Mus musculus, Apodemus sylvaticus and Peromyscus maniculatus…bless you! Actually, these are the scientific names for the common house mouse, field mouse and deer mouse. This time of year, these rodents look to make your Muskoka cottage their home. Mice are considered a major structural pests. They can cause serious damage, economic loss, health hazards and an unsanitary environment. Unwanted mice are considered vermin and spread disease through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to hantavirus, which may lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Not normally found in cities, deer and field mice ...
Prevent Mice at your Muskoka Cottage
September 27, 2018
Listing Your Muskoka Cottage Property - Part 2
May 31, 2018
Make an Impact with Your Muskoka Cottage Property Listing Listing your cottage property for sale is one thing, selling it is an entirely different story. There are many key factors that determine the successful sale of your waterfront property and how quickly we can accomplish this goal. Price – ultimately the most important factor when listing a recreational waterfront property is to price it correctly, the first time, for today’s market. Two of the biggest mistakes sellers make when choosing a listing agent are based on which agent suggests the highest list price and who will represent you for the ...
NEW Property Locator App
May 8, 2018Buying Tips Cottages Market News Muskoka Properties My Services Real Estate News Waterfront What's Going On
FROM MUSKOKA JACK - NEW PROPERTY LOCATOR APP Whether you are looking to purchase a Muskoka waterfront property or simply keep track of what is for sale in your neck of the woods this NEW Property Locator App is for you! Real Estate moves fast and in this competitive cottage market, it’s faster than ever. This is why I’m always on the lookout for your perfect property. And, I know you are looking too. Now, searching at your end just got easier and more convenient. I’ve already emailed this link to all my active buyers. In case I missed you ...
Springtime in Muskoka
May 2, 2018
Spring has finally sprung in Muskoka cottage country. Buds are popping, contractors and landscapers are hopping as they ready cottage properties for the season. Muskoka lakes ice is almost gone and while flooding is always a concern this time of year the current levels appear to have been lowered enough to support the melting. Blackflies will be out soon, and they will be hungry. Jack’s rule of thumb - when the trilliums are in full bloom the blackflies are in feeding mode! What’s Going on Muskoka Saturday, May 19th is the official kick-off of MLA summer member events. A Water ...
Muskoka Real Estate Update Spring 2018
April 17, 2018
Muskoka is synonymous with summer and despite the wild winter weather this past weekend - the cottage real estate market has commenced. First, let's look at how the market has changed in the last five years. What's Sold A vacant lot on Lake Rosseau sold for $800,000 in January 2013. In August 2014 it resold for $1.260 million. In November 2017 it changed hands again at $1.8 million. The only change to the property in this last transaction was that site plan work had been completed, some variances approved, the building envelope cleared and a set of architectural plans were included. All ...
Listing Your Muskoka Cottage Property for Sale
April 13, 2018
Important Factors to Consider When Listing Your Muskoka Cottage Property for Sale Selling your lake front vacation home is a major life event. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or leaving the area, there are many variables to consider when listing your property. Who Best to Represent Your Waterfront Property? What to Look for in a Realtor: Length of Service - When a Realtor states they have “years” of experience. How many years is that exactly? The more time a Realtor has worked in the business, the more knowledge they should possess. It’s equally vital that this “seasoned” agent be ...
2017 MLS Waterfront Real Estate
February 1, 2018
Muskoka Jack - Seasonal Nomad 2017/18
November 29, 2017
Many of you may be wondering where this seasonal nomad is hanging his hat this winter. Believe me, that hat is not a toque! Last year we stayed close to home, spending the winter in the Caribbean. This year we are back in the South Pacific. Based in Fiji for the first three months, then Queenstown, (much akin to Muskoka) New Zealand from January until April. A new addition to my Evolving Bucket List, we are looking forward to exploring this part of the world. We return to Muskoka early April in time to prepare for the 2018 cottage real ...
Help Prevent Resort Over-Development in Muskoka
November 21, 2017
During peak cottage season, our Muskoka lakes are bustling. On weekends from May 24 through till Thanksgiving and week long in July and August. Paddle boarders, kayakers and canoe enthusiasts share the pristine waters with wakeboarders, water-skiers and wake surfers. Muskoka residents, cottage owners, renters and holiday goers at resorts such as Sherwood Inn, Clevelands House and Red Leaves are all enjoying Muskoka cottage life. We know why! Our clean lakes and stunning views are a magnet for visitors from around the globe. Over the years we’ve seen an increase in traffic on the roads and on the lakes. We ...
Muskoka Light Pollution Solutions
August 10, 2017
Light Pollution. We have all heard the term many times before, partially because in recent months a plethora of information has been published on topics surrounding this issue. But what really is the problem? Simply put, light pollution is the wasteful by-product of our society’s seemingly obsessive desire to light up every place and every thing we encounter at night. Light pollution is insidious, even in Muskoka. It creeps slowly into our communities, rural areas and even lakefront retreats with almost every renovation or new building project. It isn’t necessarily the result of people’s negligence but rather their lack of ...