Selling Property in Ontario

Selling Property in Ontario: A Guide for Homeowners

Selling a property in Ontario can be complex and daunting, but it can be a smooth and rewarding experience with sufficient guidance and support. As a homeowner in Ontario, you can take several key steps to smooth closing while selling a property.

In this article, we will provide an overview of the legal process of selling a property in Ontario, including some important considerations to keep in mind.

Step 1: Prepare Your Property for Sale

Before you list your property for sale, you will need to prepare it for viewings and inspections. This may include decluttering and cleaning the property, making any necessary repairs or upgrades, and staging the property to showcase its best features.

It is also important to gather all necessary paperwork related to your property, including title deeds, mortgage documents, and property tax assessments. This will help to ensure that the sale process proceeds smoothly and that there are no unexpected delays or issues.

Step 2: Choose a Real Estate Agent

A good real estate agent can be a valuable asset when selling your property in Ontario. Your agent will help you set a realistic price for the property, market it to potential buyers, and negotiate offers on your behalf. To find the right realtor:


  1. Start by conducting thorough research.
  2. Look for real estate agents specializing in the Ontario market, particularly in your location.
  3. Read reviews online, ask for referrals from friends or family, and use real estate association directories, which are valuable resources.

Interview Prospective Realtors

  1. Arrange interviews with several prospective realtors.
  2. During these meetings, ask about their experience, local market knowledge, and approach to helping clients sell properties.
  3. Assess their communication skills and how well they understand your preferences.

Check References: Request references from the realtors you interview. Speaking with past clients can provide insight into their performance, professionalism, and client satisfaction.

Licensing and Credentials: Verify that the realtor is licensed and a member of a reputable real estate association in Ontario, such as the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). These credentials ensure that they adhere to industry standards and codes of ethics.

Compatibility: Choose a realtor with whom you feel comfortable and whose communication style aligns with your preferences. A strong working relationship is essential throughout the buying process.

Negotiation Skills: Assessing the realtor’s negotiation skills is critical since they communicate the offers to secure the best deal. Some qualities linked to better negotiation skills are years of experience, the number of transactions, and checking reviews through trusted sources.

Local Market Expertise: A realtor who is well-versed in the local market trends, neighbourhoods, and property values can provide invaluable guidance.

Fee Structure: Understand the realtor’s fee structure. Typically, the seller pays the realtor’s commission.

Selecting the right realtor is a pivotal decision to significantly impact your real estate experience in Ontario. By conducting thorough research and interviewing potential candidates, you can find a realtor who aligns with your needs and goals, making your property search and purchase smoother and more successful.

Step 3: Receive and Negotiate Offers

Once your property is listed for sale, potential buyers will begin to submit offers. Your real estate agent will help you evaluate each offer and negotiate the terms to ensure you receive an outcome that suits your needs and objectives.

Some key terms to consider when reviewing offers include the purchase price, closing date, and any conditions or contingencies the buyer may include. You may also want to work with a real estate lawyer to review and finalize the terms of the sale agreement.

Step 4: Close the Sale

Once you have accepted an offer and all the necessary paperwork is in order, you must prepare for the sale’s closing. This will typically involve arranging for a home inspection, completing necessary repairs, and gathering all necessary paperwork.

Step 5: Hire a Real Estate Lawyer

Before closing, you and the buyer will meet with your respective lawyers to complete the sale. You will sign the necessary documentation with your lawyer to transfer ownership of the property to the buyer, and the buyer will provide the purchase price (including any other adjustments). Your lawyer will pay off any outstanding mortgages or liens on the property.

Step 6: Distribute Funds and Finalize the Sale

After the sale is complete, the funds will be distributed. Your lawyer will deduct any closing costs, such as legal fees and real estate commissions, and you will receive the net proceeds from the sale.


It is important to remember that selling a property in Ontario can involve complex legal issues and requirements, and it is recommended that you work with an experienced real estate lawyer throughout the process to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that the transaction proceeds smoothly.

At our law firm, we have experience helping homeowners throughout Ontario with all aspects of property sales. If you are considering selling your property, we invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

The information provided above is of a general nature and should not be considered legal advice. Every transaction or circumstance is unique, and obtaining specific legal advice is necessary to address your particular requirements. Therefore, if you have any legal questions, it is recommended that you consult with a lawyer.

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