Frequently Asked Questions
Facts You Need to Know
Wuerch Properties is not a Real Estate firm but a family operated Land Holding Company. We only sell what we own.
We highly recommend, before purchasing a property in Northern Ontario, that you utilize an Attorney from the general area of purchase to act on your behalf.
An attorney will:
Ensure that you are actually purchasing the property you think you are.
Review the Title Search on the parcel with you. Explain terminology and ensure you will have clear title to the property.
Review all declarations & undertakings that are required and necessary.
Check for any charges, liens, cautions, hidden agreements that you may or may not be aware of concerning the property.
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You should be aware of the following as it relates to the parcel you are considering purchasing. These comments are Wuerch Properties general interpretation only, and should be verified with the suggested phone numbers below. Your Attorney can assist you in this area also.
All waterfront property in Northern Ontario has a standard 66 foot shoreline reservation, unless otherwise transferred to the Deed. This reservation can be as deep as 200 feet on some properties. This part of the property is owned and controlled by the Ministry of Natural Resources. No permanent development or shoreline development is allowed on this reservation. The shoreline reservation may be purchased from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake District Office.
An administration fee of $1000.00 is charged by the Ministry of Natural Resources plus the additional market value of the reservation to be acquired. This only applies if you are considering purchasing the shoreline reservation. The Ministry of Natural Resources determines the additional value. The process could take up to 18 months if the Ministry of Natural Resources does agree to the sale. For more information please call the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-705-568-3222
Surface rights included:
You are the Deeded property owner and have the legal right to walk & enjoy the surface of the property. You can build or construct a dwelling on the surface of the property. For more detailed information, please call the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines 1-705-670-5742 & 1-888-415-9845 or phone the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake District Office 1-705-568-3222
Timber rights reserved:
Timber rights reserved means that all the timber (trees) standing on the property do not belong with the property. These trees are reserved to the Provincial Government or to an individual. This includes all tree species except Pine trees.
Although the Government owns the trees they do require the permission of the property owner to harvest those trees. If the property owner wishes to harvest the trees on the parcel, the owner must call the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake District Office for further details at 1-705-568-3222. A stump-age fee is owed to the Ministry of Natural Resources when harvested.
Timber rights included:
You, the property owner, own the trees except the Pine.
Pine rights reserved:
All Pine trees standing on the property are owned by the Provincial Government or to an individual. The property owner does not own these trees. To harvest Pine trees you must contact the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland lake District Office 1-705-568-3222. The Pine rights can be purchased from the Government.
Pine rights included:
You, the property owner, own the Pine trees.
Mineral rights reserved:
The minerals above or below the surface are reserved to the Government, Mining Company, Prospector or a private individual.
This includes all precious metals, ores, sand & gravel. When a Mining Company, Prospector or other individual own the mineral rights, they do not need the owners permission to go on the property and do exploration work. The Mining Company, Prospector or other individual only need to inform you in writing, the day before, of their intent to perform work.
Owning the timber rights on the property, when the mineral rights are reserved, is a very large plus for the property owner.
The majority of prospectors and mining companies are very good to work with, and between the owner and themselves, will normally work out a fair compensation package for any exploration work that will be performed.
All private properties that were patent under the Private Lands Act prior to 1913, have the mineral rights included in the property. For more information (and there is much more), please call the Ministry of Northern Development & Mines 1-705-670-5742 or 1-888-415-9845
Mineral rights included:
You , the property owner, own the minerals above & below the surface.
All deposits (once applied towards a property) are non refundable or can be applied towards a property in the future.