Archive for June, 2013

As more and more people become environmentally conscious, many are looking for green real estate in Barrie. At some point in time we may see all homes equipped with solar panels and wind energy, but at this point there are small things you can do to make your home into a more environmentally friendly Think Green place to live.

Here are some tips you can use right away to start saving energy in your home

1. Check for drafts

Take a walk through your home from one end to the next on all floors. Note where any drafts are coming in and resolve to handle them. You can be sure that in the winter you are losing heat and in the summer your air conditioning is being wasted.

In most cases you will find drafts around the windows and the doors. This does not mean that you have to replace your doors and windows, since in most cases all it takes is a new seal to stop the drafts. If you have a handyman available in your area, call him up and ask him to check the seals. If you don’t already have a handyman, you can find one for a reasonable price in the classified ads in your local paper or on the Internet.
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Just steps to Barrie’s beautiful waterfront, you will find this nearly new “Nautica” condo townhouse. This home offers many upgrades including 9′  ceilings,  16 Victoria St Barrieceramic tile flooring & gleaming granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. The main floor is open planned with a spacious eat-in kitchen and living/dining room combination which is ideal for entertaining. The onsite facilities include a relaxing indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, party room and a beautiful outdoor terrace with a view of Barrie’s stunning lakefront. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to 252 Letitia St, Barrie   Charming Bungalow for sale in Barrie

This charming bungalow is situated on a treed lot in one of Barrie’s desirable older neighbourhoods.  Once you step inside, you are greeted with neutral decor throughout and gleaming hardwood flooring. This entire home shows pride of ownership throughout and offers many updates. The spacious eat-in kitchen offers a large centre island, ideal for food prep and also makes the perfect gathering space for friends and family.

For more information please visit www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID # 66259  Read the rest of this entry

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A new residential option is available for Brechin seniors with the opening of the first purpose-built shared home in Ontario. Brechin Manor is an exceptional 6 suite shared home that provides seniors with a warm, family style and supportive living environment while also promoting individual autonomy in the decision-making within their home. Co-housing originated 25 years ago in Denmark, but the model developed by Muskoka businesswoman Shelley Raymond is a further evolution of this concept.
“My parents were in their own home,” says Raymond, “but felt burdened with the responsibilities of maintaining a house and the on-going everyday tasks required. They longed for a less complicated life, but didn’t believe a retirement home was a suitable option for them at that time. I felt compelled to create what we couldn’t find – an option for the healthy senior who wants to retain their decision-making but also wants to be free of burdensome chores and live in a friendly environment.” Read the rest of this entry

When times are tough or when times are good there is one method of Barrie real estate investing that will continue to work year after year. If you have not yet started a real estate portfolio, learn about this method first. It really is the way that works time and time again to ensure that money flows into your pockets on a continual basis.

The wrong way

A big mistake that new investors make is to put all of their cards into a building assuming that the property value will rise. In many cases the value will go up, but there are cases where it won’t and that can cause a major problem for investors that haven’t factored it into the overall investment equation.

The right way

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