Wayne Baguley, a savvy sales representative with Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage who specializes in hobby farms, equestrian farms, acreage, waterfront, rural and agricultural listings advises buyers are fearless and “ready for a more relaxing, slower pace and lifestyle change. When people say to me, ‘my, it’s far,’ I think… far from what? Your former home you just sold? My reply is, ‘it’s not far at all if you live here,’ and it’s so much easier now with the growing communication systems and highway networks.
When looking for the right country property, relax and embrace the experience. The perfect property will come along and you will know in 20 to 30 minutes you have found it because it will grab you with three wonderful words, heart, love and passion. Inside you will feel this is home! Make sure to work with professionals specializing in country properties for all aspects of the adventure from the real estate salesperson and home inspector to the appraiser, bank and lawyer.”
Ashley Barker, a REALTOR®, broker and team leader with The Bruce Peninsula Real Estate Team acknowledges “country living isn’t for everyone, however, it’s not as hard as many think it to be! Country living is often known for its slower pace, friendly neighbours and fresh food—and those things can’t be beat!”
Barker, who lives on a cattle farm near Wiarton, Ontario knows living in “the boonies” has its hardships. “There are power outages, longer commutes for gas and groceries, lack of cell service…but I tell those who are new to the area to plan ahead, be prepared, and if the weather is bad, just stay home!”
For Barker, the wildlife is the best, unexpected part of rural living. “It isn’t every day you can say you saw a bear, coyote or on one particular day while showing a home to a client, a gorgeous lynx! They’re often more scared of you, and just meander on their way. If you respect the wildlife, it will respect you.”
“The biggest advice I have for someone looking to buy in the country, is to find a local agent to help! Wherever you’re looking, you need to have someone who’s familiar with the area, local zoning bylaws, water systems, septic systems, and any restrictions. Plus, local agents also know the best restaurants, beaches and who to call for service professionals. Local REALTORS® are here for you even beyond closing and know the area best.”
Maybe you want to pack up and move as far North as one can be. Here’s a helpful guide to what life is really like in the Territories! Toying with the idea of going off-grid? Check out this homesteading life tutorial. If it’s waterfront or bust, here are 8 questions to ask before purchasing a waterfront property. As always, be sure to connect with a local REALTOR® who can offer important insights and recommendations tailored exactly to your needs and budget.