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Six steps to avoid common first-time homebuyer pitfalls

First-time homebuyers should be aware of common problems that can mar or even derail the purchase of their dream property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita ... Read more

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Case confirms court unlikely to extend statutory lien rights

While statutory lien rights usually give a holder extraordinary power over other creditors, they are subject to specific timelines — and as one recent decision shows, ... Read more

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Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris believes in the personal touch

Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris makes a point of giving every client her undivided attention.   She is convinced the care and consideration she ... Read more

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Tax on foreigners buying homes could heat up market: Drummie

Toronto real estate lawyer  Blair Drummie  says the B.C. government's new 15 per cent tax on foreigners buying homes in a red-hot housing market may not cool it off as ... Read more

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TREB, Competition Tribunal dispute 'complicated'

Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick Aulis says the ongoing battle between the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and the Competition Tribunal is “complicated” and ... Read more

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Legal review particularly important for new build, condo purchasers

Prospective homeowners shouldn't be afraid to give their lawyer a call before signing an offer to purchase, says Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya Carlton . “Sometimes ... Read more

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Province eyes new protections for landlords, tenants

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo welcomes the provincial government's proposal to give no-smoking clauses in rental agreements some teeth. Landlords are free to ... Read more

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OCA: lower court erred in finding woman had no money of her own

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal is “insightful” in its take on beneficial ownership of a house ... Read more

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Smoke-free apartment buildings, condos rare in Ontario

Toronto's first non-smoking apartment building could find itself exposed to human rights complaints, says Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden . Alto, the ... Read more

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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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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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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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Executors: Prepare for CRA’s due diligence on deceased’s real estate

By Avi Dahary Occasionally, an estate executor may be in a situation where a deceased’s estate includes a real estate property that consists of attached principal ... 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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