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Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Controlling the housing bubble

Housing affordability continues to be a hot-button topic in Canada. This is especially true in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, where there are serious concerns about the number of people who are  being locked out of the housing market because of rising costs. In searching to explain Canada’s heated housing market, some commentators have fixed upon “foreign investors” as the primary culprits. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Condo industry’s brave new world

Last year brought significant changes to the condominium industry with the introduction of Bill 106, consisting of the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (the “PCOA”) and the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

New money from old

Buying properties, giving them a major facelift and re-selling them based on their increased value is a common investment strategy of real estate developers and investors. The value of apartment buildings is dependent on income, so to increase value you need to increase net income. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Crackdown on phantom offers

The mysterious sounding “phantom offer” is a possible verbal bid brought by a sellers’ agent. Such an offer is not registered and often not presented, as other offers are, and rarely is it recorded. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Seller beware

From time to time real estate lawyers are asked a question like this: “We’ve had a flood but we’ve fixed it. Do we have to tell the buyer?” Or: “Should I complete a seller property information statement?” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Opportunities seen in booming condo market as reforms emerge

Reforms designed to assist Ontario’s 1.3 million condominium owners also provide business opportunities for lawyers, say condo law experts who were part of the public consultations behind the changes. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Two routes to rent recovery

A decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal serves as an important reminder that landlords must choose carefully when determining which course of action to pursue against a defaulting tenant. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Click and close

Ontario’s Electronic Commerce Act allows for signing a range of commercial transactions using electronic means such as digital signatures. ... [read more]