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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!

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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.

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6 Common Mistakes Made By Barrie Homebuyers

There are some common mistakes that homebuyers make and Barrie real estate agents see them time and time again. Read through them here so that you can avoid making them and make a smooth purchase.

Common Mistakes Barrie Buys Make

1. Lack of budgeting for insurance. In many instances home buyers opt for insurance deals to save a few dollars. This can cost first time buyers thousands more than the proper insurance if something goes wrong.

2. Not including the proper escape clauses in the initial contract. If you are not careful you could lose your deposit if things go wrong. A Barrie Realtor can assist you in preparing an offer and make sure that all the proper clauses are used to protect you.

3. Making a big purchase just before or during a mortgage application. This can be a big mistake since it may be reflected in your credit score. Read the rest of this entry

Potential Income property for Sale in Barrie

Attention those seeking a reno! Potential Income property for sale in Barrie

This fully finished older home offers the potential for a second unit. City of Barrie have confirmed that with correct renovations and permits this home would be eligible for grandfathering under the City of Barrie’s second suite program. The main floor offers a spacious 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom floor plan, eat-in kitchen, and a separate dining room and a large bright window in the family room offers an abundance of natural light throughout. Read the rest of this entry

Panoramic Point, Atherley Rd, Orillia

Open concept ground floor condo, the “Simcoe” Model. Live the condo lifestyle in this 2 bedroom + a den, open concept condo. The large liv108-354 Atherley Rd-Fronting room space features high 9 ft ceilings & is laid with laminate flooring throughout and is open to the spacious kitchen. The modern kitchen offers granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar idea for entertaining. The nice sized master bedroom includes a 3 piece en-suite bath. This ground floor unit offers 2 walk-outs to the patio and common area with a lovely view of Lake Couchiching. Externally there is approx 400 feet of shoreline with a swim dock to enjoy on hot summer days! For more information on this property and to book a showing please contact the Hocking Homes Team direct at 705-252-7939.

 

 

 

 

Snow Valley Highlands

This immaculate “Daycore” built ranch bungalow features a stunning open concept layout. Situated on a large treed lot, this home provides a relaxing retreat located in desirable Snow Valley highlands. The gourmet family sized kitchen offers granite countertops, maple cabinetry, and a spacious breakfast bar. The kitchen opens up into your lovely family room with cozy gas fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors. Accommodate large family get togethers in your separate dining room with 9ft ceilings, crown moulding and large bright windows. Read the rest of this entry

Situated on a spacious corner lot, this home offers an over sized rear yard with mature trees for added privacy, large deck & garden shed. The newly2 Stroud Plupdated interior features stunning hardwood flooring throughout both levels including the staircase. Many upgrades have been done to this home including an updated kitchen with maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and walk out to the rear yard. Read the rest of this entry

 

Target comes to Canada

Well the buzz on both sides of the border right now is the acquisition of the Canadian Zellers stores by the American Target company. While most Canadians and Americans are sitting back thinking that Target acquired Zellers due to its customer base and brand, real estate agents understand that this was only the tip of the iceberg.

In this case location location location is the prime reason for the takeover. This decision was driven more by real estate than anything else.

The vacancy rates in Canadian malls are usually low in the cities and it can be difficult finding a spot if you are a major retailer. Zellers has negotiated leases for the long-term with reasonable rates and Target can just slip into the store location, virtually unnoticed, and start running shop.

This gives a running start to Target and from a real estate perspective they couldn’t have made a better choice. This takeover is very similar to the one Wal-Mart made when it purchased the Woolco stores back in 1994.

Retailers South of the border have been looking for ways to expand into Canada but have been having difficulty finding the retail space required. The majority of Zellers stores are located in malls and the rest of the stores can be found in power centers.

Target plans on opening up to 150 new stores out of the 220 stores owned by Zellers. This is really going to spark more interest in American takeovers of Canadian companies in the near future and it will be interesting to see the reaction of Canadians, if any, to the new Target stores.

Looking for Barrie’s finest in Real Estate?

 

The Hocking Homes Team is now an official member of LuxuryHomes.com. “LH” showcases the finest in real estate around the globe and works with the top brokers & agents in the industry. LH continues to unlock the door to spectacular real estate, exclusive estates and the world’s finest Luxury Homes. Whether you are looking to find your dream home, vacation rentals, luxury toys, fashion or the latest news in all things luxury, LH is the site to explore. LH is just one more way that The Hocking Homes Team can promote and market your home and showcase some of Barrie and areas prestigious properties. Check out The Hocking Homes Team page and featured Listings at www.luxuryhomes.com and if you have a luxury property that you are thinking about selling please contact The Hocking Homes Team direct at 705-252-7939 for a free market evaluation.

 

 

 

Our clients aren’t the only ones making a move!

The Hocking Homes Team are delighted to announce that we will be moving our business to Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage. Keller Williams ranks #2 in North America in terms of the number of agents (Approx 80,000 agents), and they have decided to open their newest Canadian office in Barrie. Our new office address can be found at 516 Bryne Drive , unit J, in Barrie (Next to Holiday Inn Express). Our direct telephone number 705 252 7939 will remain unchanged, as will in fact all our usual cell numbers, email addresses etc. (Please note that the office on Bryne Drive is currently undergoing renovation for a January grand opening. If you need us, please call and we’ll arrange to meet you.)

We Feel the benefits to our clients will be many, so watch this space as we role out updated systems and marketing aids.

In short, we will not be doing anything less than we always have, but in addition we feel this move will give our clients greater access to technology in particular and in essence greater exposure. This is an exciting time for all of us at The Hocking Homes Team and we look forward to not only providing an existing quality of service but bringing you an enhanced marketing and technology package as we role out the Keller Williams systems.

In 2013 The Hocking Homes Team have plans on expanding our business with Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage and as always your referrals are greatly appreciated and we look forward to assisting yourselves, your friends or family in any way we can.

Ian Hocking, Broker of Record

Caroline Hocking, Sales Representative

Natasha Hamilton, Assistant to Ian and Caroline

 

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