Friday, April 8, 2016

History Village of Dorset Ontario Lake of Bays

History Village of Dorset Ontario

Having a cottage or living in the country by a lake is quite relaxing. The village of Dorset has it all with the history to support it.

The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation created this video in the year of 2013 highlighting a few of the multi-generation cottagers along Main Street in Dorset.

Video also features an interview with Brad Robinson pertaining to the history of the village.

Thanks to Brad, for the continuous support of heritage protection!

I can remember my experience with cottage living and having to use the old fashion washing machine to clean our cloths.

Even to get water in the winter, climb down a 70 foot bank to river, chop a hole in the ice and carry the water back up hill in pails.

Cottage living is still the best, so if buying a cottage in the Dorset area is in your plans remember now you will be on the border of the Haliburton Highlands and the Muskokas.

Best of two worlds.....


Famous Country Store 

It was great to hear some of the history of the Robinsons's General Store.

This old fashion store was voted "Canada's Best Country Store", this famous store is a "must-see" for absolutely everyone visiting the Muskoka or Haliburton area.

Observed by the bridge on Main Street in Dorset, the retail outlet continues to be owned and operated through the same family since 1921, and now sprawls more than 14,000 sq.ft. of retail space.

Snowmobiling Water Crossing in Dorset Ontario

Thinking of cottage life in Dorset.

Popular winter activity for the adventure seeker.

Snowmobile water crossing under the bridge in Dorset, Ontario

The video makes it look easy, but many of the people standing watching wouldn't attempt it!

And you could blame them, that would be one major repair bill if your sled found its' way to the bottom of the canal.

Good luck to those who try it.

Here is what not to do or when it fails

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Buy A Home Together Just Friends

Live as Two, Pay for One

When I was young my best friend and I were both tired of paying rent every month. we were both single and each living in our own apartments so we decided to buy and share a house together. By doing this we thought we could save money as a team.

Out thoughts were;
  1. Why pay to heat and cool two places
  2. Why pay for 2 parking spots when a with a home its free
  3. Why pay for 2 insurance policies
  4. Why furnish and pay to upkeep two place
  5. And so on
 What do we need to know before we go down this path?

Here below is a great article to help you decide on moving forward with buying a home together.

Home Ownership With A Friend

Home ownership can be one of the most significant and rewarding investments you can make in your lifetime.

If you are looking to purchase a home with your sister, there are a few things you should take into consideration, as this is not a typical purchase by a single person or a married couple and is not a matrimonial home.

I advise you to consult with experts: a real-estate professional and a lawyer with expertise in real estate or estate planning law.

The real-estate professional can help the two of you decide on the type of home that will meet your needs, now and in the future. You should think about what you might do when you decide to sell the home or if one of you decides to move out, which leads to the need for legal advice on ownership of the property.

A real estate or estate planning lawyer can help you determine which type of ownership would work best for you and your sister. You can also work with the lawyer to make sure both of your interests are protected and to minimize the possibility of conflicts down the road should one of you change your mind about ownership.

There are two basic types of co-ownership of a property: one is called “joint tenancy” and the other is called “tenancy in common.” The word “tenancy” simply means ownership in this context and “tenant” means owner.

In joint tenancy, each co-owner has an equal, undivided interest in the property, rather than a percentage share. Therefore, when one joint tenant dies, his or her share goes automatically to the surviving joint tenant(s).

Joint tenancy is a common form of ownership for people who want their share in a property to go automatically to the other joint tenant, for example a spouse, when they die.

With tenancy in common, unlike joint tenancy, individuals can own a property in different shares or percentages. As an example, one owner (tenant in common) could own 60 per cent of the property and the other could own 40 per cent.

In a tenancy in common situation, each owner has the right to sell his or her share. Each owner also has the right to leave his or her share of the property to any beneficiary upon the owner’s death. This type of co-ownership is common for people who want to be able to sell their interest in a property during their lifetimes, such as a group of friends who invest in a cottage.

Bear in mind that when two or more people buy a property, the default type of ownership is tenancy in common, unless the deed states otherwise.

Back to my buying a home with a friend, the deal worked great for many years, our cost for living expense went way down giving us more to party but when the party stage changed to family planning time the deal had to close.

It was great, sold the home and made a good profit, and reached our original goal of no more paying out rent money in the wind.

Original Resource
 By: Joseph Richer, Published on Sat Apr 02 2016 


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Haliburton Highlands - Fun 4 Seasons Play

There are now plenty events to explore the Haliburton Highlands than ever before!

Come unwind and spend some time, pick your season always something throughout the year.

The Haliburton Highlands are located just two hours away from the Greater Toronto Area and three hours from Ottawa.

Experience outdoor sports and adventures, a vibrant arts and culture scene and delight your palette with incredible savoury tastes.

Prepare to Unwind online at: www.myhaliburtonhighlands.com

Credit: This film is a creative collaboration between the County of Haliburton’s Tourism Department and Positive Media (pluslife.ca)