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Getting Schooled On Local Schools

If you have kids, the local school will be a big part of your new home buying decision. That’s why it’s important to get a school’s “vital statistics”, such as: Safety record Curriculum Accommodation for special needs Awards Average class sizes Extracurricular activities. (sports, arts, crafts, technology, etc.) Scores on standardized achievement tests Daily schedules and vacations Even such ...

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Fresh Air Sells

The problem with household smells is that we get accustomed to them… when they are in our own homes. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home, to know if a smoker lives there. The smell is in the air! So when you put your home on the ...

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April 2017 Residential Statistics

Monthly Residential Statistics – For the Month of April 2017 Barrie & District Association of REALTORS®   City of Barrie ‐ Within the City of Barrie, detached residential properties posted an average selling price for the month of April 2017 of $600,354 an increase of 36% over April 2016. Residential townhouse, link, and semi‐detached homes in the City of Barrie posted an average selling price of $438,091 in April 2017, a 41% increase over April 2016. Condominium sales average for the City of Barrie for the month of April 2017 was $348,312, a 45% increase compared to April 2016. Essa Township   In Essa Township, detached residential properties posted an average selling price of $561,354 in April 2017, an increase of 35% over April 2016. Town of Innisfil  Detached residential properties in the Town of Innisfil posted an average selling price of $682,753 in April 2017, an increase of 56% over the month of April 2016. Oro‐Medonte Township  The average selling price for detached residential properties in Oro‐Medonte in April 2017 was $731,260 an increase of 51% over April 2016. Springwater Township  Detached residential homes in Springwater Township posted an average selling price in April 2017 of $780,764 an increase of 51% over April 2016. For more details about your home or neighbourhood, contact your Local Professional REALTOR®. The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® cautions that over a period of time, the use of average price information can be useful in establishing trends, but it does not indicate actual prices in widely divergent areas or account for price differentials between geographical areas. The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. covers a geographical area that includes the City of Barrie and part or all of the surrounding townships, including Springwater, Oro‐Medonte, Innisfil, Essa, Bradford‐West Gwillimbury and Clearview. Data is provided from the MLS® Database System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc.   ...

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Why You Should Order Your Own Credit Report

“I don’t have a problem with credit,” a potential new home buyer says. “I pay my bills on time. I never have trouble getting a loan.” That may be true. However, according to several surveys, most people are surprised by at least one piece of information in their credit report. And ...

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Consider Buying a Home With Some “Undesirable” Features

When you’re looking for a home, chances are, you have a checklist of things you want. Two bathrooms… a finished basement… a great looking kitchen… an expansive deck… But what happens when a home you see has a feature that doesn’t quite measure up? Perhaps the basement is poorly renovated. Or ...

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Monthly Residential Statistics – March 2017

Monthly Residential Statistics – For the Month of March 2017 Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® “Prices in the region are steadily increasing, and the market is busy. Now more than ever, it is important to have your local, professional REALTOR® help you with your real estate transactions.” ‐ Rob Alexander, ...

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Ontario unveils new tax, caps rent hikes in bid to cool housing

Ontario plans to help cool a hot housing market by bringing in a 15-per-cent foreign buyer tax, expanding rent control, allowing Toronto to impose a tax on vacant homes and using surplus lands for affordable housing. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Thursday that a non-resident speculation tax will be imposed on buyers ...

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How To Sell Your Home More Quickly

When you put your property on the market, ideally you want to sell it as quickly as possible and for the highest price possible. But sometimes one is more important than the other. For example, if you’re relocating, or have purchased another home that is closing soon, selling your current ...

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