What the Heck Is a Real Property Report and Why Should I Care?
In the Province of Alberta, a Real Property Report (RPR) is a required part of the standard Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate purchase sales contract. It is a document that was formerly called a Land Survey because a professional group known as the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association produces it. Continue reading →
I’ve been doing Tales from the Trenches for 15 years. These are amazing stories from real estate investors, mostly from Alberta, Canada because that’s where I practice law.Tales began as a segment during meetings of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), which I continue to do. And then about 4 years ago, it became a podcast, too.
Lots of those stories are about mistakes made and lessons learned. Feedback tells me you find Tales not only interesting, but also very useful in organizing your own real estate rules and how you invest. I love doing Tales and you love hearing them.
We post Tales on my blog website, where we are at 99 podcasts and counting. The 100th podcast is a big deal, at least in my mind. But, what should I talk about? Fond reminiscing about doing 99 podcasts, how I love the feedback, how many folks we have helped, why that feels good… what to do?
Today the lightning bolt struck. I know what I’m going to say!
Of course, it’s a story. But, instead of a typical Tale about mistakes made and how to avoid those mistakes, this Tale is all about success. It’s all about an approach to real estate investing that has a high percentage chance of creating success. You can up your chances of trouble-free real estate investing by listening to this great story, a very positive Tale from the Trenches.
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In this video, Barry explains what a lawyer does for you when you buy or sell real estate. Below are two of the highlights. If you need an Edmonton real estate lawyer, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.
A buyer’s attorney prepares the mortgage documents that lenders won’t let borrowers prepare themselves.
A seller’s lawyer manages the money in a transaction to make sure that all outstanding debts or taxes are paid, which mean the seller receives their cash with no strings attached.
This is the next instalment of Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire, a series of videos that provides bite-sized pieces of real estate knowledge.
If you’re buying or selling real estate in Alberta, contact Barry now!
Podcast Episode 72:
“The Basics—The Legal Side of Landlording.”
In my 40-plus years of experience as a lawyer, I have observed many common situations that real estate investors have the same questions about. My answer is: it’s all about The Basics. One of those questions is how to be a landlord. As an attorney, I suggest that one of the most important parts of being a landlord is carefully following the legal rules for renting properties. In order to do this, you need to know the law in your area. Luckily, governments usually have all kinds of resources to help people who aren’t lawyers to learn the rules. You also need to have a system in place that makes sure you can consistently do things by the book. In this Tale from the Trenches, we have a property manager who unlawfully evicted a tenant, and a landlord who paid the price.
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Many things can slow down a mortgage application. Two weeks is a minimum for your financing condition, but some sellers might not like it; getting pre-approved is a safer option. To avoid human error, make sure to read over your own mortgage documents carefully.
What happens when a real estate deal is delayed past the closing date? The seller can choose not to sell, but they still keep your deposit. Verbal agreements for things like extensions aren’t enough; you need signed documents or else people can change their minds.
Our “Tales from the Trenches™” often deal with one of those “Basic” issues that we teach and train about at least a couple of times per year. “Basic” is when Tales reviews things that all real estate investors meet and deal with, deal after deal.
This time it’s that perennial question, “how much time do I need to close?” Continue reading →