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The Cottage Ownership Guide

How to Buy, Sell, Rent, Share, Hand Down & Retire to Your Waterfront Getaway

The Cottage Ownership Guide    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-9696922-6-9
Pages 256
Language English only
Price on sale $22.95 (reduced from $29.95)
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Written by Douglas Hunter.
Published by Cottage Life Books, 2006. Softcover edition published 2009.


How to find – and finance – the dream waterfront retreat!

The demand for waterfront getaways has never been stronger. Whether as a first-time buyer or a long-time owner moving to a different stage of life, The Cottage Ownership Guide will help readers make the most of their investment. It's packed with solid, easy-to-understand advice that will smooth the financial aspects of ownership – from finding and buying the perfect cottage to selling it or handing it down to the next generation. Hundreds of expert tips (and cautions), sample documents, and comprehensive checklists will help minimize unhappy surprises and maximize enjoyment of the cottage.
Author Douglas Hunter has done the homework, identifying potential problems and offering tried-and-true solutions:
  • How to choose the right lake or river
  • Finding the perfect property to match lifestyle
  • Acquiring the right real estate agent
  • How to inspect a vacation property
  • Cottage surveys
  • Financing the purchase
  • Co-ownership arrangements, including fractional ownership and time shares
  • Strategies for minimizing taxation in the U.S. and Canada
  • Trouble-free rentals
  • Boosting market appeal when trading up or selling
  • How to structure a cottage inheritance to reduce taxes — and family disputes
  • Retiring or relocating full-time to the cottage.
Douglas Hunter has written widely on business, sports, and outdoor pursuits for publications ranging from Cottage Life magazine to The Globe and Mail. He is the author of thirteen books. Hunter lives on Georgian Bay near Port McNicoll in the heart of Ontario's cottage country.

The Cottage Ownership Guide is the essential book for every cottage buyer and every cottage owner.

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