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HomeHunt with Bruce Johnson

Sept/Oct 2011

Table of Contents: Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page

: Cover Photo gives way As Summer arecrow to Fall, a sc on stands guard e in Eastdale Driv h Wasaga Beac

3/4/5: Featured Properties 6/7: The Home Hunt Report 8/9: Mary’s Staging Report 10/11: Tax News 112/13: Area Happenings 14: Joke & Trivia Contest 15: The Big Picture 16: Hot Links 17: Assorted Information

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FEATURED PROPERTY

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$349,900

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12 Rigby Drive in Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Sands paradise...found! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath all-brick custom bungalow sits majestically on an estate-sized lot (82` X 200`) on a highly desirable street in one of Wasaga Beach`s premier golf course subdivisions. Wait until you step into this beautifully landscaped, serene back yard: itʼs like having your own private bird sanctuary just outside your door. With 1,526 square feet on the main floor (2,289 sq.ft. total finished interior living area), you`ll enjoy the spacious kitchen and breakfast nook overlooking your multi-level backyard decks and gardens. The master bedroom has a 3 pc. ensuite, the living room has a natural gas fireplace, there are two finished family areas in the basement and the large 2-car garage is neat as a pin and opens onto a double paved driveway. This home has been meticulously maintained and is a pleasure to show.

MLS 20113723

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FEATURED PROPERTIES

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Two superb building lots very close to the sandy beaches of Wasaga. You will have the enviable position of being able to select which mature trees to leave on the property as you sculpt the property to suit your needs.

Wasaga Sands paradise...found! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath all-brick custom bungalow sits majestically on an estate-sized lot in one of Wasaga Beach`s premier golf course subdivisions. Click below for more info:

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This very well-kept 1,550 sq.ft townhouse comes with central air, natural gas f/a heating, central vac, ceramic flooring and a welcoming open concept kitchen with breakfast bar. Click here for full details:

Want to be steps to the soft sands of Wasaga Beach for under $190,000? Look no further as this 1,196 sq.ft. 2 bedroom townhouse condo may have everything you need. Click here for full details:

46 Admiral Road

10 Baker Street

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MLS 20112529

$134,900

This beautiful 5-bedroom, 3-bath home in a quiet, west-end Wasaga neighbourhood is close to schools, shopping and trails. This large bungalow has a 2,034 sq.ft. on main level and a fully finished basement as well. Click the link:

Sophisticated one bedroom modular home in a gated community with an incredible rear yard backing onto a serene pond with a sunny exposure surrounded by elite gardens. Click on the link below to see more:

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Beautiful century home on 9.39 lush private acres with a pond centrally located to Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain and Barrie with approx. 2,100 sq.ft. of charm. Click the link below for full details:

Great value here in this lovely 2,330 sq.ft. bungalow in peaceful Marl Lake Village in Wasaga Beach. 3 large bedrooms on the main level, including the master with a 5-pc ensuite with corner soaker tub. Click for full details:

12084 10 County Road

14 Meadowood Drive

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LOCATION

IT REALLY IS THAT IMPORTANT

The  other  day  I  had  a  call  at  the  office  from  a   poten3al  buyer.  It  went  something  like  this:   “Hi,  what’s  the  cheapest  lot  for  sale  in  town   right  now.” “Can  I  ask  why  you’d  want  the  cheapest  lot  in   town?”  I  enquired. “I  want  to  build  a  house  and  flip  it,”  he   replied.   This  was  followed  by   the  sound  of  my   head  repeatedly   striking  my  desk  as  I   struggled  to   understand  his  logic.   Loca3on,  loca3on,   loca3on:  It’s  the   Realtor’s  mantra,   people!  Why  do  you   think  we  harp  on  the   subject  so  oKen? Many  of  you  who   have  house-­‐shopped   with  me  have   witnessed  me  poin3ng  at  a  for  sale  sign  on   the  immaculate  lawn  of  a  lovely  home   backing  onto  something  horrifying  or   fron3ng  onto  a  busy  highway  and  asking  the   ques3on:  “Why  did  they  buy  that?”   For  me,  I’d  much  rather  buy  the  wrong  home   in  the  right  loca3on  than  the  right  home  in   the  wrong  loca3on.  And  I’d  rather  you  did   too.  Here’s  why:  with  a  house,  you  can  

repaint,  rewire  or  remodel...  but  generally   you  can’t  relocate. So  be  a  smart  buyer  and  find  the  prime   loca3on  for  your  price  range  wherever  you   are  home  hun3ng.   So  what  should  you  look  for?  This  may  sound   strange,  but  it’s  easier  for  me  to  describe   what  makes  a  loca3on  unsuitable.  That's   because  the  things  that  make  a  good   loca3on  aTrac3ve  can   vary,  depending  on   whether  you're   looking  in  the  city,  the   country,  the   mountains  or  the   beach.  Bad  loca3ons   are  far  easier  to   pinpoint.  Here’s  some   loca3ons  to  avoid: •High-­‐Crime   Neighbourhoods Steer  clear  of  the  bad   areas  of  town.    There   are  beTer  ways  to   meet  your  new  neighbours  than  having   them  climb  in  your  kitchen  window  at  3   a.m. • Economically  Depressed  Areas If  there  is  liTle  pride  of  ownership  in   the  surrounding  homes,  you’re  in  the   wrong  spot.  Torn  up  lawns,  hockey  nets   stuck  under  a  Chevy  Malibu  up  on   blocks  in  the  driveway  and  old  

