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Buying a Cottage in Muskoka Parry Sound? Choose a Local Real Estate Agent

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Blog by John & Bonnie Fincham, Brokers | July 18th, 2013

Why use a “cottage country real estate agent”?

This is a question that we have all heard time and time again. 

Let us answer this for you simply, because when you are buying real estate in cottage country, local agents are the folks that know cottage country best and are capable of looking after your interests.  I will happily support this answer with a number of real (true) life stories that we have experienced over the last few years.

Shall we start with the real estate agent from the city who sends their friend/client to cottage country to look at properties with us, and then they write the offers for the client, without ever even seeing the property that their client is buying? Is your real estate agent looking after your best interests?

How about when a southern Ontario realtor calls and asks us “What are the common clauses that we should put in an offer for your area?”  This is a clue. Is your realtor looking after your best interests?

It's a lot of fun when clients of a city realtor call us up from the cottage that they are waiting to see, wondering where their agent might be… only to later discover the realtor went to the wrong place, found the door open,   let himself in, and was sitting having a coffee when the property owners showed up and directed him to the cottage that was for sale two doors down!  Is your realtor looking after your best interests?

A favourite in our office is when a city realtor calls and asks about the municipal water and sewer rates for the cottage.  When we reply that our area is on wells and septic systems, they ask “What does that mean?”  Is your realtor looking after your best interests?

Gotta love it when a city realtor calls to ask us what EP or shore road allowance is?

Folks, when your city realtor cannot answer these questions, they are NOT capable of looking after your best interests.

Don’t get me wrong, these are very capable agents for the areas they know and are familiar with.

I am not ever going to head to the city to sell a condo to my best friend.  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  What area's to recommend or avoid?  What buildings developments are planned?

I would happily refer you to a competent realtor in the city, who is capable of looking after YOUR best interests, and your real estate agent in the city should do the same for cottage country.