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  • What To Look For In A Real Estate Investment Site

     

     

    If you’re reading this blog post, it most likely means you’ve decided to break into real estate investing if you haven’t done so yet, or are at least considering doing so. Congratulations! I work with real estate investors in Orillia, Ontario, and my clients and I find it a great way to grow one’s resources especially in Canada, where real estate is generally seen as a safe investment for both local and international investors because the markets are showing great stability amid the global recession and there are lots of places that are still growing. But Canada is a big country; so if you're just starting out, how would you know where to invest? Here are some quick tips.

     

    Good Location

     

    This is the mantra of real estate investors. A property in a good location will almost always at least turn out a decent profit, if not be a cash cow. But what makes for a great location? Many things really, but the most basic is proximity to transit, jobs and amenities such as schools, health care facilities, banks, recreation spots and services. Cities are where jobs, schools, services and other amenities are centered, so it’s safe to say that demand for homes in the major urban areas will always be high. But with cities getting crowded and home prices there rising, more and more people today are looking for more affordable homes in the suburbs where they can still have easy access to the big-city jobs and amenities while enjoying a nice bonus: fewer people, less noise and traffic, and a generally more relaxed lifestyle, oftentimes with many more patches of green and areas for outdoor leisure and exercise.

     

    Growing Population

     

    A telltale sign of a good location is a growing population. So when you find an area with a growing population, find out what’s driving the growth. If it’s in-migration, chances are jobs and business opportunities are burgeoning in or near the area, with amenities in tow. Those people will need a home, whether to buy or rent, and therein lies your opportunity. A closer look at the population growth could show, however, an expanding youth population, which could be caused by the opening of a new school in an area, as in the case of Orillia, where Lakehead University just built its second campus. Indeed, the expansion of the youth population in Orillia is luring investors.

     

    Growing Economy

     

    This is another quick and great way to find out if a site is a good investment option. A growing economy is your best bet that there will be a sustained and likewise growing demand for housing, be it for basic housing or for upgrading. Good indicators of a growing economy are more jobs (lower unemployment) and rising incomes. People with jobs and rising incomes can buy or rent a house and even upgrade or invest. And as incomes rise, the market will expand and amenities are bound to multiply and their quality, improve (check out too the local development plans to find out the rate at which the growth-supporting infrastructure and amenities are intended to be developed). Such developments have multiplier effects, begetting more jobs, attracting more businesses, and improving local skills (with improved education quality) to attract even higher-level businesses and services, all of which are likely to lure even more people to live there!

     

    So you see, successful real estate investing calls for keeping all your senses, powers of observation, intuition and imagination working at full throttle to get you to an investment site that will bring you the prosperity and fulfillment you seek. I wish you all the best in your adventure! 

     

    The picture-perfect city of Orillia and the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching is a wonderful place to live or invest in. With me as your guide, you’ll have a lifelong resident and well-educated agent who will focus on you 100%. Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at http://www.ramararealestate.com and I’ll give you a tour of cottage country.

     

    About Bill Jackson

    has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

  • The Enduring Charm of Orillia Real Estate

     

    Image courtesy of Gracey (pogwebsite)

     

    No matter how much you’ve achieved and how far you’ve gone, wouldn’t you want to plant your roots in a place that you could call home? That’s exactly the kind of place you’ll have with Orillia real estate. It’s the only home I’ve ever known! Well, I've lived in Orillia a good number of years, but I find it just as charming as ever. Here's why.

     

    Picture-perfect little town by the lake

    This city on the banks of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe (orillia is Spanish for “shore of a lake or river”), at the heart of Ontario's beautiful cottage country and just an-hour-and-a-half drive north of Toronto, is believed to be the small town of Mariposa in famed Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock’s 1912 book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. In fact it’s affectionately called “Sunshine City” from the nickname of Mariposa in that novel. Orillia is doing its best to keep such charming image in the quaint architecture of its buildings and in its well-preserved 19th-century downtown structures such as Orillia Opera House, Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, and Central Public School, all of which are part of the Walking Tour of Historic Orillia. But the history of this place actually goes back much farther than that. Although it was born a village in 1867, the same year as Canada, the trading, fishing and hunting camps and implements discovered in archaeological sites in the area, believed to have been used by native Americans, tell us it’s no less than 4,000 years old. Fish weirs constructed by the natives on the floor of The Narrows, a body of water linking the two lakes in the area, are now archaeological treasures even older than the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Later, when transport links with Toronto and Georgian Bay were put up, Orillia evolved into a commercial center and summer resort that became a town in 1875 and a city in 1969. And its history keeps shining – in 2006, it was chosen as the site of the second campus of Lakehead University, Ontario’s top university. The entire campus is Canada’s first-ever LEEDS-certified green university campus.

     

    … where you’ll have great memories

    My fondest memories of my childhood in Orillia are playing on the lakeshore and boating, fishing, and just staring at the water, which gave me so much peace. Orillia’s beautiful lakes still attract many tourists each year and are the sites of year-round fun activities like swimming, boating, skiing, walking and jogging, picnics, cycling, lakeside volleyball, ferry tours and live outdoor theaters, which make this one of Canada’s premier outdoor recreation areas. And those who can’t have enough of such fun choose to build their homes on premium waterfront lots in this city. Imagine living in one of those homes and just sitting by the lake with your eyes closed, breathing in the fresh smell of clean water and listening to the birds chirp while letting the profound silence engulf you, and being brought back from the here and now to centuries and centuries of people fishing for food here and boarding their boats to trade their wares, amidst the laughter of children playing. Truly timeless – and that’s why I love Orillia real estate and why there’s no other place I’d rather call home.

    The picture-perfect city of Orillia and the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching is a wonderful place to live or invest in. With me as your guide, you’ll have a lifelong resident and well-educated agent who will focus on you 100%. Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at ramararealestate.com and I’ll give you a tour of cottage country.

     

    About Bill Jackson

    has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

  • Why You Should Give Thanks For The Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

    A great-looking Thanksgiving turkey 

    Image courtesy of RuoCaled

     

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! You must be busy by now stuffing the turkey for dinner with your big brood, aren’t you? But if you're like me who'll have just a small and quiet Thanksgiving dinner with my Mom, you'll surely have lots of turkey left over. And that actually makes me pretty excited, because I just found out that…


    Turkey has great health benefits.

    Weight Loss Tips that Work! That’s because it’s lean protein that builds muscle and makes us feel fuller longer. And it’s definitely a better alternative to dark meat as it helps lower cholesterol and makes us less prone to illness by strengthening our immune system. It also has enough antioxidants and energy boosters to make us feel healthier and more active, plus it’s a good source of potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorous. Just remember not to eat the skin!

     

    You can whip up lots of delicious dishes with turkey in a short time.

    If you’re cringing at the thought of turkey coming out of your ears for the next few days, cheer up as there are lots of great leftover turkey recipes online that will make all your taste buds come alive! Here’s a great read from someone who actually likes leftovers. And I’ve dug up three of the highest-rated leftover turkey recipes from http://allrecipes.com – mmmm!

     

    Zippy and tangy Turkey Rice Soup

    Grandma Carlson’s Turkey Pot Pie

    Sweet Leftover Turkey Salad

     

    One thing to watch out for, though, when storing leftover Thanksgiving turkey: you’d want to store it right to prevent bacterial growth and food poisoning. And there appears to be not much time for that: just two hours, in fact, to refrigerate or freeze the leftovers from the time you take the turkey out of the oven!     

     

    Food’s a great way to connect with others….

    If you’ve really had enough turkey to last you till Christmas, how about sharing it with others? Check out this great story that I came across and maybe you can make your Thanksgiving extra special this time around – not just for yourself and your family, but even for others!

     

    So you see, that leftover turkey’s actually among the many things we should be grateful for this Thanksgiving! Can’t wait to pack and bring home my share!

