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Found 16 blog entries published by Shirley Arthur.

Well...It is that time of year again when thoughts lean towards going back to school There is still time to find your preferred school district in Barrie. 

Public schools in Barrie   Catholic schools in Barrie      

We can answer questions you may have about the different neigbourhoods in Barrie and surrounding areas. We can also show you different homes within the areas which are of interest to you and your family. 

If you are just moving to Barrie you will find our city to have numerous diverse neighbourhoods with schools capable of accommodating all the needs of students within our city.

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1. Learn what your credit score is. The banks and other mortgage lenders are looking for  people with credit scores of 650 for higher. Find out what your credit score.


2. If you credit score needs strengthening then here is what you need to do the fix that:

               a. pay off your credit card debits

                b. learn to pay bills on time

                c. resolve any credit disputes or delinquencies

A stronger credit score will help you to get a lower interest rate on your mortgage.


3. Once your score is over 650 then apply to a mortgage lender to find out how much you qualify for.

                Make sure it is a pre-approval not a pre-qualification. What is the difference?

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 Multiple uses

This property has loads to offer! It's location in Hawkestone with almost 3 acres zoned LI is just the beginning.  The whole property being zoned LI (local Industrial) allows for lots of different commercial uses. It also features 2 road exposure.The double garage or workshop has its own double driveway off 12th line, while the 1327 s. f. bungalow has its own attached garage and is off Ridge Rd.

Bungalow with In Law Potential

The bungalow sports a fully finished basement adding an addtional 1340 s.f. of living space. It features 3 + 1 bedrooms, hardwood flooring, views of Lake Simcoe, plus a walk up from the basement to both the back yard and the garage.

Gorgeous Hidden Garden

The gorgeous private back yard has gardens plus a

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Asking - $2,400,000



Punta Chame is an easy 90 minute drive from Panama City. It is a peninsula which juts into the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by serene lakes and farmland. In the west are mountains so the vistas are constantly changing. The area is very popular with developers and ex-patriots.


Features of the Resort

 8 - one-bedroom fully furnished homes

2 - two bedroom fully furnished homes 

2 - poolside fully furnished units


Social Area:


Classic Rock Bar

Tiki Swing Bar

Bar equipment

75’ X 28′ Pool

Gym and equipment

Outdoor showers and bathrooms

5 commercial units

20 lots for building future homes

Large covered area suitable for banquets,

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 Popular Resort area of Punta Charme

The 22 hectare parcel of land is a beautiful piece of property that sits up in the highlands on the road to Punta Chame. 

Located 15 minutes from Coronado with major shopping, banking and 10 minutes to the beach.

The property is paid for with no liens and encumbrances. 

It features breath-taking views over 1000 ft above sea level. 

Numerous five star resorts and marinas are being built in the area.

Lot prices

Lots selling in the area of Coronado with no ocean or mountain view are selling for $125/sq mt 

Property is listed for 20 dollars a sq meter




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The location of 1012 Leslie Dr., Innisfil, is superb. Not only is it located on a quiet cul-de-sac but but backs to a ravine for even more privacy. The premium lot is 176 feet deep on one side and over 180 on the other. This allows lots of room for the many beautiful trees and gardens.

This home has been well maintained. It features: open concept living space, an eat-in kitchen with a walkout to a covered deck, 3 bedrooms up, the master has both an en suite and walk in closet. Plus there is a huge room over the garage which could become a spacious main floor family room.

In Law Potential

The basement is exceptional with its extra high ceilings, cozy fireplace, bedroom and 3 piece bathroom. The windows are above ground which lets in the light.

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Amazing private yard with pool all for your private entertaining! Only minutes from Barrie, Angus and HWY 400. Only 15 minutes from Base Borden. Come home and relax why bother with a cottage and its long drive when you can have all this in your own backyard.


This gorgeous yard features a custom gazebo next to this large welcoming pool. No neighbours to be heard or seen. Just you and a quiet relaxing day.


The house is move in ready and features; private yard with pool,4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, updated kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a walk out to a large deck overlooking the pool, hardwood floors, newly renovated bathroom, a custom bar with a live edge counter top. What more do you need for your entertaining needs. 


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Barrie Ice Fishing 

Embrace the winter and enjoy the bright cold February days. The City of Barrie has an ice fishing tournament. The 13th annual Barrie ice fishing tournament happened on February 16th, this year. It is an example of the great sport of ice fishing, where you can bring your family and enjoy the day!

Ice Huts

These are water and wind resistant structures which are pulled out onto the ice by a truck or snowmobile. Some are permanent structures while others can be packed up when not in use. There is a variety of sizes but most small with room for 2 or more people, a small heater and of course a hole in the ice from which to fish.

Many people do this activity as family or social time, taking the whole family or friends for the day. Some people have

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We all ask how the 2019 real estate forecast will look like. Right now it seems that it will be a similar year to last year with more homes on the market and less buyers looking.

Reasons for the 2019 Real Estate Forecast 

The number one reason for fewer buyers is the slow increase in mortgage rates which will continue this year. This makes it harder for millennial buyers who make up about 45% of new mortgages to step into the market.

Generation Xers who make up about 37% of mortgages have an easier time of it as they are moving up. They can use the equity from their current home and just add a mortgage payment which fits into their monthly budget to determine how much home they can afford. Many of these buyers bought just before the big real

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In our fast paced society one of the more popular homes is the extended family home. It is popular for several reasons here are a few of them.

Cost of Buying a Home

Recently the mortgage rates have gone up which means new buyers can afford less home. This along with the recent stress test for carry a mortgage which was implemented last year has really stopped buyers in their tracks. How to overcome this well here is what some young couples do.

Married couples, friends, or like minded people are getting together and purchasing a single home together. It can be a single family home with lots of separate living areas or a home which has an actual separate entrance to an apartment. What ever the type these people are co-owners. This is a clever

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