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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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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Rare Investing Opportunities with Creative Real Estate Strategies

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Podcast Episode 103:
Unpredictable Seller Motivation And Agreement For Sale Magic.”

 

An investor recently showed up in my Edmonton law office with this absolutely marvellous Tale about a unique property seller in Alberta and the magic of having the right real estate investing strategy for the job.

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Transferring Property Without a Lawyer

Podcast Episode 89:
Transfer of Land.”

A Transfer of Land is a document that allows the Land Titles office to register a property in the name of a new owner. In rare circumstances, you might be able to get this done without seeing a lawyer. In this Tale, our investor got a Transfer of Land from a highly motivated seller. Luckily, he also knew what other critical things he needed to do and who he needed to talk to in order to make the transaction go smoothly. This strategy doesn’t come up too often, but when it does, you need to know what to do so you can act quickly.

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Looking for a lawyer to help with buying or selling property in Alberta? Contact Barry now!

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When to Walk Away from a Real Estate Deal

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Podcast Episode 82:
Diligence Time Bombs And Letters Of Intent.”

When trying out a new real estate investment strategy, it’s important to know when to walk away. In this Tale, an attendee of one of my creative investing workshops was ready to try an Agreement for Sale, and contacted me for help with a Letter of Intent. The deal turned into a Joint Venture, but there were too many red flags. Our investor walked away, and we can all benefit from the lessons learned!

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Success in Creative Real Estate

Getting Experience with a New Investment Strategy.

I had a great chat with a graduate of my Deal-Ready Documents Focus Workshop. He had a closing scheduled, and so we met up to sign the paperwork.

He was pretty excited because this purchase was his first using the Agreement for Sale creative real estate investment strategy. As we worked our way through the documents my client said, “I’m sure glad to get this one done, my other three are going fine.” I shook my head a little bit and said, “didn’t you just tell me this was your first Agreement for Sale deal?”

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Buying Property Without a Bank

Podcast Episode 81:
Agreements for Sale 2.”

I introduced Agreements for Sale (AFS) in a previous blog post and podcast, and now it’s time to review with a bunch more examples. In essence, AFS is a type of seller financing and is sometimes called a bond for title or contract for deed. The seller retains the title, but the buyer takes control of the property—all without needing a bank. Nowadays, this technique is uncommon, but it used to be more popular during and immediately after the Great Depression. Take advantage of this little-known strategy to find great Creative Investing opportunities!

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What is Rent-to-Own?

Podcast Episode 80:
Rent-to-Own.”

Rent-to-Own (abbreviated as RTO and often interchangeably called a Lease-Option) is a two-part strategy. You start with a lease (the ‘Rent’ part) and add an option to purchase (the ‘Own’ part). In a Rent-to-Own scenario, the renter is, for some reason, unable to finance at the moment. Examples of financing problems are: bad credit, not enough down payment, self-employed, new job, or new immigrant. Yet, all these tenants want to make the transition toward home ownership immediately, usually for personal or emotional reasons.

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Creative Investing

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Podcast Episode 79:
Creative Real Estate Strategies.”

What is Creative Real Estate Investing? It is a method for making money with real estate that uses strategies like Rent-to-Own, Agreements for Sale, and Wholesaling, among others. This is an area not too many people know about, but it offers some tremendous opportunities. One of the things that differentiates Creative Real Estate Investment from the traditional Buy & Hold approach is that it works on a much shorter timeline.

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