SELLING YOUR HOME
What We Do. We handle the paperwork that transfers the property title to the buyer, we receive the payment of the purchase price from the buyer’s lawyer, and we disburse the sale proceeds as required. For example, we pay out your existing mortgage, the real estate commissions, and the net sale proceeds to you. This is called the Conveyancing of the Property.
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Read about why you need a Real Estate Lawyer here.
4 Easy Steps
STEP 1 – Hire Us
Start by completing our Seller Intake Form or you can provide us the information over the phone. Once we receive this information, we will open your file and get started on the paperwork that transfers your new home to you.
STEP 2 – Give our Contact Information to your Realtor
Your Realtor will provide us with the “Conveyancing Instructions”. These include a copy of the Purchase & Sale Contract.
If you do not have a Realtor, you will also need to provide us with the following information or documents:
- Copy of the Purchase & Sale Agreement.
- Name of Buyer’s Real Estate Lawyer.
- Proof of any Deposit paid directly to you.
STEP 3 – Meet Us – The Lawyer Signing Meeting
About 2 weeks before your Possession Date, we will meet in person to for the Lawyer Signing Meeting where you will sign the paperwork that transfers the ownership of your home to the Buyer. We will contact you to schedule the meeting. Please let us know if you will be out of town.
At the Lawyer Signing Meeting, you will need to bring the following, for example:
- 2 valid pieces of identification. I am required by the Alberta Law Society as well as by your mortgage lender to verify your identity by viewing and copying 2 pieces of original and valid identification including one government issued photo identification.
- Void Cheque (if applicable).
- The Real Property Report with compliance (if applicable).
We will provide you with details when we contact you to set up a meeting
STEP 4 – Closing Day – Receive your Keys
On the Possession Day (also referred to as the Closing Day and Completion Day), we will receive the Closing Funds from the Buyer’s Lawyer. Once we have the funds, we will contact your Realtor to authorize the keys to be released to the Buyer. We will also let you know when this happens – usually around Noon. We will then disburse the sale proceeds – paying what is required from your sale such as your mortgage, real estate commissions, outstanding property tax, and our legal fee. You will receive the balance of funds or net sale proceeds either the same day or the next business day. The funds will be directly deposited to your account.
If you are thinking of selling your home, here are some things to keep in mind:
Consider choosing a Realtor to help you with the transaction. A Realtor can guide you through the whole process – they will help determine the sale price, help you with the necessary preparations, and present offers to you. A knowledgeable and experienced Realtor can make your sale stress-free.
If you are selling a house, you will usually need a current Real Property Report that shows that the property complies with municipal zoning bylaws.
Review your mortgage terms. Usually when you sell your home before the end of your mortgage term, you will be charged a prepayment penalty which can be quite high.
You will need a lawyer to handle the transfer of the property to the buyer. A lawyer can also review the sale agreement for you before you sign it.