     

    The picture-perfect city of Orillia and the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching is a wonderful place to live or invest in. With me as your guide, you’ll have a lifelong resident and well-educated agent who will focus on you 100%. Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at http://www.ramararealestate.com and I’ll give you a tour of cottage country.  
     
     

    About Bill Jackson

     
    has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price. 
  • Orillia Real Estate: Still One of the Top Investment Towns in Ontario for 2013-2018

    Orillia real estate 

    Orillia real estate is still riding high: the city remains on the Real Estate Investment Network’s list of the Top 10 Investment Towns in Ontario for 2013-2018, where it’s been for years. For the quick facts, the report says people have been flocking to Orillia because of its “small-town feel with the amenities of a major city like Toronto less than a two-hour drive away.” That’s saying it in 3 seconds! But I have a bit more time here and hope you do too, so let me give you a still quick rundown of what’s great about Orillia.

    Small-Town Feel

    I was born and raised in Orillia, and I now live on the banks of Lake Simcoe at Bonnie Beach in Ramara, about 15 minutes east of downtown Orillia. Oh yes, I’d say if you want to live in a place where you can plant roots, come to Orillia. My best childhood memories of it are playing on the banks of the two lakes that cradle it (orillia is Spanish for “shore of a lake or a river”), boating, fishing, and staring out at the water until peace seeps through my bones. Check out the photos of Orillia and you’ll see a picture-perfect quaint city that to this day is very much like the endearing setting of humorist Stephen Leacock’s novel Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, which was nicknamed “Sunshine City,” a moniker that has stuck to Orillia. Indeed, we have year-round fun here due to our extensive waterfront park, lakeshore boardwalk, beach volleyball court, touring ferry, outdoor theater, and 444 acres of park space with off-leash dog areas, on top of our being the real gateway to the famed Muskoka cottage country. We also have super-fun festivals, including an annual Beatles Festival!, and we hold the biggest Canada Day celebration in Central Ontario as that’s also our town’s birthday. In fact I feel something fun is happening here each week! No wonder we’re also getting to be known as a great retirement community.   

    Big-City Amenities

    Despite Orillia’s small-town feel, it’s the economic center of Simcoe County and about an hour north of the Greater Toronto Area, with all its big-city amenities. With more and more people wanting the best of both worlds, Orillia’s population has been growing, and residential construction has been rising. But we’re expecting much more growth with the influx of students of the newly built $45-million regional campus of Lakehead University in the city and the development of employment parks.

    A Rich Mix of Real Estate Choices

    In Orillia, you’ll find many great property options. My current listings include waterfront lots and homes worth $100,000 to 2 million. House buyers can choose either to make this city their home or purchase vacation homes, and investors have diverse properties to choose from.     

    Why not come over to experience first-hand our small-town feel and big-city amenities, plus see for yourself the diverse Orillia real estate options? Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at http://www.ramararealestate.com and maybe we could even go see one of the great shows at the Orillia Opera House! 

     

    About Bill Jackson

    has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

  • Orillia and Area home sales in 2012 not necessarily what you think...

    I thought that I would devote this blog post to what happened in the Orillia Ontario and surrounding area single family residential market during the year 2012.  I decided to do this because I had a professional person state to me that we all know that real estate values are down and I did not necessarily agree. 

    So, I started by going to The Canadian Real Estate Association’s site: http://crea.ca/content/national-average-price-map and found that national sales were down 0.8% or roughly $3000 per unit sold. This is looking at year-over-year sales from November 2012/November2011.  After that, I looked at the statistics from The Realtors’ Association of Ontario Lakelands (Orillia).  The average sale for a single family residential listing on the local board for 2012 was: $283,099 compared with $263,594 in 2011.  If you are thinking that the difference in sales skewed this number, the number of sales in 2012 was: 742 compared with 745 in 2011. So, local prices actually increased for 2012 compared with 2011 by roughly 7%.

    The national average is greatly affected by large population bases such as Vancouver and Toronto and these markets alone can help sway the national average.  Just because the national average is down, it does not necessarily mean that real estate is down in every market and the above paragraph shows this.  When looking for a property, make sure you know the market that you are looking at or have someone advise you that knows the market.  If you just left it to the media, you might not realize that Orillia and area property values for single family listings were actually up by roughly $20,000 for sales in 2012 compared to 2011.

