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.

 

 

 

Here we Grow Again!

The Hocking Homes Team is excited to announce our  newest addition!

 

Karin Kell, Licensed Assistant
Please join us in welcoming Karin Kell  to the Hocking Homes Team at Keller Williams Experience, Realty Brokerage. Karin is a sales representative and has officially joined our team as a licensed assistant. Her professionalism and drive will be a great asset to our team and only add to our continuous growth and development in 2013 and onward. She looks forward to working with her new and existing clients within The Hocking Homes Team.

 

Karin can be reached at The Hocking Homes Team office 705-252-7939 or by email at karin@hockinghomes.com

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

 

Buyer or Selling a Short Sale Property in Barrie

If you are currently facing a foreclosure on your property a short sale is a possible alternative. A short sale is the act of a lender approving a property sale for an amount that is less than what is owed on the mortgage. The reason why it is called a short sale is the lender is going to end up “short” on the deal. The lender will also then be responsible for paying the closing costs real estate commissions.Understanding a Barrie Short Sale Read the rest of this entry

Live in the desirable village of ThorntonExceptional Raised Bungalow in Thornton

Located just minutes from hwy 400 & all amenities. Step into your open concept main floor that features laminate flooring, a stunning bay window and many upgrades including pot lighting and crown moulding. Situated on just under 1/2 an acre of beautifully treed land. Read the rest of this entry

Move in Ready!charming 2 story for sale in Barrie

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2 story charming family home offers instant curb appeal from the moment you pull into the driveway, with an inviting covered front porch and beautifully landscaped yard. Enjoy family meals in the newly updated eat-in kitchen which includes laminate flooring, updated cabinetry, ceramic tile back splash and stainless steel appliances. Read the rest of this entry

Spacious 2 story home in Barrie under $300k

Excellent Commuters Location2 Story Home for sale in Barrie under $300k

Rarely will you find a 2 story home with the right amount of space priced below $300k! Situated in Barrie’s south end, this property would be ideal for a growing family. Located close to the GO Station and public transit, this home is a great location for any commuter. Read the rest of this entry

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