40/ JUNE 2020 THE RIDER REAL ESTATE: COVID Isolation On A Farm

By Teri Davidson. I had no idea until this virus

came how isolated my life already was living on a farm! As a realtor I go out every

day and meet with clients, show them homes, view their home if they’re thinking of selling, and then go back to my office and do my paperwork. With all of the newfound social media advertis- ing, “doc u sign’ that we use to have documents signed without being there in person, and virtual

tours, along with wonderful pic- tures, we really don’t spend a lot of time person-to-person. How- ever I hadn’t really realized this. When the virus came and we

were told we would have to so- cially isolate it was fairly easy for me to do. Initially people pulled back

from listing homes or from going out to see them. But as time has gone on I’m finding buyers and sellers are back doing what they’ve always done, “buying and selling!”

Farms For Sale

3276 Governor's, Lynden, ON L0R 1T0. A charm- ing 44 acre Ancaster farm with a large structurally sound home that you can renovate to your own lik- ing. New addition on the back of the original Circa 1867 Ontario Farmhouse gives this home a big fam- ily room with wood stove and cathedral ceiling as well as a big master bedroom and ensuite. Pine floors and historic elements lend charm to the kitchen and front living space. Side sun room looks out over the front fenced pasture. This home is full of natural light and just needs paint, floors and your own taste in kitchen. Three baths, four bedrooms and main floor laundry. Good full basement under the whole house. Good well. Good septic. Outside you will appreciate the three car garage, back wood-

shed and the Post and Beam early 1800's Timber Bank barn. Upper loft. Lower stalls and run in for horses or other livestock. Barn in good condition. The fields behind are fenced in some places and open workable land. The sky lights up the property and there is a walkable, driveable laneway back to serenity, open countryside and small pond. Don't miss this opportunity as these properties are becoming harder and harder to find. Easy commute to the Town of Ancaster. Close to Lynden where neighbours meet and get involved in community functions. a wonderful lifestyle! MLS#:30791788

$1,399,999 Coming Soon!!!

1746 ST JOHNS Road, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K1. Farm outside of Sim- coe. On St Johns Rd. Immaculate three bedroom home with big pic- tures windows all across the back, facing south, making this home so bright! Huge kitchen family and eating area , all one room. Separate living room, den or office and three piece bath with laundry room. Door into two car garage. The upper three bedrooms are all spacious. Good windows through out. Modernized bathroom on bedroom level. Three piece bath and laundry on main floor. Access to a big storage area and attic space which could be devel- oped. Outside you'll find a L-shaped workshop, drive and garage all in one. Used to be a bunk

house at one side so does have water and hydro. Creek cross the property . Go fishing.! Land is open with a bit of a roll. Five acre orchard brings in an income. Ginseng has never been grown here. 6 min to Sobies shopping in White horse Plaza , Simcoe. Ten minutes to Port Dover beach and Lake Erie! 10 min to Turkey Point! Winieries, fishing, boating and fresh produce. Great place to live. MLS#:30789229. $999,900

There are still families that

need bigger accommodation, es- tate sales, divorces and people who are moving for job situations. We are just doing our job differ- ently. The Ontario Real Estate As-

sociation has provided us with health measures and precautions that we need to take prior to meet- ing and/or showing houses. The first call I got, once we

had become socially isolated, was from a family whose parent had died suddenly and they needed to

have a price on their home for probate. I decided at that time I did not want to attend the property as everything con- cerning COVID-19 was in its initial stages and I was feeling very unde- cided about what I would do. I came up with the idea of them

FaceTiming me on their phone as they walked through the house showing me the layout, the updates, windows, fur- nace, wiring etc. The property was located in an

area that I worked in for the past 42 years so I understood the neighbor- hood. I also drove by the house on the outside. I felt very confident giving them a

price on that home. I then suggested this format for

pricing to an appraiser who works with me. He started using the same format. It’s worked very well for us both. As things progressed and our in-

dustry took measures to keep us in- formed and to give us advice as to how to proceed legally and with health cau- tion, I started showing properties again. We use a policy and procedure

questionnaire for COVID and each one must be filled out before you show a property. When you reach the property, you

leave your shoes outside. All visitors must wear gloves and there’s a station at the front door that has anti-bacterial wipes and or hand sanitizer. We’re not allowed to use the rest-

room facilities, nor turn lights off and on, and we touch as little as we can while we’re viewing the property. The homeowners are not home and multiple showings cannot happen at the same time.

This procedure seems to be work-

A 147 acre farm with 120 workable acres, cute board and batton home with separate garage. Very scenic and private way back off the road on quiet sideroad overlooks wide creek and huge ponds. A fabulous opportunity for horses, naturalists retreat, away from the hub of busy life but 6 min- utes from groceries stores and town. $1,599,900.

I have Qualified Buyers LOOKING to

purchase a farm this year! Call Teri Davidson

(519) 758-7307 to get a valuation on yours. 42 Years Experience

Teri Davidson is #1 Agent for 2019 at C21 Professional Group in sales

ing quite well. In my area, in particular, prices have not fallen, which is won- derful news! And homes are selling. Especially country properties. Perhaps people are thinking this is going to be with us for sometime and understand that living in a country location keeps you isolated. While I have not seen my family

for sometime, other than my daughter who decided to stay with me while this was on, my lifestyle at home has not changed much. Our daughter works re- motely from home and it’s been won- derful going back to home cook meals and long walks with the dogs on our property.

Teri Davidson has been a Licensed re- altor for 40 years. She has a Broker with Century 21 Professional Group Realty located in Branford Ontario. If you’re thinking of buying or selling contact Teri at 519-758-7307.

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