Various Document Downloads, Resources & Online Reports

To enhance your buying, renting, investing and selling experience, it’s our job as real estate professionals to provide you with as much valuable information as possible. It is essential that as a buyer, investor or seller be aware of all aspects of the real estate before making a major decision. Whether through newsletters, checklists or news articles, The Shannon Murree Team is here to make this process stress-free and rewarding.

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Note, these are available for informational purposes only and not to be construed as any legal, accounting, real estate or environmental advice. Diligence required where necessary.


Buying a Home

Step By Step Home Buying Guide
Are you thinking of buying a home? This handy guide, complete with worksheets and checklists, will lead you through the entire homebuying process in five simple steps. Assess your current financial situation, determine the costs involved, establish what you are looking for in a home, and find out which professionals can help you along the way. You'll also find practical tips on home maintenance, repairs, and renovations. *From CMHC
Canada - Home Buyers Checklist
Homebuyers checklist - whether a newcomer or new buyer Guide and Workbook. Know what to look for, what to ask, your wants/needs and moving check list
Hiring a Home Inspector
It's a wise choice to hire a professional home inspector to identify problems and potential problems in a home before making the decision to purchase. This valuable guide for home purchasers explains the role of home inspectors in the home buying process and provides advice on how to hire an inspector. You'll discover what's involved in an inspection, how long they typically take and cost, where to find an inspector and what questions to ask when interviewing candidates
Condo Buyer Guide
Condominium living is popular for many Canadians because it can be a relatively carefree housing option. This Guide has been created to help you become an informed condominium buyer and help you make the best choice. Topics include: condominium types, rules and regulations, a condition checklist, a glossary of terms, information sources and a condominium selection checklist
Utility - Powerstream - Open/Close Account
Utilities - Powerstream (Electricity) Opening and Closing Residential Account
Site Verification


Buying or Selling? Agreements & Documentation Explained...

The Agreement of Purchase and Sale, Listing Agreement, Buyer Agency, Customer Service Agreements, etc were reviewed by lawyers, then for other lawyers to reviewed and uploaded to a Provincial Level for REALTORS® to use in the real estate transaction and explain to you. What do those terms mean? Well, review in red the "laymen's" terms and by all means, still not sure? Ask your lawyer or real estate representative for clarification.

Ontario Agreement of Purchase and Sale - Laymen's Terms (Plain English Explained)
Simple overview and are not meant to replace the full text and legal ramifications of each Form ... GENERAL USE ONLY: The Agreement of Purchase and Sale is the document that is used to state the Buyer's desire to purchase the property, and to negotiate the terms of the sale between the buyer and seller. *not intended to solicit anyone with agency agreements whether written or implied; nor shall constitute legal advice - always consult a Lawyer
Ontario Buyer Agency Representation - Laymen's Terms (Plain English Explained)
Ontario Buyer Representation Agreement in Layman's Terms. The Brokerage to act as their agent they need to appoint the brokerage as their agent. For informational purposes only - not intended for Agency Representation or Legal Advice
Ontario Confirmation of Cooperation and Cooperation (Laymen's Terms - Plain English Explained)
Simple overview and are not meant to replace the full text and legal ... For the purposes of this Confirmation of Co-operation and Representation describes those involved in the transaction, the brokerages agree to co-operate, in consideration of, and on the terms and conditions. Not intended to solicit anyone with agency agreements whether written or implied nor legal advice.
Ontario Listing Agreement - Residential (Laymen's Terms - In Plain English Explained)
Standard Form for Listing Agreement for Residential in Ontario and Selling. Clause-by-clause plain language explanations of the legal terminology used throughout them. Understanding what you are signing is essential to having a successful transaction. Not intended to solicit anyone with agency agreements - whether written or implied, nor to be construed as legal advice.

