Wasaga Beach Elections: Are You On The Voters List

Wasaga Beach Municipal Election 2014

Voting by Internet or Phone

October 17th to 27th

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Visit the Town Web Site for full details here and check if you are on the “Voters List” by clicking here.

Selling Your Wasaga Beach Home : The 3 P’s Of How A Buyer Searches For Homes

Understanding The Home Buyer

Whatever your reasons for selling your home and moving, it helps to put yourself in a Home Buyer’s shoes and think about their reasons for house hunting and looking to buy a new home.

With 92% of Home buyers starting their home search online, (according to National Association of Realtors report) you have to have a Real Estate Agent that understands the technology, internet marketing, focuses their marketing of showcasing your home and capitalizes on connecting with Home Buyers early in their home search.

With the average Realtor only generating 4 contacts a year from their website, how many real estate agents do you think really understand online search and internet marketing?

 

The 3 P’s of Getting Your Home Sold

First, if you have talked with a real estate agent or have been poking around online you might have found another kind of 3 P’s. This is the 3 P’s that the average real estate agent does in marketing your home for sale.

 

  • Put it in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) *The Realtor Database
  • Put it online
  • Put a sign in the yard

 

The 3 P’s I’m talking about though is about understanding the mindset of the Home Buyer that is out there house hunting and could potentially buy your home.

What follows is the equation.

p1 x p2 x p3 = Your Home Sale For Maximum Price

These 3 P’s are all connected and each plays a different importance to the Buyer. The importance can shift and adjust based on other parts of equation, I’ll explain what I mean by that later.

 

p1 Pricing Your Home For Sale

Of course, price matters when listing your home for sale. But not in the way you think. I’m not talking about pricing your home so low that we are giving it away to some investor looking for a “steal.”

What I’m talking about with Price in this context and this article is…

… The List Price and how that Impacts the Buyers home search.

Remember how I said 92% of Buyers are starting their home search online.

Well, there is this weird thing about pricing and online home search.

Majority of home search websites have built in dollar amount defaults in increments of $50,000 or $25,000 it seems. Meaning a buyer starts a search by putting in the location they’d like to live and checking $300,000 from the max drop down box and $250,000 from the minimum drop down box.

See, price isn’t just about affordability. Price is the way Buyers search.

Pricing your home for sale isn’t just about what it’s worth or what it will sell for. Price is also the most impactful piece of marketing your home because of how Buyers search today.

 

p2 The Importance of Proximity In Your Home Sale

What is proximity?

We’ve all heard the three most important things when it comes to real estate is location, location, location. Now, we might look at proximity as being very similar to the idea of location, but here is the definition of what proximity is: A noun, nearness in space, time, or relationship.

You might be asking, “What does proximity mean when it comes to selling my home?”

Here are things to look at in Proximity:

How far away is the home you’re selling from their work? From their current family and friends? From their favourite vet? From the grocery store? Or just good restaurants and things to do?

How much time are they going to spend in a car? Commuting? In traffic?

What is the school district like? What is the neighbourhood like?

Buyers are looking at that formula p1 x p2 x p3 = “This is the one”.

 

p1, which is price, can be a bit higher if p2, which is Proximity, matches up with where they want to be and the conveniences.

 

If the commute gets a little long… If the area isn’t super convenient… If the school district isn’t their favourite… Buyers start to deduct dollars off the home.

 

p3 PICTURES

Home Buyers care about pictures more than anything.

Remember, the home search starts online. And what a Home Buyer is looking at is pictures.

Sure, it’s easy to take photos now.

But if your real estate agent is out taking photos with their camera phone or some old school digital camera and not willing to invest a little bit of money to get professional photography, you’re going to miss out on making your home look great online and attracting the right type of buyer, who is willing to pay Top Dollar for your property.

Studies show that listings with professional photos generate an average of 139% more clicks when compared to similar listings without professional photos. And 83% of buyers said photos were the most valued thing in their home search online.

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Open House: 51 50th Street North Wasaga Beach

Open House: 51 50th Street North Wasaga Beach

Saturday and Sunday September 20th and 21st

2pm to 4pm

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Maintenance free living situated on the desirable north side of Mosley Street, a short walk to the longest freshwater beach in the world, shops and restaurants and only a short drive to the skiing at Blue Mountain.

Completely renovated 2 bedroom cottage:

  • New roof.
  • New Insulation.
  • Totally rewired.
  • New Kitchen.
  • New Bathroom.
  • New flooring.

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Wasaga Beach 2014 Real Estate Sales Figures; August Update

August Traditionally A Quiet Summer Month But Still More Sales Than 2013

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Click here for your “Free Market Activity Report.”

Although still part of the summer holiday season August is always quieter than June and July ( September can be a busy month though.)

Last month did see the trend of higher sales than the previous year continue which is positive news.

For 2014 as a whole a healthy 97.2% of list price is being achieved and the average days on market is creeping to below 2 months which is good for Wasaga Beach.

The key figures for August in Wasaga Beach are below.

They should be studied if buying or selling a home and discussed with your REALTOR®.

Key figures for August:

35 homes sold.
91 new listings.
Sales to listing ratio 38%
96.80% of listing price achieved.
Average days on market 68.

