Burnt River Real Estate ~ Market Value Update


Whether you are an owner of a cottage who is considering selling, or a prospective buyer, it is important to be as informed as possible on local market conditions. In my previous career as a managing director at a major Canadian financial institution, I developed a deep appreciation for the importance of sound analytics, and have applied these concepts to glean insights on broader market trends as well as individual property valuation. In an effort to promote greater transparency and efficiency in our local markets, I am pleased to provide monthly in-season statistics and commentary on each of the major lakes in our service area. If you are interested in a more precise valuation of your property, please contact me at (705) 438-3000 or email me and I would be happy to provide a value estimate at no cost.
~ David Donais, Broker of Record/Owner

2018 Burnt River Market Value Summary

  • This analysis is based on the portion of the Burnt River within the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • The average sale price for waterfront properties on the Burnt River was $383,000 in 2018, up 18% from $324,000 in 2017, and 60% from $240,000 in 2015. The lowest sale price in 2018 was $135,900 while the highest was $720,000.
  • There were 23 sales in 2018, up from 19 in 2017.
  • One metric I track closely to provide insight into pricing trends is the Sale Price-to-MPAC Assessed Value Ratio. I calculate this ratio for each sale recorded, as well as an average ratio for all sales during the year. In 2018, the average ratio for the 23 Burnt River sales was 1.66, significantly higher than the ratio of 1.28 realized in 2017. The average ratio across the six key lakes in our region (Balsam/Cameron/ Sturgeon/Four Mile/Shadow/Head) was 1.38, unchanged from 2017. It would appear therefore that there is much more upward momentum in prices on the Burnt River than in other areas of the western Kawarthas.
  • Another indicator of a strong market on the Burnt River is the relatively short period required to sell a waterfront property. In 2018 the median number of days on the market for properties sold on the Burnt River was 26 days, much less than the median of 48 days for the six key lakes in our region.
  • Other key takeaways from the 2018 market include:
    • In contrast to the relatively slow spring market, the fall market for waterfront properties was very strong across the western Kawarthas. On the Burnt River, eight waterfront properties were sold post-September 1st, versus five prior to June 1st.
    • Buyers almost uniformly desire to use their cottages year-round – if you have a three-season property, it would be well worth your while to investigate the feasibility of enhancing it to four- season capability.
  • Looking forward, I am hoping that the strong momentum from the fall 2018 market will carry into 2019. However, while the prospect of higher interest rates in 2019 appears to be receding, the late-2018 correction in financial markets has the potential to dampen buyer demand for waterfront properties. As always, real estate market conditions in the GTA will heavily influence our market.

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Kawartha Lakes Heritage Postcards

We have a great appreciation for the history of the lakes we service, and are pleased to share with you some of the heritage postcards we have collected.

Kawartha boat livery ca. 1960 ~ Sturgeon Lake

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