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Did you know that 49% of Residential Properties in the Greater Toronto Area have one or more hidden boundary issues?
Protect Your Boundaries, Teranet extended partnership
A new initiative launched by Protect Your Boundaries Inc. and Teranet Inc. will empower Ontario's land professionals with expanded access to the digital resources they need to thrive in a real estate and property sector being disrupted by technological innovation and the impacts of COVID-19. The expanded partnership aims to make critical land data more accessible and easier to understand for buyers and sellers. “We’re democratizing land data by compiling and explaining official property and boundary information so that it’s more accessible and easier to understand,” said Chris Kamarianakis, CEO of Protect Your Boundaries. “We’re making sure the right information gets into the right hands so people can make informed choices about what for many is the biggest financial decision that they’ll ever make.” To learn more, see the news release below.
Products and Services Available to Real Estate Agents
There are dozens of moving pieces that need to align when dealing with a house sale. A lot of time and money goes into finding people the place they call home. Protect Your Boundaries offers products and services that aid in these transactions to ensure both the agent and buyer/seller are protected. Although we are surveyors at heart, we offer a group of comprehensive products that showcase our expertise from the ground up
All about land survey plans
Our last few blog posts have focused on the top four situations where a land survey plan is important: buying a home, selling a home, planning an exterior renovation (building a fence, shed, etc.) and disputing a boundary. Now we’ll look at the land survey plan itself, and the important role it plays in our system of private land ownership, which is based on properties with well-defined boundaries.
The history & importance of land surveying
One of the oldest professions in the world, land surveying emerged along with the human desire to build large structures, from Stonehenge forward. Ancient surveyors plotted the sites of the pyramids in Egypt before the first massive building stones slid into place. The Romans established land surveying as a profession to measure and manage the conquered lands that formed their empire. Both William the Conqueror and Napoleon Bonaparte relied on precise maps to gain wealth and power.
Notable surveyors include Sir George Everest, (yes, that mountain), George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In what would become Canada, the great explorers – including Samuel de Champlain, James Cook and George Vancouver – began the process of documenting the contours of the land on paper.
A land surveyor's right to enter
Licensed Ontario Land Surveyors and their staff, working within the Province of Ontario, have a statutory right to enter onto private property in order to perform a survey. Despite this entitlement, they often meet resistance: neighbours may object and have been known to call the police to stop what they consider an act of trespass.
The law recognizes certain circumstances when officials of government agencies and inspectors can enter onto private land without a search warrant. But this access is subject to limitations. Even fire firefighters and emergency medical services staff must abide by certain conditions when entering private land during an emergency.
Easements Can Impact The Real Estate Transaction
Your clients can be surprised to learn that they don’t always have the sole and exclusionary use of their own land. A portion of their driveway might be used by an adjacent landowner to access a garage. A public utility may have buried wires right where a prospective purchaser wants to dig a back yard pool.
Many properties in the GTA are subject to easement rights that the real estate professional needs to be aware of and be able to explain to their clients. It is a great opportunity to help a client mitigate risk and demonstrate the added value that you bring to as a Realtor. Conversely a buyer ‘s misunderstanding can cause a closing to be delayed or even result in litigation.
Adverse Possession in Ontario – Viable strategy or a thing of the past?
Adverse possession is a proceeding by which a property owner loses his/her claim of ownership of a portion of their property to a neighbouring land owner who has established a possessory claim in a court of law.
Are Survey Plans Obsolete or The Most Important Document in the Transaction? Bob Aaron speaks.
On April 22 2015 the Law Society of Upper Canada is holding the 12th Annual Real Estate Law Summit in Toronto.
Bob Aaron, lawyer and Toronto Star columnist, will be speaking on the importance of the land survey plan in today’s real estate transaction.
Surviving and Thriving in the New Boundary Reality
I was recently asked to write an article for the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors on the state of surveying and boundary due diligence in the real estate transaction. Although aimed at surveyors, this article is highly relevant to real estate agents and lawyers as well:
The evolving role of boundary due diligence in a title insurance-backed real estate transaction.
Executive Director, Protect Your Boundaries Inc.