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New Construction Homes

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Buying a brand new house or condominium can be exciting. There are many new residential developments popping up every week and it’s important that you have a real estate lawyer thoroughly review your agreement of purchase and sale and related documents to ensure you are, in fact, getting what you have bargained for. 

A new construction home or condo differs from a resale property in that you are buying directly from the builder, rather than from a current owner and occupier. Offers and counter offers to buy a new build property are legally binding. Having a  lawyer ensures your contract covers all of the important details.

Your Legal Ally

Your Axess Law real estate lawyer is your ally. They will:

  • review the “subject tos”
  • look for hidden costs for upgrades
  • find clauses that commit you to certain costs or actions
  • inspect your contract for irregularities such as materials the builder may substitute in the final built product
  • tell you if you own or lease the lot or if it is a bare land strata
  • explain or negotiate closing costs
  • Help to protect your down payment until the deal is completed
  • advise you what to do if delays occur, and
  • answer questions about what is involved, from inspections to bank appraisals.

Your Axess Law real estate lawyer can handle all of the details, so you aren’t surprised when you open the door the first time. Before you sign, ask us about your rights and obligations.

5 Tips For New Home Buyers:

  1. Add a “subject to” clause allowing a lawyer to review the offer and property title before the contract becomes binding.  This is typically included, but it’s important to confirm. 
  2. Put everything you want in your contract, from granite counters to custom blinds.
  3. If applicable, make your offer conditional on securing a satisfactory mortgage.
  4. Inspect your new home before you accept the keys. The pre-delivery inspection is a walk through to catch defects and ask questions.
  5. New homes come with a warranty that varies by province. Read it carefully and in Ontario, register your warranty with MyHome.Tarion.com.


It was a pleasure working with Patricia from Axess Law. It was my first time purchasing a home, and was very nervous about every step in the process. I called and emailed Patricia several times with the silliest questions. She answered them all promptly, and provided the best customer service I could ask for. I would recommend Axess Law and particularly Patricia to everyone.

c Cindy Tran

In the past I had to make appointments and waited for days to see a lawyer. Now conveniently this office is at my neighborhood supermarket. I was able to walk in and get my documents signed in less than 30 minutes The staff are courteous and professional. I would recommend anyone. Prompt service.

Joy Stewart Joy Stewart

I am writing this review on behalf of my daughter who completed her first Real Estate condo transaction with AxessLaw. Besides just helping my daughter as a client, they helped her understand every single step involved in the process and the whole process was completed without any problems. I would recommend them to anyone looking for hassle free real estate transaction without thinking twice.

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