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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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 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)

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.

LISTEN HERE!

 

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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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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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

Keller Williams RED Day May 9th 2013Currently Seeking a non-profit organization in the community that is looking for some powerhouse assistance from their local Barrie Realtors!

Keller Williams Experience Realty in Barrie, is participating in RED Day which will take place on May 9th 2013.

WHAT IS RED DAY?

RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities.  Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.

RED Day initiatives run the gamut: From rebuilding homes, refurbishing local parks, giving to local food shelters, hosting blood drives, beautifying beaches and so much more. Projects are chosen by each individual market center based on a need they see within its community.

This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone. As Mark Ozman, associate with the Indianapolis/Carmel Market Center, wrote:

“RED Day isn’t about cleaning up a park. It is a one-day expression of what happens 24/7 in the Keller Williams culture. It is seeing a need, discovering who can meet that need and then getting it done.”

If you know of an organization or community project that could benefit from our efforts, Please contact us and let us know about it. You can call us direct at 705-252-7939 or email the information to team@hockinghomes.com, with the subject line “RED Day.

 

RED Day 2012 Recap!

In case you missed it….

Ian Hocking Discusses Living and Investing in Barrie

Listen to the taped broadcast of Ian Hocking discussing and promoting Barrie as a great place to live and invest on AM640’s The Real Estate Talk Show!

LISTEN HERE!

Ian Hocking Discusses Living and Investing in Barrie

 

 

Ian Hocking Discusses Living and Investing in Barrie

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 as they discuss the advantages of living and investing in Barrie

The 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.640toronto.com/HostsandShows/ExpertHours/RealEstateTalkShow.aspx

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Very cool pep talk !

Hi All, We saw this and just couldn’t resist posting it. A really neat PEP talk from a kid, actually why am I surprised, children often say it the way it is meant to be said, this one is exceptional.

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