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THE HOME HUNT REPORT

appliances  lying  in  the  yards  should   make  you  think  twice    about  moving   there. • Commercial  or   Industrial  Areas Unless  you  live   downtown  in  a   city,  commercial   buildings  on  your   block  will  diminish   value.  Part  of  the   reason  is  because   home  owners  can’t   control  those  who   loiter  in  front  of   their  home.   Homes  next  to  gas   sta3ons  or  shopping  centres  are   undesirable  because  of  the  noise   factor,  and  nobody  really  wants  to   listen  to  idling  truck  engines.   • Railroad  Tracks,  Highways,  Airports When  buyers  see  any  of  these  three   near  a  property  on  their  list  they  don’t   even  want  to  get  out  of  the  car  to  look. • Close  to  Hazards Not  many  buyers  in  their  right  minds   want  to  live  in  the  shadow  of  a  power   plant,  hydro  transformers,  a  landfill  or   in  swampland.   • Corner  ProperCes This  one  may  surprise  you  but  I  can   safely  say  that  in  16  years  of  selling   here  in  Wasaga  Beach  and  Collingwood   I’ve  never  had  a  buyer  say  to  me,   “Please  don’t  show  me  any  homes  with  

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neighbours  on  both  sides.”  However,   what  I  do  hear  frequently  is,  “Oh,  it’s  a   corner   property.   Forget  it.”     There  s3ll   seems  to  be  a   nega3ve   percep3on  for   homes  built   on  corner   lots.  The  last   six  lots  sold  in   our   subdivision   were  all     leKover   corner  lots.   • Public  Walkways Having  a  walkway  nearby  is  ideal  but   having  it  border  your  property  puts  you   on  display,  especially  if  it’s  a  busy   walkway  connec3ng  a  school  to  a   subdivision  or  a  public  parking  lot  to  a   waterfront  access. Choose  your  loca3on  wisely  and  you’ll  never   have  to  worry  about  a  buyer  someday  not   wan3ng  to  get  out  of  their  Realtor’s  car  to   see  your  home.   Simply  put,  it  means  the  value  of  iden3cal   homes  can  go  up  or  down  because  of  their   loca3on.  Overlook  this  golden  rule  of  real   estate  at  your  own  risk!

Bruce

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What Colour is Your Sale? A  Primer  on  Wise  Colour  Choices

Home staging experts say that colour, which

makes up 60% of a first impression, can make or break a sale. And paint retailers concur

that approximately 40% of all paint sales are a direct result of choosing the wrong colour first. So if you’re thinking you may be moving in less than 5 years, you’d be wise to choose your paint colour strategically rather than decoratively. No two individuals view colour the same way, so the most relevant writings on colour intertwine our psychological perceptions, the physics of light and the physiology of vision. Benefit from my experience (i.e. mistakes!) and continuing education by following these tips.

Colour Psychology A particular colour OR combination of colours will stimulate or relax senses and can bring happy memories for your potential buyers. In BUY-OLOGY, Lindstrom presents astonishing findings from his three-year, sevenmillion-dollar neuromarketing study that peered inside the brains of 2,000 volunteers from all around the world as they encountered various ads, logos, commercials, brands, and products. His results shatter much of what we have long believed about what seduces our interest and drives

us to buy. The study showed that our subconscious thoughts, feelings, and desires determine most (if not all) of the decisions we make. So if the colours in your house influence your potential buyers’ emotions in a positive way, their decision to make a full-price offer may indeed be thanks to that $75 professional colour consultation you had before painting...talk about a worthwhile investment!

Cool colours are based on blue undertones and have a yin, passive or calming effect. These colours include a range from glacial blue to nurturing Caribbean cerulean Use cool colours in spas, bathrooms and other quiet environments Blues lower heart rate and reduce appetite Commonly worn in uniforms and business suits, blue represents dependability Blues and greens are used in advertising medicines and health care products

Warm colours are based on yellow undertones and have a yang, active or stimulating effect. Warm reds and yellows tend to convey emotions ranging from happiness to passion Red, orange and yellow colours activate the appetite; this is why you see restaurants using warm colours in their logos Red instantly attracts attention and increases the heart rate; red is the Coke of home staging, a little red goes a long way and it is important to remember the power of red to STOP the eye

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MARY’S STAGING REPORT Colour Intensity Colour intensifies with area so when a colour is used on large areas, walls, or floors, use a shade or two LIGHTER than you think you want. In staging for selling, neutral colours are always the safest route because they lack intensity, balance other colours, appeal to the widest buying audience and are the easiest to live with. When it comes to walls and fixed elements such as floors and countertops, buyers are never disappointed with a variant on beige on beige on beige but throw in a blue carpet or a pink wall sponged with purple clouds and suddenly your house “needs too much updating.” Definitely choose your colours in the daytime, and double check your samples in the time of day you will be most likely to use the room.

