Title Insurance vs. Real Property Report

Should You Accept Title Insurance Instead of a Real Property Report?

Following up on their previous two videos (1 and 2), Barry and Keith compare title insurance and real property reports in Alberta real estate. Which should you choose? For the buyer, it often depends on what you wants to do with the property after purchase. Watch the video to get Barry’s explanation!

 

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Predatory Rent-to-Own? That Could Net You a $250,000 Fine!

This is what gives Rent-to-Own (a.k.a. Lease-Options) a bad name.

The British Columbia real estate regulator issued a rare ‘Emergency Suspension’ to a BC realtor and his company. Briefly, the realtor allegedly looked for homeowners in foreclosure. Then he would buy the properties from them at less than market value and rent them back under a Rent-to-Own scheme. The homeowners were always unrepresented by realtors or lawyers.

Here’s the kicker; their rent payments were double their mortgage payments. Of course, if the homeowners could not make the mortgage payment, they could never consistently make a rent payment that was double the mortgage payment! Once they couldn’t make a payment, the realtor would evict them.

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Real Property Reports in Alberta

What’s a Land Survey and Why Do You Need One to Sell your Property?

Barry continues his conversation with Century 21 realtor Keith Faria. This time they’re talking about Real Property Reports (RPR), which are two-dimensional drawings created by professional surveyors.

In Alberta, the standard real estate purchase contract requires sellers to provide a current RPR and proof of municipal compliance. Watch the video to get an explanation of what these terms mean and why they’re important.

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Holdbacks in Real Estate Purchase Contracts

Holding Money Back to Get a Seller to Fix Problems with a Property

Barry recently had a chat with Century 21 realtor Keith Faria about holdback clauses for buying and selling real estate in Alberta. They recorded this video to share their thoughts and advice with you.

In a real estate purchase contract, there are ways of getting a seller to do things to the property before the sale. A ‘holdback’ is a clause that reserves part of the purchase money to fix problems—just in case the seller doesn’t do things when or how they were supposed to…

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Flipping / Assigning Properties? Don’t Go To Jail!

CRA Investigating Tax on Undeclared Earnings for Flipping Offers to Purchase Real Estate in Canada

We’ve all heard the stories. In red-hot real estate markets like Toronto and Vancouver, brand-new projects, especially condo projects sell out fast. When sales open, there are lineups around the block. Desperate purchasers clutch serious deposit money in their anxious hands, hoping against hope that by the time they get to the front of the line, there will be a unit left for them to buy. Often, when sales to the public start, a 100 unit project has only 40 units left, the others are already sold. Who got to buy those units and how does that work? Continue reading

Creative Investing with Foreclosures: Appearing in Court and Taking Notes.

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Podcast Episode 109:

“Foreclosures, Creative Deals, and Court.”

This Tale is about taking good notes when you appear in court as the buyer of real estate in foreclosure. My client was a creative kind of guy and he found a property in Alberta where the mortgage payments weren’t being made. The seller was still living in the home but trying to sell and get out from under the foreclosure. After some conversation, my client put together a creative deal that the seller and the seller’s lawyer both liked. Now, in addition to being in foreclosure, the seller was in way more financial trouble and he had actually filed for bankruptcy…

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Is Your RRSP Mortgage Legal?

Podcast Episode 108:

“RRSP Mortgages and the CRA.”

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) mortgages, the supposed Holy Grail of private lending. I hear it all the time. Borrowers of all stripes believe there is a vast pot of money held in RRSP accounts just waiting to be lent to them. And, to some extent, that’s true. There are lots of folks with lots of RRSP money tucked away. Maybe you’ve thought about leveraging your RRSP to become a lender yourself.

But, like everything else run by the government, there are rules to follow if you want to lend your RRSP money as a mortgage.

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How to Lose a Deposit: Unmet Conditions Can Sink a Real Estate Deal

Podcast Episode 107:

“Conditions, Lost Deposits,
and Collapsed Deals.”

In other Tales from the Trenches I’ve talked about the importance of accomplishing sufficient diligence on any property purchase to say that you have done ‘Due Diligence.’ It’s worth repeating here because it’s so important. The notion of doing or accomplishing your own Due Diligence is what allows you to make a buying decision. Will you buy or not buy? In this Tale, a deal falls through because of a lack of diligence regarding financing conditions.

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