Real Estate Lawyer

Agreement of Purchase and Sale: What You Should Know


Are you planning to buy or sell real estate in Ontario? If so, it's crucial to understand the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, a pivotal legal document that outlines the terms and conditions of the transaction. This article will explore the intricacies of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale in Ontario. We aim to provide an understanding of the document and highlight why seeking legal assistance when drafting one is highly beneficial. What Is an Agreement of Purchase and Sale? An Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) is a legally binding contract between a buyer and a seller in a real [...]

Agreement of Purchase and Sale: What You Should Know2023-08-15T16:53:45-04:00

Recent Non-Resident Regulations on Residential Property Purchase in Ontario – Impacts and Analysis


In the dynamic landscape of Ontario's real estate market, recent regulations targeting non-resident buyers have emerged as a crucial topic of discussion. This blog delves into the intricacies of these regulations, focusing on the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) and the Foreign Buyer Ban, shedding light on their implications and significance for both the market and potential property buyers. Land Transfer Tax Issues Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) As of October 25, 2022, the NRST has taken center stage, showcasing a substantial increase in its rate to 25 percent. This tax applies to the acquisition of residential properties across Ontario by foreign nationals, [...]

Recent Non-Resident Regulations on Residential Property Purchase in Ontario – Impacts and Analysis2023-08-15T13:45:47-04:00

The Difference Between Foreclosure and Power of Sale in Ontario


Owning a home is a dream for many, but unfortunate circumstances can sometimes lead to financial difficulties. When homeowners are unable to meet their mortgage obligations, they may face the possibility of foreclosure or power of sale.  While these terms are often used interchangeably, they have distinct differences in the context of Ontario's real estate laws. To understand the options available to you, you must first understand the difference between foreclosure and power of sale. Here’s what you need to know:  What Is a Foreclosure? Foreclosure is a legal process initiated by a mortgage lender when a homeowner defaults on their [...]

The Difference Between Foreclosure and Power of Sale in Ontario2023-07-05T15:48:52-04:00

The Land Transfer Act in Ontario Explained


If you are looking to buy a property in Ontario, it is crucial to understand the Land Transfer Act and how it impacts you as a buyer. Ontario's Land Transfer Tax (LTT) is a significant financial consideration for anyone purchasing a property in the province. The tax is imposed on the land transfer from one owner to another based on the property's purchase price. For many homebuyers, the LTT can represent a substantial expense, and it's important to understand how the tax is calculated and how it might impact your budget when buying a home in Ontario. In this article, we'll [...]

The Land Transfer Act in Ontario Explained2023-06-15T11:24:54-04:00

Do First Time Home Buyers Pay Land Tax in Ontario?


Buying your first home is a truly exciting time, but it can also be a financially stressful time. Every dollar counts and suddenly, there are new taxes and financial obligations in place that you didn’t have before. When buying a home, the land transfer tax can make up a significant percentage of your final closing costs. But what exactly is this tax, how much is it, and do first time home buyers pay land transfer tax in Ontario? To help you make sense of the situation and potentially save some money, we’ve put together this handy resource. What Is Land Transfer [...]

Do First Time Home Buyers Pay Land Tax in Ontario?2023-02-18T12:38:46-05:00

Grandfathered Property Rights in Ontario: What You Need to Know


As a landowner, you may think you have the right to do whatever you want with your property. But, the fact is, you are limited in what you can do due to zoning by-laws and other ordinances like building codes.  It is, however, entirely possible that you may be exempt from the legal limitations imposed by these laws under something colloquially known as the grandfather clause.  What exactly are the grandfathered property rights in Ontario, how do they apply, and what does it mean for you as an owner or individual looking to purchase a property? To help you make sense [...]

Grandfathered Property Rights in Ontario: What You Need to Know2022-07-21T17:51:59-04:00

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained


In the province of Ontario, there have long been two systems of property registration: the Registry System and The Land Titles System. However, for decades now, the province has been working towards merging these two into a single system of land registration called the land titles systems.  Land registration is intended to provide a uniform system under which documents (or instruments) can be registered that establish or transfer interests in a particular portion of land. And as these two registration systems start to merge, they will have effects on property owners.  What do these land registration systems mean for you, your [...]

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained2021-12-09T16:12:27-05:00

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?


Buying or selling a home is the largest business transaction most people will ever make. You probably have a good idea of what part your realtor plays in the real estate process, but your lawyer’s role may not be so clear. This is not unusual, as people usually know that they need a lawyer as part of the home buying or selling process, but are not always sure why. Not many people know what goes on behind the scenes, and further, what a real estate lawyer does in addition to assisting with home purchases and sales. Below is a short attempt [...]

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?2021-09-28T21:00:33-04:00

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You


There are many misconceptions out there about what real estate lawyers actually do and for many people, what happens behind the scenes in a real estate practice is a mystery. Probably the two most frequently asked questions about real estate lawyers are: Do you need a lawyer when buying a home; and do you need a lawyer to sell your house? The answer to both of these questions is, yes. You need a lawyer to either buy or sell a property. However, a real estate lawyer can do so much more than just helping you to buy or sell a house. [...]

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You2021-09-28T12:46:49-04:00

What Is That Real Estate Lawyer Doing, Anyway?


May 11, 2018 By: Jennifer Foster My first property purchase was fourteen acres of a vacant, rural, wooded lot north west of Kingston. A river crossed over the northeast corner, separating the land into two pieces. The parcel across the river was pretty much unusable—it was landlocked and surrounded by conservation land, ensuring that we would never be looking at a condo or any other unwholesome development. As Torontonians, this seemed like paradise found! I wasn't practising real estate law at the time and I don’t remember much about the transaction except that we visited a lawyer and signed a lot [...]

What Is That Real Estate Lawyer Doing, Anyway?2020-11-12T16:34:50-05:00
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