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Using a Local REALTOR®

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 Association
  • create and maintain full local MLS® data through the Association
  • are professionally trained and know our local real estate market
  • are knowledgeable about our local politics, environmental issues, new and potential residential and commercial developments
  • are knowledgeable about our local neighbourhoods, schools and community amenities
  • live, work and play in the area


What is a REALTOR®

A REALTOR® is a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and:

  • adheres to a code of conduct to guarantee you receive the quality of service and professional conduct you deserve
  • has access to information to assist you in making informed decisions
  • maintains a high level of education through courses, workshops and professional development

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
  • is actively involved with political and environmental updates in our area
  • is aware of approved and potential developments
  • knows the neighbourhoods and communities that best match your criteria
  • 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, such as major intersection patrols and bus routes

 

Important Factors

Depending your geographical area of interest, there are many important factors that Buyers and Sellers should be informed of, including:

  • Local market conditions
  • Comparable MLS® Sales data
  • Niagara Escarpment Commission
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Provincial Parks
  • Condominiums
  • Waterfront/Shoreline Properties
    • High water mark … where is the property boundary?
    • Deeded access and road allowances
    • Cottage associations
    • Local Indigenous Rights and Territories 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
    • Lake or water source drawn
    • 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.