Archive for October, 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