Selling or Buying in Muskoka? – Why ‘LOCAL’ Makes a Difference

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Muskoka Real Estate Matters – By Maggie Tomlinson

I hope this finds everyone keeping well despite the restraints that Covid-19 have placed on the world for over a year now. The June sunshine, boats on the lake & summertime activities sure are welcome sights! This week let’s talk about the merits of sellers & buyers using the services of LOCAL professionals. 

There are many complexities involved in the buying & selling of real estate, and it’s important that not just your Realtor but your entire team of professionals understands the common differences between city life and Muskoka life.

As a professional Realtor I am able to recommend various local professionals to assist from the pre-listing or pre-purchase stage right through to the closing date … and beyond. Having the benefit of this local knowledge & representation is, in my opinion, an invaluable asset for both buyers & sellers.

Planners – The rules can be different in each of our 8 area municipalities – Muskoka Lakes & Seguin to the north, Gravenhurst & Severn to the south, Georgian Bay to the west, and Bracebridge, Huntsville & Lake of Bays to the east. Local planners can assist with zoning by-laws specific to your chosen location.

Home & Septic Inspectors – In Muskoka these local professionals are also used to dealing with the varying types of septic systems & water sources that are common throughout our region, not just municipal services.

Lenders and Insurance Brokers – Local professionals who live, work & regularly deal with applications for clients purchasing Muskoka cottage properties just makes a lot of sense. With quick closings, this can often help to speed up the process for approvals as well.

Lawyers – Many Muskoka properties are accessed via private roads, some seasonal & some year round. Does that island property you love also have mainland parking & docking? There are additional issues such as deeded access, rights-of-way & shore road allowances that Muskoka lawyers deal with on a day-to-day basis. 

Have high expectations of your Realtor – ask questions, be informed & remember to entrust your Muskoka sale or purchase to LOCAL experts – you’ll be glad you did!

Until next time – stay safe on the water & on our roads – and happy buying and selling!


Maggie Tomlinson is a professional Real Estate Broker with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, serving her clients from the heart of Muskoka. Maggie has successfully been actively marketing and selling cottages, homes, vacant land and commercial properties for years.
If you have any questions about buying or selling, your answers are always just a phone call or email away.
705.644.9283[email protected]

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