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This morning the government announced changes to financing regulations for canadians. This is designed to slow the housing market in Canada, reduce borrowing / speculation, and induce canadians to save by paying down their mortgage. Like all government interventions, the intentions may be honorable but the delivery can sometimes be like chopping the patients arm off when a band aid would do. Barrie Real estate for sale

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Barrie Real Estate Home Buyers – Answers To Some Common Questions

If you are looking for a great deal on Barrie real estate, you may have some of these homebuyer questions. Every day you can find hundreds of houses that have been put up for sale in the Barrie real estate market and are waiting for a buyer. To help you find that ideal Barrie home that you really want, here are several frequently asked questions and their answers. Discussing buying process with Buyers
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Barre Real Estate – Market update

The Barrie Association of Realtors provides monthly updates of the state of the market, we are pleased to share them with you here.
Home sales improve at the end of 2010
Residential property sales in the Barrie Real Estate area as recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. posted a solid end to the year, with December sales coming in above a five-year average for the month. Read the rest of this entry

Most Ontarians are still confused about HST and resale homes

An Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by OREA and released in October reveals that 56 per cent of Ontarians mistakenly believe that the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) applies to the full purchase price of a resale home. In fact, the HST is only levied on the various transaction fees associated with the purchase of a home that has been previously occupied (i.e. not a newly-built home). Read the rest of this entry

Barrie Real Estate – Association update

The following is a press release from the president of the Barrie Association of Realtors.

Sales activity stable in October

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. remained well below last year’s record levels in October 2010, but edged up one per cent on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. This follows consecutive gains of 10 per cent in August and September.

Well you are not alone. The govt. did a pretty poor job of educating the general public on how HST was going to affect the RESALE homes market in the Barrie Real Estate area. Actually they did a poor job all over but I did have to explain this many times over during the last 6 months. It seems however, that the HST confusion has been fairly widespread. The article below is an independent pole on behalf of the Ontario real Estate Association. Enjoy:

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Now that’s a question! Fear is a very limiting obstacle to your personal growth,however, it’s not the failure that you fear it’s the fear itself. The usual way of approaching fear is to think of all the things that could go wrong when you are tackling something, however, what would happen if you tried it from the other approach, try thinking of all the things that could go right if you just tried. OK so I’m not a major in psychology and I didn’t make that last piece up. In fact it was Jim Rohn who first suggested to me that you should look for the positive outcome in any situation. I came across this short video from Brian Tracy on You Tube this morning and thought it was very well done so I decided to share it here. Read the rest of this entry

I was fortunate enough this week to be invited to listen to Paul Ferley from RBC. Paul is the assistant economist for the Royal Bank and focuses on long term trends in the economy. As a quick disclaimer, this article contains my interpretation of Pauls presentation and is not repeated in its entirety. I’ll try to keep this fairly brief so it won’t become a financial sleep zone. So first the good news, “there shouldn’t be a double dip recession!”, the Royal Bank is looking for growth in the economy to be slow but steady, around 2% in Gross Domestic Product.
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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

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