The proverbial “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” is what we all want to avoid.
We all make assumptions based on what we see or what we think we see. Buying a property is no different. We look at the fences surrounding a property and assume that they outline the property lines; we look at a beautiful greenhouse and assume it was built properly and in the right location. The reality is that our assumptions are often not correct.
An example of this is where a property backs onto a green space. You assume the back fence is on the property line but it actually goes 15 metres back into the green space and the yard is actually smaller by that amount.
You bought the property assuming that the yard was massive and now it turns out that the City requires that the fence be relocated to the property line.
Are Real Property Reports A Solution?
Ultimately, standard real estate industry practices are responsible for these problems. When a Seller lists a property with a real estate agent, the Listing Agreement stipulates that the Seller has a RPR that reflects the current state of the improvements on the property.
Effective agents will check on this and follow up knowing that the RPR can become a significant problem. Unfortunately, some real estate agents still don’t follow this most basic of requirements and you are left at risk as a result.
Making Your Offer
If it isn’t available, ask why and structure your offer accordingly to ensure that you know what it is you are purchasing.
Article courtesy of LeClair Thibeault Barristers & Solicitors - www.calgarylaw.com