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Stay organized, network when starting law firm

The learning curve can be steep for lawyers going out on their own — making resiliency, flexibility and organization essential steps to success, Toronto real estate and ... Read more

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Landlords should ask questions in light of pot shop crackdown, raids

Landlords and property managers could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines if tenants open a marijuana dispensary, which remains illegal despite promised legislative ... Read more

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Ruling on diner’s lease provides food for thought

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice injunction issued on behalf of a family restaurant to block multi-million dollar renovations at Toronto’s Manulife Centre has given ... Read more

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Urbancorp restructuring shakes up Toronto condo market

The restructuring announcement by a major Toronto townhouse and condominium developer sent shock waves through the industry – but there’s no need for owners of ... Read more

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The need for standardization, regulation of home inspectors

By Lisa Laredo A person who purchases a used home in Ontario accepts it as is without any warranty as to its condition or fitness as a home. There are two exceptions to ... Read more

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Home inspector regulation long overdue

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein welcomes the provincial government’s announcement that it plans to regulate home inspectors later this year. “It is ... Read more

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Legal for contractor to file lien for non-payment

A subcontractor’s move to file a lien on a construction site following a dispute over payment is a legal option in this type of situation, Toronto real estate lawyer  ... Read more

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Province's plan to regulate home inspectors 'great news'

Toronto real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis says the province’s plan to introduce legislation aimed at regulating the home inspection industry is a step in the right ... Read more

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Title to land – an expanding concept

By Lisa Laredo Generally speaking, the role of a solicitor retained by a purchaser of a residential home is to ensure that the client receives a good and marketable title ... Read more

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Take 'forensic approach' to condo purchase documents

Condo buyers need to study their purchase agreements in depth or risk getting bitten by the hidden costs of purchasing a unit, Toronto condominium lawyer John De Vellis ... Read more

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New Ottawa firm provides estate, real estate expertise

Ottawa lawyer  Tanya L. Carlton is pleased to announce the launch of her firm, telling AdvocateDaily.com she will be focusing her expertise on assisting clients with real ... Read more

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Buyer beware when purchasing pre-construction condo

News that a Toronto condo developer is defending its decision not to use a prominent interior designer that it promoted in its sales materials is not surprising, Toronto real ... Read more

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New mortgage rule will have implications for Toronto consumers

A new mortgage rule around down payments, which went into effect Feb. 11, 2016, will have some implications for potential home buyers, Toronto real estate lawyer Anar Dewshi ... Read more

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New mortgage rule may cause buyers to recalculate

The new requirement to qualify for mortgage-loan insurance won’t have much of an impact on buyers, Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Another reason for title insurance

By Daniel Bernstein A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal should make all real estate lawyers and their clients think twice about not getting title insurance on home ... Read more

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Administrative authorities signal new reality for condo sector

Given the rapid change in Ontario's condominium industry over the past two decades, the recent creation of two new separate administrative authorities (AAs) to oversee the ... Read more

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Industry must sanction agents who act against clients' best interests

Real estate agents risk losing public confidence in their profession unless they take action on “shadow flipping,” according to Toronto real estate lawyer Andrew ... Read more

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Condo corps may call ‘special assessment’ to generate cash flow

Condominium corporations are often viewed skeptically by lenders when they seek to borrow money, but there’s a way to secure a loan to satisfy them, says Toronto ... Read more

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Ask questions about gifts or loans going towards a down payment

As housing prices continue to climb and lending restrictions tighten, young couples are turning to family members for assistance with down payments, which can spawn a number of ... Read more

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Mortgage lender research key to fraud prevention

When it comes to avoiding real estate fraud, it is important for third-party lenders to make the necessary inquiries to determine that there are no prior undisclosed mortgages, ... Read more

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