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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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24 Cedarbrook Cres, Hawkestone

Conveniently  located a few mins from Hwy 11 , 16 mins from RVH, and 13 mins from Orillia in the popular community village of Hawkestone. Just over 1/2 acre of property with lovely (16 x 32 ft) in-ground pool, fire pit, decks & landscaping. Good proximity for sailing club, trails and local community hall. Leading to the front of the home is a large double width driveway that even the largest of families will appreciate. The guys will have trouble leaving this large garage (R30 insulation) with it’s drive through door into the rear yard. Internally, this home offers a good family layout with separate dining room with fireplace and living room.

For more information please visit www.HockingHomes.com and enter ID # 71058 Read the rest of this entry

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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A new residential option is available for Brechin seniors with the opening of the first purpose-built shared home in Ontario. Brechin Manor is an exceptional 6 suite shared home that provides seniors with a warm, family style and supportive living environment while also promoting individual autonomy in the decision-making within their home. Co-housing originated 25 years ago in Denmark, but the model developed by Muskoka businesswoman Shelley Raymond is a further evolution of this concept.
“My parents were in their own home,” says Raymond, “but felt burdened with the responsibilities of maintaining a house and the on-going everyday tasks required. They longed for a less complicated life, but didn’t believe a retirement home was a suitable option for them at that time. I felt compelled to create what we couldn’t find – an option for the healthy senior who wants to retain their decision-making but also wants to be free of burdensome chores and live in a friendly environment.” Read the rest of this entry

When times are tough or when times are good there is one method of Barrie real estate investing that will continue to work year after year. If you have not yet started a real estate portfolio, learn about this method first. It really is the way that works time and time again to ensure that money flows into your pockets on a continual basis.

The wrong way

A big mistake that new investors make is to put all of their cards into a building assuming that the property value will rise. In many cases the value will go up, but there are cases where it won’t and that can cause a major problem for investors that haven’t factored it into the overall investment equation.

The right way

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