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Old 03-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #16
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It is true that I owe fiduciary duties to whomever I'm under contract with. However, it would be the Buyer Agent that shows the home unless it is a multiple representation situation, in which case fiduciary duties are owed to both parties. Further, I can't imagine any Seller who chooses to not disclose any defects would happily point them out to their Agent. The Selling Agent can no more be expected to spot them on their own then, the Buyers Agent, the Home Inspector, or the Buyer himself. Ontario Realtors are governed by a strict code of ethics and I for one am not willing to risk a huge fine, my license, my livelihood and my reputation all for one sale. Again, I want to keep my clients and I take my responsibilty to them very seriously.

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The railroad track is behind the trees and as described by the OP, is slightly higher.

A swale is often mentioned as an easement in the deed in favor of the owners of nearby properties when the properties are not part of a condominium or otherwise under control of a homeowners association..
Worse comes to worse, the OP can hire an excavating/plumbing company. You see them many times using through excavating machines to run fiber optic cable under driveways as they bore horizontal holes. Using this method, one can bore a few holes under the ground and then run corrugated pipe out to the tracks.

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The tough part would be trying to figure out how to get the big machines into your backyard since you live in a townhouse complex.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #18
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Can you raise the part of the yard closest to your house? How much vertical space is avaialbe, like, how far above ground is the lower edge of the house siding?

You may be able to raise the part of the yard nearer your house including the part now occupied by the flower bed just a little but enough so water does not collect on the first 2/3 of your yard.

Now it will take tons of loam.

The limestone gravel area collects some of the water because it is a ditch (that is filled with the gravel). Once it fills up with water, it overflows because the water doesn't sink into the soil directly beneath it much faster than into the soil elsewhere in your yard.

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