Gairdner Award Winners for Outstanding Sales Achievement: 2018, 2019
We constantly research the market and Muskoka luxury real estate values so your property is priced effectively from day one. If you're looking at Muskoka real estate and have questions, please give us a call at (705) 765-1555. We'd be happy to share our knowledge about buying and selling cottages in Muskoka and the surrounding areas. We believe buying or selling a cottage is first and foremost about people. Our goal is to bring our clients' satisfaction and success using the latest technology, marketing tools and research. To us, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client fall in love with their new cottage.
Gord is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate.
Before becoming involved in Muskoka real estate, Gord was a senior executive at several companies in Toronto including Internet startup Netcom Canada, Bell New Ventures and AT&T.
While working in Toronto and Windsor, Gord obtained his private pilot's license so he could commute back and forth to Muskoka in his Cessna amphibious aircraft. Gord's aviation training includes night rating, float rating and IFR (instrument flight rating). Gord recently received his Transport Canada Drone Pilot Certificate. Gord brings the attention to detail that he learned in aviation to real estate.
Muskoka Real Estate Expertise
In 1988 Gord built his first cottage on Lake Manitouwabing. In 1999 he purchased a cottage on spectacular Kennedy Point on Lake Muskoka and developed the property with extensive landscaping and the construction of a boathouse. Through his experience in multiple Muskoka building projects, Gord personally understands the perspective of his clients who are either buying Muskoka real estate, selling their cottage or building a new cottage in Muskoka. Gord and his family, including some beloved German Shorthaired Pointers, have been fortunate to live on and experience first hand the beauty of Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Muskoka.
Gord holds memberships at both Oviinbyrd Golf Club and Port Carling Golf & Country Club.
Tracy is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.
Tracy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Tracy attended the University of Toronto downtown campus at University College and earned her undergraduate and master's degree.
Before entering real estate, Tracy worked in communications, marketing, sales force automation, and project management in the telecommunications sector in downtown Toronto.
Tracy believes in an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and personalized service. Her experience in staging cottages, marketing, and interior design are all applied to providing the finest service available to her clients.
Tracy can make your transition when selling a cottage seamless from start to finish by providing access to contractors, interior design professionals, landscapers, movers, and storage facilities.
Tracy is a member at Oviinbyrd Golf Club and Port Carling Golf & Country Club.
Julie is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.
With over 15 years' of experience selling both residential and cottage properties, Julie's passion for Muskoka keeps growing.
Julie lives the Muskoka dream that many people wish for! Over 30 years ago, Julie and her husband Ed and their four sons moved to Muskoka. After years of renting cottages across the Muskoka and Parry Sound/Georgian Bay areas with their growing family, they were fortunate to be able to make the move for her husband’s new job.
Julie understands first-hand both the stresses and thrills of finding that special new home or vacation property.
In the summer of 2014, when her boys were grown and had finished their post-secondary education, Julie and Ed bought their dream cottage on an island on Georgian Bay. Years later, they have turned that dream into their own little piece of paradise where their family gathers for precious quality time together every spring, summer, and fall.
Julie's mission is to show her clients that the Muskoka lifestyle is attainable and that she can turn their dreams into reality. According to Julie, "it’s that pinch-me moment when clients find the special place they never thought they’d find; when they realize their dreams are actually within reach."
Don is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.
Don has been actively listing and selling cottage properties in the Muskoka Lakes region for close to 3 decades. However, real estate is not Don’s first successful career. Previously, his business and economics background served him well in his capacity as a senior economic advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance for over 10 years. In 1989, Don and his family moved north to Muskoka where he had previously cottaged all of his life. Don began his new career as a Royal LePage agent with the flagship office in Port Carling, servicing Lakes Joseph, Rosseau and Muskoka and the smaller surrounding lakes. Don specializes in all types of waterfront properties across all price ranges and has been trusted with the marketing of some of Muskoka’s finest luxury estates, including the precedent-setting sale of an 11.7 million dollar listing in 2015.
Over the years, Don has become one of the most successful, respected and trusted agents in the area, giving rise to a large, loyal following of satisfied sellers and buyers.
Don understands that buying or selling Muskoka waterfront is both complicated and involved. His primary goal is to provide his clients with the advice and guidance needed to put them at ease with this challenging process.
