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NEWS AND VIEWS THAT HIT WHERE YOU LIVE


Realtor Mike Montague and Mortgage Broker Arif Khan engage with the people who influence and 

aid our housing industry in Simcoe County. Hitting Home on Rogers TV Cable 10 is local real estate 

information everybody needs and deserves.

SEASON ONE

S1:E1  SHELTERSKELTER

On this our first episode, every bit articulate Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman discusses housing affordability and availability issues in the region with Arif and I as we do our best to look like seasoned tv hosts.

S1:E2  IT TAKES A TEAM

Arif and I discuss the real estate market and mortgage financing and how assembling a good team of professionals is pertinent to making a successful home purchase or sale.

S1:E3  WHAT YOU SEE AND WHAT YOU GET

Charlene Marion of Home Staging by Design and Andy Christie of Safe Homes Canada Home Inspections talk about getting your home sale-ready and knowing what to look for when shopping.

S1:E4  DOWNTOWN, EVERYTHING'S WAITING FOR YOU

Arif and I talk with Barrie Downtown Business Association President and CEO Wayne Hay and Craig Stevens about Barrie's evolving downtown core and the new Meridian Place which will breath new life to and change the look and feel of our downtown 

S1:E4  JUST ONE MORE THING

A  few more minutes talking With Wayne and Craig of the Barrie Downtown Business Association about the planned market place conversion of the downtown Barrie bus terminal.


S1:E5  MARKET IN MOTION

Discussing the current and pending Ontario real estate market and the Ontario Real Estate industry's objectives and challenges with Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) CEO Tim Hudak

S1:E5  JUST ONE MORE THING

A home is just not complete without a busy back yard barbeque. OREA CEO Tim Hudak holds no secrets about his Pit Master passions for the back yard grill. We asked and we heard his smokey meat and beverage preferences in this fun few minute Q & A.

S1:E6  THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Implementation manager for social housing with the County of Simcoe John Connell discusses the efforts and challenges the County is involved with in assuring all of us have a place to call home.

S1:E7  SECOND SUITES

As home values rise and rental stock dwindles, second suites present an economically attractive and increasingly nessisary housing solution for Barrie. Arif and I talked with Barrie City offials and with contractor Mike Kruger in this episide about the how to's of creating a registered second suite.

S1:E8  THAT'S A WRAP

In our final show of 2017 Arif and I take a look back at the crazy and unpredictable year in real estate that we came through over the previous 12 months.

S1:E9 THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

We discuss the changes and trends we are seeing with Barrie and area real estate, what they mean and how the market may look as we move forward.


S1:E10  GROW GROW GROW

Barrie's growth in 2017 exceeded national averages once again. Darren Vella, President of Innovative Planning Solutions leads the charge for much of Barrie's new development. Arif and I sat down with Darren for an informative chat about the changing face of Barrie.


S1:E11  EVERYONE NEEDS A FINANCIAL PLAN

Where are you at financially? Where do you plan to be when you retire? Glenn Coulson talked with us about setting your short and long term financial goals and putting them into play.

S1:E12  MAYOR LEHMAN, YOU GOT 20 MINUTES?

Arif and Mike hijack the Mayor away from his busy schedule to discuss how we are looking as a city and to get a glimpse of things to come for Barrie.

S1:E13 BUYER BEWARE AND AWARE

A home inspection is an relativly inexpensive means to learning the overall condition of a home before you fully commit to purchasing. A good home inspection (inspector) reveals issues that may influence your decision or your offer amount. Andy Christie of Safe Homes Canada Home Inspections walks us through some of the things best known before rather than after with images and accounts from past inspections he has conducted. 

S1:E14 THE TOP QUESTIONS ABOUT REAL ESTATE ON THE MINDS OF CANADIANS

A poll of Canadians was recently conducted by Remax Canada to learn what the most frequently asked questions coming from home buyers were. To answer some of those questions I can think of no one more embedded in the day to day of our local real estate industry than my Broker at Remax Crosstown Realty, Heidi Kostyra

S1:E15 HOW HOME PURCHASING EXPECTATIONS AND STRATEGIES ARE EVOLVING

 As home values increase so do the opportunities that come from being a landlord and owning an interest in rental real estate. Many buyers are taking a serious look at second suite opportunities and alternatives to the traditional detached single family home. Arif and I discuss the opportunities and strategies that assist you in purchasing and can lead to a comfortable retirement for those willing to take the challenge.

S1:E16 SHOP TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF REAL ESTATE AS IT APPLIES TO THE AVERAGE ONTARIO RESIDENT

A discussion about changes we are seeing within the real estate industry, and the responsibilities of being a Realtor® in Ontario with OREA regional director and Realtor® Michael Douglas

S1:E17 A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR BARRIE REAL ESTATE IN 2018

We take a look at the market statistics for the first quarter of 2018 and see how the numbers stack up to the previous year that was in Barrie area real estate.

S1:E18 A LOOK TO THE YEAR AHEAD FOR AREA REAL ESTATE

We start off 2018 with a look to the year ahead in local real estate and some reflection on the previous year's erratic market in Barrie and much of the Province.

S1:E19 REAL ESTATE AS AN INVESTMENT VEHICLE

Real estate as an investment take many forms. The investment market for real estate is growing across the country and with growing demands that outpace supply, odds are on favour that an investment in real property is going to reward its holders down the line. We talk in this episode about some of the things you should know as a new or repeat real estate investor.

S1:E20 MAKING OUR HOMES FIRE SAFE - SOME GREAT ADVICE

No one wants to lose their home to fire and we all want to go to sleep at night knowing we have done all within our power to ensure our homes and our families are safe. We had an enlightening conversation with Public Fire Life Safety Officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Samantha Hoffman about some of the practices and initiatives we all can and should do to keep our homes safe from fire.

S1:E21 DON'T BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY EXTRA COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PURCHASING A HOME

You’re financing is approved and you have found that perfect home to buy. Next thing is to make your downpayment and get ready to move in, right? Not so fast. A few other costs that many new buyers ofter fail to weigh in can affect your offer, and down payment amount, even how much mortgage you qualify for. You need to be aware of these costs from the start. Arif and I go over some of the additional upfront hard costs you need to prepare for when buying a home.

S1:E22 REAL ESTATE TRENDS

Trends in the market place, what are the new norms with buyers, sellers, expectations and how prices and the availibility of mortgage financing come in to play.

S1:E23 AN INFORMATIVE CONVERSATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF C.A.R.P. BARRIE

Gwen Cavanaugh and Tom Oldershaw of C.A.R.P enlighten us as to the advocacy and work this group does to the benifit of the health and financial well being of many within our community and give us an overview of a new concept in home ownership.

S1:E24 MORE OF US ARE SETTLING IN FOR THE LONG TERM

Our 24th and final episode of Season One.  After a long stretch where home owners seemed to be moving every few years,  the shift to longer term home ownership is underway. As people choose to stay in one place longer much as our parents generation did, the emphasis on good community becomes heightened for buyers. Arif and I take a look at some of the preferred neighbourhoods in our region.