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Barrie Homes: World Autism Awareness Day 2011 - 03/31/11 04:58 PM
Please join me in raising awareness for World Autism Awareness Day this Saturday April 2nd. Each year this day is used to raise awareness around the globe about Autism and the growing number of children being diagnosed each year. Early diagnosis and early intervention are crucial when it comes to Autism, visit AO's Simcoe Chapter website for information about the warning signs, treatments and how you can help. Check out some local events to help support the cause: The Simcoe Chapter of Autism Ontario will have a booth set up at the Georgian Mall this Saturday. They will be handing out (0 comments)
Barrie Homes: How to buy your kids a house - 03/28/11 12:40 PM
If you've come to that point in your life when your children are contemplating renting or entering the housing market, then you've come to the right place! Our friends at the Financial Post have written a great article on the different options available to you and their tax implications. Read on for more information ... Jonathan Chevreau, Financial Post · Mar. 10, 2011 | Last Updated: Mar. 11, 2011 2:21 PM ET Many Baby Boomers have paid-for homes, while their grown children are contemplating entering the housing market. Instead of letting them rent during their first foray after leaving the nest, (0 comments)
Barrie Homes: Keeping up with the Industry - 03/28/11 08:22 AM
We've all experienced the hectic pace of business today, and there are many reasons or "excuses" you can use to justify the fact that you're too busy, but in today's connected society I believe it's more important than ever to make continuous learning one of your top priorities. Successful professionals block time for learning and incorporate the value of learning into their culture and the way that they do business. There are many ways that you can fit reading into your schedule, forego that extra 20 minutes on Facebook and set aside that time for reading. Tim Sanders, a former Yahoo! (1 comments)
Barrie Homes: Easy Energy-Saving Ideas for Spring - 03/24/11 04:49 PM
Spring is finally upon us, which means things will be heating up in no time...including your electric bill. In today's economy and in the Barrie real estate market, it's important to reduce expenses wherever possible, especially those costs related to your home. As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have seen how seemingly small steps in home maintenance can yield big results in terms of savings. Whenever working with clients, therefore, I make sure to point out the various ways they can save energy. Not only is it good for the environment, it's good for your (1 comments)
HST: Less than expected Impact on Income - 03/20/11 08:25 PM
In a paper written by Michael Smart and released by the University of Calgary it has been determined that the Harmonized Sales Tax implemented in Ontario had less of an effect on consumer's wallets than expected. The introduction of this tax reform was widely debated among consumers, politicians and businesses with many arguing that the consumer would take much of the burden. The paper acknowledges that HST did cause some consumer prices to increase, but that the reduction in taxes paid on business inputs has offset those increases, with the overall impact increasing prices by just 0.6%. Professor Smart concluded that (0 comments)
Barrie Real Estate: Canadas Biggest Banks Lowering Rates for Fixed Mortgages - 03/20/11 02:04 PM
In February many of Canada's banks raised their mortgage rates as investors grew more confident in equity markets and the global economy appeared to be growing stronger. However it's no secret that the tragic events in Japan and the resulting potential for a nuclear disaster have shaken investors confidence all over the globe. These recent events could create serious problems for the global economy As a result some of Canada's largest banks are making mortgage change announcements. TD Bank, CIBC, Desjardins and National Bank are dropping their fixed 5 year closed rates to 5.34%, Scotia has announced a drop to 5.29% (1 comments)
Barrie Real Estate: Top 5 Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful - 03/18/11 02:22 PM
Moving into your brand new home is one of the happiest, most exciting moments of your life. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful. The perils and pitfalls of packing up your possessions and safely moving them to another location -- whether around the corner or across state lines -- can turn this momentous occasion into a nightmare. As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have helped many clients over the years not just find the home of their dreams, but smoothly move into it as well. There are several important steps to (1 comments)
Barrie Homes - Top 5 Tips for Tackling Home Improvement Projects - 03/11/11 10:27 AM
In the do-it-yourself age we live in, many Barrie homeowners are ready and willing to take on home-improvement projects themselves. But while you may be ready and willing, the real question is, are you really "able?" I have access to many great home-improvement resources thanks to being part of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®. The following advice comes from HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse. Heed these suggestions before you embark on your next project: Focus on projects that will pay you back. For example, if you're dealing with hot or cold weather, try to lower heating and cooling bills by properly (0 comments)
March Break Activities in Barrie – March 14th to 18th 2011 - 03/10/11 10:55 AM
March Break gives kids and parents alike a chance to explore the activities and events in their local community. If you're looking for ways to entertain your kids this March break there's plenty going on in Barrie and the surrounding area. From free events to March break camps there's something for every budget and every interest! Check out my list of fun and exciting activities in Barrie this March break: March Break Camps MacLaren Art Centre The MacLaren Art Centre is offering morning and afternoon half-day March Break Camp programs; Kinder Artist Camp (3-5 yrs), Create your own Comics (9-14 yrs) (0 comments)
What You Need to Look for in a Real Estate Professional - 03/03/11 04:31 PM
Let's face it -- in today's challenging economy, every penny you can save matters. That's why some homeowners go it alone when it comes time to sell their home. However, according to a recent survey conducted by the Multiple Listing Service MLS, the vast majority of consumers say working with a real estate professional is the only way to go ... especially in today's market. In this landmark study examining the home-buying and -selling preferences of consumers in the Mid-Atlantic region, 95% reported that working with a real estate professional is just as important, if not more important, than it was (3 comments)
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