Barrie Real Estate Agents to help me sell my house. The Hocking Homes Team at Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage.


The Hocking Homes Team at Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage will help you list your home and sell it fast for top market value in the Barrie Real Estate Market.

If you’ve been tossing around the idea of putting your home on the market or buying a new home, now is a great time to do so. The Canadian housing market is still considered “balanced.” For buyers this means that homes are still affordable and interest rates are low. For sellers this means that home values remain stable and are increasing in many areas.

Find Your Dream Home

The information we’re sending this month gives you an overview of the top reasons for buying and selling now. While page one outlines three reasons to buy, page two offers three great reasons to sell.

We’re always available to answer any questions you have about our local real estate market. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home or buying a new one, please contact us. And if you have family or friends who are thinking of buying or selling, we would love to help them as well.

Selling your Barrie Home

Everyone knows how kind and friendly Barrie neighbours can be. There are also, however, neighbours that can be quite a problem. Perhaps the neighbours are fond of keeping junk piled up on their front lawn and around every single available space they have. Whatever the case may be, always realize that neighbours can and most definitely will have an either positive or negative effect on potential homebuyers. Here is some info that you should keep in mind if you are thinking about selling your Barrie home when your neighbours are less than ideal.

 


 

 

Dealing with problem neighbours

 

Dealing with the problem means coming face to face with the neighbours. Always be kind and respectful as they do live nearby and are quite capable of making your life worse. When a problem arises with a neighbour, try to see things from their perspective and work things out.

 

Very often issues that could have been resolved quietly and peacefully develop into large fights that go back and forth simply because one person decided to be rude. Even if emotions are flying high and the neighbour’s dog dropped a surprise on the front lawn once again, take a minute to collect your thoughts and feelings before approaching the source of the problem.

 

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Looking for a new home in a family friendly neighbourhood? Check out these newly listed homes in Barrie’s Leititia Heights, located just a stones throw from the newly proposed Lampman Park Renovation!

For Sale in Letitia Heights

 

 

 

 

 

 

This meticulously maintained 3+1 bed, 2 bath Barrie bungalow features many updates throughout. New laminate floors on main floor, updated main bath with unique solar tube lighting system providing natural light and fresh paint. The spacious eat in kitchen with ample cabinet space & large pantry is open to the nice sized large living/dining room area features a bright bay window, ideal for hosting family get togethers. The finished basement offers a cozy rec room, 4th bedroom and 3 pc bath with walk-in shower and laundry. The exterior offers a large deck and garden shed, unistone front porch & walkway, and large double car garage. This immaculate bungalow in Letitia Heights is ready to move in, just pack your bags! For more information on this property, please visit our website www.HockingHomes.com and enter the ID# 97162.

 

Just Listed in Letitia Heights, Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also located in Letitia Heights you will find this well maintained 3 bed, 1 and a 1/2 bath townhouse which features many updates throughout including newer laminate on the main floor, upper bedrooms and basement rec room. The bright eat in kitchen with newer cabinets and counter top offers a walk out to the private rear yard backing onto a treed ravine.  The second floor offers 3 nice sized bedrooms, and a 3 pc family bath. The fully finished walk out basement offers a large rec room and 2 pc bath. Combined with neutral decor throughout and its convenient location, this would make an ideal family home with loads of space for a growing family. For more information on this property, please visit our website www.HockingHomes.com and enter the ID# 97223.

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Located on Large Lot for Sale in Alliston

3 bedroom bungalow for sale in Alliston

 

 

 

 

 

Situated on a spacious lot, facing an open farmers field, you will find this 3 bed, 1 bath bungalow with loads of potential in Alliston. Featuring many updates throughout including new kitchen cabinets, laminate flooring and a renovated main floor bath. The spacious living room features a cozy wood burning fireplace and  Offering an oversized detached double car garage and ample parking space. This property is being sold “as is” with no representations or warranties. For more information on this property, please visit our website www.HockingHomes.com and enter the ID# 93645

 The Bank of Canada announced on October 23rd 2013 that it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1 per cent. It has been at this level since September 2010.

The biggest change from previous statements was that it no longer hinted that the next move will be a rate hike. Instead, the Bank defended its decision not to cut rates amid persistently low inflation.

The Bank said it does not want to risk reversing the current “gradual unwinding of household imbalances” and slowdown in household debt growth. In other words, the housing market is well behaved right now and the Bank wants to keep it that way.

