real estate june 2013

Keller Williams This Month in Real Estate With John Furber- June 2013 Home Sales Activity was at a pace of 36,000, down 8% from last year Average Home Price: $380,600 is up 1% from 2012 and up 0.5% from last month 1 year fixed-rate closed mortgage at 3.0% As always... [Read More]

barrie transit

Getting around Barrie and the surrounding area will be easier this summer, as two major transit improvements get underway. In a City of Barrie press release this past Wednesday, it was announced that by August of this summer Barrie transit service will extend to Essa Township and CFB Borden. The... [Read More]

RED Day 2103

The appropriately named RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is an initiative started by Keller Williams International where Keller Williams Associates across North America can show their commitment to the local community by volunteering with a local charity or community project. Every year on the second Thursday... [Read More]

get your patio ready for summer

With the warm weather here to stay, homes, restaurants and businesses all around Barrie are preparing for a popular summer tradition in Ontario, patio season! A patio gives you and your family a chance to relax, unwind, enjoy the outdoors and get away from it all, all in the comfort... [Read More]

Haggling for Mortgage Rates

Special thanks to our friend Helen at for this weeks guest Blog: Haggling Leads to better Mortgage Deals To haggle means to bargain or wrangle over the price of a product, service, or commodity. It’s something that a lot of fervent shoppers are familiar with. In our fiercely modern world, however,... [Read More]


Although it might not feel much like Spring here in Barrie today, it is! And that means the time for Spring cleaning is just around the corner! Cleaning out and organizing your closet may seem like a low priority but if you simply want to get more organized or are... [Read More]

earth hour

For 7 years now lights across the globe have been going out in honour of Earth Hour, an initiative that was launched to bring communities across the world together to celebrate our commitment to protecting the planet. Earth Hour asks participants simply to turn off the lights to show their... [Read More]

As the snow begins to melt and Barrie (finally!) starts to experience some above zero temperatures, it’s almost time to start that dreaded Spring cleaning! Our friends at Direct Energy have reminded us that this is also a great time to check for ways that you can make you home... [Read More]

carbon monoxide detector

We found this article from Dave’s Corner at Direct Energy that we wanted to share with you, it contains some great facts about Carbon Monoxide that you should know: Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, tasteless and invisible poisonous gas that is a by-product from incomplete fuel combustion and can... [Read More]

barrie home sales up in january

Both the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS® released their January statistics at the end of last week.  Over-all the outlook for the housing market both nationally and locally is positive for 2013. National home sales edged up 1.3% for January 2013 over... [Read More]

family day activities

Families across Ontario and right here in Barrie are approaching our first holiday long weekend of the year, Family Day on Monday February 18th. Family Day became a provincial statutory holiday in 2008, following the lead of Saskatchewan in 2007. The purpose of Family Day is to enable workers to... [Read More]

keller williams barrie new office

Here at The Peggy Hill Team we’ve seen a lot of changes in the past few months. In December we joined forces with a new brokerage in town, Keller Williams, and became The Peggy Hill Team at Keller Williams Experience Realty. Now we’ll be seeing even more change as Keller... [Read More]

Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

Many Barrie buyers wait for the spring market to start looking for homes. The weather is nice and the kids are almost done the school year, but there are some benefits to buying in the winter! Because most people wait until the Spring to buy, lenders aren’t as busy and... [Read More]

6 tips for selling your home in the winter

Traditionally in the Barrie real estate market, most sellers wait until the Spring to list their homes for sale. This presents an opportunity for those sellers who do choose to list their homes in January – less competition! Here are some tips for protecting yourself when selling your home during... [Read More]

2013 housing market
Mild Correction Expected for The Housing Market

A great article by Tara Perkins from the Globe & Mail on the housing market: Real estate agency Royal LePage expects Canada’s housing market to go through a mild correction in coming months, but is predicting that the average national home price will be 1 percent higher by the end... [Read More]

why gta housing market will stay strong in 2013

During the last quarter of 2012 there was a lot of uncertainty about the housing market in Canada, Toronto and right here at home in Barrie. Some economists were even calling for housing crash, but we came into 2013 with no crash and we aren’t likely to see one in... [Read More]

canadas most expensive streets - bay st toronto

I read an interesting article this morning from REM Online about the top most expensive streets for office space in Canada that I wanted to share with you. Can you guess which street is the most expensive?  Read the article below to find out: Jones Lang LaSalle recently revealed the... [Read More]

barrie vs toronto real estate

The housing market slow down has hit the whole province, but is being felt even more deeply in Ontario’s largest city. To read more about the latest statistics on Toronto’s real estate market,  please read The BNN article by Brady Yauch below: The slowdown in Canada’s housing market is taking hold... [Read More]

the peggy hill team keller williams experience

Peggy Hill, a prominent figure in Barrie real estate, is thrilled to announce some exciting changes! Peggy Hill & Associates has now become The Peggy Hill Team, part of Barrie’s newest real estate brokerage, Keller Williams Experience Realty, Brokerage. Keller Williams is North America’s fastest growing real estate company. They... [Read More]

Is your Furnace Winter Ready

Is your furnace winter ready? Once the fall leaves begin falling off the trees, it’s a sure sign that a Barrie winter won’t be far behind! While most people don’t give much thought to their furnace until it comes time to turn it on, experts actually recommend a few pre-winter... [Read More]

Save Money on your next move

Moving can be an expensive and stressful time, but in Barrie it doesn’t have to be! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make sure your move goes smoothly; all you need is to plan ahead. There are many Barrie companies that can help and many ways... [Read More]

halloween safety tips

 It’s that time of year again! Time for children young and old to participate in the  age old North American tradition of dressing up to trick or treat for delicious candy treats! Make sure your kids stay safe this Halloween by following these tips for Safe Kids Canada and the... [Read More]

barrie real estate

Real estate and the real estate market has been a hot topic in the media this year, especially in the last few months. The reports can be confusing; one day we’re facing “The burst of the real estate bubble!” and the next “Prices are rising and sales are up!”. Some... [Read More]