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Welcome to 3 Lloyd cook drive, Snow Valley Highlands, Springwater

Simply gorgeous! That’s how we described it to the owners when we were walking around having a look. There is something about this home that says english country feel yet with high end modern finishes. The main are of the home comprises of a lovely  family room area open onto the kitchen with it’s large kitchen, plentiful cabinetry  and large island. The counters are all sparking granite and because this home faces south on the rear the kitchen and family room are flooded with light. As we were sitting at the kitchen island discussing the merits of our clients home it was all I could do to stop myself pulling on offer out of my bag and buying it myself !

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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

Muskoka Meets Barrie

Unique home well constructed and good value.

It’s not very often that a home like this one comes along, in fact in our Real Estate career we haven’t ever seen one quite like it. The builder built the home for his own family and unfortunately a change in circumstances means you can now take advantage of this lovely home.  Built with ICF foundation, in floor heating in the basement, natural stone fireplace, granite kitchen, and the most amazing wood floors you are likely to see anywhere. With real estate one of the key questions is ‘location’, and in this case it doesn’t come much better at this price point. Across from Lake Simcoe and with deeded lake access this home is in an area of lakefront homes with many $1mil + homes across the road.

To schedule your private viewing with this truly amazing home give us a call today  705 252 7939

 

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

 

Real Estate Seminar in Toronto

Upcoming real estate seminar

Paul Hecht, monthly columnist for Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine and the Best Selling Author of “Everyday Real Estate Millionaires™: How Average People REALLY Do It” is hosting his three-day, live weekend training event at the end of March in Toronto where he shows everyday Canadians how to invest in real estate (using the same strategies that made him a millionaire).

The event is sponsored by RE/MAX West Realty, Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine, Mark Weisleder (Author, Speaker, Lawyer and Columnist for the Toronto Star), Centum Streetwise Mortgages and ourselves. George Dube from Dube&Cuttini will be speaking on “Structure your Assets, Save Taxes: The Inside Real Estate Story”. For those of you who don’t know George he has published several books on real estate investing and is co-authored with REIN.

Leading up to this weekend event in March, Paul is offering a free two-hour presentation. There is no cost to attend and seating is limited. Most of Paul’s events fill up quickly so you can either register online atwww.RealEstateLiveTraining.com/wealth or call 1-800-217-8501.

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.

Hi all,

I just couldn’t resist it. I’m posting the below in pure recognition of a couple of masters at work. This is pure genius, turn the volume up, grab a coffee and please enjoy,  Ian

 

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

Why don’t the banks just lend against Barrie investment real estate?

When you are looking for Barrie real estate for investment purposes, and you are having trouble borrowing money from the bank or other financial institutions, you may have to consider other options. For some, these options might include not getting their ideal house or investment property. For others, they may contact a private lender. Should the lender feel interested and believe that the venture is relatively safe, they may lend you the money. Why might the bank not lend you money, even if the investment is sound? Well it comes down to two main factors; INvesting in Real Estate

1. Traditional high street banks count ‘doors’. A door is literally how many units plus how many single family homes do you own, so if you owned a single family home that you didn’t occupy yourself and a 4 plex multi residential building that counts as a total of 5 doors (a 4 plex counts as 4 doors + the single family home). Most banks have a limit on how many doors they will lend you personally and that number can range between 5-10 for most of the major lenders. Irrespective of your own personal credit, hit the magical number of 10 and you may run into a road block. It’s possible that by gong to the commercial side of the bank that you may be able to work out some deal but if that fails then read on!

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