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How to keep your houseplants green

A few houseplants will offer your home a breath of fresh air!

Houseplants are visually appealing and also improve our home’s air quality by adding oxygen and removing harmful pollutants.  Here are a few hardy plants that will thrive in any environment:

  1. Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are great for beginners as they’re almost impossible to kill and they also look great in hanging baskets.
  2. Cast Iron Plants (Aspidistra elatior) are foolproof as they only require dim light and don’t need much water.
  3. The Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderana) simply stands in water and has been used by the Chinese for centuries in the art of feng shui to create harmony in the home.

Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for houseplants.  Water them thoroughly but make sure there are drainage holes so excess water can escape as you don’t want your plants to be sitting in water.

Improper lighting is another reason why promising young plants become statistics.  It’s important to match the lighting needs of plants with the amount of light you have to offer.

Houseplants are a simple and cost-effective way to infuse natural, serene style into your home.  Better yet, research suggests they reduce stress and cold related illnesses and also increase our energy levels so go out today and outfit your home with some of nature’s lean mean green machines!

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Hot Home Trends from 2017

It’ a great time to update your living space!

It’s fun to follow the latest home and garden trends, especially if you’re hoping to make your home more attractive to buyers. Here are a few of the latest trends from 2017:

Shedquarters – A “shedquarter” is a private, backyard spot that can be used as an office, artist workspace or party area.

Docking Stations – Small, pull down desks can be added almost anywhere as wireless technology enables us to shift away from traditional home offices.

Vintage Vanities – Putting your bathroom sink on just about anything is huge this year! Old dressers, filing cabinets and even tree trunks can be converted into unique vanities.

Laundry Love – Homeowners are giving their laundry rooms some serious love with innovative storage solutions, bright lighting and even stylish wallpaper!

Foodscaping – Instead of traditional vegetable patches, backyards are now being transformed into edible landscapes that include vegetables, berries, fruits and herbs.

Smart Windows – Cutting-edge window technology now allows our windows to be programmed according to the weather outside as well as the air quality inside.

Just like fashion, home trends can come and go so it’s important not to overcommit. Hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration as to what’s coming next, whether you’re thinking of selling or just simply looking to update your home.

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Get a jump on fall chores by clearing out your digital clutter.

Paper files are often the first items we purge during a spring clean but many times we neglect our digital files. Get a jump on year-end chores with a deep, digital cleanse:

Get a Pass – Use a password manager to encrypt one master password that can be used on all websites.

Address Your Apps – Uninstall apps you no longer use to clear up space and keep your phone running smoothly.

Manage Mail – Unsubscribe from emails you no longer read and delete old emails or organize them into folders.

Clear Cache – Regularly clear your browser history, cache and cookies in order to create more storage and speed up your browser.

Back it Up – Make sure all of your important files and photos are automatically backed up to the cloud to increase storage space.

This digital cleanse applies to your computer, smartphone and all your social media accounts. While you’re at it, you should also review your privacy settings on apps and social media platforms to make sure you’re sharing information with the right audiences.

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Professional Rental Property Management

Professional Rental Property Management by a Local

Licenced Real Estate Brokerage

Michael J Preston, the Broker of Record at Lakeview Realty Inc., assures you of professional services you can trust. As a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (, Lakeview Realty is bound by numerous regulations and guidelines that assure you as an investor of honesty and integrity as a client of Lakeview Property Management.

Screening and Managing Tenants

Your real estate investment hinges on having a good tenant in place. Vacancies can be a drag on your investment, and on your bottom line profits. We’ve screened thousands of tenants for two decades. We have the temperament and knowledge to manage tenants and set expectations for their use of your property. We also have the skills to deal with tenant issues from noise complainants to eviction notices.

Rent Collection and Basic Accounting

Month-to-month expenses and rental income are at the centre of your rental property. We ensure rent is collected and summarize your bills and invoices, so you know where you stand financially at all times.

