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Prices of some Sask. cabins increase as COVID-19 drives demand for recreation homes

a house with bushes in the background: The median price of cabins and lakehouses in the province has increased along with demand after COVID-19 complicated vacation plans elsewhere, according to the 2020 Royal LePage Winter Recreation Property Report.

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The median price of cabins and lakehouses in the province has increased along with demand after COVID-19 complicated vacation plans elsewhere, according to the 2020 Royal LePage Winter Recreation Property Report.

The pandemic might be pummelling the economy across Canada, but a new report says that it’s actually helping to  bolster part of Saskatchewan’s real estate market.

The average price of cabins and lake houses in the province have increased after COVID-19 complicated vacation plans elsewhere, the 2020 Royal LePage Winter Recreation Property Report says.

As a result, there’s been an increase in demand for vacation properties sought by locals who are hoping to get away while staying close to home.

The Canadian real estate company, which annually tracks and reports price variations of winter vacation homes across Canada, measured a 31.64 per cent price increase for single-family properties near Saskatchewan’s Emma Lake and Christopher Lake.

The prices jumped from an average price of $296,250 in 2019 to $390,000 in 2020 so far.

Meanwhile, waterfront property at the two lakes also saw a 6.34 per cent bump — average prices were up from $489,000 in 2019 to $520,000 in 2020.

“Saskatchewan’s recreational market is driven by its affordability,” Lou Doderai, a broker with Royal LePage Icon Realty, was quoted as saying in the press release that accompanied the report.

“Highway developments have reduced the drive from Saskatoon to one-and-a-half hours, which makes working remotely more possible for those who still have to go into the office a few days a week.”

Albertans buying lakeside, Royal LePage says

Saskatchewan’s western neighbours might also be contributing to increased demand, the report said.

According to Royal LePage, Albertans who are now working from home are snagging lakefront property in Saskatchewan — and working from there instead.

“With the increasing ability to work remotely, Saskatchewan’s lakeside communities are becoming more popular with Albertans who don’t mind the drive,” Doderai said.

For the time being, the trend might continue.

Royal LePage projects that the price of a recreational home in the prairies will increase by an additional four per cent next year.

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Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals Has Been Selected As A New Rental Manager For Homes & Villas By Marriott International

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Fort Myers, FL – November 19th, 2020 – Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals announced they have been selected by Homes and Villas by Marriott International as a new rental manager in SW Florida. Homes & Villas offers premium home rentals to their more than 140 million members in its travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.  These extraordinary, curated options are included among its 30 hotel brands and more than 12,000+ home rental properties.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International will feature the company’s properties in the Fort Myers/Sanibel market including many adjacent to the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. Additionally, members of Marriott Bonvoy will earn points for each stay and can use points towards their stay in Accord rentals.

‘We’re excited to be one of only a few property management companies in Southwest Florida chosen to be part of this amazing program. It really gives travelers the best of both worlds they can stick with a travel brand that they trust while getting the convenience and space of a larger unit, said Scott Lodde, president of Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. ‘Our properties have all been thoroughly vetted by the Homes & Villas’s trusted team to ensure the homes are up to Marriott’s standards of management, quality, design, safety and service.

Some of the hallmarks of Homes & Villas program and properties, which will be adopted by Accord include:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Consistent Safety Standards
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • Contactless check-in
  • Superior cleaning protocols
  • Premium bed linens and towels
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as highchairs and travel cribs

Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International marks Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space, now offering travelers access to 12,000+ premium and luxury homes located in over 225 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. This curated selection of homes aims to connect travelers to thousands of rental properties around the world and sets the stage for guests’ most treasured travel moments – home-cooked dinners with extended family, romantic getaways or celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary with family and friends.

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Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is a real estate and rental management company located in Fort Myers, Florida. They manage short-term vacation and seasonal rentals, many of which are located in the Marriott Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa. As a family-owned and operated business, Accord specializes in customer service, paying great attention to detail and maximizing the comfort of each of their guests.

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Marriott Executive Says Buyers Are Spending More Time Than Ever In Their Vacation Homes

Dana Jacobsohn, senior vice president of residential development at Marriott International, oversees all aspects of the branded residential units of Marriott International, including Ritz- Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Edition, Bulgari, JW Marriott, Marriott, St. Regis, W, Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Autograph, Tribute, and Le Meridien.

