For all you Georgian Bay lovers out there, there is good news in the forecast for this summer! 

 

Higher than expected water levels in Georgian Bay! 

 

Make no mistake that we still have a long way to go and are still trying to canoe upstream but... this is a great sign in the right direction.  The St Clair river is still at the root of the issue and the appropriate authorities are doing their best to deal with the issue at hand. 

 

So in the meantime, defog your engines, round up Gilligan, the Skipper, Mary Anne and Ginger and make some waves!

 

Happy boating folks!

 

(See supporting article here)

 

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4406104-georgian-bay-regains-some-water

 

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Electricity in the home is so commonplace that it's easy to forget how
dangerous it can be. According to the American Institute for Preventive
Medicine, an electrical shock can knock you unconscious, cause a serious
burn, or even stop your heartbeat.


Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk.

• Install safety plugs in outlets that young children can reach.
• Never plug in anything with a frayed or otherwise damaged power cord.
• Never use a plugged-in computer, hair dryer, or other electricallypowered item near a filled sink or bathtub. This     includes phones with power cords.
• Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or while standing in water. (Water is a remarkably efficient conductor of electricity.)
• Always turn off the appropriate breaker before doing any electrical work, such as installing a new light fixture.
• When replacing a broken light bulb, turn off the breaker first.  Although the glass is broken, the filament may still be conducting electricity.

Finally, unless you're an expert or an electrician, never do any major electrical work on your own. Hire a professional.

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Unless you're a real estate expert, you probably look at the market and think
things are pretty confusing. Even a bit crazy! You hear news about “bubbles
bursting”, “higher or lower home sales in a particular month”, “new home
starts” that are up or down, and on and on it goes.


It’s a lot of news and a lot of jargon.


If you're thinking of selling your home within the next year or two, you will
want to understand what's happening in the market so you can make the
right decisions and get a clear sense of what to expect. So, how do you
make sense of it all?


That's where a good REALTOR® can help.


Even if you don't have any definite plans to move in the near future, a
REALTOR® who is an expert in the local marketplace can help you
understand what homes in a particular neighbourhood are selling for, and
what you can expect to get should you decide to list your property.


Getting to know a REALTOR® also means you’ll have a trusted expert to
talk to from time to time, when you have real estate-related questions.


You’ll have someone you can think of as "Your REALTOR®".


Plus, when the time comes to sell your property, you won't have to deal with
a stranger. Instead, you'll be able to work with a REALTOR® that you know
well -- and who knows YOU. Overall, that will make the buying and selling
process go more smoothly and more successfully.


Looking for a good REALTOR® who wants to get to know you? Call today!

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Light Your Way to a Faster Sale

Remember the last time you visited an upscale furniture showroom? The
furniture and fixtures on display probably looked great. The colours and
textures jumped out at you. It was a feast for the eyes!

There is a good reason for this: lighting.

Of course, the quality of the products has a lot to do with how appealing
they look when on display. But smart retailers know that proper lighting is
key to making those products look their best. In fact, some retailers even
hire lighting consultants!

What does this have to do with selling your home quickly, and for the best
price?

Obviously, when showing your property to potential buyers, you want your
home to look its very best. Proper lighting can be a big help.
When preparing your home for sale, review the lighting in each room and
make sure the space is sufficiently well lit. You want the lighting to be strong
enough to prevent dark or shadowy areas, yet not so strong that it's
uncomfortable for the eyes.

As a rule of thumb, the total wattage of lights in a room should equal the
room's square footage times 1.5. So, if a room is 120 square feet and has
three light sources (ceiling light and two lamps) then the bulbs in each
should be 60 watts.

Pay particular attention to traditionally dark areas, such as the garage,
basement, and closets. Make sure those areas are well lit.
If you have a viewing scheduled during the day, take advantage of natural
light through windows. Open the curtains!

Finally, one of the most important areas is the foyer. Always make sure the
entrance has sufficient lighting. You don't want buyers to think they've
entered the home of classic TV's The Adam's Family!

Want more ideas for preparing your home for sale? Call today.
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