Real Estate Lawyer Fees in Ontario

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Real Estate Lawyer Fees

Average Real Estate Lawyer Fees for house closing in Ontario is between $500 to $1,500 depending on the complexity of the Transactions.

Typically Real Estate Lawyer charge Law Office Disbursements in addition to their Legal Fees.

At Shaikh Law we offer Fixed Real Estate Lawyer Fees inclusive of Law Office Disbursements, hence, if you hire us there are no Hidden Charges & No Surprises.

We provide Transparent Structure of Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Buying a House in Ontario as well as when selling a house in Ontario.

 

Real Estate Lawyer Fees

What We Can Do For You?

Purchase

Sale

Refinance

Title Transfer

Independent Legal Advice

Interim Closing

Real Estate Lawyer Fees

Our Real Estate Fees Structure is Transparent in accordance with the Law Society Rules 4.2-2.1

Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Purchase

Our Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Buying a  property is $900 + Tax for a Cash Purchase.  However, if purchasing with a Mortgage then Legal fees will be $999+ Tax. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • One Title Search;
  • Two Writ Searches;
  • Two Execution Searches;
  • Bank Charges, including Two Certification of Cheques;
  • Printing, Courier Charges;
  • Phone & Fax charges.
  • Software Charges;
  • File Opening Charges;
  • One Appointment/ Mobile Signing.
  • After Office Hours Appointment
  • Securing Title Insurance

WHAT IS  NOT INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • Land Transfer Tax; (Charged As Per Invoice)
  • Title Insurance; (Charged As Per Invoice)
  • Registration Cost per Transfer or per Mortgage $78; (Charged As Per Invoice)
  • Stewart Assyst Charge $28.30 (Charged As Per Invoice)
  • Additional Title Searches (If required, Charged as per Invoice)

Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Sale

Our Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Selling a  property is $810 + Tax. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • One Mortgage Payout or Any other payout;
  • Bank Charges, including Two Certification of Cheques;
  • Printing, Courier Charges;
  • Phone & Fax charges.
  • Software Charges;
  • File Opening Charges;
  • One Appointment/ Mobile Signing.
  • After Office Hours Appointment
  • Securing Title Insurance

WHAT IS  NOT INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • Law Society Levy $65
  • Per additional Payout $63 + Tax if required

Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Refinance

Our Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Refinancing a  property is $810 + Tax. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • One Mortgage Payout or Any other payout;
  • Bank Charges, including Two Certification of Cheques;
  • Printing, Courier Charges;
  • Phone & Fax charges.
  • Software Charges;
  • File Opening Charges;
  • One Appointment/ Mobile Signing.
  • After Office Hours Appointment
  • Securing Title Insurance 
 
 

WHAT IS  NOT INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES;

  • Law Society Levy $65
  • Per additional Payout $63 + Tax if required

Interim Closing (Condo Only)

Legal Fees for Interim Closing for Condos is $450 + Taxes inclusive of all Law Office Disbursements. 

Interim Closing
Assignment of Real Estate in Ontario

Assignment of Real Estate in Ontario

Our Lawyer’s Fees for Assignment is $450 + Tax inclusive of all Law Office Disbursements.

No Hidden Charges

Ijara Real Estate Lawyer Fees $450 + Tax

Our Ijarah Real Estate Lawyer in can help you with your Islamic Mortgage Documentation. Shaikh Law Firm is on the approved panel of Ijara CDC. 

Our Fixed Legal Fees for Ijara Real Estate Documents $450+ Tax. inclusive of all Law Office Disbursements 

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Real Estate Lawyer Fees for Title Transfer

Simple Title Transfer

Legal Fees for a Simple Title Transfer is $900 + Tax provided no mortgage is being ported.

However, Legal Fees for Title Transfer with mortgage transfer is $999 +Tax.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN LEGAL FEES?

Land Transfer Tax
Title Insurance (If required by the Lender)
Registration Fees $73

Disclaimer

Our Real Estate Lawyer, all-inclusive Flat Legal Fees is based on a Residential Transaction for a vacant single-family property on the date of closing and upon receipt of mortgage instructions a week before closing (if applicable)

Rush Fees

 Rush Fees of $450 would apply if documents or instructions are received less than a week before closing. If you are seeking to close a Commercial Real Estate Transaction, please visit our Corporate Lawyer Page.