These types of hotel residences have continued to be popular all over the world since the start of the pandemic, with known brands proving to be safer bets for people during uncertain times, Ms. Jacobsohn said. And with people using their vacation homes more than ever before, many buyers who already own these branded residences are spending more time in them than they ever planned to.

We talked to the Maryland-based Ms. Jacobsohn about what’s on buyers’ wishlists, the importance of high-quality service, and more.

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Mansion Global: Do you think branded residences will fare better than others sectors in this downturn?

Dana Jacobsohn: There’s been an unprecedented impact on hotels. But we are still seeing steady interest return even in that sector.

The biggest surprise to me is that branded residences are more resilient than other types of real estate. My team is as busy, if not busier, than ever. Customers, more than ever, see the benefit of our brand. We’re also seeing strong velocity of sales. People have the desire to have another residence, and they’re not spending as much time on the road.

And buyers have also gotten very comfortable with virtual tours. They know that the projects are going to be extraordinarily high quality. Especially with brands like the St. Regis and the Ritz- Carlton.

The buyers know that our brands are professionally managed, and that makes the buying decision easier and makes them more confident.

The vast majority are buying second, third or fourth homes, but people are spending a lot more time in these homes. Now many of our owners are staying for months at a time.

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MG: How do you make sure that the residences properly pay homage to that brand?

DJ: Whether we have a co-located branded residence or a standalone property that doesn’t have a hotel component, either type of residence is completely aligned with the hotel brand standard. It’s not as if we have different sets of rules. The training is the same, and it feels the same whether you’re in a St. Regis hotel or residence. What may happen in a residence is the team members may know you better and your family better, and can offer an even higher level of service.

MG: Are the services the same as a hotel?

DJ: If you’re in a co-located, of course you’re getting access to all facilities and amenities—the spa, pool, and you can order in-room dining and get housekeeping services.

But the business model that we’ve also grown is the standalone business, with no co-located hotel. That’s one of the fastest growing

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NYC executives commuting to work by air from vacation homes

“Imagine if, when it got cold, all the birds started going north,” said Wiesenthal, chief executive officer of Blade Urban Air Mobility. “It made no sense.”

What he soon realized was this: well-heeled New Yorkers who fled the city aren’t committed to staying away. But they’re not ready to move back either. Schools are still largely online, and the cultural institutions and restaurants that give the city its buzz remain partially shuttered. That’s pushing even committed urbanites toward suburban retreats, with enough space to learn, work and play. But they still have apartments in the city, and offices are open—just enough reason to commute in now and again.

‘Bit different’


“I’m comfortable working in the city, I’m just not comfortable bringing my family and living here,” said Steven Klein, an executive at a real estate finance firm in Midtown. “I love New York, I grew up here, but the city right now is a little bit different.”

Klein’s wife and children, who are attending their Manhattan middle school online, are living in their East Hampton summer home at least through the end of the year. They have space there to hold after-school activities and meet with friends outdoors. Klein returns to his Upper East Side apartment for about three days a week, so he can work in-person at the office. He flies there and back on a seaplane or helicopter, a 35-minute trip that makes the East End of Long Island into a commutable suburb.

“A lot of the older guys got a little fed up with Zoom over the summer,” Klein said. “We want to set an example for the younger people who are comfortable going in, that we’re comfortable going back in.”

Urban dwellers seeking a suburban retreat have pushed sales and prices to records in places like Westchester County and the Hamptons in recent months. Even far-flung areas in Dutchess and Putnam counties have seen an increase in home sales. Some purchasers are leaving the city for good, but a majority are acquiring “primary second homes,” where they’ll live and work most of the time while still maintaining an urban residence, brokers say.

Junior employees

Among Blade’s flight clients—largely senior-level executives—80% already had a place outside the city prior to the pandemic, Wiesenthal said. The rest found one recently, including more junior employees who gave up leases in Manhattan but still occasionally commute in.

“We know people who were paying $3,500 a month for a studio apartment, now paying $1,200 sharing a house with two people in the Hudson Valley,” Wiesenthal said. “They’re renting things that are less expensive and that’s enabling them to fly.”

The exodus has created what Wiesenthal calls “synthetic suburbs” in areas not normally accessible for daily trips to the city. And he’s tweaked his offerings to accommodate the sudden interest in vacation home-to-office commuting. Last month, he started selling $965 monthly commuter passes between Manhattan and the Hamptons, which grant their users one-way flights for an additional $295 each. September’s 200 passes

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Who put greeting card writers in charge of decorating vacation homes? | Feature Story

While enjoying time away from home, the vacationer may experience brief moments of spatial disorientation when rising from peaceful slumber. Those moments are great because they allow one to relive a certain “I don’t have to go to work today” euphoria.

