FOCA is interested in connecting with cottage country realtors, who are often the first point-of-contact for folks relocating from urban areas.
Buyers from urban centres will benefit when their realtor connects them with their new rural waterfront community through the volunteer lake associations that thrive there! Local associations provide community connections, important local information and trades contacts, social events, safety, and kids’ programs, and are a great support system for new rural residents.
FOCA encourages everyone to join their local lake association!
Are you a real estate agent in Ontario cottage country?
Here’s how you can help:
FOCA’s “Real Estate Champions” pledge to purchase one-year memberships in the local lake association, in the name of their clients who purchase waterfront property in Ontario cottage country.
Why should you consider being a FOCA Real Estate Champion? Read onward, or download a 1-page PDF with more information about this program.
We’re looking for a few great Champions. Are you one of them?
Resources for Real Estate Agents:
Why Lake Associations Matter:
Local residents are enriched and become involved in community matters through their local lake associations. These groups provide social and community connections to their member families, help with building neighbourhood networks, and provide important local connections related to safety, the local economy and service providers, and information about being good neighbours, while enjoying everything our lakes have to offer.
How Real Estate Agents can help:
At the time of purchase, many families will not appreciate all that the local area has to offer, what local events or organizations exist, or what they can do as owners to enhance and contribute to a healthy and thriving lake community.
That’s where their realtor comes in: by connecting your customers to their local associations, people can instantly get plugged-in to local culture, events, and decades of experience about the region.
Best practices to follow:
- Encourage the buyers or sellers to have their septic system properly inspected – a lids off inspection – by a licensed inspector
- Never encourage sellers or buyers to remove vegetation, other than dead and dangerous trees, within 15 metres of the shoreline
- Encourage buyers or sellers who wish to create a water view through trees to limb up or trim a “window” through the trees rather than cutting trees down entirely
- Provide every new owner with a package of local information, environmental tips, etc. from FOCA or others. (available at the realtor’s cost through FOCA)
- Provide new owners with a gift membership in the relevant lake association!
Download a 1-page PDF version of this information.
We’re looking for a few great Champions. Are you one of them? Contact FOCA today.
~”Who has answers about the water quality, dump hours or local turtle species in your cottage country community? Lake associations do!“
Together, we will help new property owners get connected to their local lake associations, and to find critical information about septic systems, healthy shorelines, biodiversity and much more.
FOCA has many resources for waterfront property owners, and the real estate agents who assist them. Check “Related Posts” below, for a few handy references.