Kelly.

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What’s Re-opening in our Communities?

As we all slowly begin to re-open across our region and try and resume normal life, we thought it would be helpful to share what is open and what restrictions are in place – so that we can all enjoy everything Georgian Bay has to offer.


Balm Beach Go Karts: Open Saturdays and Sundays 11AM to 7PM, weather permitting for go-karting.

Elmvale Jungle Zoo: Now open (weather permitting), but visitors must reserve a timeslot from their website. Payments will be made at Admissions (Debit/Credit/Cash) and not online.

Huronia Museum:​ Now open, however the outdoor pre-contact Ouendat village remains closed. Visitor bubbles of up to 6 people will be allowed entry every 30 minutes. You can pre-book a timeslot or walk-ins can wait for the next available timeslot.

Rounds Ranch:​ Now open​. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite by debit or credit. All patrons must stay one horse away from each other. Masks are encouraged but not required. To learn more about safety protocols, visit their website.

Skydive Wasaga Beach: Now open, with special safety protocols in place.​ Make your reservation online.
​TreeTop Trekking at Horseshoe Resort:​ Open for reduced capacity. Visitors must reserve their timeslot online before arriving.​ ​​Check their website for safety protocols and what to expect.

Wasaga Beach Adventure Park:​ Open Wednesday to Saturday for axe throwing, laser tag, archery tag, paintball and airsoft. All activities are outdoors. No spectators permitted at this time. ​Online booking available on their website.​

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre: Now open. Please respect one way trails at entry and exit points. Admission will be by donation in the parking lot. There is access to portable washrooms, but the Center remains closed to the public.


​Starting June 22, all other Ontario Parks campgrounds in regions entering Phase 2 will gradually open. Please consult the Ontario Parks website to see which parks are open and what amenities are available. Roofed accommodations (e.g., yurts, cabins and lodges, where available), park store and rental operations, visitor centers, and sports fields will be phased in over the next several weeks.  

Facilities such as showers, laundry, group camping, picnic shelter rentals and swimming pools will remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season. 


Please contact private campgrounds prior to visiting.  New booking and reservations may be required.​


Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools are able to open.​


Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation are able to open.​

Sunset Barrie: Purchase your tickets online only. NO tickets will be sold at the box office.​​


As of May 16th, Simcoe County golf courses are able to open. Please contact your golf course of choice for details on safety protocols.