Real Estate Lawyer Markham

Remote video conference calls bring legal services to your location. Why spend valuable time commuting to legal appointments? With Axess Law real estate lawyers in Markham, you can review offer to purchase or mortgage documents online, and sign real estate papers at your leisure. You meet all your important deadlines, and save on legal fees. Axess Law’s Markham real estate lawyer service makes buying or selling a home that much easier because we know time is of the essence.

Buying a Real Estate Property in Markham

Our Vision

Drafting an agreement of purchase and sale doesn’t have to be intimidating. Let an Axess Law remote real estate lawyer in Markham go over the finer details of your offer to purchase. We ensure your right to professional and pre-closing inspections is preserved. If you need more time to get mortgage financing, we negotiate to amend your agreement. When your home purchase is final, your Axess Law Markham real estate lawyer hands you the keys.

Selling a Real Estate Property in Markham

Sell land or homes you own with an Axess Law virtual real estate lawyer in Markham. What does a real estate lawyer do for the seller in Ontario? Our Markham real estate lawyer reviews your agreement of purchase and sale by video conference to amend it as needed, then transfers title to your buyer. You can sign legal documents online, or stop by any open law office to finalize your transaction.

Refinancing a Real Estate Property in Markham

Get refinancing documents in order when you switch mortgage lenders. Fluctuating interest rates making you nervous? Your Axess Law Markham real estate lawyer prepares the legal documents you need to get more favourable mortgage terms and conditions.

Add a HELOC (home equity line of credit) if desired, We witness your signature by video conference, and finalize the paperwork with your private lender, bank, credit union, or trust company.

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About Markham

Immersed in a quiet forest or trekking the many walking trails, nature lovers have to like Markham. Living in Markham is not cheap compared to other cities. But the theatre is first class, there’s lots to do at night, and slipping into Toronto for a concert or clubbing is common. Markham’s Ribfest, Night It Up! and Jazz Festival are fun too. Toronto is so easy to get to. For those who prefer a slower pace, Canada’s Hi-Tech Capital is headquarters to IBM, Honeywell, and software giant Oracle.

Sign Legal Documents by Video

Axess Law video conferences with you anywhere in Ontario. Call to talk to a Markham real estate lawyer 7 days a week, day or evening, at your convenience. Our online video calls and remote signing services take the work out of solving legal problems. Timely legal advice and low flat rate legal services — make your appointment with a licenced real estate lawyer in Markham by dialing 647-479-4118, toll free to 1-877-552-9377, or use our easy online booking form. Debit, cash, VISA or Mastercard accepted.

Some FAQs

How much are real estate lawyer fees in Ontario?

You may be surprised at how economical using an Axess Law Markham real estate lawyer really is. We keep our flat rate legal fees low by providing only the real estate lawyer services you need. You pay $999.99 and up plus HST to buy a home, or $799.99 and up plus HST to sell a home in Markham (call us for current rates or a quote). You have no extra charges or hidden surprises when you use an Axess Law virtual real estate lawyer in Markham. You pay the same low, flat fees regardless of where you are in Ontario, or if you use our virtual lawyer services or drop by Axess Law’s open law offices in Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa.

Can you reduce the realtor's commission if you got poor service?

You can discuss the service you got with your real estate agent’s brokerage. Your representation agreement sets out the commission rate, and the terms and conditions for the services the agent provided. The brokerage may assign another agent to your listing, if your home hasn’t sold. If your complaint follows a sale, you can try to negotiate a reduced commission rate, or file a civil claim in court to recover the commission cost, plus legal fees.

Can you give less than 5% as a deposit?

You can offer whatever your real estate agent can negotiate with the seller’s representative. Five per cent of the offer price is standard, but bidders in multiple offer scenarios may be encouraged to offer 10% or more. Because it’s usually due within 24 hours of your conditions being lifted or waived, the amount you offer needs to be readily accessible.

Your deposit is not lost money. It goes toward the total down payment when your sale closes. However, a large deposit can disadvantage you if you withdraw from a sale, and the seller insists you forfeit the deposit. Even if you eventually get your deposit back, it may be tied up in court.

To prevent long-term legal headaches, ensure your agreement of purchase and sale is rock solid. Your Axess Law Markham real estate lawyer can review the contract for essential clauses that protect your right to withdraw, preferably by mutual consent.

Can you sue the developer if a pre-construction condo is cancelled?

Condo sales agreements specify the compensation you can expect if a developer cancels a building you have purchased into. Presale agreements of purchase and sale limit the amount purchasers receive to having your deposit returned with interest.

Whether you get anything beyond that, based on current court decisions, no. While you may have lost other opportunities to buy into already completed buildings while development was underway, that “loss of bargain” damages is not recoverable.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a 2020 request to appeal an Ontario court decision on cancelled condo development Museum FLTS (Ritchie v Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc., 2020 ONSC 3840). That decision denied loss of bargain compensation to a group of buyers who argued terminating their sales contract, caused them to lose the opportunity to obtain a residential condominium at the price they anticipated.

Can you transfer a property title to a pet?

Naturally, you want your pet to be cared for after you are gone. But can you leave real property to a pet, in this life or after? Not in Canada. Pets are personal property under common law. Unlike people, they don’t have a legal personality, otherwise known as legal rights and duties.

While you can’t leave gifts to a pet in a Will, or title to real property, you can appoint beneficiaries to care for your pet. Including a cash legacy (lump sum) for your pet’s food, veterinary bills, and basic needs like a collar or leash is always welcome. You might also ask nearby humane societies about bequest programs for pets, like this Ottawa example.

What is a property lawyer called?

A property lawyer is called a real estate lawyer in Ontario. Hiring an Axess Law virtual real estate lawyer in Markham protects your rights when you buy or sell real estate. We review your agreement of purchase and sale for essential clauses, like the right to walk away without penalty. We negotiate changes to terms and conditions where needed, and ensure the deal closes on time. Your Markham real estate lawyer puts title insurance on your property to prevent mortgage fraud, and transfers title to your name. A final statement of adjustments is prepared showing your deposit, property taxes or utility charges paid on your behalf, how much you owe on closing day, and your total legal fees. And when your deal is done, we hand you the keys to your new home or lockbox.

Why do I need a real estate lawyer in Ontario?

Real estate lawyers in Ontario complete the legal documents required to finalize a purchase or sale of a home or land. Concluding a real estate purchase or sale is a legal transaction, separate from the assistance your realtor or MLS listing service gives you. Your home sale or purchase is not valid or legally binding until title to the property is transferred by a lawyer. Your Axess Law Markham real estate lawyer will calculate land transfer taxes, and adjust property taxes and utility costs so you pay only your fair share. Our Markham real estate lawyer service checks for financial claims or construction liens on title to your new property, discharges  mortgages, then hands you the keys.