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Why use a Local REALTOR?

Using a REALTOR® is invaluable - but "Why 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. 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 has been finalized.

"Why use a local REALTOR®"? 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

  • Saugeen Conservation & Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

  • Condominiums

  • Waterfront/Shoreline Properties

  • High-water mark … where is the property boundary?
  • Deeded access and road allowances
  • Cottage associations
  • Local Native rights

  • Farming 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 and 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 bussed 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 take Continuing Education to keep up-to-date on important issues that may affect your most important decision in a lifetime! YOUR LOCAL REALTOR® - HAS THE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE YOU SIMPLY NEED TO KNOW!


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