Use A Local REALTOR®

Buying or selling a home is a complex and often very emotional process being one of the biggest major business transactions most of us ever make. It requires tremendous knowledge and experience and a clear understanding of the legal issues and potential pitfalls.

That’s why it helps to use the services of a real estate professional who is a member of a real estate board or association.  REALTORS® have the training, knowledge and experience to help you every step of the way – from the moment you think about buying or selling, to the time when the business transaction is finalized.

  • Local REALTORS® create and maintain full local MLS® data through the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®
  • Local REALTORS® are professionally trained and know our local real estate market
  • Local REALTORS® are knowledgeable about our local politics, environmental issues, new and potential residential and commercial developments
  • Local REALTORS® are knowledgeable about our local neighbourhoods, schools and community amenities
  • Local REALTORS® live, work and play in Southern Georgian Bay – they know AND love it!

Other than the physical features of a property, there are many other important factors that Buyers and Sellers should be informed of.  Some of these factors could be specific to your geographical area of interest such as:

  • Local market conditions
  • Comparable MLS® Sales data
  • Niagara Escarpment Commission
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Condominiums
  • Waterfront/Shoreline Properties
    • High water mark ... where is the property boundary?
    • Deeded access and road allowances
    • Cottage associations
    • Local Aboriginal rights
  • Farming and apple production operations
  • Approved and potential developments
  • Official Plans of the local municipalities and counties
  • Development charges
  • Designated historical buildings
  • Bruce Trail
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Landfill sites
  • Wind power and power corridors
  • Quarries
  • Wetlands
  • Water Supply
    • Municipal vs. private or shared wells
    • Drilled/dug/shore wells or cisterns
    • Jet vs. submersible well pumps
    • Aquifers
    • Well and water quality reports
  • Septic systems and Use permits ... what properties should have them?
  • Access permits
  • Heat
    • Oil vs. propane
    • What are the new regulations governing oil heating systems?
    • What is a W.E.T.T. inspection?

Your local REALTOR® can help you determine if you need to be concerned with any of the above and assist you in obtaining the necessary information. In addition, your local REALTOR®:

  • has access to full local MLS® data
  • is a professionally trained REALTOR® who may be able to sell your home quicker at a better price than you could get privately because of access to potential clients
  • knows what's happening politically and environmentally in our area
  • is aware of approved and potential developments (the last thing most homeowners want is the development of a mall or a high-rise office building across the road from their home)
  • knows the neighbourhoods and communities that best match your criteria (some are more desirable than others; some are geared more to young families, older adults, singles or a diverse mix of residents)
  • is aware of drawbacks such as highway noise, train tracks and airports
  • knows availability of shopping, public transit, recreational and religious facilities
  • is aware of what kinds of schools and services are available; whether kids will be bused to their school or if the school is close by, whether they'll have to cross major intersections

local REALTOR® is your invaluable resource who lives, works and plays in the area - therefore knows the area. They engage in Continuing Education to keep up-to-date on important issues that may affect one of the most important decisions in your lifetime!

Your local REALTOR® - has the local knowledge you simply need to know!

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