How Long to Close a Real Estate Deal?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

Closing a real estate deal in Alberta has two parts. The first is when you are putting together the purchase contract. The second is after conditions have been removed from the contract. In this video, you’ll get Barry’s expert opinion on how long you really need to take care of due diligence, home inspections, mortgage financing, and signing documents. Keep in mind that delays and mistakes are possible, so you need enough wiggle room to get everything done properly. If you need an Edmonton real estate lawyer, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

This is the next instalment of Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire, a series of videos that provides quick tips on buying and selling real estate in Alberta.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Use the form below to contact him now!

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

Why Does my Real Estate Lawyer Need my ID?

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In the last video, identification was mentioned as one of the things to bring to your lawyer’s office when closing a real estate deal in Alberta. Why is that? Doesn’t your lawyer already know who you are? Basically, new rules are in place for documenting big transactions like buying or selling real estate because of increased concerns about money laundering and terrorism. In this video, Barry explains the details so you’ll remember to bring your ID! Choose Edmonton’s RMLO Law LLP for flat-rate legal fees on basic real estate deals. Get in touch now for a no-obligation consultation!

This is the next instalment of Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire, a series of videos covering quick tips on the legal side of buying and selling real estate in Alberta.

If you’re going to buy or sell real estate in Alberta, you need a trustworthy veteran lawyer. Contact Barry using the form below.

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

What to Bring During Closing of a Real Estate Deal?

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During the closing of a real estate deal in Alberta, what does the buyer need to bring to their lawyer’s office? For most people buying a house, bungalow, or home, they will need to bring identification, insurance, and certified funds. In this video, Barry explains what these things are in terms of finalizing all the paperwork to purchase a property.

To find out what “closing” means in Alberta real estate, view the previous video in this series by clicking here. If you need an Alberta real estate lawyer in Edmonton, contact RMLO Law LLP for a firm that cares about its clients and offers flat-rate legal fees.

This is the next instalment of Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire, a series of videos that answers common questions about buying and selling real estate in Alberta.

If you’re going to buy or sell real estate in Alberta, get an experienced lawyer that you can trust. Contact Barry using the form below.

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

Real Estate: What Happens at Closing?

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“Closing” is the final step of a real estate transaction. In Alberta, closing means that the Land Title has been transferred from the seller to the buyer. There is a lot of paperwork involved, which is one reason why having a real estate lawyer is a good idea. In fact, you are legally required to have a lawyer process mortgage documents because an individual is not allowed to do this for themselves.

Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire is a series of short videos that answers frequently asked questions about real estate in Alberta.

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Removing Conditions on Purchase Contract

Podcast Episode 94:
“Removing Conditions—Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Conditions on a real estate purchase contract should only be removed once the due diligence is complete. But what if the conditions are sort of met, but not completely? Should you still remove conditions if the property seems good, the numbers appear to work, and due diligence is more-or-less done? In this Tale, our investor removed conditions even though they only had verbal assurances about rent and utilities, rather than the written tenant information that was supposed to be part of the deal. As you can probably guess, things weren’t what they were supposed to be, but the deal was already done by the time our investor figured out what was really happening! Listen to the audio to get Barry’s take on strategies for dealing with this sort of situation.

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If you’re buying or selling a home in Alberta, you need an experienced lawyer that you can trust. Get in touch with Barry now!

“3D Realty Handshake” image courtesy of Scott Maxwell. Used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0.

What Is Tenancy-at-Will?

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Sometimes people buying a home need to get access to the property even though completion of the sale has been delayed. For example, if a person needs to move out of their old home or if utility connections have been scheduled for a certain day. Tenancy-at-Will is a way of getting access to a property before the purchase is completed, which is explained in this video. If you need an Alberta real estate lawyer in Edmonton, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? You need a lawyer and Barry can help. Contact him now!

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

Joint Ventures, RRSP Mortgages, Due Diligence, & More!

Podcast Episode 92:
A Few Quick Tales.”

Here’s some great stories about people buying and selling real estate in Alberta. These five quick Tales from the Trenches are short, but they show a wide range of different issues, problems, and successes.

In a joint venture, it’s always nice when a more experienced investor can help out someone who’s just getting started, which is the subject of the first Tale. The second deals with rules surrounding RRSP mortgages. Did you know that the money needs to be at arm’s length from the person whose RRSP it is? The third Tale is about Alberta Health’s Minimum Housing & Health  Standards. I’d recommend anyone looking to buy real estate in Alberta take a look at these (available HERE), especially if they want to rent out the property. The second last Tale is about seller’s warranties. They can be hard to enforce, and so due diligence with things like fire safety searches is important before committing to buy. Finally, a real estate deal that is too good to be true can have hidden problems. It might still be a good deal, but it’s best to look a gift horse in the mouth by still doing your due diligence.

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Giving Keys to a Buyer & Fixed Cash Deals

Podcast Episode 91:
Keys & Cash.”

Here are two quick Tales from the Trenches: 1) tips on keeping a property buyer motivated and 2) contract language to fix the cash portion of a real estate deal.

Our first Tale shows one reason why a real estate deal can close late. Even when investors have good relationships with their buyers, I say hold onto the keys to the property until everything is finalized. That’s a “key” to motivating your buyer to hurry up!

In the second Tale, our investor had a great deal, with the seller agreeing to carry a second mortgage on the property. But when the assumption statement came back less than the first mortgage was supposed to be, our investor got caught paying the difference. You can fix the cash in a second mortgage or vendor take-back financing scenario, but this needs to be written into the contract.

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Barry McGuire is a real estate lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. Use the form below to get in touch.

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When to Remove Conditions on a Purchase Contract

Podcast Episode 90:
Diligence Pays Off.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when you’re buying a property, never remove conditions on the purchase contract until you’ve done due diligence. A real estate lawyer like me can protect your interests and help you negotiate a better deal, but I can only work with the documents and evidence available. In this Tale, our investor was working on buying a multifamily rental property. Unfortunately, there were many discrepancies with the contents of units as well as with the estoppel certificates (aka rental confirmations forms). Good thing they didn’t remove conditions before they finished their diligence!

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

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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.