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
- 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
- Water Supply
- Municipal vs. private or shared wells
- Drilled/dug/shore wells or cisterns
- Jet vs. submersible well pumps
- Well and water quality reports
- Septic systems and Use permits ... what properties should have them?
- Access permits
- 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
A 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!