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Do You Need Flood Insurance?

4/5/2018
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April marks the return of warmer weather, but it also marks the return of an unwanted guest; Spring Flooding. But does your insurance cover a potential deluge? There are two major types of insurance against flooding in Canada: regular and overland Flood insurance generally covers you for damage in the event of a basement leak or burst pipes, but isn’t normally included in a normal house policy. Overland is the kind that protects you in case of a river or lake flooding, but can be very...

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BARRIE REAL ESTATE NEWS W OF MAR 19

3/28/2018
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BARRIE REAL ESTATE NEWS W OF MAR 19 by The One Group Barrie

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Co-Buying With Your Kids FAQ

3/28/2018
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As house prices have risen over the last decade, owning a home has become more challenging for first time buyers, and one option to help the younger generation to get property, is for parents to co-own a house with their kids. If you’re considering this route, here’s a few important aspects to consider… If you are Buying together as an investment as a way to secure a mortgage for the kids, a capital gains tax will be triggered when the home is eventually sold. However, you can structure...

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3 Little Known Facts About Royal Victoria Hospital

3/14/2018
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Here in Barrie we are lucky enough to have one of the country’s most progressive healthcare facilities in our own backyard. As RVH approaches it’s 121st birthday, here’s a few things you might not know about it… The forerunner, called the Barrie General Hospital was nothing more than a small cottage with just four beds when it opened on Duckworth street in 1891. The hospital was renamed Royal Victoria in recognition of the Queen’s jubilee in 1897, and the unit’s first X-Ray machine took up...

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TALKING BARRIE

3/9/2018
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Audio version from the first ever Talking Barrie, a live stream round table discussion of all things Barrie, presented by The One Group! See the video version on our YT Channel! http://ow.ly/5Jq230iR88M Find us on FB! https://www.facebook.com/theonegrouprealestate/ On Twitter https://twitter.com/TheOneGroup_KW Online www.theonegroup.ca

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Tax Rebates For Owners

3/8/2018
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Tax season getting you down? In this week's #OneMinuteWithTheOneGroup, Erin Jones reveals rebates and credits available to homeowners! SMASH that Subscribe button to get more podcasts about Barrie Real Estate! Find us online www.theonegroup.ca On FB! https://www.facebook.com/theonegroupr... On Twitter! https://twitter.com/TheOneGroup_KW On YouTube! http://ow.ly/5mxC30iPYUI On Itunes! http://ow.ly/IH6o30iPUEX You know that houses cost money, but this time of year you can maybe get a few of...

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Save Money On Your Hydro Bill

2/28/2018
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Winter in Barrie is hard enough, and it gets even tougher when Hydro bills eat away at your wallet. Here’s a few ways to cut down on your heating costs while you endure Simcoe County’s colder months.. Keep Electronics like TVs, computers and phones plugged into a power bar which you can turn on and off. This limits the amount of “phantom power” that your house uses when items are plugged directly into the outlets. Use LED bulbs; according to Hydro One, switching to these can cut your usage...

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Common Real Estate Scams & How To Avoid Them

9/13/2017
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It’s an unfortunate truth that like other industries, Fraud exists all most levels of the Real Estate industry. Here’s how you can avoid a few of the worst Real Estate scams TITLE FRAUD - though it’s relatively rare, this is one of the most devastating realty scams, when a crook uses false documents to pose as the property owner, and transferring a property to their own name. Title insurance is the best protection against this, it will guard new owners against any liens or loans that exist...

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New House Build Considerations

9/6/2017
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Many of us thought about building our own dream house. And although it’s an exciting idea, it does present a few challenges, the biggest of which might be how much it actually ends up costing. Here a few important things to consider before putting a shovel in the ground... When it comes to a new build, there are really two types of costs; Hard costs and soft ones. Contractors will talk about the hard costs; they include things like materials, equipment and trades. There are also soft...

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How New Tech is Changing The Real Estate Industry

8/30/2017
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Technology continues to be a catalyst for change in all areas of life and business, and the real estate industry is no exception. Here’s a few interesting ways that new tech is changing Real Estate.... Commercial Rent is Peaking - 20 years ago, even small companies needed a brick and mortar headquarters, but with the rise of telecommuting and e-commerce, many businesses are operating remotely which is lowering demand for office space. Private Hospitality Market is Booming - Services like...

