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One Minute With The One Group - Best Places in Ontario To Invest In

7/11/2018
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Despite what you might hear in the news, Ontario is still booming with Real Estate investment choices. In this week's One Minute With The One Group podcast, we reveal 3 of the best destinations for investment in the province

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Renovations: DIY or Hire a Pro?

7/4/2018
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One of the most common dilemmas owners face when it comes to home improvement projects is whether you should hire a professional or go the DIY route and potentially save some money. While there is no one size fits all answer, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself to help decide whether to swing a hammer or write a cheque. The most important aspects to consider before you begin are things like, Do you enjoy physical work? Are you reliable, and patient, meaning once the...

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Avoid Internal Pollutants in Your Home

5/30/2018
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A Renovation project may pretty up your home, but have you thought about the effect it might have on the air you breath? Chemical Pollutants released from common things such as finishings, paints and even carpets can potentially cause issues with your home’s air quality, especially if it’s an older house. But you can safeguard yourself and your family with a few easy preventive measures. First off, check the label of all the products you are using. Look for a Green Seal or Global Organic...

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Rent To Own - Is It For You?

5/17/2018
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As sale prices rise and mortgage rules tighten, it is becoming more challenging for first time buyers to get into the Real Estate market. And for some, a Rent To Own program might seem like a path to ownership. But what does it entail? Basically, a homeowner rents to a tenant with a portion of the rent counting toward a deposit, with the tenant having the option to buy the home for a predetermined price at the end of the lease. But there are potential pitfalls. For the investor, the...

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Should Commute Time Be A Home Buying Consideration?

5/11/2018
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When you’re looking at potential homes, there is much to consider, things like how many bedrooms, and the state of the roof, but one important aspect that we tend to ignore…and that’s your commute time. Recent studies have discovered that people with the longest commutes tend to have lower overall satisfaction with life, and that even high paying jobs don’t provide enough wealth to comfortably offset the costs of vehicle maintenance and transit. Longer hours away from home also mean...

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First Time Real Investment Tips

5/7/2018
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FIRST TIME REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TIPS Real estate investing has produced some of the world’s wealthiest people, so there are plenty of reasons to view property ownership as a money maker. But like any investment, it’s vital to do research before diving in with your hard earned cash. Here’s a few starter tips… DON’T BUY A FIXER UPPER - It’s tempting to look for a house that you can get at a bargain and flip it into a rental property. But in that case, you’re likely to pay a lot to...

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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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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

Duration:00:29:48

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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