How to Avoid Bad Real Estate Deals

Podcast Episode 119: “A Deal That Went Bad and the Lessons Learned.”

This edition of the Tales from the Trenches podcast features special guest Arden Dalik, a senior advisor in the Calgary office of Global Governance Advisors. Her Tale concerns a real estate investment project in Alberta presented to the REIN Group by a REIN member. Quite a number of REIN members invested in the project, including Arden. Unfortunately, the deal went bad, but I was able to come to Arden’s rescue as her real estate lawyer (aka Legal Eagle).

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Get to Know the Real Estate Purchase Contract in Alberta

Podcast Episode 118: “Big Changes To The Standard AREA Contract.”

September 2016 (with mild tweaks in July of 2017) brought numerous and meaningful changes to the existing 2014 residential purchase documentation approved by the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA). These changes affected both the Residential Purchase Contract used for all homes and houses and the Residential Resale Condominium Property Purchase Contract, used for condominiums. Existing wording has been modified and new wording added. As we go through our commentary, we will refer to the contracts as the 2014 contract and the 2017 contract. This podcast and the accompanying text explain the changes and what they mean for buyers, sellers, realtors, and lawyers dealing with real estate in Alberta.

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Inheriting Property Isn’t as Simple as it Seems

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Podcast Episode 117: Estates Are Tricky!

Real estate can cause all kinds of problems when a family member passes away. First, it can take a long time before the will is executed and the inheritor is actually in control of the property. Second, the person who inherits the property also inherits the financial responsibility (mortgage, taxes, etc.), which they end up responsible for even before they own the real estate! This Tale is about what happened when someone inherited a piece of property and almost went into foreclosure with it.

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Walk Away From a Real Estate Deal at Your Own Peril!

Podcast Episode 116:

“Failure To Close? More Than Your Deposit Is At Risk!”

A real estate purchase contract is a legally binding agreement. If the buyer doesn’t meet their obligations by closing the purchase, there can be financial repercussions. At a minimum, the buyer will lose their deposit. But it can be far, far worse. In this Tale, a BC real estate buyer didn’t close and ended up paying for it after the courts ruled in favour of the seller.

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Investing with Those Closest to Us Is Fraught with Peril

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Podcast Episode 114:

“Real Estate Between Friends and Family.”

It might seem easier to invest in real estate with people you know and love because you already trust them. Actually, you still need to do the same amount of due diligence, if not more! When you get into real estate deals with friends and family, there’s more at risk than just money.  This podcast is about protecting your relationships if you choose to invest in property with the people closest to you.

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Flipping Properties is Risky. Here’s Why!

Podcast Episode 113:

“So, You Want To Be A ‘Flipper.’”

There is a whole section of the real estate investment world known as ‘flipping.’ Basically, flipping is when an investor gets control of a property by signing a purchase contract, but rapidly sells it to someone else for a profit. Don R. Campbell of Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) fame has long cautioned against the most common form of flipping, which is to invest in condominium pre-sales. This is a Tale about a client of mine who got caught trying to flip a bunch of properties

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If Disaster Strikes, Will Your Property Insurance Coverage be Enough?

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Podcast Episode 112:

“Insurance Realities.”

This is a Tale of woe about property insurance, including some ideas about how to make sure you have enough coverage. After heavy rains in Edmonton, a bunch of my clients had flooded basements. Not surprisingly, many of them couldn’t make insurance claims to cover the damage. Why, you ask? Because insurance policies are intricate legal contracts, and insurance companies won’t pay unless your problem is covered exactly by the terms and conditions…

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Don’t Lose Time and Money from Outdated Real Estate Documents!

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Podcast Episode 111:

“Keep Your Joint Venture Up-to-Date.”

In real estate, as in all facets of life, things change. A detailed contract or written agreement can protect your investments, but you’re still vulnerable if you don’t follow the terms exactly. A client of mine organized a joint venture with 15 investors to buy an apartment building in Alberta. They used a written Joint Venture to structure the deal, but later changed some aspects with only verbal agreement. This Tale is about what happened when one of the investors passed away and lawyers for the deceased’s estate began insisting on the original terms of the Joint Venture.

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What to Do When Seller Doesn’t Have Leases for Tenants

Podcast Episode 110:

“Get the Details.”

A client of mine found a four-plex in Alberta with a motivated seller, but soon discovered that he would have to deal with problems caused by the seller’s inexperience. The location was good, with a tenant profile that fit the type of people that my client liked to rent to. And, the price was very good. Listen to the podcast or read on to learn about documents you can use to protect your interests when buying from sellers like this who haven’t been very good landlords.

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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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