- Vast knowledge base acquired through 28 years of trading in Muskoka real estate.
- Extensive experience and superior negotiating skills resulting in close to 500 million dollars’ worth of lakefront property sold.
- Strong work ethic: perennial top producer and multi-time Chairman’s Club member reserved for the top 1% nationally out of 15,000 Royal LePage agents.
- Proven track record and long standing sales achievement: recipient of the Royal LePage Award of Excellence – Lifetime Member.
- Muskoka Lakes waterfront expert; Selected spokesperson for the Muskoka Region of the annual Royal LePage National Recreational Property Report.
Jacqueline is a licensed real estate broker with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.
For Jacqueline, the move to a career in real estate was almost inevitable. Raised by two successful Realtors on the shores of Lake Muskoka and as a third generation Muskoka cottager/resident, Jacqueline always had a keen interest in the cottage real estate market.
Armed with the support of exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable mentors, Jacqueline thoroughly enjoys working with buyer and seller clients alike. Clients appreciate Jacqueline tireless work ethic, energetic positivity, and unwavering integrity. Jacqueline is wholly dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and attention, recognizing that Muskoka properties not only represent the ultimate summer lifestyle but also a significant investment opportunity.
Jacqueline shares the Team’s commitment to helping people realize their cottage dreams and goes above and beyond to ensure that each client’s experience with the Team is as fantastic as the properties we sell.
- Benefit of an award-winning team’s combined 40+ years of experience, proven marketing strategies, negotiation techniques, and success in client service.
- Master of Public Health Degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) Degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Graduated summa cum laude.
- Extensive local knowledge of Muskoka and the recreational property market.
- Detail-oriented and strong research abilities help ensure a smooth transaction and minimal stress for the client.
Our customers are discerning individuals who expect nothing but the best.
We specialize in premium real estate service and luxury properties in Muskoka.
We offer a refreshing difference in our marketing approach.
--- Multi-year recipients of Johnston & Daniel’s prestigious awards for outstanding sales achievement ---
We are so fortunate to have had Tracy & Gord as agents to sell our Muskoka island property. Their modern, hi-tech approach was instrumental in getting the right market exposure that led to a very quick sell above our asking price. Tracy & Gord are truly professionals, so easy to work with and very down to earth. Most notably, their efforts far surpassed both our expectations and their responsibilities. Evident passion for what they do, complemented by their skills with hi-tech and talents in negotiations, make Tracy & Gord an ideal team to work with whether buying or selling a property. You simply won’t find better realtors anywhere!Eric & Lyne P.
To say that Gord & Tracy go the extra mile would be a vast understatement. They are friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and always made themselves available to answer questions and view listings. Their knowledge of the cottage market in general, and Muskoka real estate in particular was a valuable resource. We truly believe that they were not just interested in making "a sale", but were genuinely interested in finding the right fit for our family. We could not give them a higher recommendation.Geoff & Jill M.
Gord and Tracy were much more than just agents for us, they were an invaluable resource and trusted advisers. In the purchase of our first ever cottage they understood our needs and limitations and offered us real advice on where would get the most enjoyment, the best value, and always went the extra mile to make sure we were happy and set up for success - very responsive even to all our questions after closing... And, more than just business agents they are lovely people and a pleasure to spend time with, people we trust and are glad we did so. We called them because of a Gord Waites billboard and now that we're in our cottage we feel very happy that we did as we drive past one of those billboards every time on the final part of our drive up. Thank you Gord and TracyRichard & Katey W.
