Why Do I Need a Lawyer in a Real Estate Transaction?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

In this video, Barry explains what a lawyer does for you when you buy or sell real estate. Below are two of the highlights. If you need an Edmonton real estate lawyer, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

  1. A buyer’s attorney prepares the mortgage documents that lenders won’t let borrowers prepare themselves.
  2. A seller’s lawyer manages the money in a transaction to make sure that all outstanding debts or taxes are paid, which mean the seller receives their cash with no strings attached.

This is the next instalment of Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire, a series of videos that provides bite-sized pieces of real estate knowledge.

If you’re buying or selling real estate in Alberta, contact Barry now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

How to be a Legal Landlord

landlord tenant law

Podcast Episode 72:
The Basics—The Legal Side of Landlording.”

In my 40-plus years of experience as a lawyer, I have observed many common situations that real estate investors have the same questions about. My answer is: it’s all about The Basics. One of those questions is how to be a landlord. As an attorney, I suggest that one of the most important parts of being a landlord is carefully following the legal rules for renting properties. In order to do this, you need to know the law in your area. Luckily, governments usually have all kinds of resources to help people who aren’t lawyers to learn the rules. You also need to have a system in place that makes sure you can consistently do things by the book. In this Tale from the Trenches, we have a property manager who unlawfully evicted a tenant, and a landlord who paid the price.

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Mortgage Delays

Podcast Episode 55:
It Took How Long?”

Many things can slow down a mortgage application. Two weeks is a minimum for your financing condition, but some sellers might not like it; getting pre-approved is a safer option. To avoid human error, make sure to read over your own mortgage documents carefully.

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Written Documents

Podcast Episode 54:
Get it in Writing.”

What happens when a real estate deal is delayed past the closing date? The seller can choose not to sell, but they still keep your deposit. Verbal agreements for things like extensions aren’t enough; you need signed documents or else people can change their minds.

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Is a Handshake Enough?

Podcast Episode 52:
Some Deals Have It All.

When doing joint ventures with friends and family, you still need formal documentation. If problems arise, deal with them promptly or pay the price.

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How Long to Close a Real Estate Deal?

Podcast Episode 51:
30 Days to Close Is Crazy.

There are many things that can delay real estate transaction. 30 days is a minimum, but keep in mind that closing time should only begin after final conditions are removed.

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Do I Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

“Real Estate Matters:
Revealing a real estate lawyer’s role.”

The Edmonton Journal‘s Scott Bollinger has written a helpful series of articles called Real Estate Matters. In this edition, he breaks down what a real estate lawyer does, and why you need one when buying or selling properties. Link to the article: HERE.

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Closing a Real Estate Deal

House-Money-Question

No, Really. How Much Time Do I Need To Close?

Our “Tales from the Trenches™” often deal with one of those “Basic” issues that we teach and train about at least a couple of times per year. “Basic” is when Tales reviews things that all real estate investors meet and deal with, deal after deal.

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The Basics: Home Inspections Part 2 Painted Ladies

Podcast Episode 29:  “Home Inspections Part 2 Painted Ladies.”

Show homes are sometimes described as painted ladies. Despite their designer flair and top-end appliances these “painted ladies” can conceal a multitude of problems.

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The Basics: Home Inspections Part 1 Knob and Tube

Podcast Episode 28:  “Home Inspections Part 1 Knob and Tube.”

Old, unsafe, hidden behind walls knob and tube wiring was discovered by a home inspection. The buyer avoided a $30,000 repair bill.

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