Do You Need a Real Estate Lawyer in Edmonton?

Does this sound like you?

  • Are you in the market to buy real estate in Edmonton?
  • Are you selling real estate in Edmonton?
  • Are you trying to refinance your home or commercial property in Edmonton?
  • Are you literally trying to process any type of real estate transaction in Edmonton?

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, then you need a real estate lawyer (preferably one in Edmonton)!

But, What Could Go Wrong Without a Lawyer?!

From titles to mortgages to affidavits and more, even a standard real estate transaction can involve hundreds of pages of legal documents, all being exchanged between appraisers, inspectors, lenders, underwriters, agents, buyers, sellers, the municipality, other lawyers, and more! (Phew!)

That’s countless opportunities for a…

  • Miscalculation
  • Miscommunication
  • Misprint
  • Misrepresentation
  • Major mistake, or
  • Fraud

All of which can cost you time, money, or even the property itself. We’re not statisticians, so we didn’t calculate the odds, but we ARE real estate experts and we catch mistakes before they become disasters – and we do it all the time!

It’s Not All Bad!

Real estate transactions are not all stress, doom and gloom. In fact, most real estate transactions go nice and smooth. Even if everyone involved is honest and efficient, and everything goes as planned, though, it’s still a complex process. There’s a lot at stake, and a lot going on. Understanding what you’re reading, signing, and paying for, and having an expert pair of eyes on all of it, can give you peace of mind and the assurance that everything is going as it should.

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?

A real estate lawyer is a critical part of your real estate team. Your realtor’s job is to represent you in the marketplace and help you find the right property or buyer. Your mortgage broker will help you qualify for a mortgage loan and find the best deal for your finances.

Our job is to work side-by-side with the rest of your team to ensure the many legalities of the transaction are accurate, on point, and fair. We can:

  • Prepare, review, and file all legal documents related to the transaction
  • Negotiate with buyers and sellers’ lawyers
  • Help you understand the legal process
  • Explain documents before you sign them
  • Ensure that all legal conditions are met for you or the buyer to qualify for a loan
  • Clear title, environmental, and insurance issues
  • Offer legal advice on zoning, property management, taxes, restrictions, and estimates
  • Resolve disputes and holdback issues
  • Guarantee that there are no liens, easements, or covenants that would affect the marketability of the property registered against the title
  • Safeguard your interests from beginning to end
  • And more

Real estate is so much more than just buying and selling property. It’s one of the biggest legal and financial decisions you’ll ever make – and a complex one, at that. As real estate experts, we can work with the rest of your team to ensure your real estate transaction is everything you need it to be, and nothing that you don’t.

How Are We Different from Other Local Real Estate Lawyers?

To put it simply – we’re approachable, affordable, and available 24/7. (Not to toot our own horns, but that’s more than we can say for the other guys.)

In fact, the Martin G. Schulz real estate team was assembled specifically because department head Larissa Hiemstra was so fed up with how other real estate firms treated their clients that she approached Martin about starting a team with the sole purpose of being different.

This is not your standard, stuffy law firm. You’ll quickly find that we’re a family here (in some instances, quite literally) and are 100% dedicated to creating a memorable experience by focusing on your needs, wants, questions, and concerns. You’ll be treated like a human, not a paycheck, so that you can enjoy your real estate experience and be completely comfortable as you make one of the biggest decisions of your life. Even once your transaction has closed, to us, you are a client for life. We’ll be here for you, whether it’s a day or a year after your deal is done.

One of our many goals is to eliminate the fear of unexpected costs and fees. Our prices are fair, transparent, and almost always calculated on a flat-fee basis. You’ll know, from day one, what your transaction is going to cost.

You can learn more about our fees here.

Real estate transactions, questions, complications, and negotiations don’t just happen between the hours of 8-5, Monday thru Friday. (Wouldn’t that be nice, though?) Real estate is a major life event that usually doesn’t care what day or time it is. Our availability reflects that fact.

  • Are you getting anxious about your transaction and can’t go to sleep until you get answers? No big deal. You or your realtor can text us at 8 p.m.!
  • Are you only available to sign documents after work on Friday? No problem. Tell us when you can be here!
  • Is it inconvenient for you to come to our office? Do you have mobility issues? No worries. We’ll come to you, instead!

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?

A real estate lawyer is a critical part of your real estate team. Your realtor’s job is to represent you in the marketplace and help you find the right property or buyer. Your mortgage broker will help you qualify for a mortgage loan and find the best deal for your finances.

Our job is to work side-by-side with the rest of your team to ensure the many legalities of the transaction are accurate, on point, and fair. We can:

  • Prepare, review, and file all legal documents related to the transaction
  • Negotiate with buyers and sellers’ lawyers
  • Help you understand the legal process
  • Explain documents before you sign them
  • Ensure that all legal conditions are met for you or the buyer to qualify for a loan
  • Clear title, environmental, and insurance issues
  • Offer legal advice on zoning, property management, taxes, restrictions, and estimates
  • Resolve disputes and holdback issues
  • Guarantee that there are no liens, easements, or covenants that would affect the marketability of the property registered against the title
  • Safeguard your interests from beginning to end
  • And more

Real estate is so much more than just buying and selling property. It’s one of the biggest legal and financial decisions you’ll ever make – and a complex one, at that. As real estate experts, we can work with the rest of your team to ensure your real estate transaction is everything you need it to be, and nothing that you don’t.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any time a real estate property right is transferred or transmitted to another.
You are not required to seek advice from a lawyer, but, by law, some documents and contracts must be drafted by a lawyer. Most lenders require that their Mortgages be written and funded through a lawyer. It is, however, highly beneficial to have one on your side throughout the process.
An RPR is a formal legal document, drawn by a qualified surveyor, detailing the boundaries and other physical features of a piece of property. It may include acreage, the location of utilities, easements, and more.
This depends on who you go to! Many firms charge high hourly rates, as well as miscellaneous fees. Our fees are flat and completely transparent! Visit our services page for details.
A title is a legal document which demonstrates your ownership and rights to a piece of property or land.
Disbursements are items and fees that your lawyer will pay for on your behalf during your transaction. Disbursements include things like Land Title registration costs, couriers, postage costs, etc.

“Huge thank you to Martin and his team! He handled our case with so much care and we trust advice and expertise! Our expectations were exceeded as he took the time to explain and walk through our claim and options in a way that we could fully understand. ”

Alina Bulmer, Edmonton

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