Southern Alberta Law Offices


Welcome to SALO's Monthly Legal Newsletter. We want to bring you the most news we can in an easy to read one-pager. We'd like to hear your feedback, topics you'd like to see covered, etc.. This month we address - mortgages.

Edition 2, Issue 2 2014

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Here is a checklist to discuss with your lawyer:

  1. Legal fees for your lawyer’s services, including out-of-pocket expenses or disbursements.
  2. A Real Property Report
  3. Property tax adjustments
  4. Transfer registration fee
  5. Insurance for fire and other hazards
  6. Late interest charges
  7. GST

When selling, you will need to involve a law firm for title transfer and mortgage discharge. Property title transfers between parties must be recorded at Alberta Land Titles to protect the new owners. All documents will be signed in the lawyer’s office before the possession date. Find your lawyer early and consult along the way.

A mortgage is the lender's security for a debt

Due to the complexity of the transaction and the many terms and conditions in the mortgage documents, one or both parties often require legal representation. Many people hire an individual through a law firm who acts as an agent used for the conveyance process.


Refinancing a mortgage means you plan to pay off an existing loan and replace it with a new one. There are many reasons why a homeowner would consider this:

  • The opportunity to obtain a lower interest rate;
  • The chance to shorten the term of the mortgage
  • The desire to convert from an adjustable –­ rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage, or vice versa;
  • The opportunity to tap a home’s equity in order to finance a large purchase; and
  • The desire to consolidate debt.

Some of these motivators have benefits and pitfalls, as the homeowner must determine whether the reason for refinancing offers true benefit.


There are many costs involved in buying a home. Your real estate specialist at a law firm can help