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Buyer protection, dispute resolution central to new condo laws

Following explosive growth in Ontario’s condominium industry over the last two decades, legislative changes are on the way that will hopefully help protect consumers in a ... Read more

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New condo purchases can bring closing day surprises

Hiring a lawyer can help buyers of newly constructed condos avoid surprises when closing day arrives, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein . Purchasing a new ... Read more

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Multi-pronged approach to networking may benefit new firms

Sole practitioners are often torn between meeting client needs and undertaking business development work to maintain an ongoing caseload — and as Ottawa real estate, ... Read more

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Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate – Part One: Purchasing

With 15 years of experience in the area, Vaughan real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis has seen his fair share of commercial real estate disasters. However, Fortis, a partner with ... Read more

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More lenders rejecting POAs in real estate deals

A rise in fraud is behind the stiffer rules some lenders are imposing on buyers using a power of attorney for real estate transactions, says Toronto real estate lawyer  ... Read more

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The importance of being prudent in housing deals

Homebuyers who skip a legal review of their purchase agreements may end up with less than they bargained for, says Vaughan real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis . A hot ... Read more

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Consider conveyance issues after death of property owner

From a real property law standpoint, many important aspects of conveyancing need to be addressed following the death of a registered owner, Toronto real estate lawyer  Lisa ... Read more

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Lender can rely on title register when mortgage not fraudulent

A recent Divisional Court decision that found a mortgage was not a fraudulent instrument allowed the lender to rely upon the state of the title register which showed no prior ... Read more

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Private mortgage means added reporting obligation for lawyers

A new mortgage ‘stress test’ introduced last fall may ultimately lead some first-time homebuyers and those with an increased household debt load to turn to private, ... Read more

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Implementation of new tax creates problems for B.C. homebuyers

The B.C. government opted for a quick implementation of its new property transfer tax, aimed at slowing the Vancouver housing market — which has resulted in confusion and ... Read more

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Bill 165, Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016

By Daniel Bernstein Ontario first started discussing plans to license home inspectors back in 2013, when it assembled a panel of experts to draft a report. The panel made a ... Read more

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Legal review critical in real-estate assignments

Those thinking about purchasing from a third party that's flipping their new construction condo or home prior to taking possession should have a lawyer review their assignment ... Read more

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Check with condo board before decking halls

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo  advises condo owners to check with their boards on the guidelines for holiday adornments before stringing up lights and holiday ... Read more

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Respect key to success of co-counsel arrangement

In certain matters, clients may benefit from a co-counsel setting where lawyers tackle different aspects of the case — but the success of these arrangements depends on ... Read more

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Double-ended housing deals highlight need for reform

A recent CBC investigation that showed some real estate agents “double-ending” deals in an effort to   boost   their commissions points to the need for ... Read more

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Industry hoping for phasing in of new condo laws

Although their efforts may not be visible to the public, the government is hard at work at drafting the regulations for Bill 106 — which encompasses the Protecting ... Read more

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Breaching contracts comes with hefty price

A recent decision from Ontario’s Superior Court shows that when buyers breach the terms of a purchase agreement in commercial real estate deals they run the risk of ... Read more

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Toronto faces challenges to license landlords and control AirBnBs

Any bylaws introduced to licence landlords and control the proliferation of AirBnB units in Toronto will almost certainly face legal hurdles and court challenges, says Toronto ... Read more

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Toronto: match land transfer tax rebate or lose to the suburbs

The City of Toronto should match the province's land transfer tax rebate to first-time homebuyers or it faces losing more of its tax base to the suburbs, says Toronto real estate ... Read more

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Speak with lender, lawyer before adding spouse to title

Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya Carlton says newlyweds who want to add their spouse to the title of their property can run into trouble if they fail to consider the third party ... Read more

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