Our Real Estate Team of Lawyers and clerks appreciate that your property transaction deserves focus, attention, detail, forethought, guidance and efficiency. We are there from before you sign the agreement of purchase and sale, to searching title and conducting off-title searches (e.g. taxes), to meeting with you to sign what most likely is your largest asset transaction, to attending to the actual closing. With experience of closing transactions for over the past 15 years, we have nearly seen it all. Allow our experience to guide, advise and attend to your transaction from start to finish.
Our office has extensive experience in commercial real estate. This includes the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of commercial properties. Commercial properties can best be described as one intended to operate a commercial activity out of, or a residential property with four (4) or more dwelling units.
We have acted for banks, landlords, tenants and franchisors on commercial property transactions that have included shopping plazas, mixed use, industrial, office and farm land and commercial condominiums.
We can do more than just close your transaction. Before you sign your agreement, come see us to discuss legal structures and things to take into consideration in order to reduce your risk of loss, and ambiguity in the documents.
We have extensive experience in closing house deals. Having acted on the purchase side, the sale side, the borrower side and lender side of freehold homes, high rise condominiums, townhouse condominiums, leases and co-ops.
We also have acted on vacant lands, cottages and waterfront property transactions.
We have been in the community for over 15 years and have built strong relationships with lending institutions, real estate agents, brokers, surveyors and planners.
The Hummingbird Difference
We are proud to have a Law Society of Ontario Certified Specialist in Real Property at Hummingbird Lawyers.
The Law Society of Ontario advises the public:
“When you hire a Certified Specialist, you are hiring a lawyer who is recognized and experienced in his or her field of law and who has met high standards. A group of Certified Specialists talks about the value that certification provides to the public — and to the legal profession.”
When it comes to your real property transaction, you want to be able to call your lawyer and ask questions and have them answered in a way that puts you at ease. Experience comes with practice and we have been practicing for a long time. We have handled all sorts of transactions, from simple to the highly complex.
We not only care about our client’s transactions but also our clients. Our Google Reviews speaks volumes. We are proud to serve our clients and their real estate needs.
Real Estate Lawyer
There are many moving pieces to take into consideration when acting on a real estate transaction. At Hummingbird Lawyers, we have proactive, intelligent and caring lawyers, clerks and assistants who go above and beyond to ensure that your real property transaction is attended to correctly and in a timely manner.
At Hummingbird, we take our business seriously. We have invested in crafting business and software systems that ensure the process of transacting in real estate is managed properly and with the highest attention to detail.
We use digital retainers, and provide you with free digital access to software for you to plan your move, so you can update your utilities, property tax, driver’s license and health card all at once. We strive to make the process of dealing with real property as streamlined and efficient as possible.
The cost of a real estate transaction really depends on the complexity of the deal. Residential purchases and sales, with a mortgage from an institutional mortgage, are typically charged with a flat-rate fee. If the transaction is complex, such as the acquisition of a commercial plaza with multiple tenants along with financing from a second-tier lender, these would typically be charged as a mix of flat-rate billing and hourly in the event a particular stage in the transaction strays off course and additional time is expended resolving it.
We don’t lose sight that a typical transaction is now ranging in the millions of dollars. Knowing the effects of easements, encroachments, zoning, and other matters that can affect your use and enjoyment of your property, you want to be sure that you know all there is to know about your land. Given what is at stake, cost is a factor, but it shouldn’t be the only factor.
Full Suite of Services in Real Estate Law
Over the years, doing the types of deals that we do, we get to see a whole suite of transactions and can assist you with:
- Drafting and Reviewing the Agreement Of Purchase And Sales
As a written contract between buyer and seller, an agreement of purchase and sale is used for the purchase of a property. This document will outline details, such as price and a time period for closing.
- Negotiating Loan Agreements and Acting in relation to Lending And Borrowing
Seeking the legal counsel of a real estate lending and borrowing lawyer can help identify the different perspectives that go into financing a property.
- Registering, Interpreting, enforcing and defending Property Easements
An easement is a non-possessory right to use and/or enter into the real property of another without possessing it. Are easements forever? Read more.
- Drafting, negotiating, reviewing and assisting on a Lease (Landlord and Tenant)
- Private Lending
- Co-ownership Agreements
- Title remedies
- Obtaining Road Access
- Title Transfer
This is not the first time that I have hired Hummingbird or Andrew for a transaction. As usual, professional, prompt, expert, reasonably priced services were delivered. As I was doing a simple mortgage refinance at the end of a term, I worked with Christine for much of the transaction. She was well-informed, helpful and friendly. I will definitely use Hummingbird again!
Contact A Real Estate Lawyer Today
Contact our legal team or Andrew Fortis, Practice Lead of Hummingbird’s Real Estate Department that serves Toronto, Vaughan and the GTA. For more information about our comprehensive residential real estate as well as commercial real estate services.