Real Estate Chat With Marsha

Afternoon Karaoke and Cash Pot at ANAF Barrie

If you're a karaoke fan, you'll want to mark down Sunday, July 16th on your calendar. The Army, Navy and Air Force Club of Barrie is hosting its afternoon karaoke from 1 PM until 6 PM. Every song request slip you sing, you'll be entered into a a draw for a chance to win the cash prize pot. If you're name is drawn, you'll get to choose from 20 envelopes that might contain the pot. If you don't get it, another $20 will be added to next week's draw. This event is free to attend, so warm up those pipes!

If you're considering a move to Barrie, there are plenty of great homes in the area. 43 Ginger Drive is a perfect example of a family home in Barrie. 

Your family will adore this beautiful 3 bedroom property in the desirable Holly neighbourhood! Situated on a quiet street, this lovely residence features quality brick exterior, a lush front yard, and a private driveway leading to the 1.5 car garage.

As you step through the double front doors, you will be drawn to the open concept living and dining area just off the foyer. Detailed with large windows and quality carpeting, plus a walk-out to the backyard, this space is perfect for entertaining!

On warm summer days, step out the sliding doors to your private backyard oasis to take in the sunshine, featuring a large deck, gorgeous perennial gardens, a charming shed for storage or work space, and a privacy fence.

The adjacent eat-in kitchen also has a walk-out to the backyard, making it easy to grill or enjoy your meals outdoors, as well as ample cabinet space and built-in appliances including a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.

 

Additionally, the property has a main floor laundry room with garage access, and a powder room for added convenience.

On the upper level, you will find the spacious Master Suite with a cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet, and a 4-piece ensuite.  The residence boasts 2 more bedrooms on this level, as well as the main full washroom, and a loft space that could be converted into a fourth bedroom or used as a family room!

 

This home also has a clean, unfinished basement with a rough-in for another bathroom that the new owner could finish to suit their needs. With a functional layout and plenty of opportunity for customization, this amazing family home won’t be on the market long!

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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

A Couple Reasons Why Small Town Living is Great

While living in a city has its advantages, small town living has its perks too. Here's a short list of why your next move could be right for you:

1. Shorter commutes and less people means less time spent in traffic. Residents who live and work in the GTA face the longest commute times, says one study performed by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. With an average commute of 1 hour, valuable time is lost when choosing to live in the city. 

2. Lower crime rates means a safer community for raising a family.

3. Lower cost of living translates to more money you can spend on hobbies and other luxuries. In cities, you pay mostly for the location of the property.

4. A smaller population means that you'll live by more neighbours than strangers. 

5. Local businesses don't have as much competition with large corporations in smaller towns, so it's easier to support the local economy.

If you're thinking about a move to a smaller town, why not consider the neighbourhood of Lisle in Adjala-Tosorontio? A great example of a family home in the area is 27 Cindy Lane.

Ideally located in a quiet estate subdivision within walking distance to a golf course, this 3+1 bedroom raised bungalow is the peaceful executive home you’ve been searching for!  A beautiful lush yard with mature trees and perennial gardens welcomes you, lining the long private driveway that leads to the double car garage. Step through the enclosed front porch and make your way inside this very well maintained residence.

The bright foyer with an open view of below flows through the lovely French doors into the spacious open concept living room. This delightful principal room is detailed with gleaming hardwood floors, crown moulding, a gas fireplace, and large windows that allow soft, natural light to fill the space. The adjoining family room with the same features and a bow window opens to the kitchen and dining room for comfortable entertaining.

The gorgeous modern kitchen has been finished with granite countertops, upgraded cabinetry, tile backsplash, and quality appliances, plus ample pantry storage. The sunny breakfast area transitions to the deck with a pergola that overlooks the perennial gardens for enjoyable outdoor dining.

Also on the main level is the Master Suite with a walk-in closet and a 5-piece ensuite. There are 2 more sizable bedrooms on this level, as well as the main full washroom.

Furthermore, this fantastic home has a main floor laundry room, and a fully finished lower level with an expansive recreation room featuring a wood stove and separate entrance to the garage. A modern 3-piece washroom and 4th bedroom are also on this level, great for in-laws or extended family visits. Extras include an inground sprinkler system, a new steel roof (2016), new furnace (2015), and granite counters in the bathrooms. With approximately 4500 total square feet of living space and a tasteful decor in a wonderful location, this residence is perfect for the growing family and retirees alike!


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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

Learn Something New at Newmarket's Edible Trees Tour

Ever wanted to learn some basic survivalist skills like knowing which berries are safe to eat on shrubs? LEAF will be hosting an Edible Tree tour on Saturday, July 15th from 10 AM until 12 PM at the Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket. The tour will will be lead by a certified arborist as well as local experts and will focus on learning about what shrubs and trees to eat from, and which to stay away from. Learn more about what's growing in the area and how to select the tastiest treats to eat, as well as sample some of what nature has to offer. This tour will be rain or shine, so pack some sunscreen or an umbrella in case it starts raining. To learn more about LEAF or to register for the tour, click here.

Considering a move? Why not add Newmarket to the list? With plenty of community programs hosted by non-profits like LEAF, there's no shortage of things to do. For an example of the sort of family homes in the area, check out 448 Oak Street.

Situated on a great Newmarket street, this unique raised bungalow with a professionally finished basement is perfect for the multi-generational family or a potential income property! The beautiful exterior has a welcoming essence, with landscaped gardens and a stone walkway guiding you to the door, plus a well-kept driveway leading to the double car garage with home access.

As you step through the front door, make your way past the staircase in the bright foyer to the lovely formal living room, accented with hardwood floors, upscale light fixtures, and large windows.

The adjoining eat-in kitchen equipped with tin backsplash, ample cabinet and counter space, and appliances opens to the family room, great for spending quality time with loved ones. On warm summer days, take your refreshments outdoors via the convenient walk-out in the family room to enjoy on the private deck with beautiful south-facing views.

Also on the main level is the Master Suite with a walk-in closet and a 4-piece ensuite, as well as 2 additional bedrooms with double closets and ensuite washroom access.

The equally impressive lower level is ideal for in-laws, a rental property, or even just more room for your growing family! The open concept living and dining space is comfortable and bright, featuring oversized windows, a gas fireplace, and a walk-out to the lovely back patio surrounded by landscaped gardens with no homes behind.

There is also a full eat-in kitchen on this level with ceramic floors and a double sink, a sizable family room, and plenty of storage space.

The downstairs Master Suite features a large closet and semi-ensuite 5-piece washroom, and an additional office space is also available. Extras include all appliances, a central vacuum system with equipment, all window coverings, the garage door opener with 2 remotes, new window inserts upstairs, and a bird feeding station (excludes birdhouse in garden). With a well-planned layout and endless potential, this property won’t be on the market long!

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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

Open House at the Adjala-Tosorontio Humane Society

On Saturday July 8th, the Allison district Humane Society in Adjala-Tosorontio will be holding an Open House for people to come in and meet the animals currently waiting to go to their new homes. Stop by from 12 PM until 4 PM  to meet the cats and dogs or maybe bring one home yourself and welcome home a new member of your family. 

Adjala-Tosorontio is a great place to move a growing family. If you're considering a move, check out 8219 Main Street in Lisle, one of the neighbourhoods in the township.

Situated on a large private lot with mature trees, this beautiful 3+1 bedroom raised bungalow in a desirable Lisle neighbourhood is perfect for the growing family! A private driveway leads you to the double car garage, with an attached walkway guiding you towards the door.

As you step through the front door into the airy foyer, make your way upstairs to the main level. The spacious living room with gleaming wood floors and large windows has a warm, inviting essence that is perfect for hosting guests or relaxing after a long day.

The adjoining eat-in kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, and quality appliances including a refrigerator, stove, and built-in dishwasher. The convenient walk-out to the deck from the dining area makes it a breeze to grill or enjoy your dinner outdoors. The expansive backyard also features lots of green space, and a fenced dog run for your furry family members, all backing onto open land with no homes behind.

Also on the main level, you will find the spacious Master bedroom with a large closet and a semi- ensuite washroom. The 2 additional bedrooms on this level are also sizable and receive ample natural light.

Furthermore, this home has a finished basement with a recreation room, 4th bedroom, full washroom, and a steel roof walk up to the garage, great for in-laws or a potential income property. With a fantastic layout and endless potential, any family will adore this property!

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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

Pasta Fest and Silent Auction for a Cause

This Saturday, June 10th is the date of the Concerned Citizens of Adjala-Tosorontio (CCAT) fundraiser to raise funds and awareness about the proposed Everett gravel pit.

The silent auction and pasta fest will feature three different types of pasta and sauces along with bread, salad, coffee and tea for dinner as well as additional refreshments and snacks provided by the Everett branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. The $10 admission fee will cover dinner and participation in the silent auction. 

