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Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate - Part Three: Refinancing

With 15 years of experience in the area, Toronto 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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Can condo boards ban smoking in units?

Health Canada’s proposal to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums is raising questions among condo owners who intentionally purchased units in buildings where smoking ... Read more

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The perils of rushing to buy in a new development

Anyone considering buying a home in a new development should know what’s at stake when they rush to sign a purchase agreement, says Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya ... Read more

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Property flips come with tax consequences

Canadian property flippers should prepare to pay tax on all their profits, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein . While property speculators have often tried to ... Read more

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Multiple wills could prove useful for some B.C. businesses

With probate now optional under British Columbia's new  Wills Estates and Succession Act , businesses owners in the province have the ability to create multiple wills, ... Read more

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Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate - Part Two: Selling

With 15 years of experience in the area, Toronto 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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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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