Buried Gems – Buying Near a Cemetery

When your dream home is next to a cemetery, does buying have grave consequences? Astoundingly, buyers who have taken the plunge report it has some upsides.

Some locations, like right on the waterfront, just feel more desirable (and command higher prices). That doesn’t mean cemeteries can’t be a pleasant respite from a busy freeway or noisy schoolyard.

Well-heeled cemeteries in choice locations, filled with leafy, green spaces to stroll on a Sunday afternoon, can be on the right side of the tracks. Next to a cemetery could be just the ticket if downsizing or buying a first home has you on a restricted financial diet.

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Burial Trends in Canada

The reality of making your final mark could intrigue you. 

  • Only 20% of Canadians opt for burials nowadays. New graveyards just aren’t being constructed at the rate they were pre-1950.
  • Cremation has been popular since the 1950s, and that trend continues. 
  • Health effects from living opposite or near a crematorium aren’t bolstered by research. Still, buyers may not be thrilled to be discover one in their neighbourhood.
  • You don’t have to fear distasteful smells. Even eco-burials that use fabric shrouds or cardboard caskets are non-offensive to your olfactory buds. Odours are sealed beneath the soil. Besides, most wooden caskets are well sealed.

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Pros and Cons of Living By a Cemetery

Cemeteries have their pros and cons:

  • No worries about new development. City council likely isn’t to uproot the cemetery anytime soon. Your home’s views and peace of mind won’t be impacted by noisy construction or annoying sight lines.
  • They’re quiet most of the time – other than for the occasional burial.
  • Most cemeteries are well established. Older subdivisions can have bigger lots and mature, more affordable homes. Realtor.com reports home prices are 12% lower around cemeteries.
  • Sellers may be more willing to negotiate. They know not everyone wants to live next to a cemetery and, if you don’t mind the location, they may be happy to lower the price to get a quicker sale.
  • On the downside, you may have to be more flexible about price when the time comes to sell your piece of peaceful paradise. 

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Toxins and Buying Near a Cemetery

Wondering if those toxins used in embalming could leach into the soil and sicken you, or affect your property values? What about chemicals from chemotherapy patients, or metals, varnishes, and sealants from coffins?

A January 2000 Ohio research project found chemicals like mercury from dental fillings, and formaldehyde from embalming fluid, travelled vertically into cemetery soil samples. Environmental damage was confined to the cemetery site, not adjoining property. 

Those leafy trees you admired so much are taking up groundwater and soil, which disposes of some contaminants. Cold, dry climates preserved bodies longer (50 to 500 years). And eco-friendly solutions like biodegradable cardboard coffins and shrouds make an impact. 

You can rest assured that modern zoning regulations take into account how far a cemetery is from groundwater, surface water, and ditches. That said, you probably don’t want to buy in a flood prone zone. 

For the last word, read: Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water from Contamination from the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. 

Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer

Axess Law makes buying or selling real estate near cemeteries, or anywhere in Ontario, easier to conclude. When you’re ready to complete the deal, bring us your agreement of purchase and sale. 

Our licensed real estate lawyers in Toronto, Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa can review your draft or signed offer to purchase, and offer suggestions about clauses you may need to add to protect your interests. If you have to walk away because your mortgage financing fell through, or a home inspection went sour, our Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa lawyers negotiate to exercise your buyer’s right to cancel.

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Selling and a buyer just won’t commit? We connect with the buyer’s lawyer to see if an amendment to the agreement of purchase and sale is needed to extend timelines, or make the terms more agreeable. If that doesn’t resolve it, Axess Law refers you to trusted legal partners, who can advise you on your options for dispute resolution.

Legal options if a buyer won’t close. 

Refinancing a mortgage is quickly arranged. Axess Law takes your mortgage lender’s instructions, and translates them into legal documents you need to sign to activate your new loan.

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Affordable Flat Fee Legal Services 

Legal services can be pricey. Axess Law takes the high cost out of hiring a real estate lawyer. 

Our flat fee legal services start at only $999.99 plus HST to buy a home or land, or $799.99 and up plus HST for property sellers. Adding a family member to property title is easy and economical, just $649 plus HST. Refinance mortgages when interest rates decline. You pay $799.99 and up plus HST at Axess Law.

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Axess Law gives you the same timely, professional assistance you pay a lot more for from traditional lawyer services. We keep our overhead low to offer you the best prices for basic real estate law services.

Close real estate transactions by remote, online video conference anywhere in Ontario. Our secure, confidential software lets you e-sign with confidence. If you haven’t tried virtual real estate lawyer services before, you could be surprised at just how convenient they really are. 

You don’t need to google lawyers near my location. Axess Law has remote real estate lawyers anywhere you are. 

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Access lawyers at any of our Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa law offices. Make day or evening appointments with a virtual real estate lawyer, at times that work for you. Drop in to sign documents, or complete all your transactions online by e-signing. 

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