Rent Collection

Rent collection can be very annoying and time-consuming. We stay on top of tenants & immediately follow up on any rent collection issues. We also allow tenants to pay electronically, which is convenient for everyone.

Bill Payment Services

Staying on top of paying property tax, utilities and repair bills can be time-consuming and frustrating. Especially, if you are on vacation or out of the country. Missed payments can result in late charges and credit risks. We make sure that the bills are paid on time.

At the end of the year, we will send you a year end summary of all the expenses by type. When tax preparation time occurs, you won’t have to collect all of your rental income invoices as all paid invoices will appear in your year end summary.

Property Management ServicesPhysical Property Maintenance

Inside or out we have the staff and experience to deal with any issues with the structure of your property. This includes general maintenance, lawn care, and prep for a new tenant.

We will respond to emergency repair calls from tenants, unplug toilets or to fix or replace broken appliances. We will tidy the yard in the spring, cut the grass in summer, shovel the snow in winter, rake the leaves in the fall, as well as clean out the eaves troughs and coordinate repairs to the physical structure of the building. We do all this so you don’t have to.

Remodeling and Renovation Services

Remodeling and renovating are a powerful means of transforming a rental property’s value and income potential. Our experienced renovation team has executed numerous projects from simple floor installations to complete make-overs. We have the skills and professional resources to successfully add real value to your property should you sell and to its current investment income.

Buying or Selling? Talk to Us First.

We live and breathe rental properties. We are rental property investors too. We know what makes a good investment property, and we can spot opportunities to buy or sell. Our full-service real estate brokerage, Lakeview Realty Inc., can guide you as to how to make the most of your property investment goals.

Always at Your Service

Trusting your rental property to Lakeview Property Management gives you the support of an experienced team of property management experts located in Orillia and the surrounding region.

Our Property Management Programs

Standard Program

Lakeview Property Management’s standard program gives you access to our full complement of property management services. From rent collection and bill payments and the support of our team, this option takes the hassle of property management out of your hands and provides a sound foundation for the management of your rental unit.

Customized Program

This program is of particular value if you have requirements that are out of the norm. Let’s talk about your specific needs and create a program that works for both of us.

Ready to get started? Got more questions?

Find out how we can help you. Just click the button below and fill out the form that appears or give us a call at 705-325-3600 (office) or 705-309-1747 (Michael Preston, President).


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Concerned Ontario Doctors – Care Not Cuts

Concerned Ontario Doctors

Dear Friends

I think it’s important if you’re not involved yet that we take a hard look at how both are provincial and Federal governments are driving our Doctors out of our health care system our province and our country.

We must come to the defence of our Doctors, our health care system and the truly small business corporations in our country.

Michael J Preston


Please visit the CareNotCuts website to learn more and be sure to watch the video.




Survey of Ontario Doctors & Trainees: Burnout, Ongoing Healthcare Cuts & Proposed Federal Taxation Changes
An online survey of Ontario’s doctors and medical trainees (medical students and medical residents) was conducted by Concerned Ontario Doctors from September 4 to September 11, 2017 to understand the effects of the provincial unilateral healthcare cuts, proposed federal taxation changes and mistreatment by government. Respondents were also asked about the OMA; those results will be released independently next month.
There were two sets of respondents: practicing Ontario doctors (n=5162) and Ontario medical trainees (n=709). Margin of error: +/- 1.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 (Ontario doctors) and +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 (Ontario medical trainees).
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Thinking Big in a Small Space

With a little help, you can still live large in a small space!