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Costs To Plan For When Buying

8/23/2017
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Whether you’re purchasing a starter home or adding an investment property to your portfolio, buying a home is a thrilling time in your life. And it’s easy to get swept up in that excitement and forget about the additional fees that need to be covered before you get the keys. Here’s 3 of the biggest costs you should plan for when buying... Land Transfer Tax - In Barrie, this is usually calculated on a scale of up to 2% of the home’s value, and can add a few thousand dollars to your...

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3 Easy Ways To Add Equity To Your Home

8/9/2017
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The road to selling a home can be a long one, and even if you aren’t planning to move in the near future, continually adding value to your home is a great strategy to ensure that when you do need to sell, you’ve got a valuable asset. And it’s easy to get started! Here’s 3 easy ways you can add equity to your home... Plant a Tree - Plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Properly placed shade trees will up the curb appeal, and can cut your a/c costs by...

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3 Amazing Barrie Businesses

8/2/2017
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Barrie is growing both as a city, and as a centre of commerce, and that’s reflected in the wide range of diverse businesses that have popped up here over the years. Here’s 3 amazing local businesses that you should get to know a little better… BJ Records! Barrie’s premier destination for all things vinyl, you can also find old movie posters, T-shirts and other music memorabilia on their shelves, they’re located on Clapperton street. ENTREE LAUNCH: This organization provides youth age 11 to...

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Real Estate Myth Busting Part 2

7/26/2017
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Last month we talked about one of the most common Myths about Real Estate agents...that all of us are rich. Today we’ll examine another one...the myth that Realtors collude with each other to drive up prices. Unfortunately it’s true that this has happened in a few rare, but well publicized cases. But for the vast majority of Realtors it never happens because it’s unethical, illegal and not worth the effort. When you consider the amount of time and effort a Realtor puts into a sale and the...

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What Happens To A Deposit When A Deal Falls Apart?

7/12/2017
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Selling and buying are never easy, and it can get even more complicated (and expensive) when a house sale falls through in the final stages. There are a number of reasons this might happen, but when it does the question we get asked immediately is what happens to the deposit? That depends on what stage of the sale you were in when the sale went sour. If it’s during the ‘conditional’ part, then the buyers will get the deposit returned, as long as the reason the deal died was due to one of...

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3 Barrie Charities You Can Get Involved With

7/5/2017
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Our incredible country just turned 150 and we’d all agree that a big part of what makes us the best nation in the world is our giving natures. With that in mind here’s 3 amazing Barrie charities that you can get involved with right now. CANDLELIGHTERS SIMCOE - This organization helps families who are dealing with children battling cancer, they provide ongoing support groups, therapy sessions and education programs. http://www.candlelighterssimcoe.ca/ YOUTHHAVEN BARRIE - This is the only...

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Real Estate Myth Busting Part 1

6/28/2017
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You’ve probably seen or read one of the thousands of articles or blog posts that claim to reveal “the secrets Real Estate agents don’t want you to know” Articles like these have led to many misconceptions about the Real Estate industry which are generally accepted as true, even though they’re mostly false. Today we’ll do some Real Estate Myth Busting by looking at the most common one...that all Realtors are Rich. While it’s true that a select few in most cities are earning a great income,...

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Fun Day Trips From Barrie

6/21/2017
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With the kids getting out of school next week, it’s the perfect time to start planning family fun for the summer. Luckily, Barrie is driving distance to a ton of interesting destinations, here’s 3 Day Trips STRATFORD - Justin Bieber’s home town is about 2 hours away and in addition to hosting it’s annual theatre festival, the city is home to oodles of interesting history, plenty of little shops and some of the best ice cream in the province. HALTON TRAIN MUSEUM - This is the perfect spot...

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Does Living on a Busy Street Impact Home Value?

6/14/2017
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If you live on a busy street and are thinking about selling, you might also be thinking...is all the traffic and noise around here going to drag down my house value? The truth is..maybe. Houses on quieter streets usually get a few more dollars on the open market, but busier streets aren’t all bad new for buyers..here’s how to maximize your house value. Do everything you can to make the house more attractive to buyers; hire a professional stager, repair any defects, landscape and manicure the...

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Are Cottages A Good Investment?

6/7/2017
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Anyone who has spent a weekend at a cottage has probably entertained the idea of owning their own vacation home. And although the cottage lifestyle is very enticing, there’s a few things you should consider before diving in to a lakeside property. For instance, even with a good size down payment, getting financing and insurance for a cabin in a remote location could be more challenging than a home in the city. And in the short term, a cottage isn’t likely to appreciate in value at the same...

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