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Real Estate Closing Costs

Navigating the intricacies of real estate transactions in Ontario involves careful consideration of various costs associated with the closing process. At Brykman Lefler Lawyers, our experienced real estate lawyers are committed to providing clarity and guidance on these closing costs, ensuring that our clients make informed decisions throughout their property transactions.

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Common Closing Costs in Ontario

Legal Fees

Legal fees cover the cost of hiring a real estate lawyer to facilitate the transaction. Our firm provides comprehensive legal services, including document preparation, title searches, and representation during the closing process.

Land Transfer Tax

In Ontario, buyers are required to pay a land transfer tax based on the purchase price of the property. First-time homebuyers may qualify for a rebate, and additional rebates are available for specific circumstances, such as the purchase of newly built homes.

Title Insurance

Title insurance, while optional on all cash transactions (most lenders require in order to complete), is strongly recommended to protect against potential title issues that may arise in the future. This one-time premium provides coverage for risks such as fraud, survey errors, and unknown title defects.

Property Tax Adjustments

Property taxes are typically adjusted between the buyer and seller, with the buyer reimbursing the seller for any prepaid property taxes. This adjustment ensures that property taxes are fairly distributed based on the possession date

Utility Adjustments

Similar to property taxes, utility costs may be adjusted between the buyer and seller. This includes payments for services such as water, hydro, and gas. The adjustment period is typically up to the possession date.

Mortgage Discharge Fees

Sellers with an existing mortgage may incur fees for discharging the mortgage upon the sale of the property. These fees can vary, and it's essential to clarify them with the lending institution.

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

New homebuyers may be subject to GST/HST on the purchase price. However, a rebate may be available for buyers of newly constructed homes where it is their principal residence, ensuring that they do not bear the full burden of these taxes. Resale residential purchases are not subject to HST.

How Brykman Lefler Lawyers Can Help?

Our real estate lawyers at Brykman Lefler Lawyers are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to clients navigating the real estate closing process in Ontario. We assist in the calculation and understanding of closing costs, ensuring that our clients are well-informed about the financial aspects of their property transactions.

By choosing our services, clients benefit from our expertise in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements, as well as conducting thorough title searches to identify potential issues early in the process. We strive to minimize surprises and streamline the closing process, allowing our clients to focus on the excitement of homeownership.

How Brykman LEfler Lawyers Can Help

If you are considering a real estate transaction in Ontario, contact Brykman Lefler Lawyers for a consultation. Our experienced real estate lawyers are here to guide you through the complexities of closing costs and ensure a smooth and transparent process for your property transaction.

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