Common Misconceptions of REALTORS®

Here are the most common misconceptions of real estate agents:

They only care about selling you a home

We go above and beyond for our clients. It’s about the process leading up to the transaction. Getting to know you, your timeline, and what’s important to you. We strive to achieve the results you want while protecting your interests along the way by being fully transparent, avoiding conflicts, and most importantly, keeping all your information protected.

Once the transaction is complete, you won’t hear from your agent again

Your agent spent the time getting to know you and helping you through the process, they may not connect with you as frequently but you are not forgotten! You may even get perks like client appreciation events and quarterly or yearly updates of market changes. 

Real estate agents will do anything to make a sale

While some agents may have this reputation, many are incentivized to hold themselves to a certain ethical standard with their clients. Agents build their brand on their reputation and hope to obtain referrals through their past and current clients. 

All agents are the same

Real estate agents have unfortunately gotten put under the umbrella of greedy sales people. The media definitely likes to gravitate towards the disgraceful stories that make it seem all agents are untrustworthy or sly. Even though there are agents out there who do fall under that umbrella, we are not all the same! Times have changed and so have REALTORS®.

It’s understandable that when someone has had one or multiple bad experiences with a real estate agent that they won’t want to deal with another one. If this is the case, it doesn’t hurt to have a conversation with a few different agents to find one that works best for you. Buying or selling is a big decision and you want to make sure you are taken care of throughout the whole process.

If you are looking to buy or sell in Powell River, feel free to reach out and let’s have a chat about the market and your next move.


Buying Rural Property in BC

Here is what you should know when purchasing property outside of city limits.

Septic and well

A major aspect of owning property in rural areas is that you are not part of the City services. This includes sewage and water. You will either have your own independent septic and well system or you will share these with surrounding properties. Mobile home parks outside of the City often have co-operative water and sewage systems. You do not have to maintain them, however, you will need to pay a fee to the park owner for maintenance and repairs. If you are not a part of a co-operative system, you will be in charge of the upkeep of your septic tank and well. It’s a good idea to have your septic tank pumped at least every five years. For water quality, testing for bacteria should be done once a year and a more thorough test (which tests for heavy metals, chloride, pH levels, and more) every three to five years.

What kind of information should I request when I am interested in a property that has a septic and well system?

  • How deep the well is

  • If the current owners have had any issues with the well running dry

  • How many GPM the well pumps

  • The most recent water records

  • Where the well is located on the property

  • Where the septic field is located

  • When the last time the septic tank was pumped

  • Any records the current owners may have of septic and well repairs and/or installations

  • What is the monthly cost if the well and/or septic are shared


There are three common zoning types that you may encounter when browsing for property in rural areas. These include rural residential, rural mixed use, and agricultural land reserve (ALR). There are certain uses and guidelines with every type of zoning so be sure to ask your REALTOR® if you are unsure. Keep an eye out for my future blog post dedicated to information on agricultural land reserves.

Charges on title

Whether it is property within the City limits or in the rural areas, always ask about charges on title. Certain charges may restrict or limit what you can do with or on your land. For example, a covenant may obligate you to not subdivide the land. Along with covenants, easements and right of ways may also be found on title. If you are unsure about the specifics or the nature of a charge, it’s always a good idea to ask your lawyer. 

Riparian Areas

If there is a stream, pond, lake, river, creek, ditch, wetland, or brook located on a property, it may be affected by the Riparian Areas Protection Act. This could have a significant effect on the value and potential use or development of the property because of building/development setbacks and other requirements protecting riparian areas. Riparian areas are not usually mentioned on the title so it’s always a good idea to ask your REALTOR® to see if a property is affected by this.

Overall, buying property outside of City limits is usually less restrictive and you have more freedom to do what you would like with your land. Plus, there are many more options for large acreage properties compared to City lots. With any area, whether in town or on the outskirts, always be cautious of potential limitations. If you have any more questions about buying rural property, feel free to post it in the comments or send me a private message.


Should I Use a REALTOR®?

Should I Use a REALTOR®?

Yes! Whether you are looking to buy or sell, having a real estate agent is very beneficial. 

Did you know that using a real estate agent to help you purchase a home doesn’t cost you? You do not pay your REALTOR® when buying a property. The seller’s agent splits their commission with the buying agent.

Having an agent is valuable for helping you scout out the right properties for you. They have the tools and resources to gain access for viewings, property documents, and more.

If you are hesitant on using a real estate agent to list your property due to the cost, consider that you may end up selling your property for more by using a REALTOR®. It can be hard for owners to properly price their homes in consideration to the market. Real estate agents have access to comparables that have recently been listed and sold which they use to help determine what your property could be listed at.Listing your home for sale by owner also may not get the exposure that it would compared to if you used an agent. More exposure may lead to a quicker sale and multiple offers. If there are multiple offers, it is likely that your property will sell for over asking. Agents use their own money to advertise your property. It will be seen across social media platforms,, and personal websites. Plus, they will put up a for sale sign in your yard to help create roadside attention. When an offer comes in on your property, they can advise you on what your best move is. 

Having an agent will also help you avoid any legal pitfalls. There is a lot of paperwork involved in a real estate transaction.It is important to fill out the documents and disclosures with care. Real estate agents are educated to guide you in the right direction so you can avoid being held liable for fraud, negligence, or breach of contract. Agents are also continually upgrading their education on legal updates, ethical situations, and other optional courses. There are many different types of situations that may arise in a transaction and there is a good chance that your REALTOR®, or one of their mentors, has been in that situation and knows how to navigate you through it. It is worth using an agent solely to protect yourself against legalities. 

If you don’t want to use a REALTOR® due to a past experience, that’s okay but not all agents are the same. Find an agent that works best for you. Talk to a few different ones to get a feeling of who you could envision working with throughout the transaction. Our job is to act in your best interest and achieve the results you want.

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