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The Barrie Examiner Real Estate Today - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 13





East end semi/townhouse must be 3 bdrm, flexible closing, up to $250,000. North Barrie prefer detached with separate entry to basement, up to $260,000.

Laura Graham

Broker Sutton Group Incentive Realty Inc. Office - 705 739-1300 Direct - 705-321-7044 GROUP


2 & 6 Toronto St. Condos: For Rent or For Sale 2 bedroom with Den, south facing. Coulter Street Condos: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, main floor. Ardagh Bluff area: Detached 3 or 4 bedroom home up to $320K or $350K with basement apartment.

Trish Pazos


705-739-1300 Dir: 718-8878


Watch for our feature page next week - Homes for the Holidays! Only $58 per spot! Please contact your Real Estate Today Representative to book at 705-726-6537

Home security in the palm of your hand

Paul Fitzgerald Special to QMI Agency Mitch Spencer enjoys having an elaborate home security and surveillance system in the palm of his hand. The Toronto resident has his home security and surveillance system on him at all times -- morning, noon and night. And it?s all done by his cellphone. There?s no doubt about it, technology is an amazing thing nowadays. Up early and in the driveway getting ready to leave for work in the city?s financial district, Spencer arms his home security system from his cellphone. Gone are the days of punching buttons on a keypad. While at work or on business trips, he gets alerts when a door opens. He can also monitor every entrance and room in his home through his trusty phone. If he receives an alert of a door opening at an odd time of the day, he clicks on a simple button to obtain a high quality video clip with zoom in and out options. ?There is my brother dropping off complimentary Toronto Maple Leaf tickets,? says the 42-year-old while displaying the video on his phone. And even when Spencer is at home, his security and surveillance system keeps him in tune of what?s going on at all times. ?I will admit it, I feel safer with new technology,? he says. ?When I?m at work, or away, or at home, I have that extra added feeling of security on many levels.? Clinton Howell, a wellknown professional in home security and surveillance systems in the Greater Toronto Area, says an increasing number of homeowners are installing home security systems and utilizing new technology as a means to keep their homes and communities safer. ?No community is 100% safe, but homeowners are being pro-active in protecting their properties and families by having home security and surveillance systems installed, reducing the risk of break-ins,? says Howell, founder and owner of H2 Systems Inc. ?The technology currently available in home security and surveillance systems is rather amazing. Motion sensors, infrared cameras and contact sensors have advanced to the point where people can monitor and control their security system through their iPhone and smart phones as well, giving them peace of mind 24/7,? he says. When it comes to surveillance, Howell suggests using Watchnet NVR (Network Video Recorder) and Watchnet DVR (Digital Video Recorder) as both offer full remote access with iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Watchnet, Arecont and Vivotek IP cameras are basic systems that he also highly recommends and that provide great quality and pricing.

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