A Real Property Report which can also be referred to as an RPR for short is a survey of a property. These surveys will reflect various elements and featuresof a property including the structures (house, garage(s), fences, larger sheds, driveways,) as well as other elements including encroachments, easements, right of ways, etc.
It is the sellers responsibility to provide an up to date report.
All improvements on the real property report must be compliant with the city's bylaws and set back requirements, non compliant improvements must have a encroachment agreements or relaxations in place from the city.
Real Property Reports shouldn't be used to establish a fence line on a property. If you need a boundary line for your fence construction, we recommend you obtain a property line survey, and if both are needed, having both done at once may land you savings with your surveyor.
Who needs a real property Report?
Home Sellers! That's right, if you're ready to sell your home, this is an important document you need to have! In most real estate contracts, you are required to have an up to date real property report, it's an important element that buyers will require to ensure that there aren't any major concerns, this could include fences or structures on the neighbors property, or issues with items on your home, for example unpermitted decks or sheds.
If you're thinking about selling, you need to obtain a Real Property Report if you do not have one presently that's up to date, these reports can often take a couple weeks to obtain.
How to save money on a Real Property Report?
There are some land surveyors who will provide discounted rates if you have previously received an RPR with them and it just needs to be updated. For example, five years ago you received an RPR and since then have made a few changes, give the original company a call and explain your needs, and changes, this should find you the best savings for updating your real property report.
Our Real Property Report Guide
Ask your agent for a PDF copy of our RPR guide - (Image form below) a great reference document to have / save for when you're ready to list your home for sale. This could remind you of some items or additions you've done since purchasing the home that may need to be updated for a current property report and is a great reminder for what its purpose is.
How much do Real Property Reports cost?
Questions to ask your land surveyor
- First and foremost, ask for an estimate / quote!
- Ask for an estimated completion date.
- Are you apart of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association?
- Do you have any references?
Digital Real Property Reports in Calgary
Digital Certificate of Compliance Stamps
Per the city of Calgary - Beginning September 21, 2020, Real Property Reports will be stamped digitally and then emailed to clients with confirmation of compliance. The city of Calgary will no longer be stamping paper copies of RPR's.
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