Additionally, there will be other activities like Spin to Win at $5 per spin and prizes to be won at the mystery draw. For more information about this cause and the event, please visit the No Gravel Pit website here

With a sense of community strong enough to rally around a cause like the ecological and economical like the Everett gravel pit, Tosorontio is a great place to find yourself at home. 7492 County Road 13 is a great example of the family homes you can find in the area. 

This spectacularly finished 3 bedroom home in Tosorontio has undergone a complete makeover! Renovated from top to bottom, from exterior siding, shingles, windows and doors to full interior, this fabulous property is the family home you’ve been searching for!

As you enter this fantastic split level home, make your way upstairs to the open concept main level.  The spacious living and dining room areas are perfect for entertaining or unwinding alike, with beautiful new hardwood floors, picture windows, and a walk-out in the dining area to the large new deck overlooking your sprawling 1.6 acres. Your serene yard backs onto a quiet wooded area, perfect for entertaining or unwinding alike.

The gorgeous updated kitchen features granite countertops, soft close drawers, a large pantry, and under cabinet lighting.

Also on this level is the spacious Master bedroom, as well as two additional bedrooms, and the updated 4-piece washroom with quartz countertop.

This home also has a mud/laundry room with backyard access, and a fully finished lower level, featuring a stunning stone fireplace and a walk-out to the backyard, as well as a 3-piece washroom. With countless upgrades and a fantastic layout in a wonderful location, any family will enjoy making memories in this home! 

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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

Join the Mandarin MS Walk for MS Research

Come out and join New Tecumseth's Mandarin MS Walk on Sunday, May 7th at Banting Memorial Public School in Alliston. Canada has one of the world's highest rate of multiple sclerosis, so the walk is not just to raise money for research, but for sharing, raising awareness, supporting and making a difference. The proceeds from the 5km walk will go towards research that will help those suffering from MS and those who may one day be diagnosed. All ages are welcome to register. Check-in will happen at 8:30 and the main walk will start at 10. Even if you're not planning on entering, come out to support the cause!

Alliston is a wonderful place to consider moving to for events and a sense of community like the Mandarin MS Walk. 5303 Boyne Street is a great example of a family home that can be found in Alliston.

To learn more about Alliston properties, contact Marsha today!
 

This charming 3+1 bedroom home with stunning views for miles around is the perfect countryside retreat you’ve been searching for! The lush front yard is accented with pretty trees and perennial gardens lining the stone walkway to the front porch, plus a private driveway leading to the oversized double car garage. This fantastic space is a craft person's dream, with 10 foot high ceilings, approximately 200 square feet of attic storage, radiant heat, and hot and cold water.

As you step through the front door, make your way to the bright living room just off the foyer. This spacious principal room is accented with beautiful hardwood floors and a large window that allows an abundance of natural light to fill the space. The adjoining office with another large window is great for working from home with a wonderful view of the gorgeous backyard, or could also be used as a formal dining room.

 

The large eat-in kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, and quality appliances, as well as a breakfast area that overlooks the backyard. On warm summer days, step out the sliding glass doors to the large wood deck with expansive views of the yard with mature trees, as well as the sprawling fields behind the property.

Ascend the staircase to the upper level and make your way into spacious Master Suite with a walk-in closet and an ensuite featuring a soaker tub.  The 2 additional bedrooms on this level are also sizable and receive plenty of natural light.

 

Furthermore, this fantastic custom home includes a professionally finished basement with a separate entrance, modern 3-piece washroom, wet bar, fourth bedroom, and a recreation room with a gas fireplace, with laminate floors throughout. This lower level would make a great in-law/nanny suite, or additional living space for your growing family. Extras include new paint throughout and soundbars and insulation between the living room and bedrooms for noise reduction. With a wonderful layout and modern decor all just minutes away from town, this move in-ready home truly has it all!
 

To learn more about this property, click here.

To view the most recent TREB market watch report click here

Enjoy Movies At The Circle Theatre

The Circle Theatre has been a fixture in Alliston since 1938, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. The historic theatre has been a favourite for locals for many generations. The theatre has a Bring Your Own Bowl program where you only pay $1 for your popcorn and you get to help out the environment to boot!  The new seats that were installed in November 2014 have the ability to slide, glide and recline, making it an even better movie-going experience. Currently The Circle Theatre is showing The Fate of the Furious at various times throughout the day. 

Located a short 15 minutes away, 48 Deer Lane is close to the Circle Theatre, making it a great place to take the family. If you're looking for a place to call home in Everett, this house could be for you.

