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reply 117 vote 13

How much does it cost in legal fees to close a real estate transaction?

Hey there,

Just waned to find out what you guy feel the going rate for Legal Fees should be for closings of houses/condos.
Do you think a lawyer should charge more for more expensive houses ?
Also if you buy and sell does your lawyer give you a break on the fees?

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reply 16 vote 5
On a sale fees are usually fixed because the disbursements are fixed and if its a typical residential transaction (not a multi-residential or commercial) is typically between $800-$1000 (plus HST).
On a purchase, the fees do depend on price and the nature of the property because title insurance is pegged to the price of the property and search costs will vary depending on whether someone is buying a part lot (therefore abutting land searches may have to be done) and, in the case of a condo, whether a parking(s) and locker(s) are purchased. The lawyer fee (no disbursements) is typically $700-$1000 (plus HST and disbursements).
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reply 2299 vote 171
Great question, and one that I need the answer to as well! I expected closing to cost roughly $900 in legal fees.
reply 53 vote 4
I've always found Feld Kalia's site to be great for calculating closing costs:
They are not the cheapest, but a premium of a few hundred dollars is well worth it to ensure closing goes smoothly.
reply 117 vote 13
I recommend a select few lawyers who have always respected me, shared leads and most of all taken care of my clients.
A client asked me why fees were all over the place and i thought this was a great forum to talk.
I guess its like agents that sell your house for 2.75% total or an agent that charges 4%-5%. Fees are always negotiable and i just was wondering if people had gotten deals with 2 transactions. I have only bought so i never went to a lawyer with 2 sales if they made deals like we Brokers do with our commissions if we do a buy/sell
reply 53 vote 4
Well, when they close both a purchase & sale, they do the full work for both jobs and have the associated costs. So it makes sense they are paid for their work. I would feel bad asking someone to do their job and reduce their income.
If they are good at what they do, they'll probably be quite busy and I wouldn't expect them to flex on their fees.
reply 117 vote 13
While i do hear what you are saying i am always flexible with my fees epecially in multiple real estate transactions.
For example I have a $600,000 C4 Upper Forest Hill listing now and am listing a Casa Loma townhouse in the new year for $1,300,000.
I am giving the same level of services to both clients yet why should client two be forced to pay me double the fees for my services just because his property is priced higher. I always work to make sure I am compensed fairly for my exceptional service levels but i always make sure the client is pleased.
And when i buy and sell my next set of houses, I would expect a break from the lawyer who got both transactions
reply 157 vote 7
Lawyers are really important and the good ones are surprisingly hard to come by. Personally I would not ask for a break when buying and selling. A hundred or two hundred dollars in savings is just not worth it and I truly believe they have earned their money if they do a good job and are easily accessible.
reply 41 vote 2
Don't ask your lawyer to reduce their professional fee for you, unless you want them to do an inferior job for you (which you shouldn't).


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