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Contact The Aben Team: 395 Centre St N #100 Huntsville, ON P1H 2P5 (705) 788-4770 +1 844-843-2236

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John Aben
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705-788-4770

Mark Aben
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705-788-4388

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Moley, Moley, Moley

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The snow is finally gone! You can actually see your lawn again for the first time since November, such an exciting occasion. However, your joy may have only lasted momentarily, until you noticed that your lawn was showcasing several volcano like holes and had a maze like theme. It can only mean one thing, you probably have a population of grubs, which have attracted moles.  It’s time to take action and we’re here to offer some tips & tricks.  

Here are some things we have learned about Moles:

  • Their choice of cuisine consists of insect larvae, earthworms, millipedes and other bug like delicacies. Bet you’re hungry now!
  • They like the single life of solitude until early spring when they find that special someone to breed with
  • They are not rodents…who knew! They are in fact insectivore, which translates into a carnivore that only eats insects.  See we are learning so much!
  • As is apparent on your lawn, they are BIG FANS of creating mazes (aka tunnels). Hey, if they weren’t insectivores they could make a killing designing children’s activity books.
  • They’re big on constantly creating new feeding tunnels and tend to get bored of their newly designed tunnel and may only use it once.
  • They have a main runway, which they will use repeatedly. The runways are 12-18 inches underground and not usually visible.
  • They are most active during warm, wet months, although they live in their very own underground world year-round
  • Not the most attractive little critters. They grow to be 4 to 6 inches long and have gray to black velvety fur, slender hairless snouts, and beady little eyes and ears. They have large front feet with long claws that dig much like a hoe. Not your typical Disney woodland creature.
  • Their days are numbered and not because you’re trying to be rid of them. If they can outwit & outplay you they’ll only live for 3 years  

Here’s the thing, who wants to wait three years? You want your lawn back and you want those moles banished! It’s time to start the great mole attack of 2014! We will assume that you want to be as organic & humane as possible but based on our research we’ve learned that you may have to pull out the big guns to rid your lawn of these unattractive introverted insectivores.  

Here’s what we know won’t work so don’t go wasting your time: Lye, Draino, pickle juice, broken glass, cayenne pepper, razor blades, bleach, juicy fruit gum, moth balls, human hair balls, vibrations, gasoline & explosives.  Admit it, you want to watch Caddy Shack again, don’t you?  

The humane way is to start with an organic method that is harmless to earthworms, ladybugs and plants. For the record, you want earthworms in your lawn, as they are good for the soil.  

Get to know these two words: Beneficial Nematodes. What is a nematode? Nematodes are microscopic, whitish to transparent, unsegmented worms. They occupy almost every conceivable habitat on earth and are among the most common multicelled organisms. Beneficial nematodes seek out and kill all stages of harmful soil-dwelling insects. These bad boys control over 200 different types of insects in the soil. It’s like one big 70’s party at Woodstock in your lawn. Beneficial nematodes are parasitic, and invade the bodies of their prey, leaving behind the dead insect carcasses (pause for overall body shiver). They are a very effective organic insect control method and kill most insects before they become adults. This includes lots of common lawn and garden pests such as grubs, fleas, mole crickets, Japanese beetles and weevils. No chemicals are required and they are easy to apply.  The other upside is that Beneficial Nematodes are harmless to pets & humans.  http://ift.tt/1f0R9XI

Now for the bad news…this isn’t likely to get rid of your unwanted tenants...THE MOLES. Those nasty little critters will start to feed off the earthworms left behind and be happy happy happy.   

Resource after resource has indicated that the only guaranteed way to rid your lawn of moles is to use a mole-specific trap that will exterminate the animal.   Above and below ground traps are available for getting rid of moles. If you take this route, be sure to move the tunnel traps daily. Word on the street is that the Victor® Brand is the best on the market and are reasonably priced.  For more information on their Mole traps check out the Victor® website www.victorpest.com. They ship to Canada. Local retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot & Canadian Tire can also assist with your Mole Trap needs.  

