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Doesn’t sound very business like does it? On the other hand its not exactly designed to be purely for business either. The ‘Play Pad’ will be smaller than Apples Ipad at approx 7 inches square as opposed to 9 inches square. Its also lighter than the Ipad. Rear and front facing cameras…ooo gotta like that, will be neat to be able to video talk to your clients and I hear that there won’t be any separate data plan required, if you have a blackberry you’ll have wireless access via tether on the ‘Play Pad’.  Not sure how correct that is, but if that’s correct its a winner. Power comes in the form of a 1GB of Ram and it looks like it will be able to multi task apps…neat! So I am an Apple I phone user and have never been overly impressed with the reliability of the Iphone and also the speed at which the battery drains. This is the kind of development that could make me reconsider. Not sure what any of this has to do with the Barrie Real Estate market, however, I can tell you that Real Estate is becoming more on more online, viral and at some stage in the near future the MLS system as a stand alone device won’t be the centre of the universe. I suspect that being able o demonstrate to your client what the inside of a home looks like on spec will become paramount to a standard service. This is the kind of device that would make this a reality and hence in-demand from every serious Realtor out there. I could be wrong but I feel this is going to be a hit!

Check out this link http://na.blackberry.com/eng/

Regards  to all,   Ian Hocking

I want to keep you updated with the Barrie Real Estate Market. There have been many negative stories recently about how the market is “slipping” or that “prices are starting to fall”. I thought I would take a look at some facts about the numbers in the Barrie Real Estate area,  because it isn’t doom and gloom, the press likely won’t report this. Read the rest of this entry

The Canadian Leading indicators were released on August 19th. The following information is supplied by Stats Canada and reproduced here in its entirety, and is a breakdown and more in-depth analysis of the Leading indicators report. It’s interesting reading as it shows the breakdown of each sector and clearly you can see that housing is slowing, confirming other evidence of a weaker close to the year than the beginning. Although the Barrie real estate market may not be representative of the Canadian Real Estate market as a whole it’s likely a similar trend.

Barrie Real Estate – Economic effects!

So here we go again? The question mark was deliberate as to be honest, I’m actually not sure this time around. Two years ago we were warning our readers that the Canadian housing market, and yes Barrie as well, would suffer over the coming year or two and it was likely that there would be some form of slow down or sell off in house prices. So here we are, August 19th and we are looking at worse than forseen wholesale trade and leading indicators. Barrie Real Estate - Economic effects!

So what you might ask, and exactly what does that have to do with the Barrie real estate market? First off you need to Read the rest of this entry

Home sales down in July

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie District Association of REALTORS® Inc. were down considerably in July 2010. A slowdown in demand in Ontario had been widely expected in July, with many purchases having been brought forward into the first half of the year in advance of the introduction of the HST.

Niagara Wine Tour – Places available

In conjunction with CARP we would like to extend to all our readers the chance to take a day off and enjoy a wine tasting trip to Niagara followed by an afternoon at Niagara on the lake. If you are not on our general mailing list and would like the full details emailed to you , please send us an email, or call on 705 252 7939. You can also down load the flyer from our main website at www.hockinghomes.com . Look up the community page. Read the rest of this entry

This very cute and well maintained home is situated along hwy 26 just outside Barrie and within the popular school district of Forest Hill. The present oweners have lovingly maintained the home with more recent upgrades including painting, bathroom, windows, bathroom and basement areas. In particular the home benefits from a good sized south facing rear yard with childs climbing frameBungalow in Midhurst Springwater. Read the rest of this entry

Barrie Real Estate – 62 Budds Mill

62 Budds Mill in Minesing , Snow Valley

Located just outside Barrie this home is just over a year new and is situated in an upscale executive sub division just a few minutes from Snow Valley Ski resort. Initially designed by Reid and modified and built by Steve Witty (Custom homes) this home has some unique features. With a separate entrance to the basement extended family members will be well taken care of and at the other end of the home on the 3rd floor the loft has been converted into a large open planned family room / childs play room. The views from the upper levels extend northerly across the Minesing wetlands and Southerly over the rear yard.
Open planned kitchen at 62 Budds Mill3rd floor rec room at 62 Budds Mill Read the rest of this entry

There was a really interesting article posted in the Globe and Mail this morning. (Thank you Katherine for bringing it to my attention). It concerns the levels of debt that Canadians are taking on and looks at various cities around Canada to try and figure out the net growth of wealth in certain cities. The full article is contained within this link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/want-to-boost-your-net-worth-live-in-a-mid-sized-city/article1640442/?service=email

Of course in my usual way I just felt compelled to reply to the post. Debt can be a widely misunderstood  term and I thought I would share here my post on the globe and Mails website.  Hopefully this is thought provoking and no too antagonistic. Read the rest of this entry

Press release from the president of the Barrie Association of Realtors.

Sales activity cools in June

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie District Association of REALTORS® Inc. came in well below last year’s record levels in June. Home sales numbered 461 units in June 2010, down 19 per cent from the record in the same month in last year. On a year-to-date basis, however, activity was still up 12 per cent compared to the first six months of 2009. New listings rose five per cent from a year earlier to 767 units in June. While still up, the Read the rest of this entry

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