It’s been a two-year search but Jon brought it all to fruition- we finally found our dream home location that checked all the boxes. Jon’s knowledge, expertise and unwavering diligence gave us confidence throughout the real estate process. We were constantly apprised of changes and updates and truly appreciated his communication style. Thanks, Jon!!!
Sue & Paul
"Jon Made it Happen for Us!"
Jon was tenacious in helping us find exactly the right cottage on Lake Muskoka. He patiently took us (and multiple family members) by car and his pontoon boat to see appropriate properties throughout the region and followed up with listing agents to get our questions answered. Once he alertly found the ideal place, he coached us through the offer, acceptance, inspection and closing process. We live in the States, so having Jon’s eyes, ears, and guidance on all aspects of this transaction was invaluable. He has a vast knowledge of the area and relevant government authorities. His list of well-qualified contacts (e.g., builders, lawyers, inspectors, caretakers, etc.) saved us many hours of searching. International real estate transactions are complex and having Jon as a partner throughout made things much easier for us. He is well-known and well-liked throughout the area; he’s a good guy with an easy laugh who keeps his cool no matter what. It was a pleasure working with Jon and we are pleased to recommend him without reservation.
Bruce and Sally
"GREAT JOB JON!!!"
What a great realtor!! Your friendly-going nature and incredible real estate knowledge coupled with the fact that no issue big or small was too much trouble to look after made the purchase of our new home purchase so easy. We have recommended Jon to a number of our friends. as a realtor who really cares about his clients.
Bill & Eileen Bartlett
"Already Recommended Him to Friends!"
The sign of a great realtor is that they won't push you into something you don't want. We had been actively looking for a cottage for over 6 months, only to be disappointed when we actually came to see several places through other agents. Jon listened to what we were looking for and had an excellent understanding of the values of cottages in the area we were looking. Before we actually saw a property, Jon personally would visit the property and gave us first-hand information that was not in the pictures or description, good and bad. Saved us a lot of travel time and aggravation. In the end, we found a place that was perfect for our family. Thanks, Jon
Nick & Lydia
Jon was very knowledgeable about the local lakes that we were interested in, as well as the special workings and considerations of buying a cottage. This translated into an accurate estimate of the current value as well as potential changes which could be made. Jon was very knowledgeable about the local lakes that we were interested in, as well as the special workings and considerations of buying a cottage. This translated into an accurate estimate of the current value as well as potential changes which could be made.
Doug & Mary
Jon was a great realtor for us – and I think his biggest assets are responsiveness and patience.
We had 3 small children along with us which made cottage viewing a little more 'eventful' than he is likely used to… but he was very patient and even rescued a forgotten toy bunny from one show, making our four-year-old very relieved!
Jon was always available, responsive and helpful… but never pushy. We enjoyed working with him. I'm fairly sure we wouldn't have bought or even seen this place without him… and we love it.
Eric & Margaret
Jon sold 2 houses for us. He has been an invaluable wealth of knowledge through the process. Always polite and fast to respond. Excellent service.
Laura & Andrew
"We Couldn't Have Done It Without Jon!"
Jon was a pleasure to work with. He was always professional, extremely knowledgeable, and available whenever we needed him. Jon took the time to get to know us and our specific requirements for the perfect cottage on the perfect lake. After looking at many properties together, Jon called us one evening and said that he found exactly what we had been looking for. The next day the three of us visited the property and as soon as we walked through the door we knew it was the one! We purchased it the same day, and now we're looking forward to enjoying the cottage we had dreamt about for so many years. We couldn't have done it without all of Jon's hard work and perseverance. We'll definitely miss working with Jon!
Terry & Eric
"Jon met and exceeded our expectations!!"
My husband and I contacted Jon when we started our journey to find a cottage in the Gravenhurst area. We described what we wanted and our budget. It became clear that we wanted more than what our budget afforded. He was patient and walked us through several properties, ones within our budget and ones above. The last one he walked us through was within it but the one we liked the least…at first!!!
That was until, Jon came up with some quick conceptual cosmetic upgrades, sourced a local contractor and even provided an estimate of costs. We did it, bought it, and cleaned it up. We're now working on the lakefront decks (just finalized the permit), which he also assisted by referring a terrific architect. Jon helped us understand the shoreline limitations and even ran to the City to obtain information for us.
I would have never bought the property we did, without Jon's arsenal of contacts, resources, information on the lake, surrounding areas, geography intel etc. We are so glad we did it. We bought it in the winter and will be on our deck enjoying it by May long weekend.
Debora & Tony
We are so happy we engaged Jon to sell our cottage this spring. After seeing Jon’s “sold signs” on our lake while other cottages remained listed we met with Jon last fall and knew we had found the right person for the job. Jon is knowledgeable about the lakes, cottage values and timing, very professional, and has a great network. Jon was an absolute pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Jon to both buyers and sellers.
Janice & Randy
"KNOWLEDGEABLE AND DILIGENT"
Jon is a great guy to work with. His knowledge is encyclopedic. From road allowances to septic system requirements to lot coverages Jon knows it all. If he doesn't have the answer to a question he digs until he does. I look forward to working with Jon in the future.
"Jon went above and beyond!"
We were looking for a place to call home in Muskoka, Jon listen to our needs and wants and found the PERFECT property. We are so happy with everything! Jon went above and beyond the normal to get us settled in our new home as quickly as possible. THANKS, JON for giving us our Muskoka Life!
"We were very satisfied!"
Jon had different ideas than other realtors about when and how much to list our home for. With his great ideas, we proved them wrong! We got our price and had a smooth transition! Thanks, Jon!
"I got my dream cottage"
Working with Jon to buy my dream cottage was amazing. I've been in Muskoka since the age of 5 when my family purchased property on Muldrew lake. When my family sold our cottage in the 90s, my goal was to somehow, someday return to Muldrew Lake.
This summer was my time to purchase, and Jon helped make it happen, even better than I could have imagined. Being so familiar with the lake, I had a very specific checklist. Jon found my dream on a Monday afternoon, it was better than I could have hoped, better Than any listing could have communicated, and Jon knew this...he knew it was for me.
The next morning my offer went in and by noon the deal was done!
Jon had done it, he found the cottage of my dreams that met all my criteria and then some!
After being an owner for 8 weeks, I have no regrets, and have Jon to thank for making my dreams come true, so much better than I could have hoped!
If you have a dream, I recommend sharing it with Jon and putting him to the challenge of making yours come true. He has the personal skills to understand your vision and the expertise to bring it to life.
"We couldn't be happier"
The decision to list and sell a property you love is always a difficult one. But when you do you need to work with someone that does the research and markets your property well. A friend highly recommended Jon so we called him. His vast knowledge of Muskoka, the lakes and the surrounding areas made us feel very confident that we were listing our property at the right price. The great photos and inclusion on the Muskoka Life Facebook page got things going very quickly. Our property sold quickly and we couldn't be happier with the whole process!
We would highly recommend Jon and his team of professionals any time!
Sharon & Bruce
"Jon is a great Realtor"
Jon is both knowledgeable and professional... (Jon has) familiarized himself with the local lakes and the surrounding geography, making him a valuable asset to any and all clients. Whether you are a client or a friend, I feel you can do no better than Jon Osborne.
I have and will continue to recommend Jon to everyone I know. He takes the time to know you as a person and consumer so that when he gives you his recommendations they are perfectly suited to you.