The Compass is Your Colour-Choosing Friend Not only does the colour appear to morph four times per day due to the amount of light but we also have to remember that colour will also look different depending on the direction the room is facing. In general, a room with Eastern exposure adds a GREEN cast, Western adds an ORANGE cast, Southern adds a YELLOWISHWHITE cast and brightens the existing colour in the room and Northern (a favourite of artists for its consistency) adds a GREY cast that dulls the colour in the room. You might love the greyish green walls in your southfacing living room, but cover your north-facing office in the same hue and you may find it drab and depressing.

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I See Dead Colours Some people just have that “je ne sais quoi” about colour. It may be a physiological or genetic gift. They can remember a precise hue, they are sensitive to clashing patterns and are potentially your best friend in the fitting room. It takes the ability to identify undertones (i.e. to see the underlying tones that are like the undergarments of colours and finishes) to see why certain beiges look terrible with certain hardwood flooring. The colour wheel was in its early days with Goethe’s 1810 sketch (shown above), but still shows the relationship between the three primary colours. From experience I know it’s very important to look at a colour sample on a pure white background instead of in direct relation to whatever colour it is meant to cover. I have found the most cantankerous undertones to be the pinks and yellows. They just don’t get along. Another tip about undertones is to use yellow-based to brighten dark parts of property and to use gray-based colours to decrease glare in bright areas. Glarereducing historic colours (the HC fan deck in Benjamin Moore) are thus a top choice to use on exteriors.

~ Mary

Agonizing over colours? Contact Mary for advice; she is available for colour consultations and loves to talk about colours, feng shui, staging for selling and staging for living.

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TAX MATTERS

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Dealing With Capital Gains What  To  Do  When  Buying  A  Co9age  Property Central Ontario offers some of the most splendid recreational opportunities, and its proximity to the Greater Toronto area makes it extremely desirable as a cottage destination. The growth of Wasaga Beach and surrounding area is testimony to that. It does require prudent planning to ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency does not erode the lustre of having a cottage or second residence here. Property value increases on a principal residence are exempted from tax liability (another substantial reason to own rather than rent), while property value increases on secondary properties are considered capital gains, and, as such, 50% of

that gain is taxable (with the other 50% not taxed). That taxable gain is added to the tax return of the owner when the property is disposed of, either in actual terms, because it is sold, or in "deemed" terms, for example at the death of the owner, or if it is given to a family member after a number of years. If you rent your "other" residence (the one in the City which you want to get away from on weekends and for vacations), you can declare the Wasaga property as your "principal residence" for income tax purposes, but what if you own that city property as well? Spouses must, under current legislation, share the same principal residence, so you cannot have one declare the City property and the other the Country property, but, if there are adult children who have apartments or other accommodation not owned, they can be registered on

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title as the principal owner and they can then utilize the principal residence exemption. Alternatively, some families establish a small corporation to own the property, while others use an inter-vivos trust. There are considerations which must be taken into account in choosing the structure that you choose for your family and its unique circumstances, which should be reviewed with your professional advisors. If you wish to talk to us about these circumstances, you can contact us at 1-800-668-5628 (local 705-445-5628). Mention that you are a client of Bruce and we'll give you a free 1/2 hour appointment to see what makes the most sense for you, as we welcome you to our neighbourhood!

Click here for our free newsletter and here for our website: J. Gregory Goldsworthy, BA, CLU, CFP, Ch.F.C., is with The Financial Centre of Collingwood, a full service financial institution.

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WASAGA BEACH HAPPENINGS

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COLLINGWOOD & BLUE MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS

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JOKES & CONTEST

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A 75-year old man, who loves to fish, was sitting in his boat one day when he heard a voice say, "Pick me up."

you have ever seen. I'll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because I will be your wife!"

He looked around and couldn't see anyone. He thought he was dreaming. Then he heard the voice say again, "Pick me up."

The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully and placed it in his front breast pocket.

He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog.

Then the frog said, "What, are you nuts? Didn't you hear what I said? I said kiss me, and I will be your beautiful wife."

The man said, "Are you talking to me?" The frog said, "Yes, I'm talking to you. Pick me up, then kiss me, and I'll turn into the most beautiful woman

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“There is a harmony In autumn, and a lustre in its sky, Which through the summer is not heard or seen, As if it could not be, as if it had not been!” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

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