Youve been  vacationing renting a  cottage in  Halliburton or the  Kawartha's  with a beautiful lakefront shoreline. 

The idea inevitably hits: Could we buy this place? 

It's not uncommon for many vacationers to find themselves checking out the local real estate listings in between boating or sightseeing. However, many vacationers aren't just looking, they're buying!


Royal LePage recently released a comprehensive report on the recreational real estate industry in Canada, entitled the 2016 Canadian Recreational Housing Report, which found a growing number of investors are turning to this lucrative segment.

According to the report, 49% of recreational property buyers purchased for the purpose of investing; 64% of advisors polled said potential purchasers purchase for the sake of retirement.

So is a vacation or 2nd home the right buy for you?

It depends on how you plan to use the home (recreation versus retirement nest, for example) and your balance sheet. You may want to rent out your 2nd home or cottage to recover expenses such as property taxes or mortgage costs. 


You may consider buying a property off the water with deeded water access. These properties are more affordable - lower property taxes with deeded access complete with dock to the lake your home or cottages overlooks.  Areas where my clients have purchased homes with deeded water access have been in Bobcaygeon and Ennismore. 


Remember when your cottage has a location in  a desirable area,  you can almost always count on being able to resell if you need to. 

Other tips for buying a vacation home:

Research an area thoroughly.

The better you know an area, the more predictable the consequences of buying there. Make sure you talk to other property owners, not just the local real estate agency.

If you purchase in a more remote area, for example, find out if there are security concerns with homes that are empty part of the year.

Check out resale statistics, too, as well as property taxes. Poor resale rates could prove burdensome if you need or want to sell in the future.

Onerous property taxes may tip your balance sheet against the purchase. 

Get good tax advice.

If you rent out your vacation property part of the year, that rental income is added to your own income. However, you can deduct some of the expenses connected with renting out your own property, such as paying for a cleaning service or a rental agent.

Cover all the tax bases because in some cases, it may make more sense to continue renting rather than buying.

Other tips we suggest you check out:

  • Medical services and 911 availability
  • What's available locally in the winter months for an owner to do
  • Wells and septic tanks vs. municipal water & sewers
  • Amalgamations of local towns & areas/politics
  • Snow removal/road maintenance
  • The area's overall philosophy about real estate development
  • Drinking water conditions
  •  Motor boat or canoe?
Should you consider exploring an area to look for a 2nd home call us first and if your looking out of the Kawartha's we can put you in touch with the area's best Realtors who will be glad to email or mail you lots of helpful info.


Also a phone call from a knowledgeable Realtor can save you hours of time.


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Seller's Market Continues In Durham Region
July 12, 2016 @ 10:22 AM
Posted by: DRAR

Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Sandra O’Donohue reported 1,471 residential transactions in June 2016. A slight increase compared to the same period last year. “Demand continues to exceed supply,” stated O’Donohue. In contrast, there were 1,755 new listings in June 2016 compared to 1,796 June 2015; a 2.3 per cent decrease.


The president also confirmed my message to all my clients as to the added value  to our real estate from  the government investment in infastructure to  Go Transit and 407 extention  to our area. 


The GO Transit’s Lakeshore East extension into Clarington demonstrates much needed attention to the transportation infrastructure in Durham Region. “With ease of use directly impacting commuters, the extension will greatly improve the value of homes and increase demand of properties in our neighbourhoods,” added O’Donohue. “It is inevitable that this will impact real estate and drive growth in Durham Region.”



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