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Real Estate Legal Fees: Alberta Residential Transactions

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We have completed thousands of Alberta residential sales, purchases, and mortgage refinances. Our vast experience includes drafting complex purchase documentation and tailoring forms to meet specific needs.

We work collaboratively with your real estate agent and mortgage representative to ensure documents reflect the parties’ interests and agreements. You will be advised of any potential legal risks that come to light during the process and of how you can protect your interests.

Legal Fees: House Purchase (Alberta)

Value of Home Fees
Under $200,000 $999.00
$201,000 – $400,000 $1,199.00
$401,000 – $600,000 $1,399.00
$601,000 – $800,000 $1,599.00
$801,000 – $1,000,000 $1,799.00
Over $1,000,000 Contact Us

Legal Fees: House Sale (Alberta)

Value of Home Fees
Under $200,000 $799.00
$201,000 – $400,000 $899.00
$401,000 – $600,000 $999.00
$601,000 – $800,000 $1,099.00
$801,000 – $1,000,000 $1,199.00
Over $1,000,000 Contact Us

The fees above do not include GST

Fees are effective May 18, 2018 and are subject to change

What’s Included In Our Legal Fees?

  • Legal fees to complete a sale, purchase, or refinancing without the resolution of any unforeseen legal issues
  • Disbursements: administration, photocopying, fax, courier / postage, econveyance, title search, copies of Land Titles documents, certified copy of certificate of title, property tax search
  • Land Title Office fees to register one title and one mortgage (for purchasers)

We do not charge additional fees for:

  • Rush transactions
  • Payout of your bridge loan (if selling and buying), provided there is sufficient equity in your home for the amount of new financing
  • Mortgages from lenders other than the five major banks (this usually requires more work on our part)

What’s Not Included In Our Legal Fees?

Our fees do not include the following:

  • Obtaining or updating the Real Property Report and obtaining a Certificate of Compliance from the City of Calgary, if you require us to do so (you may wish to do this on your own)
  • Obtaining residential title insurance (for purchasers)
  • Ordering an estoppel certificate and/or insurance certificate (for condo sellers)
  • Registration of more than one mortgage (for purchasers)
  • Registration of more than one title (may apply to condo sellers)
  • Obtaining encroachment agreements
  • Encumbrance reviews
  • Discharge of more than one mortgage, or other debts such as lines of credit and credit cards—additional discharges are $75 + GST each

The Real Property Report and Certificate of Compliance

The Residential Purchase Contract requires that you represent and warrant that “the location of the building and land improvements is on the land and not on any easement, right-of-way or neighbouring lands unless there is a registered agreement on title or, in the case of an encroachment into municipal lands or a municipal easement or right of way, the municipality has approved the encroachment in writing.”

In order to provide this assurance to the buyer, we will do the following:

1. Obtain a Real Property Report (if you don’t have a current one)

The Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal document that is prepared by a registered Alberta land surveyor. The RPR shows the location of significant visible improvements relative to property boundaries, and includes the surveyor’s opinions or concerns. The cost of obtaining an RPR varies among surveyors but should be approximately $700 for a new RPR or $500 for an update. We pay this cost on your behalf and we are reimbursed from the proceeds of the sale. An RPR is not required for a condo purchase unless it is a bare land condominium.

2. Obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the City of Calgary

We will complete and submit the compliance application along with the RPR to the City of Calgary. We pay the cost of the Certificate of Compliance (currently $169) on your behalf and we are reimbursed from the proceeds of the sale.

The City will indicate whether there are any encroachments, and whether the improvements meet the requirements of the local bylaws. If there is an encroachment, we will obtain an encroachment agreement. Additional fees will apply.

Our fee for obtaining the RPR and Certificate of Compliance is $500 + GST.

If you choose, you may obtain these documents on your own and pay the costs directly.

What We Require to Get Started

Seller

Please advise your real estate agent that we are representing you, and request that they send us the offer to purchase, or send us the offer yourself.

We will also need:

  • The closing date of the purchase
  • Your mortgage account number, to obtain a payout statement
  • A current Real Property Report with a Certificate of Compliance from the City of Calgary
  • For bare land condominiums (i.e., townhouses) only: a Real Property Report, a Certificate of Compliance from the City of Calgary, and a certificate of insurance

Purchaser

Please advise your real estate agent that we are representing you, and request that they send us the offer to purchase, or send us the offer yourself.

We will also need:

  • The closing date of the purchase
  • The name of your lender and the amount of the mortgage

Ready to Get Started?

Contact us today.

Excellent communication skills. John was easy to understand regarding the selling of our Calgary home and the purchase of our Kelowna BC residence. Everything went without a hitch. Thank you John.

- Gord B.