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Mr. Nanavaty from Shaikh law firm work on my real estate purchase.I am very satisfied with his professionalism, cooperation and smooth transition of whole process. I’m very satisfied with the service and very reasonable fee.
I recommend to use their services. The customer service representative Caroline also provide required information very quickly.Thank you team of Shaikh Law firm for their excellent customer service.
Dan Ahir
I used Shaikh law Firm for two real estate transactions (purchase and sale).

Both Transactions were to close on the same day and the Firm handled them very well. I found Caroline to be very helpful and responsive at all times.

I enjoyed dealing with her and felt she treated my files with utmost care and diligence.
She kept me up to date at all times and was quick to respond to my inquiries. Ali is a good Solicitor as well.

He was thorough and explained everything about my two transactions. Both closings went smoothly and I am very happy with service and the cost. I will definitely go back to this Firm for any future transactions.

F. Salim
Excellent service. All questions answered quickly and nicely.

They walked me through the whole process. They handled everything and they were completely affordable.You can not beat their pricing or their service.

Thank you Shaikh Law Firm for keeping the purchase of our new home an exciting and stress free experience.
April Jay

The Role of a Real Estate Lawyer

Article by: Aneri Nanavaty

To own a home is something most people dream about. Purchasing your home will likely be the most significant financial undertaking you take on.

Consequently, the importance of securing such an investment cannot be underestimated. Buying a home is a complex process, carrying immense legal ramifications.

At Shaikh Law, we will take care of all legal matters for such an important event in our clients’ lives. We ensure you do not have to worry about any hidden legal issues buried under extensive paperwork. 

Our real estate lawyer in Mississauga provide 100% support to our clients to protect their legal interests in the process of purchasing until our client has become the legal owner of the property.

Below, we briefly explain the role of our real estate lawyer. It is what you can expect in the process for buying a house in ontario and when selling a house in Ontario.

A REVIEW OF THE AGREEMENT OF SALE AND PURCHASE

Whether you are buying a house in Ontario or selling a house, a review of Agreement of Purchase & Sale is critically important. An Agreement of Sale and Purchase, or simply, a contract, is a document which contains all the concerns related to purchasing a home. 

Along with the price of the property, it includes a detailed description of the home to buy and any other conditions included in the process by the seller. 

The contract should thoroughly be analyzed before the buyer signs it, while our lawyer are there to answer any questions you may have.

For a resale home, the buyer and seller will usually approach their lawyer after the agreement has been signed. 

If all conditions are satisfied, the lawyer identify the legal issues of the contract, protecting their clients’ interests. (Is it necessary to put in any advice to approach a lawyer before signing a contract??)

However, if you are constructing a home, a new build construction contract is looked over by a lawyer for approval, before signing.

TITLE SEARCH

Once an agreement has been reached, we conduct a title search for your purchase. Oftentimes, we may have to do multiple title searches for the buyer. 

But what is a title search? We meticulously look through land records to ascertain any liens, charges, mortgages, caveats or notices, such as notice for sale or power to sale by a bank regarding the property you are buying. 

If the buyer is acquiring a loan, his lender, in most cases, the bank, necessitates that a lawyer looks at the land records before the conclusion of the transaction. 

They must report to the bank any concerns they may have. Even if the buyer is not acquiring a loan, our real estate lawyer will check the records. Our lawyer will:

I. Draw up mortgage papers
II. Make sure there are no claims registered with the property
III. Evaluate the judgments (elaboration on this?)
IV. Evaluate the land transference tax due on closing
V. Certify that property taxes are up to date

Upon completion, our lawyer report to you, the buyer as well as the lender, providing copies of the title that has been issued by the Land Registry.

TITLE INSURANCE

Title insurance protects against inborn vulnerabilities in real estate titles. These may not always be apparent from the title search. 

We cannot guarantee against latent defects in the title that are not registered, and hence are not easy to discover from a review of public records. 

Such latent defects in the title of this sort may include bogus deeds, missing inheritors, clerical mistakes, issues with payment of land transfer tax, the boundary of the property and the like. 