Year To Date:

291 homes sold.
743 new listings.
Sales to listing ratio 39%
97.22% of listing price achieved.
Average days on market 61.

Average Sale Price August 2103 -August 2014 $283,945.

Average Sale Price August 2012 – August 2013 $$271,336

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The above statistical results are from the MLS® System of the South Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® for the sale of single family homes.

Grandma’s Beach Treats Customer Appreciation Day: Free Ice Cream

Sunday September 7th 10am till 9pm

FREE ICE CREAM :)

Sylvia’s made a great video this week for me advertising “Grandma’s Beach Treats” 1st ever client appreciation day.

She explained it was a big and heartfelt thank you to all the customers that make the business such a success.

Unfortunately some gremlins appeared and the vide doesn’t work :(

Just imagine Sylvia saying all this and see you tomorrow :

“Please stop at the Grocery Store  to select some non-perishable food items for the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food bank. Lets make this one of the largest food drives of the year.
- Bring your reading glasses to assist in filling in the ballots for our hourly prize draws and the Grand Prize gift basket.
- Put on your thinking cap regarding a possible face painting theme and plan your visit from 2:00 – 5:00
- If you want to take home some balloon art we will be able to accommodate you from 2:00 – 8:00 with a couple of artists taking turns.
- BRING A FOLDING CHAIR if you want to sit around and enjoy the incredible vocals of Shawn Crozier from 5:00 – 7:00. ( Cross your fingers and he may arrive early but he has another engagement that evening so 7:00 will be the last song.)
- We will also have an additional vocalist “Emilie Que” from 2:00 – 5:00- YAY!
- Finally, leave a little space in your belly for a F*R*E*E* Ice Cream cone. Thanks to some help from our suppliers we have plenty of Creamy Soft Serve Ice Cream (Chocolate / Vanilla or Twist). We also have four Flavours of our delicious hand scooped Ice Cream.
- Please don’t forget your Food Bank donation.
- Please don’t be in a hurry! We anticipate lineups and look forward to taking time to say hello. The weather forecast is looking GREAT!
Share, tag, like…. do it all. Lets spread the word and create a crowd!”

1014 Mosley Street Corner of 22nd Street.

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Home For Sale In Wasaga Beach: 2 Culham Trail

5 Bedroom Home On Premium Lot In Wasaga Beach Village

  • Walk out fully finished basement backing on to pond.
  • Numerous upgrades to give you a life of luxury in your weekend retreat or full time residence.
  • Hardwood floors, granite kitchen tops and oversized granite island, under mount sinks and marble counters in bathrooms.
  • Oak staircase with wrought iron spindles, separate dining room / coffered ceiling, California shutters, ceiling pot lights throughout home.
  • 24 x 18 raised walk out deck from kitchen, upgraded light fixtures throughout.
  • Gas fireplaces on main floor and in basement.
  • Kitchenette in basement with walkout to interlocking patio.
  • Adjacent to provincial park for hiking and skiing.
  • Walk to the beach and shopping/restaurants at Stonebridge Town Centre.
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The Inaugural Wasaga Beach Wacky Boat Regatta

Sunday September 7th, Nancy island Wasaga Beach

There seems to be a lot of effort this year to put on more original events here in Wasaga Beach for residents outside of the “traditional” holiday season.

We have “Dinner & A Movie” to look forward to and the Wacky Boat Regatta can be added to the list.

These events may start out small but need to support to grow.

Earlier this year the “Wasaga Beach Grand Prix” and “Sledfest” started the ball rolling.

See you Sunday :) And please visit their site for more information here.

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Home For Sale ; 51 50th Street North Wasaga Beach

On The Desirable North Side Of Mosley Street

Walk To The Beach

Are you looking for a full time residence or weekend retreat with zero worries about maintenance?

51 50th Street North in Wasaga Beach is the answer.

Renovated from top to bottom and located within an easy stroll to the longest freshwater beach in the world. Walk to shops, restaurants and bars.

New roof,completely rewired, new insulation, new flooring, new kitchen, new bathroom, new high efficiency baseboard heaters, 2 double bedrooms and private lot.

There is still time to choose your own paint colours and finishes.

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Wasaga Beach”Memories Of Summer” Fireworks and Concert 2014

“I Can’t Believe The Summer Is Almost Over”

Or words to that effect are being uttered all the time.

The annual “Memories of Summer” fireworks here in Wasaga Beach really does bring home that autumn is just around the corner :(

Something different this year with tlive entertainment provided by local area bands. The stage will be set-up at Festival Square (Playland Parking Lot – Beach One) and feature bands from 6pm-9pm followed by the fireworks display. This is a completely free event and concert is open for all-ages to attend. 


“Grab your lawn chairs and head on down for this event that has fun for the whole family!”

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Dinner & A Movie In Wasaga Beach

For 8 Weeks This Autumn

What a great idea.

Now what we really did is a proper cinema.

I know nothing about the economics. Maybe a multi screen venue is the only way to be profitable but I grew up with 2 screen cinemas back in England and I’m sure that would be a success here in Wasaga Beach.

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