  • Orillia Homes and Real Estate February Statistics

    This article deals with the recent single family residential sale statistics for Orillia, Ontario for the month of February 2011 and compares it to February 2010. There are so many different statistics that can be manipulated in many ways to produce either positives or negatives... Basically, what I was concerned with was the activity on our local real estate board with a focus on the average sale price and the sales/listing ratio.Once again, I am strictly looking at single family dwellings that were reported to the Orillia & District Real Estate Board. I am not taking into consideration any commercial, multi-family, or rental dwellings.

    February 2011:

    Listings 131

    Sales 42

    Listings/Sales 32%

    Average Sale Price $252,250

     

    February, statistically speaking, was pretty much on par from a listing perspective with respect to February 2010. From a sales perspective, there were 9 more sales a year ago. From personal experience, I have been busy but my clients are taking a more cautious approach to the start of the year and this falls within what the statistics are showing. The average sale price for the month, $252,250, is still off the twelve month average (March 2010 – February 2011) of $262,010. This can be attributed to the relatively small sample size of 42 sales where a few lower priced sales can trend the average sale number downward.It is much closer to the twelve month average compared to a month ago when the gap was over $29,000.

     

    Last year, the February 2010 numbers:

    Listings 130

    Sales 51

    Listings/Sales 39%

    Average Sale Price $256,874

     

    For the year-to-date 2011, the single family residential market for the Orillia area has had eighteen fewer sales and fourteen fewer listings, resulting in a sales/listing ratio being down 5% and an average sales price being down $7,214 from a year ago at this date.Now that March has arrived, the spring market is about to begin and the numbers above should see a trend upwards based on historical activity in the spring. Today alone on our board, there are fourteen new listings and six sales as I type.

     

    In terms of in-town homes, I am getting a lot of calls from people wanting to buy a home that has the ability to provide rental income as well. People are looking at the university and college students as a way to help pay off their mortgage.I am really excited by the opportunities that I think the Orillia real estate market will provide for 2011… will you be part of it?

  • January 2011 Single Family Residential Sales in the Orillia area

    This article deals with the recent single family residential sale statistics for Orillia, Ontario for the month of January 2011 and compares it to January 2010.  There are so many different statistics that can be manipulated in many ways to produce either positives or negatives... Basically, what I was concerned with was the activity on our local real estate board with a focus on the average sale price and the sales/listing ratio.

     

    Once again, I am strictly looking at single family dwellings that were reported to the Orillia & District Real Estate Board. I am not taking into consideration any commercial, multi-family, or rental dwellings.

     

    January 2011:

    Listings 127

    Sales 32

    Listings/Sales 25%

    Average Sale Price $233,031

     

    January, statistically speaking, was quieter than a year before.  From personal experience, I have been busy but my clients are taking a more cautious approach to the start of the year.  The average sale price for the month, $233,031, is far off the twelve month average (February 2010 – January 2011) of $262,189.  This can be attributed to the relatively small sample size of 32 sales where a few lower priced sales can trend the average sale number downward.

     

    Last year, the January 2010 numbers:

    Listings 143

    Sales 41

    Listings/Sales 29%

    Average Sale Price $244,036

     

    So, for 2011, the single family residential market for the Orillia area has had nine fewer sales, resulting of a sales/listing ratio being down 4% and an average sales price being down $11,005 from a year ago at this date.

    With February being a short month, the spring market is approaching and the numbers above should see a trend upwards based on the activity that has started in the past week or so.  There have already been some larger waterfront listings brought to market and once the ice breaks, there will be more and more.

    In terms of in-town homes, I am getting a lot of calls from people wanting to buy a home that has the ability to provide rental income as well.  People are looking at the university and college students as a way to help pay off their mortgage.

    I am really excited by the opportunities that I think the Orillia real estate market will provide for 2011… will you be part of it?

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