What are Surplus Properties?
These are mostly properties that are being sold by municipalities.
Are these tax sale properties?
No, these are not tax sale properties. However, many of these properties may have already been offered for tax sale, but the municipality may not have received any valid bids or tenders. If you would like information on tax sale properties we suggest that you visit OntarioTaxSales.ca
Do I need a lawyer if I want to buy one of these properties?
Yes, you do need a lawyer. We recommend that you consult with a lawyer before you sign any documents (such as, but not limited to, an Agreement of Purchase and Sale). We also recommend that you have a lawyer assist you with the purchase of a property.
How do I buy a Surplus Property?
The contact information for the Municipality is listed at the bottom of the listings page. The “For Sale” price is listed above the individual property listing. Simply contact the Municipality and tell them you wish to purchase a surplus property.
Before you buy a property, we recommend that you first consult with a lawyer, and that you have a lawyer assist you with the purchase of the property.
Locating a Property - Google Map
The best way to locate a Surplus Property is to use the Google map for the property. We have placed the map on the SurplusProperty.ca website for your convenience. Not every property has an address so anyone looking to find a property can locate the property by using the longitude and latitude that is associated with the map. Simply key these numbers into your GPS and it will take you right to the location of the property as it is shown on the map.
This is how you find the property with the Google map:
- Go to SurplusProperty.ca
- In the left menu click “Properties for sale”
- Click the Municipality name for any of the properties.
- Scroll until you see the green “Click for more details” button. Click it.
- The box below the aerial or street level photo is a Google map. If you don’t see a “green arrow” on the map, zoom out by pressing the “-” until it appears.
- Hover your mouse over the green arrow without clicking. You will see the numbers similar to these: 44.797120, -80.915710
- Key those numbers into your GPS. They are the latitude and longitude location of the property.
A cool feature: Below the Google map in the bottom left corner there is a link that says “View Larger Map”. Click it. On the next page at the top left click “Get Directions”. Key your address in the “A” box and click the blue “Get Directions” button and Google will give you directions to the property from your home.
Locating a Property - QR Codes
This is how you find the property with the QR code:
- Make sure you have a free QR Code reader app on your smart phone
- Go to SurplusProperty.ca
- Click any Municipality name
- Scroll down to the first property listed
- The square black and white box looking thing is the QR code. Start up the QR code reader on your phone and hold your camera up to your computer screen over the QR code.
- Within a few seconds your phone will read the code and open Google maps with a green arrow pointing to the property. Use the “Web” version Google maps on your phone (not the built in Google app) and use “Get Directions”. Hop in your car and your phone will navigate you to the property as it is shown on the map.
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