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Buying a Home

Whether you're a first time home buyer or an experienced investor, we're committed to guiding you through the buying process.

There are many important questions to consider when purchasing a property. Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes and put our experience to use.

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Q: What are the key steps involved in buying a property in Ontario?
A: The process typically involves: securing financing, finding a suitable property, making an offer, negotiating terms, conducting inspections, finalizing the purchase agreement, and closing the deal with legal formalities.
Q: What are the costs associated with buying a property in Ontario?
A: Buyers in Ontario can expect to incur expenses such as down payment, land transfer tax, legal fees, home inspection costs, appraisal fees, and potentially, property taxes and condo fees.
Q: What factors should I consider when searching for properties?
A: Consider factors such as proximity to lakes or rivers, access to recreational activities (fishing, boating, hiking), distance from amenities like grocery stores and healthcare facilities, cellphone reception, internet speeds, zoning regulations for cottage properties, and any seasonal accessibility challenges. 
Q: How can I determine if a cottage property is suitable for year-round living or seasonal use?
A: Check if the property has year-round road access, reliable utilities (including winterized water systems and heating), insulation suitable for colder temperatures, accessibility to services during winter months, and zoning requirements.
Q: What considerations should I keep in mind when purchasing a waterfront recreational property?
A: When buying a waterfront recreational property, it's essential to consider factors such as water access and quality, shoreline erosion and protection measures, regulatory restrictions on activities like boating and fishing, exposure, proximity to amenities and services, seasonal accessibility, insurance requirements for flood and water damage, and potential maintenance costs for docks, seawalls, and other waterfront structures. Conducting a thorough assessment of these factors can help ensure a satisfying and enjoyable ownership experience.
Q: What are the common water system options available for cottage properties in Ontario?
A: Common water system options for cottage properties in Ontario include private wells, lake water systems, municipal water supply connections, and various water filtration or treatment systems.
Q: What are shoreline road allowances, and how do they affect property ownership in Ontario?
A: A shoreline road allowance is a 66-foot strip of land situated between a dwelling and the water's edge along a lake or river. Originally designated for commercial activities like transportation and logging in the late 19th century, these allowances are often still owned by municipalities today. While property owners have exclusive use of the road allowance according to the Municipal Act, public access rights may still apply if the allowance is not owned by the property owner.

In many cases, structures such as boathouses, docks, or cottages may inadvertently be built on this allowance. Without purchasing the shoreline road allowance or securing a license agreement, these structures could be considered illegal.

To acquire the shoreline road allowance, contact your local municipality to determine its availability for purchase. If available, the process is governed by a road closing bylaw, involving application submission, neighbor notifications, local advertisements, and payment of municipal and legal fees for title transfer and land survey.
Q: How can I ensure a smooth closing process for the property purchase?
A: Work closely with your real estate agent, lawyer, and lender to ensure all necessary documents are in order, conditions are met, and funds are available for closing costs and the purchase price. Also, scheduling a final walk through prior to closing to make sure everything is in order is strongly recommended.
Q: Why should I use a local agent when buying property in Haliburton County?
A: Choosing a local agent when buying property in Haliburton County offers several distinct advantages. Firstly, local agents have an in-depth knowledge of the area, including neighborhoods, amenities, schools, and market trends. This expertise allows them to match your preferences and lifestyle needs with the most suitable properties in the region.

Additionally, a local agent can provide valuable guidance on factors unique to Haliburton County, such as waterfront regulations, cottage maintenance, and seasonal considerations. Local Realtors® have established networks of industry professionals, including mortgage brokers, inspectors, contractors, and lawyers. By leveraging their local expertise and connections, a local agent can streamline your property search, negotiate favorable terms on your behalf, and ultimately help you find your ideal home or cottage in Haliburton County.

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Linda Baumgartner

RE/MAX Professionals North Baumgartner Realty

191 Highland St. Suite 102 - P.O. Box 1086  Haliburton,  ON  K0M 1S0 

Phone: (705) 457-3461