Quick Guide for Sellers to the New Alberta Real Estate Purchase Contract.

Changes to the AREA Contract:
Selling Your Home in Alberta.

 

The July 2017 Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) purchase contract has 10 major changes. I posted a long blog and podcast about these changes recently, but sometimes a quick guide is helpful. Below are the three most important changes from your perspective as a seller: Permits, Dower Rights, and Vacant Possession.

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Get to Know the Real Estate Purchase Contract in Alberta

Podcast Episode 118: “Big Changes To The Standard AREA Contract.”

September 2016 (with mild tweaks in July of 2017) brought numerous and meaningful changes to the existing 2014 residential purchase documentation approved by the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA). These changes affected both the Residential Purchase Contract used for all homes and houses and the Residential Resale Condominium Property Purchase Contract, used for condominiums. Existing wording has been modified and new wording added. As we go through our commentary, we will refer to the contracts as the 2014 contract and the 2017 contract. This podcast and the accompanying text explain the changes and what they mean for buyers, sellers, realtors, and lawyers dealing with real estate in Alberta.

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How to Lose a Deposit: Unmet Conditions Can Sink a Real Estate Deal

Podcast Episode 107:

“Conditions, Lost Deposits,
and Collapsed Deals.”

In other Tales from the Trenches I’ve talked about the importance of accomplishing sufficient diligence on any property purchase to say that you have done ‘Due Diligence.’ It’s worth repeating here because it’s so important. The notion of doing or accomplishing your own Due Diligence is what allows you to make a buying decision. Will you buy or not buy? In this Tale, a deal falls through because of a lack of diligence regarding financing conditions.

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Do You Need a Land Survey to Sell a Property?

Podcast Episode 73:
Real Property Reports and Sellers.”

Did you know that a land survey certificate of building locations on a property is no longer valid if there have been improvements like a deck or a garage? In the Canadian province of Alberta, an up-to-date Real Property Report (RPR) is a requirement built into the standard sales contracts used by realtors. As a seller, you either need to get a current RPR or find a way to amend that clause. In this Tale, we have two sellers who had to deal with their RPRs being out-of-date.

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