Controlling Humidity in the House or Apartment

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Moisture in the House
Should you worry? Moisture problems in Canadian housing are detrimental to our health and to the durability and resale value of our homes. This fact sheet shows you how to solve moisture problems, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change
Measuring Humidity
Humidity is the amount of moisture or water vapour in the air. You, your family, and your pets produce moisture when you breathe or perspire. Even your indoor plants produce moisture. We add water vapour to indoor air through routine household activities: cooking, showering, bathing, doing laundry, and dishwashing. More moisture can enter your home from the surrounding soil through a basement or crawl space
Importance of Range Hood (Kitchen) & Bathroom Fans
Bathroom and kitchen fans are an important part of your home's ventilation system. They remove odours from your house, which improves indoor air quality. They also remove moisture, which decreases the level of humidity in your house. High humidity can damage building materials and can cause mold growth. Mold may affect your family's health
Importance of Air Conditioners
In summer, high relative humidity, elevated air temperatures and bright sunshine can sometimes combine to produce an uncomfortable indoor environment. An air-conditioning system can provide comfort for occupants by lowering the air temperature and the humidity level in the home.
Avoiding Basement Flooding
Basement flooding is a common occurrence in Canada. Aside from the mess and inconvenience, flooding can cause health hazards and structural damage. Homeowners can resolve most causes of flooding; some are as simple as extending downspouts away from the foundation. Other solutions may require professional help, such as installation of floodproofing devices. Includes an explanation of the municipal sewer system and sump pump operation, as well as sources of additional information.
Fighting Mold—The Homeowners’ Guide
Fighting Mold—The Homeowners’ Guide
SHOULD you test the air in your home for mold?
SHOULD you test the air in your home for mold?

Construction and Renovation

Renovating Basement for Extra Living Space
This About Your House fact sheet will help you assess your basement and determine which improvements will be required in order to turn it into livable space. Particular attention is paid to identifying possible sources of moisture and ensuring that systems which prevent moisture problems are in place. Other elements covered include foundations, floors, ventilation and safety - CMHC
Summer Project Brochure
Planning to build a deck, fence, porch, shed, pool or more? Download this Brochure from the City of Barrie first for Zoning Standards, guidelines and more first!
Barrie - Deck or Porch Specifications
Building a Deck or Porch A deck is an uncovered platform, freestanding or attached to a dwelling. A porch is a covered entrance to a dwelling that is either enclosed or unenclosed. Decks and porches require building permits unless they are less than 10m2 (107ft2) in size and not attached to the building or located at an entrance. Download the specifications as provided by the City Of Barrie Building Services
Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs
Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs A pool or spa/hot tub capable of holding water with a depth greater than 0.45m (18") is required to be enclosed by a fence or in the case of a spa/hot tub may be protected by a cover to prevent the accidental drowning of small children. Download the Pool Enclosures By-laws Guide from the City of Barrie
Your Guide to Proper Pool Maintenance
Whether you have a chlorinated or salt water pool, here's a guide from the City of Barrie Environmental Operations and brochure to download
Bathroom Renos - Know Before You Start
Before you decide to go ahead with a renovation, it’s critical to have a good idea of any underlying problems that could cause unwelcome and costly surprises. Taking time to find problems before you start your renovation will save you money, protect the indoor air quality and preserve the durability and structure of your home.
Insulating Your House
Effective insulation systems slow the movement of heat and deal with the movement of moisture at a reasonable cost
Should You Get Your Heating Ducts Cleaned?
A thorough duct cleaning done by a professional duct cleaner will remove dust and debris—pet hair, paper clips, children's toys and whatever else might collect down there
Home - Air Leakage Control
Air-Leakage Control Why Should You Worry About Air-Leakage Problems? • Are some rooms drafty or difficult to keep warm? • Is there a lot of static electricity in mid-winter? • Is my heating bill higher than average? • Are there moisture problems in my attic – damp insulation, mildew or rot?
Carbon Monoxide - Know the Dangers
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas. Because you can't see, taste or smell it, it can affect you or your family before you even know it's there. Even at low levels of exposure, carbon monoxide can cause serious health problems

Home Maintenance & Schedules

Home Maintenance Schedule
A home maintenance calendar that provides a detailed list of the tasks to be performed every season can put a stop to the majority of the most common and costly problems before they occur. A variety of home components to be checked or replaced are included on the list. You can use this guide to inspect your home on a regular basis and develop an ongoing maintenance practice that will help you protect your investment - CMHC
After the Flood - A Homeowner’s Checklist
After a flood, it’s important to restore your home to good order as soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage to your house and belongings. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor, this handy checklist will help you organize the clean up.
Avoiding Basement Flooding
Basement flooding is now being recognized as a potentially serious problem. There are many negative consequences associated with basement flooding, above and beyond the inconvenient mess and disruption of household routine.

