When buying or selling a home in the Quinte area, it is essential to understand the intricacies and exact location of property boundaries.

A property boundary is an invisible line that indicates the end of one property and the beginning of another. These lines are determined by historical surveys, older plans of reference, survey indicators such as stakes or flags, and the legal descriptions of the subject piece of land and adjoining parcels. Only a licensed land surveyor can provide the exact property boundaries for your piece of land or a parcel you are interested in. Fences, tree lines, hedges, and other property features should not be assumed to be the property line.

In a perfect world, every property would have easily identifiable property boundaries that are clearly marked and have up-to-date surveys. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and many properties are sold without a precise indication of where land ownership begins and ends.

This can cause issues with buyers not feeling satisfied with the property they purchased, future arguments over fence placement, and poorly understood rights of way and easements over the properties.

As a REALTOR®, we provide our clients with tools, resources, and links to help them understand the property boundaries of homes and lots they are interested in and always recommend speaking with a professional land surveyor to get more specific information.

If you are buying or selling a home in the Quinte area, there are various tools available to the public to explain property ownership. Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS mapping) provided by the municipality is a great place to start. These maps are not precise and do not have the same validity as a formal survey provided by a registered land surveyor, but do an excellent job at indicating the approximate boundaries for properties so that you have an understanding of what is included with the property.

If you are buying or selling a home in the Quinte area, there are various tools available to the public to explain property ownership. Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS mapping) provided by the municipality is a great place to start. These maps are not precise and do not have the same validity as a formal survey provided by a registered land surveyor, but do an excellent job of indicating the approximate boundaries for properties in the area so that a buyer or seller has an understanding of what is included with the property they are purchasing.

Your local Quinte real estate agent may also provide a copy of a document from GeoWarehouse, which has approximate property boundaries and measurements outlined. MLS® advertisements typically reference GeoWarehouse or a survey when providing property information but should not be taken as fact, it is always best to review any available surveys, plans of subdivision, or reference plans available for the property in question. If those are unavailable, review the secondary resources such as GIS and contact a real estate lawyer to see if they have access to any surveys or the property boundary description listed on the title of the property.

In cookie-cutter subdivisions with smaller lots, it is much easier to visualize where properties end and begin. However, in rural settings, especially when dealing with large acreages, irregular property shapes, and agricultural land, it can be much more difficult to be sure where the exact end and beginning of a property is. Now, remember, it is always the best practice to refer to any available registered survey material or consult with a registered land surveyor for more reliable and exact information.

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For sale $199,900
PT LT 5 CANNIFTON ROAD, belleville, Ontario

Pt Lt 5 Cannifton Road

Belleville, Ontario

Royal LePage Connect Realty
For sale $3,500,000
311 FRONT STREET, belleville, Ontario

311 Front Street

Belleville, Ontario

16500 sqft
Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc.
For sale $634,500
22 FARADAY GARDENS, belleville, Ontario

22 Faraday Gardens

Belleville, Ontario

6 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Homelife/miracle Realty Ltd
For rent $2,650 Monthly
4 - 31 KEEGAN PARKWAY, belleville, Ontario

4 - 31 Keegan Parkway

Belleville, Ontario

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Exit Realty Group
For sale $705,000
857 RIVER ROAD, belleville, Ontario

857 River Road

Belleville, Ontario

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd.
For sale $199,900
PT LT 5 CANNIFTON Road, belleville, Ontario

Pt Lt 5 Cannifton Road

Belleville, Ontario

Royal LePage Connect Realty
For rent $1,950 Monthly
2 - 251 FRONT STREET, belleville, Ontario

2 - 251 Front Street

Belleville, Ontario

Royal LePage Proalliance Realty
For sale $599,900
11 NORTH PARK GARDENS, belleville, Ontario

11 North Park Gardens

Belleville, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd.
For rent $2,950 Monthly
25 LINDEN LANE, belleville, Ontario

25 Linden Lane

Belleville, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
RE/MAX Royal Properties Realty
For sale $705,000
17657 TELEPHONE ROAD, quinte west, Ontario

17657 Telephone Road

Quinte West, Ontario

6 Bedroom 4 Bathroom
Direct Realty Ltd.
For sale $924,900
44 - 24 SOUTH CHURCH STREET, belleville, Ontario

44 - 24 South Church Street

Belleville, Ontario

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom
Century 21 Lanthorn & Associates Real Estate Ltd.
For sale $899,900
1 WENDY'S LANE, brighton, Ontario

1 Wendy's Lane

Brighton, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Royal LePage Proalliance Realty
For sale $684,500
21 GALE CRESCENT, belleville, Ontario

21 Gale Crescent

Belleville, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd.
For sale $499,900
15 MAPLEHURST CRESCENT, prince edward county, Ontario

15 Maplehurst Crescent

Prince Edward County, Ontario

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Exit Realty Group
For sale $1,449,000
107 COUNTRY CHARM DRIVE, belleville, Ontario

107 Country Charm Drive

Belleville, Ontario

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd.
For sale $315,000
E - 203 NORTH PARK STREET, belleville, Ontario

E - 203 North Park Street

Belleville, Ontario

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd.
For sale $609,999
58 SHERWOOD CRESCENT, belleville, Ontario

58 Sherwood Crescent

Belleville, Ontario

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom
Royal LePage Proalliance Realty
For sale $1,175,000
507 - 17 CLEAVE AVENUE, prince edward county, Ontario

507 - 17 Cleave Avenue

Prince Edward County, Ontario

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd.
For sale $649,900
21 HINT AVENUE, prince edward county, Ontario

21 Hint Avenue

Prince Edward County, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate
For sale $649,900
84 DORCHESTER DRIVE, prince edward county, Ontario

84 Dorchester Drive

Prince Edward County, Ontario

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Exit Realty Group
For sale $725,000
82 DORCHESTER DRIVE, prince edward county, Ontario

82 Dorchester Drive

Prince Edward County, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom
Exit Realty Group
For sale $699,999
5 STANLEY PARK DRIVE, belleville, Ontario

5 Stanley Park Drive

Belleville, Ontario

5 Bedroom 5 Bathroom
Century 21 People's Choice Realty Inc.
For sale $479,900
22 ALFRED STREET, quinte west, Ontario

22 Alfred Street

Quinte West, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Sutton Group-Heritage Realty Inc.
For sale $2,749,000
658 OLD HIGHWAY 2 AVENUE, quinte west, Ontario

658 Old Highway 2 Avenue

Quinte West, Ontario

4 Bedroom 5 Bathroom
RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc.