barrie real estate: Real Estate commissions vs a weekly paycheck - 01/27/14 01:56 AM
 
The weekly paycheque or the commission check, which is better?     Realtor's are overpaid for what we do. I am reminded of this often. One of the things that enticed me as it does many others to the business was those fat commission cheques I heard about. 

Let's take a look at how money flows in the business of Real Estate compared to most businesses where employees receive a pay cheque at the end of each week. That pay cheque most receive as a salaried or by-the-hour employee is their portion of profits generated after all of the expenses incurred in generating … (99 comments)

barrie real estate: 2013 Ends on a high note for Barrie area Real Estate Sales - 01/08/14 05:45 AM

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 201 units in December 2013. This was a rebound of 17 per cent from last year’s weaker December. Within the City of Barrie sales activity was up 22 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 118 residential sales in December.
A total of 4,648 homes traded hands in the region in 2013. This was up by 1.6 per cent from 2012, marking the best annual sales figure since 2007 and one of the best years on record.
“Home sales sprang back … (1 comments)

barrie real estate: KW: This month in Real Estate - January - 01/06/14 12:59 PM
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barrie real estate: An off centred look back at 2013 - 12/28/13 02:51 AM
 

Controversy sells. While this isn't  a fresh, or untested notion by any means, I think 2013 will come to be remembered as the year it became accepted as a bona fide and deliberate marketing tool to get and hold our attention. Many qualifying controversies seemed to appear one right after the other in 2013. 
A significant portion of us like to see people succeed yet there is a far more devouring and seemingly growing apatite out there for watching our more accomplished members of society overstep the lines and or get busted on it. Call it car crash syndrome and it is significant enough … (10 comments)

barrie real estate: Barrie and Area October 2013 Real Estate Market Report - 11/04/13 01:55 AM
 
Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 394 units in October 2013. This was up two per cent from last October.
Within the City of Barrie sales activity was up seven per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 244 residential sales in October.
“Resale housing demand in the region has been very strong since the spring, and that continued in October with sales actually setting a new record for the month,” said Wendy Elzner, President of the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®. “Some 4,174 … (2 comments)

barrie real estate: How will Barrie look 20 years from now? - 10/21/13 03:56 AM
 
Are there incentives for one to move a family from a large metropolitan environment like Toronto, to a more rural setting like Barrie Ontario? 
 

For my parents and many others back in the early 70's when Barrie had a mere 30,000 population, that incentive was comparatively affordable housing.
For my father, driving north from the big city to the under construction Holiday Inn in Barrie was a daily contrast for six months between a bustling city with horizons hash-marked by industrial smoke stacks and Barrie's unfetid sunsets where the tempo of living was more self determined. Incentives that … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Latest Barrie Real Estate Market Stats appear strong. - 09/11/13 02:09 AM
                      Barrie & District home sales hold steady in August                                   Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 398 units in August 2013. This was little changed from last August, marking a decline of just two per cent (eight sales).
Within the City of Barrie sales activity was down 10 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 236 residential sales … (2 comments)

barrie real estate: Renter to Buyer - Realizing the goal of owning a home - 09/04/13 01:39 AM
 

I see so many who want to own a home who earn enough household income to carry a home, yet that down payment requirement keeps them renting, often for years and years. If you are renting a home you are already in effect paying a mortgage, just not your own. You are also putting some extra cash each month into someone else's pocket while their property increases in value each year on your investment. 
Without taking some active steps to change from home renter to home owner, one year leads into the next and the opportunity in many cases … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Barrie July 2013 Real Estate Statistics - 08/22/13 12:48 AM
  Near-record July for Barrie & District home sales  
Within the City of Barrie sales activity was up nine per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 277 residential sales in July.
“While home sales in the City of Barrie recorded a healthy year-over-year gain in July, activity in the surrounding townships actually set a new July record, and that’s what pushed the overall sales figure for the region to its second highest level ever for the month of July,” said Wendy Elzner, President of the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®. “While demand is up, supply … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: May was an active month for Barrie and area Real Estate Sales - 06/05/13 11:32 AM
  Second best May ever for Barrie & District home sales  
Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 592 units in May 2013, rising nine per cent from May 2012.
Within the City of Barrie sales activity rose four per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 333 residential sales in May.
“The City of Barrie saw more homes sold in May than in any other month in more than three years, which is great news, but it’s in surrounding communities where demand has really taken … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Those who can..... Do - 04/08/13 12:34 AM
    ***** Did you ever wonder how the guy who owns the biggest for-sale-by-owner company in the country sells his own home?     Well you can stop wondering. 
 
