how to clean quickly

Have you ever been relaxing on the weekend or after work and thought, “I really need to clean this place up?” At that very moment, the phone rings and it’s your friend/Mom/sister who wants to pop by for a moment to return that thing they borrowed/have coffee/talk about what’s happening.... [Read More]

barrie real estate

What’s going on in the real estate market this month? Watch the above video or read our summary below to find out: Canada’s Real Estate Market Housing market conditions from October into November remained similar in terms of inventory and sales, as did the average home price. Home Sales Activity... [Read More]

The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one. Many people signify this fresh start with a New Year’s resolution. If you’re a homeowner, here are a few New Years resolutions for homeowners, that you may... [Read More]

christmas traditions

The holiday season is such a great time to spend with family and friends. There are so many things about the holiday season that remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and every family has their own holiday traditions, activities and events. We polled our team and came up... [Read More]

fireplace safety tips

Once the chilly winter sets in here in Barrie there are few things more enjoyable than warming up by the fireplace. Many households have a wood burning fireplace for warmth, entertainment and enjoyment. That being said they aren’t a maintenance free part of your home. We want you to enjoy... [Read More]

Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

Traditionally the holiday season is a time when many sellers take their homes off the market. They don’t want to bother with showings at a time of year that revolves around family and holiday get togethers, but there are 5 excellent reasons why you should list your home during the... [Read More]

prepare your home for winter

With the Fall season coming to a close we are faced with the beginning of a hearty Canadian Winter, which is hard to ignore here in Barrie when you wake up to snow! November is traditionally the month where people switch to snow tires and start taking immune boosters to... [Read More]

If you’re going to give treats, it’s important to keep your home safe for the kids who will be visiting. Here are some tips to help the trick-or-treaters feel welcome and safe. Let there be light Make sure you’ve got the exterior well lit, including porch light and spotlight if... [Read More]

warning signs of a haunted house

As we get closer to Halloween next Thursday there has been a lot of talk about haunted houses: buying them, living in them and how to tell if you’re home, or potential home is haunted. A survey conducted by Realtor.com even discovered that 62% of respondents ‘would’ or ‘might’ consider... [Read More]

swimming pool

Homeowners who are ready to move sometimes think that they need to make some quick improvements to either add value to the home or increase the likelihood that it will sell quickly. Although it may add perceived value to the current homeowner, prospective buyers are not likely to be impressed... [Read More]

thanksgiving barrie

October, and Thanksgiving in general, is a great time of year to remind us all of what we are thankful for, and to give and spread thanks among friends, family and our community. Here at the Peggy Hill Team we’re not only thankful for the opportunity we have to help... [Read More]

why mortgage rates are going up

October Real Estate News & Numbers Home Sales Activity (September) – Canada: 40,500, Barrie & District sales were 384 units, an increase of 12% from last September  Average Home Price (September) – Canada: $378,000, up 8.1% from last year. down 1.1% from last month. The average price in the Barrie &... [Read More]

home inventory checklist

Homeowner’s insurance, though not always required, is one of the best ways to protect the investment you’ve made in your home. In the event of a disaster, most insurance companies will go out of their way to help you replace your possessions after a fire, flood, tornado or theft. You... [Read More]

canadian real estate market

News articles and speculation about the Canadian real estate market have certainly changed their tune since the beginning of this year, when everyone was ranting and raving about how much doom and gloom we were in for in Canada’s real estate market in 2013. Now after a jump in sales... [Read More]

home superstitions

13 Home Superstitions for Friday the 13th It only happens once or twice year, the dreaded Friday the 13th! Maybe it’s due to the popularity of the 1980’s movies by the same name, but our culture has a collective fear of the number 13 and Friday the 13th in particular.... [Read More]

why mortgage rates are going up

I read a really great article this morning that talked about why mortgage rates are going up here in Canada. The article, written by Erica Alini from Canadian Business, explains how the recent economic recovery in the United States is pushing up mortgage rates here in Canada. I’d like to... [Read More]

real estate market update - keller williams

An Update on The Barrie Real Estate Market Canadian Real Estate Market Home sales activity 39,000 Average price of $386,000 1 year fixed rate closed mortgage rate dipped to 3.14% The Barrie Real Estate Market Home sales activity in July for the Barrie area was up 19% from 2012 with... [Read More]

barrie spirit catcher

We are finally heading into a weekend in Barrie that promises blue skies and sunshine! So what will you be doing to take advantage of this great summer weather? There are lots of events and festivals going on in and around Barrie this weekend, to take advantage of, from live... [Read More]

freshen up a room

Look around any room in your home. Is it starting to look boring and drab? Maybe even dated? Chances are, you don’t need to buy new furniture, new décor, or even new paint. You may just need to change things up a bit. Rearranging the furniture in your living room,... [Read More]

why mortgage rates are going up

Canada & Barrie Real Estate Market in July 2013 Home sales Activity (Canada wide) – 37,800, 310 sales (residential) in Barrie Average home price (Canada wide) of $388,900, the Barrie average being  $317,727 1 year fixed-rate closed mortgage rate came in at 3.14% If you have any questions about the Barrie real estate... [Read More]

low maintenance lawn alternatives

As we head into the ‘heat’ of the summer here in Barrie, lawn maintenance duties seem to multiply: Cut the grass, water the lawn, weed the flower beds, weed the lawn, treat the lawn, fertilize the lawn … and the list goes on! But if you’re like most people it’s... [Read More]

6 tips to help your yard stand out
barrie real estate market

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, or CMHC released their Spring Market Outlook for Barrie this morning; their forecasts seem to contradict some of the ‘bubble’ talk that we’ve seen in the media lately. Here is a summary of what you should know: Barrie Resale Home Market The Barrie real... [Read More]

home organization tips for pet owners

Having pets is often times, much like having kids. They leave their toys out around the house, don’t clean up after themselves and sometimes make messes! There is a way however that you can keep your pets happy and keep your home tidy. In honour of ‘Take your dog to... [Read More]

Title Insurance

If you are in the process of purchasing a new home you may have come across the term ‘Title Insurance’ when looking into closing costs, but just what exactly is title insurance and what kind of benefits does it provide? Title insurance has been a routine part of home purchases... [Read More]