couple choosing a real estate agent

When buying or selling a house, having the right agent on your side can be invaluable. A good agent will help you through every step of the process, saving you time and stress, and making the entire process potentially much more profitable and enjoyable.

However, before you get there, you need to choose the right agent first. Here are some steps and things to keep in mind.

The Importance of Finding the Right Agent

First, maybe we should touch on why you need an agent at all. Well, having an agent guide you through the home buying or selling process is recommended for a few reasons:

They will…

  • Help to price your home correctly
  • Recommend the most cost-effective renovations
  • Have access to effective marketing strategies and tools

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Sun filtering through trees onto a Muskoka patio overlooking a lake

Everyone who has visited Muskoka has had the thought: What if I lived here?

Of course many enjoy the Muskoka area on a seasonal basis, coming to visit in the summer high-season, spending days on the lakes, hiking, and walking the many charming towns. But of course, there’s another set of Muskoka residents who stay year-round. Approximately 60,000 people call the Muskoka region “home” through all four seasons, which is around half as many part-timers.

What does it take to live in Muskoka? What are the challenges and opportunities? Keep reading to find out what you should know about moving to Muskoka.

Why you should move to Muskoka

First, let’s do a quick rundown of the positives. Why would you want to move to Muskoka? If you’re considering…

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Just east of Muskoka is the large territory of Haliburton County, a gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park just over an hour’s drive outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Haliburton County is home to many charming towns and communities that surround its scenic lakes and rivers.

Read on to find out more about three of these beautiful locations.

Minden

Situated on the banks of Gull River between Minden Lake and Gull Lake, Minden is a popular summer destination town with a variety of charming small town attractions and conveniences. 

Located in the southwestern portion of Haliburton County, Minden is also the county seat of Minden Hills township, which includes communities like Ingoldsby, Lutterworth, and Lochlin. The town of Minden itself is home…

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The Muskoka region of Canada is famous for its many attractions that make it a playground for Canadians and international visitors alike. For example, the thousands of lakes, vast areas of pristine forest wilderness, and many beautiful towns are just a few of the features that Muskoka has to offer. 

Stretching from Georgian Bay in the west to the boundary of the Algonquin Provincial Park in the east, the Muskoka region of Ontario is just 2 hours north of Toronto and includes the charming, convenient, and accessible towns of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. Living or vacationing in this area means enjoying the arts, culture, and high-quality eateries of these locations, not to mention the many resorts and hotels hosting spas, golf courses, and recreation…

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As the weather continues to warm and the sun shines a little longer, the timing couldn’t be better. Especially with Easter right around the corner!

If you’re in need of some inspiration for how to spend the upcoming holiday in the beautiful Haliburton and Muskoka regions, keep on reading. There’s something in store for all ages, from young to old.

For The Kids

Perhaps the best way for young ones to spend their Easter holidays is by testing their searching skills and heading outdoors on the hunt for hidden treasures. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of adventures this year. Discover the following three Easter Egg hunts, they’re sure to make the weekend a memorable one.

Bracebridge Annual Egg Hunt

April 15th, 2022

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Haliburton is a perfect town to live in at any time of the year, but there's nothing like experiencing the fresh, crisp air during the spring season while exploring the many hiking trails in this beautiful region. 

To celebrate the arrival of spring, we've come up with a list of five of the best hiking trails for you to try out in the Haliburton area. 

1. Skyline Park 

Starting off with a shorter but somewhat steep path, Skyline Park is a great option for newcomers to the area because of the view of the town that it affords hikers. 

Located just minutes south of the town of Haliburton, Skyline Park is a great option for hikers looking for a short but rewarding path that looks out over the town at the end. 

As spring comes into full effect…

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You’re excited to get some use of the warm weather out of your waterfront cottage now that the snow on the lake has melted and you can bring the family out for some fun. 

As exciting as it may be to jump right into enjoying your homey seasonal cottage with the entire family, there are some important responsibilities to take care of first. 

Spring cleaning your cottage may seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth the maintenance for having your home in great shape to truly enjoy it. 

Here are just a few of the main spring cleaning waterfront cottage steps that you should consider adding to your regimen this year. 

Protecting Your Local Lake 

Spring cleaning your cottage isn’t just about washing up your home or getting rid of garbage - it’s…

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Spring is widely known as the unprecedented best time to buy a waterfront Mukoka property - but why? Well, as incredible as cottage country properties may be year-round with all of the endless activities and excitement there is to take part in - no one can deny the feeling of the sun across your skin in warm spring to start of summer weather. 

Experience the Warmth of Muskoka Homes 

The amazing part about buying waterfront property in Muskoka and what makes it so unique from everywhere else is the fact that before you even look at the cottages themselves, you can take a look at all of the surrounding lakes to choose from and base your real estate decision making off of. 

Few places give you that experience and range. 

With the countless lakes…

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So you already own one Haliburton home, and you’re wondering - why should I get another? This may seem like a steep decision to make, going all-in on a second home. 

Yet you would be more inclined to purchase another Haliburton vacation home if you knew the benefits it brought along with it. 

Investing in Cottage Country

Halliburton is right in the heart of Ontario’s famed cottage country - garnering more popularity in recent years and seen as the “next Muskoka”, Halliburton is truly a gem of a location to be in. 

Keep in mind the similarly beautiful cottage-style homes to nearby acclaimed Muskoka, yet with more affordable housing. 

The cottage market is truly high in demand year-round. Although it may seem like the obvious hot spot is…

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Located in beautiful Haliburton County, Irondale has come a long way since its beginnings in 1870.

Let’s take a step back in time to discover how the charming community got its start!

The History Of Irondale

Once large deposits of iron ore were found in the area, it didn’t take long for people to begin settling down.


It took a couple of years, but in 1874 a post office and general store called Devil’s Creek opened their doors, signalling the beginning of the area's true development. Not long after, a church and a school followed.


A mine was quickly erected to reach the area's valuable minerals. As the road conditions were quite poor at time, transportation of ore from the mine was rather limited. To help with this, the decision to…

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