Archive for August, 2013

As Barrie real estate agents, this is one of the most common questions that we hear. Most people are wondering whether they are flushing their rent money down the toilet every month while they could be building up equity on a home for the same price. The truth is that renting is a complete waste of money, and depending on the location, you may be paying as much rent as you would be on a mortgage.Can you afford to own your own home in Barrie?

Inside Barrie

If you are currently renting a house or an apartment that is conveniently located to shopping, public transit or near Barrie’s desirable downtown core, you are probably paying an astronomical amount of rent every month. Somebody else is making money off of your rent check every month. Somebody else owns this property and they are using your rent money to help pay off the mortgage on it or the mortgage has already been paid off and they are enjoying pure profit. When you think about it this way, it isn’t very pretty is it?

If you enjoy the convenience of living in these areas, you are probably paying less for rent then you would be for the mortgage of a house in Barrie. If, however, you were willing to look at homes just outside of the city, or in an area that doesn’t have as many nearby conveniences, you could very well be looking at a mortgage payment that is the same or lower than the rent you are currently paying now.

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SIngle family home for sale in Angus

Situated on a quiet street yet only a 100 yards to the local elementary school, you will find this 2+1 bedroom 2 story home. The yard is very large with mature trees, garden shed and natural abundant shade. This home does benefit from a rear deck and a large drive way that will easily accommodate 3-4 cars. Internally the majority of the flooring throughout is laminate with some carpet in the basement. The upper level consists of two good sized bedrooms and a 3 piece bathroom. The Master bedroom overlooks the rear yard. The main level comprises of a well laid out living room, dining area off the kitchen and an efficient kitchen space. In the lower level the basement contains a large rec room that is presently used for a third bedroom, the laundry and equipment. Although this home is hooked into the City Water there is a sand point well that is connected to an outside tap providing water for the lawns etc. This home is good value and would be perfect for the first time buyer or investor. A quick close is possible. For more information on this property, please visit our website, www.HockingHomes.com and enter the property ID#80423

 

Take the Tour!

Tune in this Saturday night for a Live broadcast between 6-7 pm with Ian Hocking and The Real Estate Talk Show Co-Host, Erin McCoy discussing all things real estate in Barrie.

The Real Estate Talk ShowThe Real Estate Talk Show Hosts Erin McCoy and Simon Giannini have over 40 years in the real estate industry collectively and while they try to play nice with each other as much as possible, they don’t always see eye to eye on everything. This lighthearted show is highly resourceful, informative and entertaining for all audiences ranging from first time homebuyers to seasoned real estate investors.

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.

LISTEN LIVE HERE!

http://www.realestatetalkshow.ca/index.html

Ian Hocking Discusses Living and Investing in Barrie

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3 bedroom townhouse for sale in BarrieCentrally located near schools, grocery and retail stores, you will find this immaculate town home in Barrie’s south end situated on an extra deep 172’ fully fenced lot. The eat-in kitchen opens up to the family room & breakfast area which offers a walk-out to the large rear yard. The open planned living/dining room is ideal for hosting family get togethers and is tastefully decorating with neutral colours throughout. The upper level provides three nice sized bedrooms including a master with large walk-in closet and also provides a 4 piece en suite bath and relaxing soaker tub & separate shower. A conveniently located 2nd floor laundry & 3 piece bath complete the upper level and create the perfect family friendly floor plan. For more information on this property, or to book a private showing, please contact The Hocking Homes Team direct at 705-252-7939. Visit our website www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID# 78988 for more information on this property.

 

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There are certain things that absolutely have to be in place in order to sell your home faster or to find the perfect Barrie home for sale. One of these things is establishing good communication with your real estate agent. Without good communication, the whole process of buying or selling a home can take twice as long.

Here are some helpful suggestions you can use to make sure that good communication is always flowing between you and your Barrie real estate agent.

1. Choose the right agent

As soon as you start looking for a real estate agent in Barrie you should find one that you can talk to easily. You will be having quite a few discussions with this agent in the future so it is important to find one that can listen well and duplicate what you have to say. If you find that you are repeating yourself often in a conversation and the real estate agent just doesn’t seem to be getting your point, find another one. Communication really is that important in the real estate business.

2. Let your agent know what your goals are

You have certain goals that you want to reach whether you are buying or selling a home in Barrie and it is important to get these established right away with the agent. If you are a bit uncertain about your goals, you can sit down and have a conversation with your agent to help get them clarified. Read the rest of this entry