However, a general title insurance policy will be protective against such defects. Therefore, title insurance is imperative for all home buyers. 

Please also note that the Lender will make it a condition for financing to obtain lender title insurance to protect their interests. At the same time, the Purchaser, which is you, also strongly recommended buying a title insurance policy.

A question we regularly get from our clients is,

“Do we need title insurance?”

Our answer to this question is that if you do not buy title insurance you are committing legal suicide. If the title is discovered to be defective, we cannot help you. 

Apart from protection against a defect, if a buyer purchases an owner’s policy at the same time as the mandatory lender’s policy, the title insurance company may give a considerable concession in the cost of a Title Insurance policy. 

We will make arrangements for the purchase of title insurance and will also confirm you have a legal title upon the finalization of the property trade.

Shaikh Law Corporation Lawyer are registered and also on the approved lawyer list of the FCT (First Canadian Title) & Stewart Title but we can also work with other title insurance companies such as Title Plus. 

We will do our best to provide the best insurance policy for all of our home buyers.

OTHER CONCERNS

Besides the title work, most home buys will need a lot plan of the property from an engineer or expert surveyor. The basic purpose of the lot plan is to make sure that the home that is being bought is sited on the land that is going to be sold. 

We must also make sure that there are no obvious encroachments where any portion of a neighbor’s home is constructed on your property or vice versa. As your lawyer, we will also check that the zoning is correctly applied to your property. 

This ensures that if the residential property is sold, then you get residential zoning in your title

Tax Searches
Real estate lawyer are also responsible for acquiring a metropolitan lien certificate for your property, from the town or city where the property is situated. This is so that the status of due real estate taxes can be calculated in your statement.

 If the seller has overpaid their property taxes then the amount will be adjusted to give a credit to the seller. If the seller has not paid the property taxes then the credit will be given to the buyer towards his purchase price.

 We ensure that you are not overpaying in property taxes, but nor has the tax been previously neglected. 

As your real estate lawyer, we are responsible for your property tax only for the number of days that you own the property, and not for the entire year.

FINALIZATION

Before the closing of a purchase and sale, a final trust ledger is provided to the home buyer by a lawyer. 

This ledger shows all statements of accounts along with the copy of a title, land transfer tax, and any and all descriptions or detail of monetary aspects of the purchase transaction.

 Along with the trust ledger, the lawyer will explain any other documents to the buyer which may include the details of the loan.

As your lawyer, we are responsible for making arrangements for all necessary closing papers, fixing the schedule of closing, explaining all essential closing papers and ensuring their proper execution and documentation. 

After the buyer and the seller both have completed all the closing documentation, the lawyer records the title deed, which is the mechanism by which the person selling home conveys title of the home to the buyer for the determined price. This is the best part, where your home becomes yours.

After finalizing the transaction and making sure that all legal and financial requirements are met, your lawyer exchanges legal documents and keys with the seller’s lawyer. 

It is important to note that keys to the buyer are not released until the seller’s lawyer receive payment for purchase along with all supporting documents. 

Therefore it is possible the possession time mentioned in the agreement differs from the time the keys are finally handed to the buyer’s lawyer. 

Therefore, our buyers need to keep in mind that keys are usually not released at the same time as mentioned in the agreement.

Above all, a real estate lawyer is here to make the purchase and sale of your home easier on you. As it is a difficult time, both financially and emotionally, our lawyer will keep you updated every step of the way and ensure that you always feel safe and prepared during this time.

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OTHER LEGAL FEES

Review of Agreement $450 + Tax

Please contact us if you are purchasing a pre-construction property and wish to obtain a Lawyer’s Approval Letter.  

Review of Condo Status Certificate $270 + Tax

We charge $270 to review a status Certificate. This fees is credited at the time of final closing.

Rush Legal Fees $450 + Tax

If our office does not receive mortgage instructions a week before closing, then a Rush Fees of $450 is applicable.

Redrafting of Documents $450 + Tax

If our office is expected to redo the Real Estate Documents then we charge additional $450 + Tax

Legal Fees for Extension $450 + Tax

We charge fixed legal fees for an extension or change in closing date. 

Any Additional Service $450 + Tax

We keep it simple. $450 + Tax for any additional work such as postponement, survivorship application.

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