Now is the time to make your move, they are most active in the early Spring. Typically only 1 to 2 moles will lay claim on your lawn, as I mentioned previously these critters are not social & don’t live in communities so by removing just one or two moles usually solves the problem.  

May the force be with you as you tackle the grubs & moles in your lawn. Before long your lawn will be free of volcano like dirt mounds and will be green and lush.

Please feel free to share your tips and tricks about your success of ridding moles & grubs from your lawn, we would love to hear from you. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Beautiful Woodland Height Lots For Sale

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

First Quarter Update

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Monday, 3 April 2017

SOLD! Great Starter Home in Huntsville

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Immediately upon entering this charming home you can feel the history exuding from every room. There is so much character and uniqueness; the smallest ornate details will not go unnoticed. Formally a one-room schoolhouse converted into a 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom home, offering 1260 sqft of living space. The main floor living & dining room is both warm and inviting with cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and hardwood floors. The kitchen is spacious and bright with plenty of counter space and cupboard storage. The finished lower level has a great rec room, ideal for entertaining plus a workshop. There is also additional and plentiful storage options. The property sits on 1.7 acres, surrounded by mature trees and gardens – the backyard offers great privacy and quiet. This home is perfect for a first time homebuyer, a young family or even empty nesters. Located in the Riverside PS catchment area and a quick drive into Huntsville or Baysville.

If you're thinking of buying or selling this spring contact the Aben Team  

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Enter to Win SEGWUN SUNSET DINNER CRUISE FOR TWO

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Segwun Sunset Dinner Cruise for Two

Approximate value $300. No skill testing question is required. Must be 19 years or older.
Closing April 2nd 2017, 9pm. Draw to be held April 7th, 2017.

 

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Average Price of a Cottage on the Big Muskoka Lakes

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Cottage Buyer's Guide

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Are you thinking of buying a cottage in Muskoka or Almaguin Highlands this year?

Here's a guide to get you started. I've include three different areas;
1 - South Muskoka (includes Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes)
2 - North Muskoka (includes Huntsville/Lake of Bays
3 - Almaguin Highlands

 

1 - South Muskoka

Use the chart below to help determine what you can afford. If you are looking at a "medium" size lake with a "mid-range" cottage you can expect to spend $425,000 to $550,000, see highlight below in yellow.

The graph below displays the unit sales by price range and the cumulative percentage of sales for each price catagory. Note: 42% of cottages sold in South Muskoka are under the price of $500,000 and 74% of sales are under $1,000,000.

 

2 - North Muskoka

Now lets take a look at Huntsville/Lake of Bays. You will notice that the cottage pricing in my opinion is slightly less. "mid-range" cottage on a "medium" size lake costing from $400,000 to $500,000.

Looking below at the unit sales by price range, 48% of the cottages sold in this region are under $500,000.

 

3 - Almaguin Highlands

In Almaguin Highlands you will find the most bang-for-the-buck, but you must be willing to drive a bit further north. A "mid-range" cottage on a "medium" size lake will run you $350,000 to $450,000. A fairly substantial difference than South and North Muskoka.

In Almaguin Highlands you will find that half the sales are under $300,000.

The tables are designed to provide an overview of the price ranges found in certain general types of cottages and lake sizes. With the uniqueness of each waterfront property and the endless variations, the best advice and information will always be provided by a local real estate agent.

Don't hesitate to call us today, we're here to help! Contact

Friday, 10 March 2017

New Listing - Huntsville Home For Sale

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$379,900

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This beautifully appointed home sits on 19+acres surrounded by mature trees, open fields and with it abutting 1000’s of acres of crown land the privacy is endless. The 2800 sqft is meticulously maintained throughout. The main floor is spacious offering an open concept kitchen, dining & family room with cathedral ceilings and pine floors throughout.  The floor plan features 3 bedrooms including the master bedroom plus a 4pc bathroom/laundry combination. The large back deck & 3-season Muskoka Room offers great privacy & more space for summer dining. The lower level walk-out is fully finished with rec room, fitness area, 4th bedroom and a 4pc bath. In addition there is a double detached garage. The property is great for off road vehicles, snowmobiles & more. Just down the road is Buck Lake with access to the public beach and picnic area. Only a 20-min. drive into Huntsville, this home & property can check off a lot of boxes.

