Real Estate

Non-legal jobs boost law students' people skills

Law firms often underrate the role of tough, non-legal jobs in developing the soft skills critical to the successful practice of law, says Mississauga real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid . Read more

Size of condo doesn’t matter in duty to accommodate

Regardless of the size of the building, condominium corporations are obligated to accommodate a person with disabilities, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Planning, advice may help mitigate joint tenancy tax issues

While property transfers can be a relatively straightforward estate planning tool, clients can inadvertently trigger tax liabilities if they make seemingly "insignificant" changes on their own without fully understanding the consequences, Vancouver corporate lawyer Jonathan Reilly tells Read more

Condo developers’ interests still trump owners

The interests of condominium developers continue to supersede those of buyers although legislation offering more consumer protection waits to be proclaimed, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells Law Times . Read more

New mortgage rules will make borrowing easier for self-employed

New mortgage rules recently announced by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) should make it easier for self-employed workers to secure mortgages, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

'Buyer beware' when purchasing dream home: Aulis

Homebuyers must heed the old adage of "buyer beware" to avoid pitfalls when making that major purchase, says Toronto general practice lawyer Patrick J. Aulis. Read more

Procuring contractor services Part 2: choosing a winning bid

In the second instalment of a three-part series, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey discusses how to choose a winning bid. Read more

GTA realtors can now publish home sales data on their websites

TORONTO — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has refused to hear an appeal from the country's largest real estate board that would have prevented its members from posting home sales data on their websites, ending a years-long battle in a case that could have sweeping implications for consumer access across the country. Read more

Recent steps having little effect on B.C. housing market stability

The B.C. government’s recent solutions aimed at increasing affordability in Vancouver’s real estate sector have not stabilized the housing market, but have instead pitted one group of buyers against another and driven demand out, Vancouver corporate lawyer Jonathan Reilly tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Condo board's blog keeps residents in the know

An engaged board of directors can lay the foundation for healthy condo governance, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Short-term rentals causing headaches for condo boards

The increasing number of units being used as short-term rentals is causing headaches for condominium boards, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

Off-site condo owners should be reachable

It's up to off-site condominium owners to provide up-to-date contact information in case of emergencies and to receive compliance notices, says Toronto condo lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

OCA rules on interpretation of illegal substances clause

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that looked at the interpretation of an illegal substances clause in a real estate agreement reaffirms that if a purchaser wants to protect against possible problems or defects, it has to be spelled out in the contract and the representation of the vendor should be unlimited, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells Read more

Condo Act amendments increase burden on all parties: Loeb

While the recent amendments to Ontario’s Condominium Act may have been initiated to make life easier for unit owners and condo corporations, they have ended up creating more challenges for all involved, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

SST Law sponsoring dinner with Lawyer’s Feed the Hungry

SST Law Professional Corporation is sponsoring a Lawyer’s Feed the Hungry dinner on Aug. 8, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris. Read more