PARRY SOUND – The overall mild winter has people thinking “cottage.”
Mild weather good for cottage sales.
A Seguin Township cottage listed for sale.
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More people are querying Parry Sound’s realtors about cottage properties this winter than in winters past, said Parry Sound and Area Association of Realtors President Kelly Purcell, referring to his own anecdotal observations, but the season’s sales numbers aren’t all in yet.
“The market seems to be more positive this year,” said Purcell. “It was a little slower for waterfront last year and it seems to be much more positive (this year).”
Mild weather, he said, puts people in cottage mode.
“Typically, mild winters do equate to a better real estate market,” he said. “Particularly cottage country.”
While some realtors, including Purcell, carry such winter gear as snowshoes to access properties once snow falls, many cottages aren’t accessible in the cold months and therefore, don’t change ownership.
“Really, the only way a realtor can gauge the amount of interest you’re getting is the amount of calls you’re getting, because the actual sales don’t usually occur for a while,” said Purcell. “There are a few, but there are some cottages, even though we’ve had a mild winter, that are still inaccessible, especially water access ones.”
Overall, the housing market in Parry Sound area is stable after the boom of 2000 to 2007/2008, he said. In 2011, 416 homes were sold, and in 2010, 419 traded hands.
“I would say it’s a good, healthy, balanced market,” he said.