Investor /Development Reports and Barrie Investment Tools


To enhance your buying and selling experience, it’s our job as real estate professionals to provide you with as much valuable information as possible. It is essential that the buyer or seller be aware of all aspects of the real estate market before making a major decision. Whether it be through newsletters, checklists or news articles, we are here to make this process stress-free and rewarding. Please access our free reports today!

BARRIE, ON CANADA - Second Suites - Two Units Brochure
Brochure for download: from the city of Barrie A two-unit house is a building that contains two residential dwelling units. Often, a two-unit house starts as a single dwelling unit (detached, semi-detached or townhouse) with a second dwelling unit created within the house later on. The second unit is sometimes referred to as a second suite, an in-law suite or a basement apartment.
BARRIE, ON CANADA - Second Suites - Application
APPLICATION TO REGISTER A TWO-UNIT HOUSE
BARRIE, ON CANADA - BLR (Boarding, Lodging, Rooming house) Brochure
Available for download and important to know if you're using a home for student rental or thinking about converting or buying one in Barrie, Ontario
BARRIE, ON CANADA - Financial Incentives - Allandale Improvement Plan
Allandale Community Improvement plan for the City of Barrie. Financial incentives to make improvements within the Allandale Area
CANADA: RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook 2014
For all of Canada - from West to East Coast
BARRIE, ON CANADA - Barrie CMA Rental Report 2012
Barrie, ON Canada - from CMHC - 2012 This annual report provides detailed data and comprehensive analysis for Barrie's rental market from the Fall Rental Market Survey results. Ideally suited for lending institutions, investors, developers, appraisers, property managers, renters, real estate professionals and public administrators, these reports are the best source for Fall rental market trends and detailed statistics. In addition, this report is enhanced with secondary rental market information, providing a more comprehensive picture of the housing market for the benefit of a variety of housing market participants. Information related to rental single, semi-detached, accessory suites and duplex units is available.
BARRIE, ON CANADA - Barrie CMA Rental Report 2013
BARRIE, ON CANADA - Barrie CMA Rental Report 2013 (CMHC) This annual report provides detailed data and comprehensive analysis for Barrie's rental market from the Fall Rental Market Survey results. Ideally suited for lending institutions, investors, developers, appraisers, property managers, renters, real estate professionals and public administrators, these reports are the best source for Fall rental market trends and detailed statistics. In addition, this report is enhanced with secondary rental market information, providing a more comprehensive picture of the housing market for the benefit of a variety of housing market participants. Information related to rental single, semi-detached, accessory suites and duplex units is available.
CMHC - Canadian Housing Market Outlook -1st quarter 2013
CMHC: Housing Market Outlook — Canada First quarter 2013 The Housing Market Outlook - Canada provides timely information on housing trends and forecasts. With both a national and local perspective, this quarterly report provides a two-year forecast of housing starts, sales, prices and key economic indicators and is a valuable resource for all those who are involved in the Canadian housing industry.
CMHC - Canadian Housing Market Outlook - 2nd quarter 2013
CMHC: Housing Market Outlook — Canada 2nd Quarter 2013 The Housing Market Outlook - Canada provides timely information on housing trends and forecasts. With both a national and local perspective, this quarterly report provides a two-year forecast of housing starts, sales, prices and key economic indicators and is a valuable resource for all those who are involved in the Canadian housing industry.
CMHC - Canadian Housing Market Outlook - 3rd quarter 2013
CMHC: Housing Market Outlook — Canada 3rd Quarter - 2013 The Housing Market Outlook - Canada provides timely information on housing trends and forecasts. With both a national and local perspective, this quarterly report provides a two-year forecast of housing starts, sales, prices and key economic indicators and is a valuable resource for all those who are involved in the Canadian housing industry.
CMHC - Canadian Housing Market Outlook - 4th quarter 2013
CMHC: Housing Market Outlook — Canada 4th quarter The Housing Market Outlook - Canada provides timely information on housing trends and forecasts. With both a national and local perspective, this quarterly report provides a two-year forecast of housing starts, sales, prices and key economic indicators and is a valuable resource for all those who are involved in the Canadian housing industry.
CMHC - Canadian Housing Market Outlook -1st quarter 2014
CMHC: Housing Market Outlook — Canada 1st Quarter - 2014 The Housing Market Outlook - Canada provides timely information on housing trends and forecasts. With both a national and local perspective, this quarterly report provides a two-year forecast of housing starts, sales, prices and key economic indicators and is a valuable resource for all those who are involved in the Canadian housing industry.
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