Agent Blogs


Feb 13, 2013

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (21048) (1 comments)

Clients of mine recently purchased a property, only to discover on closing that the air conditioner had been removed right before closing. They now find themselves in the midst of a small claims court action for damages for the loss of the value of the unit... [ read more ]

Buying a House (with your parents)

Nov 14, 2012

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (18427)

Back in “the day” when a young person buying a home needed some help from his/her parents to get their first mortgage, the parents would act as “guarantors” of the mortgage.  This obviously came with risk to the parents, but more often... [ read more ]

Seller Property Information Sheet (SPIS) – Just Don’t Go There!

Jun 13, 2012

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (33570) (2 comments)

Here is a copy of a blog posted on Barriston LLP's web site: written by David Lucenti, Associate.  Thansk David! A couple of weeks ago, a client came in to see me regarding the sale of her home.  She... [ read more ]

Barriston LLP Announcement

Oct 31, 2011

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (27672) (1 comments)

Barriston LLP, Emerges As Simcoe County's Largest Full Service Law Firm Effective, October 1, 2011, Burgar Rowe Professional Corporation and Purser Dooley Cockburn Smith LLP, two of the most respected law firms in the region have merged and rebranded to become... [ read more ]

Condominiums & Status Certificates

Oct 31, 2011

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (29236) (13 comments)

If you are considering purchasing a condominium, you will no doubt have heard about status certificates. These are documents which are provided by the condominium corporation you are buying into, which outline a number of things about the condo and the building.... [ read more ]

What Your Lawyer Does on a Real Estate Purchase

Nov 8, 2010

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (32127) (3 comments)

So what does the lawyer do anyway?  Well, here's a brief list of a few things your lawyer's office is working on behind the scenes, to make your deal close smoothly!  First, we sometimes get contacted by your agent to assist in drafting the Offer, if there... [ read more ]

HST and Resale Real Estate

Mar 29, 2010

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail Views (26495) (4 comments)

Many potential home buyers and sellers have been worried about the implications of the HST which kicks in as of July 1, 2010. In fact, no HST will be applicable on the purchase price of a resale home. Some ancillary services, however, will be subject to the new tax.... [ read more ]

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