It’s getting harder to experience that sweet little reminder. Decorators of vacation homes have begun scattering cute little words and phrases all around so that when the eyes open, your location is spelled out.

“Beach” might be the most displayed word in coastal vacation spots these days. Just in case you might have fallen under the misapprehension that you’re someplace else.

I have not researched it, but I’m guessing that “Lake” has become a popular word to hang at properties bordering lakes. “River” likewise.

I’m at one of my favorite coastal locations, Florida’s Anna Maria Island. It’s slightly larger than quaint but is small enough to share a warm connection with locals. Chain restaurants are not allowed on the island — a rule that actually contributes as much as anything else to Anna Maria’s identity as a unique and wonderful place.

We were introduced to Anna Maria by some dear friends who read my column in the Sarasota and Bradenton newspapers. Married 65 years, John and Dot Ann passed away about three months apart in 2012. They lived most of their lives in nearby Bradenton and took us to Anna Maria during a visit in 2007.

During the first few vacation trips to the island, I would also spend time with John and Dot Ann. Each year when I come back, I still see them everywhere. The restaurants where we ate. The hardware store where John and I shopped for light bulbs. The beach where we sat under an umbrella discussing the treasures of life.

Everyone in my extended family has adopted Anna Maria as a home away from home. One of my sisters tries to rent the same house every time she comes with her family. Our family has never stayed in the same house twice. We like to experience new quarters each time, and we’ve never been disappointed.

I’m here this week with my mother and brother. We’re in one of the great little ranch houses that are part of the oldest neighborhoods on the island. I have no complaints about the house, just the decorative words.

I don’t need cute words and phrases like “The ocean is calling your name” or “I need some vitamin sea” to remind me that I’m on vacation. So on the second day, I gathered them all up and stuck them in a remote corner of the house.

Several days later, I still know exactly where I am and why I’m here.

Using words to decorate is not unique to vacation spots. I’ve been in homes where the word “Kitchen” was displayed in a room where a stove, refrigerator, sink and food also just happened to be.

Words on walls is a decorating trend that will soon be erased, I feel

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Richmond-based developer is planning a $25 million-plus project in Colonial Beach with town homes, condos and a hotel | Business News

For the entire project, Dodson said “we are gathering input in what it can be and should be. We promise to continue these conversations, listen and learn, and move forward responsibly in a manner that benefits the town and provides residents and visitors alike with valuable new real estate.”

Dodson stressed that the architectural style of his developments will pay homage to the town’s history.

“One of the reasons we went with Dodson is that he appropriately wants to keep the Chesapeake Bay authentic look. He wants to keep the character and charm of the town. He’s trying to take his new development and fuse it with the architecture in this area,” said Quinn Robertson, who has been Colonial Beach’s town manager for nearly three years.

In addition to buying the parcels for $2.7 million, Dodson Development will donate a total of $20,000 over each phase of the project ($5,000 per phase) for continued historic preservation, tourism promotion, and town beautification.

The deal to sell the 12 parcels to Dodson clears the way for the largest redevelopment project in Colonial Beach in decades, Robertson said.

“Our real estate market has gone through the roof,” he said. “Colonial Beach is a hidden gem.”

Robertson and Dodson began discussing the idea of the redevelopment project earlier this year after Town Council voted to list the properties for sale. The town hired Richmond-based Motleys Asset Disposition Group’s SVN/Motleys commercial real estate team to market the properties.

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Kids can make gnome homes from recycled materials following this lesson from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Departement

Here is a fun way to create a fairy tale world filled with castles and gnome homes built from recyclables. This project is adapted from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s “Quick Crafts Cardboard Castles and Gnome Homes” lesson taught by educator David Jimenez in a video on the City of San Antonio YouTube channel.

Ingrid Wilgen

What you need

Hot glue, tape, white glue, scissors, construction paper, cardboard scraps, markers, pencils, cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel or wrapping npaper rolls, recycled disposable cups, bowls and plates.

What to do

First, play around with the recycled materials, stacking bowls on cups or cups on tubes, to discover shapes that will work for your gnome home and castle construction. Let your imagination soar by combining materials to create new shapes.

A small disposable bowl glued to the top of a paper cup, for example, becomes a mushroom-shaped gnome home.

You also can create cones from construction paper to make a pointed roof for a toilet paper tube tower.

Place a a small bowl with the rim facing down onto a piece of construction paper and trace a circle around the bowl with a pencil. Once done, cut the shape out. Try making circles with different diameters, using bowls and cups of various sizes.

Using a ruler, draw a line across the center of the paper circle. Measure the length of the line. Divide the resulting number by two. Using a pencil, mark the halfway point determined by your calculation with a dot. Cut along the line, stopping at the dot.

Next, overlap the cut edges of the circle to form a cone shape. Use glue or tape to secure the shape. Place the cone on top of a disposable cup or cardboard toilet paper tube to create a gnome home.

Now it’s time to create a castle. You’ll need cardboard and cardboard tubes to make the walls — make sure that the tubes are taller than the cardboard you are using to make the walls.

Cut four rectangular walls of equal height out of cardboard (walls opposite each other should be the same length, too.) Castle walls often have a pattern of rectangular notches across the top, where archers can fire their arrows; add those, too, if you want.

You can join the walls using four paper towel tubes. Starting at the bottom, cut two slits in each tube 90 degrees apart that are the same length as the castle walls’ height.

Using four paper towel rolls, cut a single slit from the bottom to the top of each roll up to the castle walls’ height. Slide the tubes onto the castles’ four corners using the slits you cut.

Make as many structures as you want to complete your vision. Using hot glue is the fastest way to see your creation come to life, but if you don’t mind the drying time, white glue also gets the job done. When the glue is dry, use markers to decorate your

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SkyRun Vacation Rentals – Park City & Deer Valley Now Offers Luxury and Premium Rental Properties on Homes & Villas by Marriott International

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SkyRun Vacation Rentals today announced that select rental properties in Park City and Deer Valley, Utah are now available on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. The premium home rental offering provides guests, including more than 140 million members of its travel program Marriott Bonvoy, extraordinary options to choose from when booking travel from among its 30 hotel brands and more than 10,000 home rental properties.

Luck Star at Belle Arbor - SkyRun Deer Valley, Utah

These new homes are situated in former mining town Park City, which is nestled in the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City, and luxurious Deer Valley, which is known for its famous corduroy groomed slopes, fine dining restaurants, and shopping at swanky Main Street.  The homes feature luxury living spaces, exceptional views, and sought-after locations for visitors.

Before being added to the Homes & Villas by Marriott International portfolio, SkyRun Vacation Rentals’ properties were audited and reviewed by Marriott International to meet the company’s high standards for regulation, design and amenities.

Barry Cox, Co-Founder and CEO of SkyRun, says “we couldn’t be happier to have our homes selected by Marriott International. We share Marriott’s vision for what guests expect in luxury stays and look forward to adding our homes in our 30 other locations by the end of the year.” Michael LeClerc, Owner of SkyRun’s Park City/Deer Valley location, adds “providing our luxury homes to Marriott’s Bonvoy members is a real differentiator in this area.”

Hallmarks of Homes & Villas by Marriott service, which will be adopted by SkyRun Vacation Rentals include:

  • Professionally designed interior and exterior spaces
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Premium bed linens and towels
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as high chairs and travel cribs

Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International marks Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space, now offering travelers access to more than 10,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 200 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. This curated selection of homes aims to connect travelers to thousands of rental properties around the world and sets the stage for guests’ most treasured travel moments – home-cooked dinners with extended family, lawn games in the backyard or celebrating a milestone birthday with family and friends.

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Since 2014, SkyRun Vacation Rentals – Park City & Deer Valley (https://www.parkcity.skyrun.com/), has provided new and better ways for second-home owners to get the most out of their investment properties and for guests to get the most out of their vacation experiences. Please contact the Marketing Department ([email protected]) for media support.

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Vacation Homes Help Fuel Existing Sales Surge

Existing home sales rose again in
September and are now blowing the doors off last year’s numbers. The National
Association of Realtors® says sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums,
and co-ops, rose 9.4 percent from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate
of 6.54 million units in September. After four straight months of increasing
sales, the seasonally adjusted rate is now 20.9 percent higher than in
September 2019.

Single-family home sales rose 9.7
percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.87 units and are
now 21.8 percent higher than a year earlier. Existing condominiums and co-ops
sold at annual rate of 670,000 units, increasing 6.3 percent and 13.6 percent
from the two earlier periods.

