Outstanding success to secure full sale price that was at risk.
John Poletes is tenacious, focused and dedicated to his clients. Whether your closing is straight forward or messy, he will cover all of the details and be available to answer your questions.
John worked directly with us and our real estate agent to ensure that my father received the agreed upon sale price on the family home, protecting Dad’s interests every step of the way. He is well-versed in real-estate law, works from an ethical base and is responsive to calls, visits and emails. I recommend him highly and without hesitation!
My father had the good fortune to sell his Toronto home at the height of the market in April with a closing at the end of September. Unfortunately, the deal had many twists and turns. John was promptly available by phone on the night of offer (as the buyer had inserted an unusual clause in the contract) and throughout the next 5 months as the buyer regularly made efforts to pressure my father into amending the Agreement of Purchase and Sale in a variety of ways. Each time we were able to quickly reach John by phone or email – and he took the time to explain the risks to my father, and how amending the agreement would potentially risk the sale of the home or create more liability for him. As my father is hard of hearing, and prefers face to face communication, John also happily met with him in person on a variety of occasions to explain the potential complications, offer guidance and ask for permission to proceed.
In the two weeks before closing, John showed how well he works under pressure and his exemplary negotiation skills, even when working with an unprincipled buyer. He kept Dad’s interests as his priority. As my father’s POA, I was involved with all of the interactions with John which were almost daily throughout September and suggest that you use him if you want a lawyer who is extremely well-informed, uses the law to his clients’ advantage and is responsive to your questions and concerns. John even sought advice from a criminal law colleague (at no cost to Dad) to ensure that the information he gave us was complete with pros and cons.
On the day of closing, John negotiated a short extension with 10 conditions, all suited to protect my father. John proactively worked to cover the spread between the now value of the home if it had to go back up for sale and the sale price that it had been sold for in April so that even if the buyer didn’t close on the house my father would be out of pocket very few, if any, dollars. He even had the buyer pay the additional legal fees associated with the delayed closing date.