Real Estate Law: Buying, Selling and Refinancing

Thanks to the relationships that I have been able to build since establishing my practice in Oakville in the early 90's, I have been fortunate to have a very busy real estate practice in good times and in not so good times. Personal, professional service at competitive rates has been and remains the key to our success.

As you are aware, the past few years have been very active ones in the real estate market. Haxell Law has expanded to ensure that the quality of the service that you are provided with is not strained by the increase in the number of transactions that we handle. Mr. Jameson Glas joined the firm in June of 2014, when he was called to the Bar. Ever since he has been involved in every stage of a real estate transaction, from opening the file to closing the transaction.

At Haxell Law, service is personal. Aside from Mr. Glas, there are three real estate clerks handling files. I not only oversee their work, but I also make myself available to answer any questions that you may have as we work towards your closing. Mr. Glas and I are happy to review your Offer before you present it; if you are buying or selling privately, we can assist you in drafting the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. If you are working with an agent, you can have your agent contact us for the wording to use in a clause to cover a unique situation. If you are buying a new home or condominium, we highly recommend that you let us see the builder's Agreement before you submit it, or if the builder provides for a solicitor's review, within the time allowed. If you are buying a new condominium, you have 10 days from when the Agreement is accepted to have me review the contract. Each builder has its own form of Agreement. There are often "add-on" charges in the fine print; for example, we often ask that the increase in development charges be “capped”.

At some firms, you never meet the lawyer with carriage of your file. You sign the documents for your purchase, sale or your new mortgage with a secretary or a law clerk. For the 35 years that I have been in practice, I've made every effort to sign up every client. Mr. Glas has adopted the same practice. To be quite honest, I enjoy signing up my clients. The thousands of people that I have met, and their children (yes, they are welcome), have enriched me.

There is more involved in a residential real estate transaction than many clients realize. That is why there are a number of law firms, large and small, that do not offer real estate as one of their services. If you want to deal with a firm that is in real estate law by design and is therefore organized to do a thorough job, but is not so big that your transaction is just one of hundreds closing on the last Friday of the month, then Haxell Law is the right choice for you.

On the subject of competitive pricing, I think the fact that my fee for a purchase with a mortgage was $200.00 more 25 years ago than it is today says it all. My fees on a purchase, sale or the refinancing of your property are like almost everything else: market driven. At Haxell Law quality comes at a fair price. Feel free to call me or Jameson for a quote.