Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at
The Hocking Homes Team at Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage will help you list your home and sell it fast for top market value in the Barrie Real Estate Market.
If you’ve been tossing around the idea of putting your home on the market or buying a new home, now is a great time to do so. The Canadian housing market is still considered “balanced.” For buyers this means that homes are still affordable and interest rates are low. For sellers this means that home values remain stable and are increasing in many areas.
The information we’re sending this month gives you an overview of the top reasons for buying and selling now. While page one outlines three reasons to buy, page two offers three great reasons to sell.
We’re always available to answer any questions you have about our local real estate market. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home or buying a new one, please contact us. And if you have family or friends who are thinking of buying or selling, we would love to help them as well.
Monday, January 27th, 2014 at
Everyone knows how kind and friendly Barrie neighbours can be. There are also, however, neighbours that can be quite a problem. Perhaps the neighbours are fond of keeping junk piled up on their front lawn and around every single available space they have. Whatever the case may be, always realize that neighbours can and most definitely will have an either positive or negative effect on potential homebuyers. Here is some info that you should keep in mind if you are thinking about selling your Barrie home when your neighbours are less than ideal.
Dealing with problem neighbours
Dealing with the problem means coming face to face with the neighbours. Always be kind and respectful as they do live nearby and are quite capable of making your life worse. When a problem arises with a neighbour, try to see things from their perspective and work things out.
Very often issues that could have been resolved quietly and peacefully develop into large fights that go back and forth simply because one person decided to be rude. Even if emotions are flying high and the neighbour’s dog dropped a surprise on the front lawn once again, take a minute to collect your thoughts and feelings before approaching the source of the problem.
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Friday, October 25th, 2013 at
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
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at
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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Friday, October 11th, 2013 at
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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Friday, October 4th, 2013 at
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.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at
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.
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
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at
Just a short 5 minute drive outside of Barrie, you will find this unique family home. Situated on a spacious treed lot, this 3 level back split provides space for any growing family, featuring a double car garage with triple wide paved driveway, heated rear workshop and a completely self contained granny suite with separate entrance. The main floor is laid with hardwood flooring and offers a separate dining room, kitchen with a walk out to the rear yard and a nice sized office space with sitting area overlooking the front yard. The upper level provides 3 nice sized bedrooms and an updated 3 piece family bath. For more information on this property please visit our website, www.HockingHomes.com and enter the ID# 81314 Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at
This nearly new 2 storey home offers a fully finished walk-out basement with separate kitchen and entrance, which is an ideal space for extended family or for the teenagers in your home. The foyer is open to the above upper level loft area, providing an open and airy feel from the moment you step inside. The main floor is laid with hardwood and ceramic tile throughout and provides an open concept living/dining room space that is large enough to host family gatherings any time of year. The spacious eat-in kitchen features a walk-out to the large upper level deck overlooking the rear yard. Read the rest of this entry