To learn more about Everett properties, contact Marsha today!

This delightful 3 bedroom property is the serene country retreat you’ve been searching for! The lush front yard is lined with mature trees, guiding you down the private driveway to the two car garage and beautiful perennial gardens.

As you enter this fabulous open concept home, you will immediately take notice of the gorgeous hardwood flooring in the spacious family room and kitchen. This principle room is an entertainer’s dream, with large windows throughout that provide the space with soft, natural light. The kitchen is equipped with ample cabinet and counter space and premium appliances including a stainless steel refrigerator, stove, and built-in dishwasher. On warm summer days, step out the convenient sliding doors to the backyard, making it a breeze to grill or take your meals outside. The large yard has a composite deck and lots of green space, and best of all, backs onto a ravine area.   

The formal dining room with crown moulding and wainscotting is ideal for hosting special occasions, and the additional formal living room with the same features also has a fireplace for cozy nights at home with loved ones. You can also find the brightly lit office on this floor.

On the upper level, you will find the Master Suite with a walk-in closet and an ensuite featuring a stand up shower and separate soaker tub; perfect for relaxing in after a long day at work. There are 2 additional sizable bedrooms on this level, and another full washroom. Both bathrooms feature granite counter tops.

Furthermore, this home has a professionally finished basement with a recreation room, wet bar, and a separate room that could be used as a 4th bedroom. Extras include an inground sprinkler system, maintenance-free canExel wood siding and an unfinished loft space in the garage that could be finished for additional living space. With a fantastic layout and modern decor in a peaceful location near Silverbrooke golf course and local schools, this home has it all!  

To learn more about this property, click here.

To view the most recent TREB market watch report click here.

Is it a good time to sell in the Winter?

I get asked this question alot.

Some people think the best time to sell is in the Spring time.  I often hear who buys in the winter?  Approximately 20% of the home sales happen in the winter.
What are the benefits to selling in the winter time?
1.  Less Competition.  There are fewer listings on the market which is better for you, the Seller. It gives you a better chance of entertaining mulitiple offers when the buyers don't have as many homes to choose from.
2.  The buyers who are looking this time of year tend to be more serious.  This means less time being wasted for you.  There is nothing more frusterating then cleaning your home and leaving your home only to have a buyer through who isn't that serious.
3.  Chances are everyone helping you will be not as busy so you will get better customer service.  When you are not closing your home in the busiest months it means your movers, lawyers etc will have more time to focus on you and give you better customer service.
4. No yard work which equals less work for you.  No cutting grass, raking leaves or weeding gardens.  Still important to make sure your walkways and driveways and clear of ice and snow though.
5.  Worried buyers won't see your favourite parts of the outside of your property?  With the high quality feature sheets I offer and virtual tours that I include it is very easy to include those summer pictures in so that your new buyer can fall in love with the same things you did.

Have I helped you make a decision to not wait for spring and consider moving now? You know what they say there is no time like the present.  Feel free to contact me at any time to sit down and discuss your home value and marketing plan.  

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email  sellwithmarsha@gmail.com

Barrie, A Film Buff's Dream!

Do you enjoy the occasional film or two? For only $10, enjoy a unique international film at the Screen One Monthly Film Series from now until December 31, 2017, at the Uptown Theatre in Barrie on 55 Dunlop Street. For more information, visit: https://barriefilmfestival.ca/

If you're looking for a home near this area, check out this beautiful 3 bedroom home on 32 Ginger Drive.

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You’ll feel right at home in this beautiful 3 bedroom Barrie property with brick exterior and a pretty yard! The well-kept driveway leads to the single car garage, with an adjoining walkway lined with flowers guiding you to the front door. 
 
As you enter this fabulous open concept home, you will immediately take notice of the gorgeous high-end finishes on the newly renovated main level. Perfect for cozy nights at home or entertaining alike, the beautifully decorated living room is accented with pot lights, upscale laminate flooring, and a large window that allows for an abundance of natural light to fill the space.
 


The adjoining modern kitchen comes equipped with Quartz countertops, Marble backsplash, upgraded cabinetry, a centre island, and stainless steel appliances. The convenient walk-out to the backyard from the kitchen makes it a breeze to grill or take your dinner outdoors. The sizable backyard is fenced in with lots of green space and a large wood deck, great for summer parties or relaxing in privacy.   

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Marsha Harrison-Mateer
Broker

Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage
Independently owned and operated