The Bank said global growth had become “less favourable” for Canada. This is a reference to the slow pace of economic recovery and increased uncertainty in the United States, which is resulting in weaker than expected Canadian export growth and business investment.

Accordingly, the Bank has lowered its projections for Canadian economic growth this year and in each of the next two years.

The Bank now expects economic growth of 1.6 per cent in 2013, down from the 1.8 per cent projected back in July. Growth is expected to pick up to 2.3 per cent in 2014, which is down from a 2.7 per cent projection in July, and edge up further to 2.6 per cent in 2015, also down from 2.7 per cent in July.

The Bank now expects that inflation will not return to its 2 per cent target and the economy will not return to full production capacity until “around the end of 2015”. That’s been pushed back from the previous expectation of their doing so by mid-2015.

As such, the possibility of the Bank hiking interest rates anytime this year or next is likely off the table at this point. If anything, the odds that rates could be cut has increased; however, unless the economic outlook deteriorates further, the most likely scenario is that the Bank will keep interest rates on hold for quite some time yet.

As of October 23rd, 2013, the advertised five-year lending rate stood at 5.34 per cent, unchanged from the previous Bank rate announcement on September 4th.

(CREA 10/23/2013)

 

 

 

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A little bit more about the Sanctuary and what they do….

Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989. We have been in operation for 24 years.  We are funded by donations and staffed by volunteers, high school, college and university co-op students, and offer community service hours required for graduating.

We believe that an understanding of the plight of indigenous, exotic and endangered species is critical to the future survival of life on earth. The greater the knowledge we have of the creatures we share the land with, the greater chance we have of preserving our way of life. Part of this enormous undertaking is the education of our children to understand and respect the value of the creatures around us. For many of the animals here, Bear Creek was the last resort prior to euthanasia. Read the rest of this entry

Build your Dream Home in Simcoe Estates

Quite possibly the nicest lot in Simcoe Estates! Located on almost 2 acres of treed land, backing onto an environmentally protected ravine. This building lot is heavily treed, however once the site plan is created you will have a stunning lot on which to build your dream homes and enjoy the south westerly views and sunsets. Situated among homes of fine distinction, this estate lot affords the potential to create a home of significant stature.

 

Welcome to 6 Oak Ridge Rd, Shanty Bay…..

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If you have been thinking about getting your feet wet by investing in Barrie properties there are a few basic things you should know first. These suggestions will help you get a general idea of what you should be looking for when you are interested in Barrie investment properties.

1. Look for properties with high resale values

Some of the investment properties that are available look like they are a good deal until they are assessed for their resale value. If you are planning on buying a Barrie property in order to resell it later, the resale value is one of the most important things to keep in mind. It does not matter if you get a good deal on a property if you are not going to be able to sell it easily later on.

2. Look at the market in the neighborhood

It is not important what the market is in Barrie if the neighborhood you are purchasing your investment property in does not have good statistics for property sales. A city can be doing well for property sales while one neighborhood could be experiencing difficulties for one reason or another. Be sure to check on the market of the neighborhood before closing a deal.

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In Case you missed it….

Ian Hocking on The Real Estate Talk Show

On Saturday August 24th, Ian Hocking was featured on The Real Estate Talk Show with Co-Hosts, Erin McCoy & Simon Giannini discussing all things real estate in Barrie.

Ian Hocking has teamed up with The RealProCanada with the common goal in mind to promote local communities all across Ontario. The purpose of this radio segment was to promote Barrie as a great place to live and invest. During the show we will discuss many of the positive points surrounding Barrie, the recent addition of the Go Train, RVH, Base Borden, location vis-a-vie tourism as well as the intended growth patten for the area in relation to the places to grow act.

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Do you have an Agent? If you are planning on visiting an open house in the near future, you should know something about agent representation. A real estate agent cannot try to take a client away from another agent and there is a proper etiquette that is followed by agents.

Barrie Open House Information

Is the Listing Agent the same as the open house agent?

The agent that listed the house may indeed be the same agent that is holding the open house. The best and quite possibly the only way to find out is to ask him. Don’t count on a Barrie agent having nametags or a name on the sign out front. In many cases there can be a co-listing where two agents get together and co-list a home.

Visiting an open house when you don’t have an agent

If you are interested in purchasing a house and have not yet worked with a real estate agent you may very well meet one that is a possible candidate when you visit an open house. Sometimes seeing an agent in action is the best way to tell if they are good at what they do. An ideal time to observe agents in action is during an open house. Read the rest of this entry

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