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What the CNE looked like in the 1970s

The Canadian National Exhibition of the 1970s was a technicolor super dream of deep-fried food, neon lights, and eye-popping paint. For 18 days every year, the Tornado rollercoaster hurtled around its metal track, the Sky Diver ferris wheel tipped screaming riders through endless, nauseating barrel rolls, and the erratic Wild Mouse dispensed whiplash injuries. Elsewhere, the popular menagerie ...

5 Tips to avoid Roof Repair Problems !

Where other home upgrades are purely elective, roof repairs aren't a choice; they're essential. Besides being critically important to personal comfort, structural integrity, and the resale value of your home, roofing ranks among the largest and most expensive projects a homeowner can undertake. The significant costs involved motivate some ambitious do-it-yourselfers to do the work on their own. ...

Buyers warned about increasing fraud cases

Buyers warned about increasing fraud cases The loss of over $12 million in a major fraud case should be a warning to other buyers to be more vigilant and not so quick to hand over cash. Buyers need to wake up to the threat of fraud in real estate or they could face huge losses. That is the warning in the wake of the fraud case involving Toronto-based lawyer Meerai Cho. She represented the developer ...

Quirky tactics that agents sometimes use to sell homes

When you choose a real estate agent, the decision should be about more than the cost of their commission. It should be also be about their ability to market your home to the widest possible group of potential buyers. While you have to beware of gimmicks, what you’re looking for is creativity and techniques that stand out from the pack. Here are a few examples: Arty Basinski, of ...

What Are the Time Tested, High Return on Investment Remodeling Projects?

To remodel, or not to remodel? That is the question for many homeowners who are unsure whether they will remain in their home long-term. Since the average American moves every five years, it’s wise to consider the possibility that you will be putting your home on the market in the near future. In the meantime, however, it is your home and you deserve to enjoy it. With that in mind, let’s ...

Your Monthly Maintenance Minute

As summer nears its end, and the warmer days left in the season are numbered, make your life easier by taking care of some end-of-summer maintenance tasks before colder air rolls in.  Some tasks are an absolute must for home owners in colder climates, while others will just make your life easier: Test your heating system - It is recommended that you have your furnace inspected and serviced ...

Fall Real Estate Trends

  Fall Real Estate Trends We are currently seeing our Spring/Summer Sellers Market continue into the upcoming fall season, with only minimal slow down since winter. We are continuing to face low inventory and increasing prices, and are consistently seeing multiple offer situations. The influx of buyers from South of Barrie, continue to drive our market as they seek more affordable home prices.   ...

As Summer draws to an end.

Well, here we are in the middle of August and im not 100% sure summer ever really got started. All I can hope is that winter follows suit and stays nice and mild with very little snow. There are still alot of upcoming event and here are a few for you to consider. Lawn Chair Luminata - Outdoor Film Series Dates: 04 Jun – 27 Aug, 2014 Location: Barrie Address: Waterfront ...

Who Has the Right to Boundary Trees?

While trees add beauty and character to neighbourhoods, they can also cause tension between neighbours, particularly where they grow across property lines. This raises many questions: When must I cut my trees? As a tree owner, if a dead or dying branch or tree is in the location where it could potentially cause damage, the owner of the tree has a duty to take reasonable care. This could give rise ...

44th Annual Kempenfest

Barrie's Kempenfest is held annually on the Civic August long weekend. This weekend long festival hosts live entertainment, antique exhibits, a midway and many other vendors. I was able to attend this year and had a wonderful time. People of all ages can attend and there is something to spike everyone's interest. My favorite part about this event was that it is hosted on the lake shore and spans the ...