FAQ: Real Property Reports

Global Raymac Surveys has been performing Real Property Reports for over thirty years. We deliver a complete and accurate product in a cost effective manner. For more information, contact our office.

What is a Real Property Report?


  • A RPR is a legal document that clearly illustrates the location of all permanent structures on a property relative to the property line boundaries.
  • It takes the form of a plan or diagram of the various physical features of the property, including a written statement detailing the surveyor’s opinions or concerns.
  • It can be relied upon by the buyer, the seller, the lender, and the municipality as an accurate representation of the improvements on your property.
  • A registered Alberta Land Surveyor is the only individual who can legally prepare a Real Property Report.

Why do I need a Real Property Report?


  • The RPR and its predecessor have been an important component of the Real Estate transaction for more than 50 years; it is now a requirement of the Alberta Real Estate Association Listing Contract in all MLS sales.
  • A RPR illustrates any boundary problems related to the property, determining whether homes, garages, and any other structures adhere to local Land Use By-laws.
  • Due to the risk of potential legal complications that may occur if a property is sold without abiding by the Land Use By-laws, a RPR with municipal compliance acts as a form of assurance that protects buyers and sellers.
  • Identifying any issues with the property prior to closing on your new home ensures you don’t inherit a costly problem, saving you aggravation and money when you wish to sell or further develop your property.
  • If you are purchasing a home, new or used, insist that the seller supply you with a RPR with municipal compliance which reflects the current state of the property. This will ensure that what you are buying is situated in the correct location and that it adheres to the local Land Use By-laws.

What is shown on a Real Property Report prepared by GRSI?


  • Legal description of property and municipal address.
  • Dimensions and directions of all property boundaries.
  • Designation of adjacent properties, roads, lanes, etc.
  • Location and description of all relevant improvements situated on the property together with dimensions and distances from property boundaries.
  • Other significant improvements.
  • Right-of-way or easements as noted on the title to the property at the date of the survey.
  • Location and dimension of any visible encroachments onto, or off of, the property.
  • A duly signed certification and opinion by an Alberta Land Surveyor.
  • Copyright and Permit Stamp (where applicable).

When will I need a new or updated Real Property Report?


  • Any form of real estate transaction e.g. selling house, acquiring a mortgage, etc.
  • When adding to or renovating any part of your property with permanent structures.
  • It is valid as long as no significant changes or improvements have been made, however depending on when it was completed, it may have to be recertified to ensure that it is still legally acceptable.

What is the process for Real Property Reports at GRSI?


  • Step 1: The client decides to hire GRSI to complete the Real Property Report, fills out order form online or via phone (with office staff member) and receives quote (within 24 hours) for job order based on particular client requirements and specifications.
  • Step 2: Once the client agrees to the terms and conditions, the office team creates the job file and sends it to the Project Manager who then acquires the related survey plans and reference file in order to prepare the job for field work.
  • Step 3: The job goes to the field either as a regular order (current turnaround time is approximately 10 business days – weather permitted) or as a rush order (choice between 5 day rush at an additional $110 charge or 3 day rush at an additional $165).
  • Step 4: The field crew arrives at the property, searches for governing evidence and takes measurements of all permanent structures on the premises.
  • Step 5: Upon return from the field, job order is forwarded to the Project Manager to calculate measurements, establish property line boundaries, and send the field report to the CAD team.
  • Step 6: CAD personnel complete final copy of the Real Property Report in approximately one day.
  • Step 7 (Optional at Cost): The completed jobs are taken once a day to the City of Calgary or relevant Municipality in order to obtain a Certificate of Compliance.
    • Although the time taken for the City of Calgary to grant compliance varies, in most cases it is approved on the same day. In some circumstances, particularly in surrounding towns and municipalities, it may take longer to obtain compliance.
  • Step 8: On the day that the signed and stamped RPR returns from the City, the client is notified for payment and pick-up.
  • Step 9: Follow up call with client to ensure satisfaction with all aspects of service.

How long will it take to receive the final RPR?


  • The current turnaround time for a Real Property Report is approximately 10 business days however it is dependent on permitting weather conditions, site accessibility, and current workload.
  • Orders can be expedited as a three day rush ($165 additional charge) or five day rush ($110 additional charge) depending on your needs.
  • These timeframes do not include the time taken to obtain a Certificate of Compliance; once the RPR is in the hands of the municipality, we are subject to their processing time.
  • Fortunately, due to the strong relationship formed between GRSI and many Alberta Municipalities as well as our carefully tailored product, we are able to obtain compliance within one day in most cases, thereby saving you the time and stress of waiting in line at the Municipal office.

Why get a RPR with GRSI?


  • We provide an efficient, reliable, and high quality service from start to finish.
  • We look after all of our clients with the finest quality of care and service – when you call us, you are guaranteed to reach a real live person every time, ready to help you with your survey needs.
  • We deliver a superior final product with detailed notes and colour diagrams presented in a format that is easy to read and understand which facilitates the process of obtaining compliance.
  • We offer one of the fastest turnaround times for Real Property Reports in Alberta allowing you to obtain a Certificate of Compliance as soon as possible, thereby helping to sell or purchase your property swiftly.
  • We have many positive reviews from previous clients and associates, and we are always striving go above and beyond your expectations to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with our service and the final RPR.
  • We have an extensive background giving us the knowledge and expertise to provide insight and recommendations that will not only help you, but also save you money.
  • We use the latest, state of the art technology (including GPS, Mobile Data Collectors, and iPads in the field) to provide maximum precision and accuracy in every aspect of our service.
  • Our Municipal department is directed by Professional Alberta Land Surveyors and knowledgeable Geomatics personnel, meaning you can be assured that your RPR will be completed to the highest standards and in accordance with the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association Manual of Standard Practice.
  • We are professionally affiliated with the Alberta Land Surveyors Association and have received the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau for 15 years of Ethical Enterprise as a long-standing accredited business.
  • GRSI was also a regional finalist in the “2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program.”
  • We actively seek feedback in an effort to continually improve our operations and better serve our clients.

How do I proceed with ordering a Real Property Report with GRSI?


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