Pamela Vasiliu
Sales Representative

RE/MAX Professionals Inc.
Independently owned and operated.

Date: Friday June the 22nd, 2018 



Buying a fraction of a house - not so simple

August 22, 2013 - Updated: August 22, 2013


The chance to buy a portion of a park-side home in downtown Toronto doesn't come up often, but one local real estate lawyer says it may not worth be pursuing if you can't buy the whole thing.

This property owner is selling his home on the edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park for $1.7 million.

That property owner has also said he is open to someone buying just a portion of the house.

  • Quarter of a Toronto house valued at half a million

The arrangement being offered isn't one that would be recommend to, mainly because it will be difficult for a buyer to get a mortgage.

Lenders don't like giving a mortgage over a small piece of a house because if it goes into default, it's going to be difficult to sell it.

And that is going to be the main challenge facing a buyer, is raising the money to buy the property.

If such a partial sale was to go forward, it would be necessary to draw up a partnership agreement to define the responsibilities of each of the parties.

That agreement would have to lay out the plan that would proceed if one of the parties died, defaulted on expenses or wanted to sell.

If you get a proper partnership done in advance and you cover all these issues, then hopefully you'll never have to deal with them. And more important, you don’t have to go to lawyers to figure it out if there is a problem later.

Without such an agreement in place, things can get messy when problems arise.

And those issues typically end up being solved in court.

You can imagine how much money it takes to do that. You've got to file papers, have hearings, motions and whenever people go to court, the only winners are the lawyers because of the fees that are paid.

It's very important to have all of these obligations set down before you make the purchase.

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