If you live in a small space, it’s important that you don’t feel boxed in.  The following tips will help transform your cramped quarters into something more expansive:

  1. Shady Solutions – Painting walls a soft shade and the ceiling bright white will give the illusion of added height.
  2. Is That a Door In Your Pocket? – Installing pocket doors is an easy and inexpensive way to create lots of extra useable space.
  3. Lighten Up – Keep window areas clear of heavy drapes to expand wall area and let the sun shine in as it helps a space feel larger.
  4. Mirror Mirror – Strategically placed mirrors will create the illusion of added space and they’ll also reflect light into adjoining rooms.
  5. Cut a Rug – Having the same type of flooring throughout your home will make it feel more spacious so avoid using too many area rugs.
  6. Hide & Seek – Maximize every hidden space you have by using shelving pockets behind doors or bed risers for that all important under the bed storage.
  7. Cut the Clutter – Have a place for everything so that the surfaces in your home don’t get cluttered.  Storage baskets for example are great for hiding remotes & magazines.
  8. Open Up – Arrange your furniture so you can see as much of the floor as possible.  Rooms with blocked views can feel cramped so move furniture away from entrances.

Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you just want to create more space for yourself, these easy and inexpensive tips will help give you a little extra breathing room.  By thinking big and getting creative, you can comfortably live large in even the smallest of spaces.

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Waterfront and residential sales slow to more average levels.

Residential non-waterfront sales activity recorded through the MLS® system of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® numbered 206 units in July 2017.  This was down 14.9% from year-ago levels.

On a year-to-date basis, residential non-waterfront sales were still running 7% above the first seven months of 2016.  This was a record for the period.

Sales of waterfront properties came in 29% below last July.  On a year-to-date basis, waterfront sales were down 9.9% from the first seven months of 2016.  This was still the second highest level on record for this period.

“Sales have slowed noticeably this summer, going from record levels in the spring back to historically more average levels in the space of just two months,” said Mike Stahls, President of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®.  “That said, inventories in Cottage Country remain near record lows so the market is still very tight even with a number of buyers having moved to the sidelines this summer.”

The median price for residential non-waterfront property sales was $282,250 in July 2017, an increase of 5.1% from July 2016.  The median price for waterfront sales was a record $500,000 in July 2017, rising 25% from July 2016.

The dollar value of all residential non-waterfront sales in July 2017 totalled $62.5 million, falling 9.3% from July 2016.  The total value of waterfront sales was $155.4 million, edging up 0.2% from July 2016.  This was also a record for the month of July.

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The lowly lemon can make quite the impact around the house!

Load up on lemons if you’re searching for a powerful, environmentally friendly cleaner that can tackle virtually any household chore! Here are just a few ways they can make your home naturally sparkle:

  • lemon juice is great at absorbing stains on countertops
  • soak carpet stains for 20 minutes then rinse and blot
  • mix lemon juice with baking soda to create a scouring paste
  • heat a bowl of water with sliced lemons in the microwave for a few minutes before wiping it down

Lemons are an excellent alternative to toxic cleansers plus they’ll fill your home with a refreshing citrus scent!

A great tip for squeezing as much juice as possible from your lemons is to microwave them for 30 seconds, wait a minute, then cut and squeeze.

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Bank of Canada Raises Interest Rate in September 2017

Interest rate hikeBank of Canada increased the overnight interest rate target to 1 percent on September 6, 2017. The Bank Rate is thus adjusted to  1-1/4 percent and the deposit rate is 3/4 percent.

Stating that the Candian economics are strong and consumer spending remains robust, the interest rate increase was seen as warranted however individual segments will be monitored closely.

The press release from the Bank of Canada paints a strong economy on several fronts including a stable, lower inflation rate at about 2%, growing exports, a cooling housing market back to a manageable level, and continued solid income and employment growth.

Read the full Bank of Canada interest rate press release 


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City of Orillia Promotional Videos

I found these well done promotional videos on the City of Orillia downtown core. Note the excitement and plethora of activity. Orillia is certainly alive with events of every kind for the whole family to enjoy and actively participate in the fun. Orillia, or any of the surrounding townships, are a great place to live, work and play all year round.

Orillia, or any of the surrounding townships, are a great place to live, work and play. Let us show you what we see in this thriving region and why you should consider a move to this year round playground.

Just Contact Us and we will show you around!