Contact the Aben Team to book a showing!

New Listing - 4-Season Cottage on Clam Lake For Sale

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This fully furnished 4-season cottage on Clam Lake offers great privacy and quiet, great fishing, boating, close to winter & summer trails. The cottage sits on a level 2 1/2 acre lot with plenty of space for the entire family! Well maintained and lovingly cared for this 1300+ sq ft property features 3 bedrooms + a bunkie, bright open concept living, dining & fully equipped kitchen, central vac, propane fireplaces in the living area and master bedroom, and 3 bathrooms. Spend summer evenings barbecuing on the lake-facing deck or relaxing in the screened-in Muskoka room. It’s a gentle slope to the waterfront with a sandy shoreline, extensive dock and 255’ of frontage.  The detached 3 bay garage with RV access door, and loft space for storage is a bonus. Close proximity to town, bordering on Muskoka & Algonquin Park. This cottage offers charm, comfort and that true cottage feel, it is worth a look.

Contact the Aben Team today to book an appointment to see this great 4-season cottage for sale 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Thinking of investing in a cottage on Lake Joseph or Lake Rosseau?

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Response to an email received earlier today. Hi Ted, Thank you for your inquiry into to a potential cottage purchase on Lake Rosseau or Lake Joseph. Interesting question - - What's the percentage increase in value compound yearly for a cottage of either of these lakes.   I've included a number of graphs below to aid in determining if a cottage on Lake Joseph or Lake Rosseau is a good investment.   Graph below shows the unit sales for both lakes, Rosseau at 55 and Joseph at 50 sale. Reasonable increase year over year and highest sales volume since at least 2006.     Next is the average sale price and median sale price for Rosseau. There was one substantial sale over $10MM on Rosseau that really kicked up the average price for 2016.     Same below for Joseph, but in this case the $10MM+ sale was in 2015, therefore we see average price dropping for 2016.     Because of the swings in average sale price, I thought it would be best to combine both lakes to get more data and smoothen the graph. With more data, I suspect more accurate representation of the numbers.   Below, I've included sales since 2000, rising steadily until the 2008 recession, but since has recovered nicely and surpassed the 2007 highs. I've calculated the compound percentage increase year-over-year and arrived at 5.75% for average price and 8.1% for the median price. Trendlines showing good growth and I see no reason for this not to continue this year.   Finally for some idea of what price ranges are moving more than others. The chart below represents all cottage sales in Muskoka, not just for Joseph and Rosseau. Last year only one sale over $10MM. This sale, as mentioned earlier was on Lake Rosseau. Interesting to note the larger volume of sales for higher priced cottages, $3MM-$4MM almost doubled in unit sales year-over-year. Consistent increases in all higher price ranges.      If you would like to have more details let me know.   Warmest regards, John Aben Direct: 705-788-4770

Friday, 20 January 2017

2016 Muskoka Real Estate Market, Year in Review

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2016 has proven to be a year of significant increases in the Muskoka real estate market, with double digit percentage growth in unit sales for Muskoka residential and recreational properties. Muskoka average sale prices have jumped 10.4% for recreational properties and 7.1% for residential.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Cottage Life Show - March 31-April 2, 2017

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We are excited to annouce that we will once again have our own booth at the upcoming Spring Cottage Life Show at the International Centre, Toronto from March 31st - April 2nd, 2017,

If you are considering selling your Muskoka cottage this upcoming season, get in touch with us now so we can talk to you about how we'll showcase your Muskoka property for sale at the show. With thousands of potential buyers attending the show, it's exposure you can't afford to miss!

If you're considering buying a Muskoka cottage for sale this coming year, be sure to stop by and see us. We can share with you current and exclusive Muskoka real estate listings right from our booth.  

We also look forward to seeing past and current clients. It's sure to be a great show with a lot of exciting things to see and learn about all things cottaging.

Stay tuned for booth location and floor plan! 

Show Hours:

Friday March 31st - 10am-8pm
Saturday April 1st - 9am-7pm
Sunday April 2nd - 10am-5pm