We decided to buy a cottage in Huntsville to get away from the city from time to time. Julie was so patient and helpful every step of the way. And fun to work with! She quickly made appointments for us to see properties and kept on top of every detail like a true professional. After looking at several properties in and around Huntsville, we found our perfect cottage in Port Sydney. We loved the house and location so much that we moved up here last year! We were so impressed with Julie’s knowledge of the area and the way she looked after us that we recommended her to some friends who also bought a cottage in Muskoka. You know when you meet and work with Julie that she is passionate about real estate and finding people their perfect cottage or home. She has the kind of dedication needed to really give people what they are looking for, and she works tirelessly until it happens. I would recommend Julie Schnurr to look after all of your real estate needs. She's a pleasure to work with and she gets the job done!Sheldon and Kelly
We are happy to share our wonderful experience with Julie. We wanted to check out the Muskoka market and happened to fall in love with the second place we saw. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there but had to sell due to family obligations. When the time came, we knew Julie would be the one for us. We remembered her being easy to talk to, accessible and efficient, which she certainly was again. She answered all our questions promptly and kept us informed. She helped us set an asking price that was fair to us and brought a lot of interest to the property. We quickly received multiple showings and offers for which Julie quickly gave us feedback and advice. The property sold quickly. We were very thankful and all parties were very happy. Thanks again Julie for being there for us!Greg and Isabelle M.
I would like to send on to you a few thoughts regarding my 'adventure' into the high paced world of real estate. Needless to say, the whole experience was stressful and yet exciting! Julie showed me a number of homes and was VERY patient. As I said to her a number of times, "I don't think I'm fussy, but I do know what I want.” After looking at these homes, we returned to one that we had looked at previously. After taking a second look, Julie and I realized that all it really needed was a little paint and new rugs. Julie really has a great eye for decorating and gave me a few suggestions. The offer went in! A home inspection confirmed that it was well built and maintained. The offer was accepted. I was thrilled! My brother sits on the porch or back deck with his paper and coffee and says, "That real estate agent of yours is a gem. Tell her that for me. I love this house!"
Thanks, Julie! You did a great job!Mary J.
Your service was amazing from beginning to end. I was shocked at how easy you made it for us. You were 100% there for us from the cleaning up, prepping, storing items, showing, and even taking the items away from the storage unit for us that we weren't keeping. It was more than we expected! The sale went quickly and smoothly, and you were very easy and thoughtful to deal with. I would highly recommend you and Tracy without hesitation.
Suzanne & Michael M.
Thanks for all your help - the sale, the purchase, the storage, and the great advice and guidance. Gord managed the sale of our beloved lakeside cottage with care, maximizing the appeal and outcome to our advantage. At the same time we were selling in 2019, Gord and Tracy also helped us find our dream cottage on Lake Muskoka, taking time to understand our needs and then finding the right fit for the next chapter for our family. The complexities around both transactions were handled with expertise, honesty, and unflappable calm. Gord and Tracy are an outstanding team, and we would recommend them without reservation for anyone looking to sell or purchase in cottage country.George & Elizabeth H.
I was fortunate to have met Gord Waites when I was starting a search for a waterfront home. Gord and his partner Tracy Tennant were incredibly helpful in myriad ways that I hadn't anticipated. When I found the perfect home, they helped me get my condo ready to sell, and spent a great deal of unexpected time and energy staging it and helping me plan my move. The condo sale went well and Gord was there through all of it giving me encouragement and advice. I felt incredibly lucky to have met Gord and Tracy. I will definitely call them again if I am buying or selling real estate, and I have no difficulty recommending them to anyone. Gord is a fantastic professional as is Tracy and I think they provide exceptional service, for which I'm grateful!Leslie F.
Gord and Tracy helped make our search and purchase of a new cottage an easy and smooth transition. From being available and flexible to view different properties, helping us put in a competitive offer and walking us through the process and the paperwork. Gord and Tracy went above and beyond to ensure our property was move in ready and that all the particulars were in order. We are very happy with the time, care and knowledge Gord and Tracy shared for our first cottage purchasing experience.Angella M.
Michelle and I were very lucky to have aligned with Gord and Tracy in our search for a Muskoka lakefront property. Based on their extensive knowledge of the area and our specific needs, they narrowed down our search to a four-season cottage that ticked all the boxes. Their level of service is top-notch and goes well beyond the closing date in everything from local knowledge of building codes to the provision of referrals for trades, we have not gone wrong with their advice. We have dealt with a number of real estate agents over the years and this is the first time that we have really felt compelled to provide a review based on Gord and Tracy's personal, friendly approach, high level of service and professionalism. Thanks again for all your help.Michelle & Graham W.
