Since 1975, the Real Estate Team at Cooper & Company has assisted thousands of clients within the community of Fort McMurray and throughout Alberta with their real estate transactions. Whether you are first-time home buyer, a builder, an investor or a developer, we have the experience to help you.
Clients often don’t understand what lawyers do in a real estate transaction. They mistakenly think it’s just about signing forms. When things go well it means we have worked behind the scenes to close your deal on time and the client wonders why they needed a lawyer. They think we are a necessary evil. When things go sideways, and it does happen, they are happy they have an experienced lawyer handling their transaction - Terry Cooper
Buying or selling a home is usually the largest financial transaction you will ever make. When you are selling a home, you usually need that money to complete other plans you have for your family, whether it is a new home or retirement. When you are buying a home not only is the purchase the largest purchase you will make but your mortgage payment will likely be the biggest expense in your family budget, usually consuming 30% of your income.
As a buyer you have also likely scrapped together all of your available funds to put the largest down payment on the home. If you are selling your home you likely have already made commitments for the money you will be receiving.
If the transaction goes wrong, this will not only create unanticipated costs as well as additional stress for you and your family.
In a real estate transaction, our job is to help you avoid problems and to ensure you get what you bargained for.
In most real estate transactions the client usually contacts us after they have entered into a binding contract and all conditions have been released. This is not the best situation as it restricts what we can do to help you. In this situation our job is restricted to ensuring you get what you bargained for and to identify aspects of the transaction that could possibly cause delays and cost you money. Our real estate team prides itself on its ability to help our clients complete their transactions on time.
However, there are other ways that we can help you before you have entered into a binding contract.
Some of these services would result in extra legal fees. We are always happy to discuss with potential clients what our real estate legal team can offer to assist them in their transaction and to help our clients decide what services they need us to provide.
When we provide a quote to our client we prefer to quote not only legal fees but all other expenses we pay on their behalf and any other charges that arise so the client gets a realistic idea of what they need to budget for. In a real estate transaction these expenses (lawyers call them disbursements) and related charges can be more than the actual legal fee. This is especially true when you are buying a home.
We will take the time to talk to you about the other expenses that may come up on closing. Most clients are not in the business of buying or selling a homes and therefore we feel that our job as your lawyer is to ensure you have all the necessary information to budget yourself properly. Therefore, do not expect us to low-ball the fee quote in hopes of hiring us. We want you to choose Cooper & Company because we provide great legal services at reasonable cost.
Not having a complete quote is like getting an estimate from a mechanic on replacing the transmission for you car and they only quote on labor and not the parts. We do not want our clients having unexpected expenses.
At Cooper & Company we have clients not customers. We want to be your lawyer, not just for this one real estate sale or purchase.
It is important to us that when the transaction has concluded you come away knowing that our team has worked hard for you and that you have the confidence to know that whenever you need legal advice in the future we will be there to help you.
When we refer to closing costs we are generally talking about the money above and beyond the balance of your down payment that you need to bring in to the lawyer at the time of closing the purchase. Many clients mistakenly think of closing costs as the lawyer’s fees. Legal fees in fact make up a very small portion of the closing costs. If you are buying a home your closing costs will likely include:
Cooper & Company is proud to offer a variety of legal services for builders and developers in the community of Fort McMurray. From reviewing and/or drafting your contracts, to assisting in your acquisition of land, preparing and registering construction mortgages, right through to the sale of your newly constructed house, we will have the experience to assist you in every aspect of your real estate transactions
In business, a commercial real estate transaction can be complex. Complicated financing or land acquisition? Commercial leasing or new development? We have the experience and resources to conclude your commercial transaction and help you understand the process.
Our commercial real estate practice includes: