Susan Benson's Blog Posts

AI CONTRIBUTION TO REAL ESTATE-APRIL BLOG

When I joined Royal LePage, Lakes of Muskoka Real Estate Brokerage 14 years ago, and Mark a few years before that, all continuing education courses and client meetings were in person, printed

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR COTTAGE FOR SALE IN ONTARIO

         Summer Day at Green Point on Lake of BaysThe Cottage Life Show in Toronto is the traditional launch of our recreational property sales season here in Muskoka. With

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3 THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPEN BIDDING IN ONTARIO REAL ESTATE

The Ontario Government legislation, amending laws that have guided real estate professionals for over 20 years, went into effect at the end of 2023. Changes broadly included improvements to broker

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER IN MY MUSKOKA & KAWARTHA LAKES COMMUNITY

Getting involved in your community is an easy way to feel more fulfilled, especially during colder, quieter months of the year. But sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start in the

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2024 ROYAL LEPAGE FORECASTS SPRING HOUSING MARKET PRICES UP

The ‘great adjustment’: Canadians to adapt to new reality as housing market returns to near-normal in 2024. Royal LePage predicts minor interest rate cuts to fuel national aggregate home

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BEST PLACES TO SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN MUSKOKA & COTTAGE COUNTRY

Photo Courtesy of Unique MuskokaThere’s certainly no better way to celebrate the season than by choosing thoughful gifts for your best friends and loved ones. As strong believers in supporting

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WHAT DO I DO WITH MY FIREPLACE ASHES?

By Mark & Susan BensonWoodpiles are neatly stacked throughout Muskoka and Kawartha Lakes while the sweet smell of smoke rises from fireplaces and woodstoves across cottage country. In addition

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WHAT IS AN EXCLUSIVE REAL ESTATE LISTING?

SHOULD OUR PROPERTY BE AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING?By: Susan Benson, Broker | Mark Benson, RealtorAn exclusive listing is one of many options a realtor and their seller may consider when developing a

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2023 CANADIAN CO-OWNERS SURVEY BY ROYAL LePAGE 2023

RELEASED BY ROYAL LePAGE AUGUST 31ST, 2023High property prices, elevated interest rates and the rising cost of living has prompted many Canadians to rethink their lifestyle and housing needs. For

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IS NOW THE BEST TIME TO LIST YOUR WATERFRONT PROPERTY?

Do we sell now?By Susan Benson and Mark BensonYou've made the decision to sell, but now that you're relaxing on the dock, when to sell is the question. To make your life easier we crunched the

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HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN DWIGHT ON LAKE OF BAYS

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER 2023!This is the third in our "How to Spend a Weekend In..." series – be sure to check out our features on South Muskoka and Fenelon Falls to round out a great

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HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN FENELON FALLS

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER 2023!Cottagers have been “coming up” to Fenelon Falls at Lock #34, and vicinity, since well before the 386 km Trent Canal waterway first opened in 1922. 

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HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN SOUTH MUSKOKA -BEST THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER!

TREAT YOUR COTTAGE GUESTS TO SOUTHish MUSKOKA THIS SUMMER!Some have been “coming up to Muskoka” for generations, while others have decided more recently to purchase a cottage.,

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10 SHORT TERM COTTAGE VACATION RENTAL TIPS EVERY OWNER SHOULD KNOW

Don’t let short term cottage vacation rentals cost more than you make. Inspire your guests to be stewards. By: Susan BensonOntario short term cottage rental is not only a well

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MUSKOKA DISCOVERY CENTRE #1 FAMILY ACTIVITY IN MUSKOKA

If you are looking for something that is fun, will spark discussion around the family dinner table, and create an indelible memory of time spent together, Board Chair Gary Getson of the Muskoka

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COTTAGE LIFE SHOW FINDS!

By: Susan Benson, Broker | Mark Benson, RealtorTMWe had a great time at the Cottage Life Show at the end of March and really enjoyed catching up with our favourite clients!  It’s

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PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY DURING THE HOME AND COTTAGE BUYING PROCESS

The Role your Realtor and you Play in Helping you Prevent Identity TheftBy: Susan Benson | Mark BensonAccording to a recent Maclean’s Magazine Article, a growing number of Canadians have

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TOP 3 SPRING REMINDERS FOR COTTAGERS

By: Susan Benson | Mark BensonWarmer days are finally on the way! And for waterfront property owners, that means there are some things you should be thinking about. Here are our top three

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BUY YOUR MUSKOKA COTTAGE FOR $5,600 MONTHLY?

Wondering what monthly mortgage payments could look like for potential Muskoka cottage and home buyers in 2023?  Two of our buyer clients recently asked us this. Naturally, we turned to Scott

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FOREIGN BUYER BAN - ARE COTTAGES INCLUDED?

Foreign Buyer Ban Extended to 2027- Are Cottages Included?As of 2024, the Foreign Buyer Ban ban, during which some foreign buyers are prohibited from purchasing residential property in Canada was

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COTTAGE COUNTRY GIFT GUIDE

Places to shop in Muskoka and beyond for everyone on your listOne of the many reasons to spend time in cottage country is our quality of life – and that includes these exceptional spots for

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THINKING ABOUT A WATERFRONT GREEN ROOF?

GREEN ROOF ON YOUR COTTAGE?The perennial roof garden is a centuries old practice and thing of rare beauty now experiencing a global revival of extraordinary proportions. Propelled by climate change

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COTTAGE OWNERS SAY... ASK THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!

Spending most or all of our waking hours at the cottage, if that’s where you have been living in isolation, assuredly brings anything you are not quite happy about into sharp focus. We polled

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