Our dream cottage has been found! It all started in January 2016. We looked at about 15 properties through the winter months. Lots of snow and ice, with some slips and falls walking through three feet of snow. With all those properties, we were a little surprised. Nothing was really catching our attention. One day Julie advised us that she had recently taken a client to a property on Three Mile Lake in Burk's Falls. They didn’t think it was a good fit for them, but after looking up the property on MLS, we decided to go have a look. Sure enough, it was the one for us! We closed in May 2016 and have enjoyed our beautiful lakefront property ever since! Julie spent countless months on our adventure, through texts and phone calls she was always there! Julie helped us tremendously through everything, and we even gained a great friend through it all. We welcomed her to our new cottage with open arms.Joe and Anna T.
We finally found our forever home in Beautiful Muskoka. Thank you Gord and Tracy for all your professional help and your over and above generosity with the whole process.Mark & Louise P.
Congratulations on your award, in our opinion, it is a truly well deserved honour for you and people like ourselves to be associated with you. Thank you for your assistance and support during and following our purchase. Your knowledge and contacts in the service industry have been really beneficial to us all. Thank you again and we will certainly give your name to family, friends and anyone we meet who are looking to be represented by Real Estate Agents who are true professionals!!Norm & Debbie Y.
Rainer and I were so blessed to have met Gord and Tracy in our search for a real estate agent for the sale of our cherished Muskoka waterfront home! After 25 years of fulltime living on beautiful Kapikog Lake it was regrettably time for a lifestyle change. We could not have selected a better duo to help us through our challenging transition. Gord and Tracy were understanding, caring and helpful in making our listing as successful as it was. They went above and beyond to help us. Their extensive expertise and utilization of technology was a definite asset in the positive outcome of our sale. Their professionalism, sincerity, and consideration of our interests and needs were more like those of caring family than real estate agents. We cannot recommend Gord and Tracy enough!Carol & Rainer C.
Gord and Tracy helped us to sell an old family cottage in 2018, and then to buy a new cottage before the year was out. I was impressed by the work Gord and Tracy did to stage our cottage for sale. They identified numerous ways to improve the overall appearance, including minor repairs and storage of clutter at their own expense. The price established for the listing generated a lot of interest and some competing offers. I think the marketing was bang on. We will seek Gord and Tracy’s assistance for any future real estate needs in the Muskoka and adjoining areas.Al & Patty B.
My wife and I have been looking for that perfect summer cottage getaway for our family for almost 3 summers now. Gord and Tracy have been by our sides providing outstanding advice and service throughout very selective process and journey. This summer we struck gold recently purchasing and closing on our own little piece of paradise in Muskoka. I am a mortgage lender and broker for over 30 years and have dealt with hundreds of realtors over my career. However, none are quite as exceptional and knowledgeable as Gord and Tracy. We received extremely valuable advice and direction on what property was over priced or in a poor location due to such factors as consistent low water levels and other factors effecting boating and/or accessibility. Gord provided key information regarding heating, insulation, construction, and water frontage and so many concerns that come up that only a highly experienced realtor with local Muskoka knowledge could provide. If you are looking for outstanding service, from a knowledgeable, real-estate team in Muskoka, look no further. Gord and Tracy are the greatest!David and Penny M.
We have recently purchased our diamond in the ruff retirement home on the lovely Muskoka River. Gord was wonderful to work with! We received ongoing support throughout our search (which took over 1 year, with lots of questions). He was patient and warm to deal with. What took the experience over the top was the follow up on our purchase, ensuring we settled in and if there was anything further he can assist with. We can't speak highly enough of Gord to our friends and family.Lucy & Carlos O.
Gord and Tracy were fantastic throughout the whole process. They were able to identify the demands within our area and suggest a suitable date to list. Because they have lived and worked in the Muskoka area for years they really understand the market and timing. They thoroughly inspected our home to point out all of the upgrades and important features in order to accurately provide a listing price. They were extremely helpful in the setup/staging suggestions for our property in order to attract the maximum number of potential buyers. The pictures for the listing were done by a professional photographer and the glossy brochure they provided for prospective purchasers helped to showcase the features of the cottage. They held an agent open house before the property went on MLS to help drive interest. We had several showings on the first two days of the listing and received a full price offer on the second day. Gord and Tracy provided us with support through the entire transaction to ensure the sale closed on time and hassle-free. They were even able to find us our next property to purchase. Highly recommended!!Brian & Karen W.