Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public?

Generally speaking, a Notary Public is required if the document is being sent out of Province. Where a document requires that it be ‘sworn’ to, it can be sworn in front of a Commissioner for Oaths. A Commissioner for Oaths can be found in all law offices but they can...
Don’t Forgo the Important Role of Home Inspector

Don’t Forgo the Important Role of Home Inspector

A Home Inspector can often play a valuable role in your home purchase decision. Not only are inspectors trained to recognize the telltale signs of a problem but they may be a valuable asset for any claim you might end up having with the Vendor of your new home. In one...
Change Your Locks – Home Buying Tip

Change Your Locks – Home Buying Tip

For several years I have been imploring my clients who are purchasing new or used real estate to change the locks. Recently, I had a police officer client who thanked me for my advice. It seems that many times, when the Purchaser does not change those locks, there is...
Buying a Home with a Friend? Create and Sign an Agreement

Buying a Home with a Friend? Create and Sign an Agreement

It never ceases to amaze me that two or more adults can agree to pool their money to purchase a home, to fund monthly mortgage payments, to maintain and operate that home, all with have no written agreement that sets out what will happen if their relationship comes...
Reviewing the Vendor’s Real Property Report

Reviewing the Vendor’s Real Property Report

You’re looking for a different home, one with a big back yard you can envision yourself relaxing in on a warm summer evening. Perhaps a yard that the kids can play in? Then you find it. The perfect home with the perfect yard–or so you think. Many homes...
Transferring land by  Power of Attorney in Alberta

Transferring land by Power of Attorney in Alberta

Transferring land by way of a Power of Attorney should be done by all parties together to prevent disaster. Perhaps I have overstated my concern a touch but here’s a scenario that happened at our office. I once had a client who wanted to purchase a house from a...
Before Removing Name from Land Title Consult Mortgagee

Before Removing Name from Land Title Consult Mortgagee

After buying a home with a partner, is it now time to take one of the names off of title? That may not be as easy as instructing your lawyer to complete and register a transfer of land. Did you know that your mortgage company has the right to refuse to allow you to...
What you can take after selling your home

What you can take after selling your home

You’ve sold your home. You’re moving. What can you take with you? Normally, you can take everything not attached to the home, excluding the items listed in the contract as “attached goods”. You can include and exclude any number of items so long as you’ve placed...