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ForSalebyOwner.com founder gives up on own listing, hires real estate broker
Former FSBO CEO sells home the traditional way Founder and former CEO of ForSalebyOwner.com, Colby Sambrotto listed his 2,000 square foot New York condominium on his own through online classified ads and FSBO sites, but after six months, he opted to hire New York broker Jesse Buckler who immediately advised a price change as the listing … (1 comments)

barrie real estate: Barrie Real Estate Market Statistics for March 2013 - 04/04/13 04:34 AM
Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 360 units in March 2013. This was a decline of 14 per cent from last March.Within the City of Barrie sales activity was down by a smaller 11 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 222 residential sales in March.“Resale housing activity has been cruising at a lower altitude since last November, and that trend continued in March with the year-over-year decline reflecting a comparison to stronger levels of demand early last year,” said Wendy Elzner, President of the … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Talking homes at the Canadian Real Estate Association AGM - 03/28/13 05:35 AM
The Canadian Real Estate Association's Annual general meeting was held in Ottawa this past weekend. I don't think you can gain a more front line, up to the minute, sense of the health and direction of the housing industry from one end of Canada to the other than by spending 3 days with more than 300 front line troops from literally every inhabitible part of the country.

To summarize the many dozens of conversations I had with representatives from this countries real estate boards, I can say that the activity in each of their respective markets attests to the fact that Canadians are still actively buying … (1 comments)

barrie real estate: "Look it up" CREA 2013 Realtor promotion video - 03/26/13 05:14 AM
 

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barrie real estate: Barrie's future growth will continue to come from GTA escapees. - 03/16/13 05:12 AM
 
Toronto recently surpassed Chicago taking on the title as being North America's fourth most populous city.
Already the largest city in Canada, Toronto's new population estimate is 2.79 million — beating Chicago's 2.7 million people. The numbers do not include the surrounding metropolitan areas (Vaughn, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham etc.) which more than double that number again. While the number of inhabitants has doubled in the past 50 years, Toronto has not seen a major inter city transit or roadway expansion in that time.
Toronto City Council boasted the city's new ranking in their annual Economic Dashboard summary. The report added that Toronto's … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Comparing Canadian House (real cost) Prices - 03/14/13 04:58 AM
 
I try to avoid starting stories with "Back in the day" or  "I remember when", because I remember when back in the day people who talked like that sounded like old farts to me. If you were around to watch the first moon landing as I was, albeit I was very young at the time, there is no escaping the use of these catch phrases now and again to make a point.
  That same year Neil Armstrong uttered those historic words from the moon (1969), my parents took delivery of a shiny new washer and dryer set. When the Eaton's delivery truck pulled in … (1 comments)

barrie real estate: Barrie Ontario January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics - 02/07/13 01:11 AM
Barrie & District home sales up in January Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 225 units in January 2013. This was an increase of three per cent from the same month in 2012.
Within the City of Barrie, however, sales activity fell 10 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 128 residential sales in January.
“Resale housing activity for the region as a whole had good start to the year, with activity posting the best month of January in five years,” said Wendy Elzner, President … (1 comments)

barrie real estate: Municipal land transfer taxes - just one more obstacle to future home ownership - 01/24/13 06:10 AM
 

Having to find additional ways to generate new revenue streams is where many Ontario municipalities, including our own, find themselves as they attempt to balance the books in 2013. Unfortunatly, homeowners are typically the principle targets turned to for additional revenues when the well runs dry.
The following letter from the assistant director of public relation for the Ontario Real Estate Association outlines how municiple land transfer taxes are being considered as one possible revenue generating action home owners in various Ontario municipalities may face in the near future. Such a tax could further inflate local home prices … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: 2013 Barrie Real Estate Market - 01/22/13 08:32 AM

What Kind of real estate market is Barrie in for in 2013?

I hosted open-houses each weekend so far in 2013. Mid winter open-houses in Barrie, for those determined enough to host them, typically provide the solitude for a Realtor to catch up on some paperwork or get in some reading. I have set up my signs in the middle of winter whiteouts recently fully expecting the next two hours were going to be a snore. Not so far this year.
Instead I find myself literally on my feet talking with visitors the whole time. Much of that time … (0 comments)

barrie real estate: Barrie Real Estate market statistics - 01/11/13 01:41 AM
Barrie real estate statistics summary for 2012
Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 172 units in December 2012. This was a decrease of just under 10 per cent from the same month in 2011.
Within the City of Barrie sales activity declined 15 per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 97 residential sales in December.
“Resale housing activity was little changed in December from what we saw in November, and that’s in line with the broader trend that saw demand trending at lower levels for … (0 comments)

 
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