Analysts had expected sales to
remain on a winning streak but were looking for an annual rate of 6.2 million
sales. Forecasts of those polled by Econoday ranged from 5.8 million to
6.4 million units, all falling short of the actual number.

“Home sales traditionally taper off
toward the end of the year, but in September they surged beyond what we
normally see during this season,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “I
would attribute this jump to record-low interest rates and an abundance of
buyers in the marketplace, including buyers of vacation homes given the greater
flexibility to work from home.”

The median existing-home price for all housing
types in September was $311,800, up 14.8 percent from the September 2019 median
of $271,500, marking 103 straight months of year-over-year gains. The median
existing single-family home price was $316,200, a 15.2 percent annual gain, and
the median existing condo price was $272,700, up 9.9 percent.

There were 1.47 million available homes for sale at the end of September, 1.3
percent fewer than in August and down 19.2 percent from the 1.82 million
stockpile a year ago
.  The unsold
inventory is estimated at a 2.7-month supply at the current sales pace, down
from 3.0 months in August and 4.0-months in September 2019. A six-month supply
has traditionally been cited by NAR as a balanced market.

“There is no shortage of hopeful,
potential buyers, but inventory is historically low,” Yun said. “To their
credit, we have seen some homebuilders move to ramp up supply, but a need for
even more production still exists.”

Sales in vacation
destination counties have seen a strong acceleration since July, with a 34
percent year-over-year gain in September. Yun says, “The uncertainty about when
the pandemic will end coupled with the ability to work from home appears to
have boosted sales in summer resort regions, including Lake Tahoe, mid-Atlantic
beaches (Rehoboth Beach, Myrtle Beach), and the Jersey shore areas. Additionally, a recent NAR study
confirms that many Americans continue to seek new living situations
due to the pandemic.

Properties typically remained on the market for
21 days in September – an all-time low – seasonally down from 22 days in August
and from 32 days in September 2019. Seventy-one percent of homes sold in September 2020 were on the

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Hotel stays help dozens experiencing homelessness find more permanent homes

Not too long ago, Marvin Oglesby spent his days searching for life’s essentials, and worrying.

“Worried if I have food, worried about other people living on the street, worried if I will make it to the next day or through the night,” he said.

A man in a checkered shirt takes a selfie.

Marvin Oglesby.

Courtesy of Marvin Oglesby

Oglesby lacked a stable place to live for three years. But last month, he moved into a duplex of his own. He credits this transition to having his own private room in a hotel.

“It gave me a foundation to stand on that and look for something more,” said Oglesby. “From the shelter to the hotel, that was the difference.”

In March, Hennepin County moved people, especially those most vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19, from congregate shelters into private rooms in five hotels. The plan was to reduce crowding and protect people most at risk.

There was another benefit.

According to officials working to end homelessness in Hennepin County, 56 people have moved into permanent housing since the start of the hotel efforts.

Housing can help people experiencing homelessness, especially those struggling with mental health issues like depression or anxiety, achieve stability, which is key to their well-being.

Michael Huffman, director of outreach and shelter at St. Stephen’s Human Services in Minneapolis, said hotels help people over shelters in other ways.

“They have 24-hour access to that space so that means that people who maybe were asked to leave during the day under normal circumstances are now able to pick up a third-shift job and work overnight,” Huffman said.

Oglesby said he felt a sense of agency at the hotel. “Staying at the hotel gave me independence so to speak, to see how I would live by myself.”

The “high-risk” hotels in Hennepin County each day housed 540 seniors and people especially vulnerable to COVID-19 who might otherwise depend on shelters or sleep outside.

There also are “isolation” hotels for people who may have the coronavirus or have tested positive. In total, there have been more than 1,400 occupants in what the county calls “protective and isolation” housing since March, according to data released earlier this month.

The hotels have also made it easier for social workers to connect with their clients.

Mohamed Sheikh was Oglesby’s social worker. He said social workers are able to provide consistent care because they know exactly where their clients are.

“The hotel presented an opportunity because they were able to stabilize their mental health, meet their physical health needs, and meet their social needs,” Sheikh said.

This week the Hennepin County Board approved spending $13.3 million in federal CARES Act funds to buy a hotel to provide more than 100 rooms for those at high risk of serious side effects from COVID-19. The aim is to have it open by the end of the year, and continue to offer support services. The board already had designated $3.6 million to purchase other facilities with around 160 units to house people with underlying health

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