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The cost of owning a Barrie home goes far beyond the mortgage repayment amount each month. In addition to paying your mortgage every month, you must consider the cost of insurance, property tax, and maintaining and improving your home. Many people only consider how much they can afford in terms of a mortgage and forget to consider other costs related to the home.
These are real costs that you will have to deal with and should be taken into consideration when you are purchasing a home.

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Find out the true cost of your Barrie Home before you sign

Home Maintenance
There are certain aspects of owning a  home in Barrie that require regular maintenance. These include the heating and cooling system, the plumbing of the home, drainage, painting the exterior and the interior and too many more to mention.
Homeowners often forget to clear drainage pipes, which easily leads to blockages and leaks. Dryer vents can very easily lead to fires if they are not property cleaned and maintained. Maintaining the grounds and the garden should also be considered. You may need to purchase a lawn mower or outsource this work on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry

A lot of people refer to debt and mortgage in the same breath when they discuss the mortgage of their Barrie Home. This is kind of amusing when you think about it because a mortgage is a debt with a breath of investment in it. Can it really be referred to as a debt when it is a rock solid investment opportunity as well? Barrie Mortgages and Debt

List all your debts

When you are making a budget and you need to list all your debts, your mortgage gets put down as part of the debts. When it is time to list your investments it may not be added. Why? Is it purely mindset that makes us think of a mortgage as a debt?

The glass is half full or half empty in this case. You can consider your mortgage as a heavy load to bear and have to struggle to make the payments every month or you can look at it as the best investment you’ll ever make and try to make extra payments to strengthen your investment. Read the rest of this entry

A residential investment property in Barrie is your ticket to making money through resale or leasing of the property to residents. There are three different kinds of residential properties including condos, homes and multi-family properties. Each type has its own set of financial requirements as well as advantages and disadvantages.

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Are you thinking of purchasing a Barrie investment property?

Privately owned homes

This is a single-family residence occupying an independently owned piece of land. This type of property is highly valued because of the amount of space and level of privacy it offers. The negative side of this property is the fact that the house may remain unoccupied and available for rent for a long period of time because of its high value.

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“The Right Barrie Neighbourhood Or The Right House?”Barrie Real Estate

That is the Question….at least when you are in the middle of a new home search it is.

Sometimes it can happen that you find the perfect house in a desirable Barrie neighbourhood that just doesn’t fit your lifestyle. The other thing that can occur is you find the right neighbourhood but simply can’t find a house you like in it. What do you do if you do find the right house but you don’t like the neighbourhood? Read the rest of this entry

Why stage a home?

When we list a home for sale we usually employ the services of a stager to help showcase your home to its absolute best. During our listing presentation we will discuss your home and of course our marketing strategy. Our key strengths are negotiation, marketing and our ability to value a home correctly. We recognize what we are good at and where we should bring in an expert. It makes sense that in todays world not one person can be an expert at everything, otherwise by definition that makes you a generalist ! The Barrie real estate market demands that Realtors be on the top of their game and that means knowing when to defer to someone else. Although we might be experts in marketing and negotiation, when it comes to spacial layout and colour we prefer to pay a staging professional to help out. 

What makes a staging professional? 

There are two key accreditations that are widely recognized in the Canadian market place, a ‘CSP’ (Canadian Staging Professional) and an ‘ASP’ (Accredited Staging Professional). At the Hocking Homes Team we only work with accredited staging professionals and in particular Bonnie Carter from Staged Results. Bonnie is accredited with both a CSP and the ASP which makes her extremely well qualified as stagers go. Read the rest of this entry

Huge 2 storey executive Barrie home for sale

We are delighted to present for sale a large executive style home in a popular south east sub division of Barrie. This home has been measured by us at over 3200 sqft above grade with the potential to add further space by finishing the walk out basement. It does require some TLC with probably new carpets or hardwood flooring. The home consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and one 2 piece bathroom, family room, living room, dining room and an office. The rear yard faces south and because the home is slightly raised to the land behind it takes full advantage of the sun. Similar models to this one have sold along the same street for $30k or so more so there is potential to bring your own design talents and create value. The Barrie real estate market is very busy right now so don’t delay. If you would like to book a showing on this home call us asap.

Tel: Ian or Caroline Hocking, Sales Representatives, 705 252 7939

 

We have several new Barrie home listings coming shortly.

Up coming listing. Very large 4 bedroom house in south west end of Barrie, will need to be repainted top to toe and new carpets etc. Kitchen could use a make over but for the right person this home will offer a great space on a child friendly court. Rear yard is stamped concrete and salt water pool. Price point likely around $325k-$335k. If you want more details  let me know and as soon as we have a few details firmed up we’ll let you know.

Barrie Condo – Bayshore Landings

Very nice 1 bedroom condo for sale in popular down town Bayshore Landing. This condominium is located right down town and within a very short walk of restaurants, the beach and marina. The unit itself is quite unique in as much as it is jut one of a few that has access to a large terrace that faces west across the Barrie city skyline.Bayshore Landing - Barrie Condo for sale Read the rest of this entry

Lovely Barrie Home – Quick close possible

36 Jessica Drive, Barrie

Hello all,

Barrie home 36 Jessica Drive

The Hocking Homes team at Royal LePage First Contact Realty is delighted to present for sale a lovely south end Barrie Home in a popular child friendly neighborhood. This home has been exceptionally well cared for by the present owners with a newer deck (2010) across the rear of the property. The home is located within walking distance of the local elementary  public and french schools and is also just a short car ride to the popular Zhares shopping centre and other retails stores, banks and public library on the corner of Big Bay Point road and Yonge St. Read the rest of this entry

Green Real Estate – Conservation Article

By Elden Freeman

As the Canadian real estate market is expected to follow patterns this year similar to last, we need to put our best foot forward to support and guide buyers, especially in the second half of the year when interest rates are expected to rise.
Keeping appraised of current green trends instills confidence and trust in your clients as you open their eyes to solutions to help reduce ecological footprints and defray costs associated with their new home or commercial property. Read the rest of this entry

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