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As Barrie real estate agents, this is one of the most common questions that we hear. Most people are wondering whether they are flushing their rent money down the toilet every month while they could be building up equity on a home for the same price. The truth is that renting is a complete waste of money, and depending on the location, you may be paying as much rent as you would be on a mortgage.Can you afford to own your own home in Barrie?

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If you are currently renting a house or an apartment that is conveniently located to shopping, public transit or near Barrie’s desirable downtown core, you are probably paying an astronomical amount of rent every month. Somebody else is making money off of your rent check every month. Somebody else owns this property and they are using your rent money to help pay off the mortgage on it or the mortgage has already been paid off and they are enjoying pure profit. When you think about it this way, it isn’t very pretty is it?

If you enjoy the convenience of living in these areas, you are probably paying less for rent then you would be for the mortgage of a house in Barrie. If, however, you were willing to look at homes just outside of the city, or in an area that doesn’t have as many nearby conveniences, you could very well be looking at a mortgage payment that is the same or lower than the rent you are currently paying now.

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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.

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Ian Hocking Discusses Living and Investing in Barrie

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3 bedroom townhouse for sale in BarrieCentrally located near schools, grocery and retail stores, you will find this immaculate town home in Barrie’s south end situated on an extra deep 172’ fully fenced lot. The eat-in kitchen opens up to the family room & breakfast area which offers a walk-out to the large rear yard. The open planned living/dining room is ideal for hosting family get togethers and is tastefully decorating with neutral colours throughout. The upper level provides three nice sized bedrooms including a master with large walk-in closet and also provides a 4 piece en suite bath and relaxing soaker tub & separate shower. A conveniently located 2nd floor laundry & 3 piece bath complete the upper level and create the perfect family friendly floor plan. For more information on this property, or to book a private showing, please contact The Hocking Homes Team direct at 705-252-7939. Visit our website www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID# 78988 for more information on this property.

 

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There are certain things that absolutely have to be in place in order to sell your home faster or to find the perfect Barrie home for sale. One of these things is establishing good communication with your real estate agent. Without good communication, the whole process of buying or selling a home can take twice as long.

Here are some helpful suggestions you can use to make sure that good communication is always flowing between you and your Barrie real estate agent.

1. Choose the right agent

As soon as you start looking for a real estate agent in Barrie you should find one that you can talk to easily. You will be having quite a few discussions with this agent in the future so it is important to find one that can listen well and duplicate what you have to say. If you find that you are repeating yourself often in a conversation and the real estate agent just doesn’t seem to be getting your point, find another one. Communication really is that important in the real estate business.

2. Let your agent know what your goals are

You have certain goals that you want to reach whether you are buying or selling a home in Barrie and it is important to get these established right away with the agent. If you are a bit uncertain about your goals, you can sit down and have a conversation with your agent to help get them clarified. Read the rest of this entry

2 Black Forest Lane, Shanty Bay As you leave Barrie east along ridge road you will pass many multi million dollar homes. Known locally as millionaires row your neighbours represent the pinnacle of success. Known within the family as ‘Wildwood’ you have today a unique opportunity to acquire a truly stunning piece of property. Having been in the current family for several generations we are delighted to offer for sale approx 7 acres of prime waterfront property. With 700 feet on Ridge road and a water frontage of approx 208 feet this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to build your dream home. The current home consists of 7 bedrooms and several principle rooms, however, the home with many fond memories is past its prime and is being sold ‘as is, where is’.  For more information please visit www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID # 75818 Read the rest of this entry

Barrie Home Buyrs InformationEvery home buyer should take a final walk-through of their soon-to-be new Barrie property before signing the closing papers. This is done to ensure that there is no damage to the property and that everything that is supposed to be included is in place and has not been removed.

This gives the home buyer one last chance to make sure that everything is intact. This is your time to verify that everything is a go at your end and nothing looks different. At this point, if you do see anything that looks different it is your opportunity to point it out and ask questions. Don’t panic if you do notice something awry – usually there is a very simple explanation for it that makes total sense.

Take a careful walk around the exterior of the house and make sure that the windows, gutters and foundation all look fine. Walk around the interior as well and test the doors, toilets, lights and anything else in the house that you can see. Don’t forget to test a garage door or garage door opener as you are doing your walk around.
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Selling a Barrie city condo is much different than selling a house. There is a different target market that needs to be addressed and a lot of special things that need to be pointed out as selling features.

If you are selling a house, one of the things that may be mentioned is the yard and what it has to offer. If there is a large backyard with a beautiful garden, for example, this would be a highlighted feature of the home. A condo is not going to have a yard but may have special features of its own on the grounds. It may have a beautiful common garden where the condo owners settle after a hard day at work for some socializing. It may also have a pool that attracts a lot of children, which would make this condominium seem very attractive to families.  Read the rest of this entry

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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Just steps to Barrie’s beautiful waterfront, you will find this nearly new “Nautica” condo townhouse. This home offers many upgrades including 9′  ceilings,  16 Victoria St Barrieceramic tile flooring & gleaming granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. The main floor is open planned with a spacious eat-in kitchen and living/dining room combination which is ideal for entertaining. The onsite facilities include a relaxing indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, party room and a beautiful outdoor terrace with a view of Barrie’s stunning lakefront. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to 252 Letitia St, Barrie   Charming Bungalow for sale in Barrie

This charming bungalow is situated on a treed lot in one of Barrie’s desirable older neighbourhoods.  Once you step inside, you are greeted with neutral decor throughout and gleaming hardwood flooring. This entire home shows pride of ownership throughout and offers many updates. The spacious eat-in kitchen offers a large centre island, ideal for food prep and also makes the perfect gathering space for friends and family.

For more information please visit www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID # 66259  Read the rest of this entry

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