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Pre-construction builds privy to market correction

Toronto’s softening housing market is a good reminder that pre-construction homes and condos are also vulnerable to price fluctuations, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel ... Read more

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Proposed CSA amendments to protect small investors

Proposed rules around syndicated mortgage investments (SMI) will help “weed out” those who are taking advantage of unsophisticated investors, Toronto corporate and ... Read more

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Condo pitfalls avoided with pre-purchase legal advice

Consulting a lawyer before a condo purchase can help buyers avoid nasty shocks after closing, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator  Megan Mackey  tells  ... Read more

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Inclusionary zoning could unite or further divide

The Ontario government’s plan to create more affordable housing comes with a controversial inclusionary zoning provision, Toronto real estate lawyer  Matthias Duensing ... Read more

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Beware of 'zombie deeds'

Without administrative changes to the land registration system, the government has no way to determine the intent of the transferor, Toronto real estate and wills and estates ... Read more

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Protecting your real estate asset

Title insurance and a real property report both offer homebuyers protection, but one is not a substitute for the other, Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick J. Aulis ... Read more

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Consider buying rental items along with the home

When purchasing a home, consider buying out any utility and appliance rental contracts to avoid a notice of security interest being registered against title to your property, says ... Read more

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Legal advice on marijuana crucial for condo boards

Condominium boards should think about whether restrictions on marijuana smoke are needed in their buildings before legalization takes effect later this year, says Toronto ... Read more

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Conant receives ACMO award for condo reform work

Toronto condominium lawyer  Armand Conant  was recently presented with an award by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO). Conant, partner and ... Read more

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Samaroo-Tsaktsiris to speak at upcoming BDC event

Toronto lawyer  Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris will discuss options for financing and how to purchase a business at an upcoming BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) event ... Read more

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Condo boards don’t always need owners' permission

When it comes to making changes in condominiums, boards don’t always have to seek input from unit owners, Toronto condo lawyer  John De Vellis tells Law Times . ... Read more

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'Bold' housing strategy still untested: Duensing

The federal government’s National Housing Strategy may be ambitious, but it remains to be seen whether it will be successful, Toronto real estate lawyer  Matthias ... Read more

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Conant to speak at two condo information sessions

Toronto condominium lawyer  Armand Conant will discuss a variety of condo issues at two upcoming events. Conant, partner and head of the condominium law group ... Read more

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Historic Airbnb-condo deal a win-win: Lash

A historic partnership between Airbnb and Neptune condominiums is a win-win, says Toronto condominium lawyer Denise Lash , who helped ink the deal. “Prior to the ... Read more

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Private mortgages: borrowers beware

Borrowers need to know what they’re getting into before signing up for a private mortgage because it could be more costly than they anticipate, warns Mississauga real ... Read more

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Superior court ruling gives life to 'zombie deeds'

It’s questionable whether an attempt by the Ontario government to prevent so-called “zombie deeds” from being validated in the land registry system will have ... Read more

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Conditions exist to safeguard interests of purchasers

A booming real estate market last year caused an uptick in offers with no conditions, a phenomenon which can harm buyers, writes Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo in The ... Read more

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When the developer next door wants to use your property

With urban land becoming increasingly scarce, many condominium boards will be asked for access to their land when their neighbours want to build or renovate, Toronto condo ... Read more

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Condo registry aims to improve efficiency, transparency

A new registry of condominiums across the province will finally paint an accurate picture of condominiums in Ontario, including the identity of all directors and property ... Read more

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Airbnb-condo deal requires further study: Conant

A deal between Airbnb and a Toronto condominium — believed to be a first in Canada — should be carefully studied to understand the legalities, says Toronto ... Read more

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