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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Struck Corporations, Land Titles, and Tax in Alberta

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Podcast Episode 102:
“Corporate Matters Matter.”

Here at RMLO Law LLP in Edmonton, Alberta, we are the corporate registered office for many corporations. We get lots of letters addressed to those corporations because that’s part of being registered office. Anyone who wants to send something official to a corporation can send it to the registered office. Those official notices are often notices of trouble…

A recent letter was no different. It was a scary letter!

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Legal Suites and Airport Vicinity Protection Areas in Alberta

Podcast Episode 101:

“Deep Diligence Saves
Half A Million Dollars!”

I heard from a Calgary investor recently about dodging an expensive bullet.

Houses with legal suites or houses zoned for legal suites are all the rage in Alberta. What’s not to like about adding a secondary suite to a single-family home effectively turning it into a duplex with amazing positive cash flow? Everyone likes that. Tougher to do in Calgary, though. I hate to say it, our Calgary cousins are not nearly as advanced as we Edmontonians on the secondary suite issue. The City of Edmonton has amended bylaws to allow secondary suites all over the city and in most zoning situations.

City of Calgary, not so much. In Calgary, secondary suites are only allowed in certain areas. Calgary City Council is divided on whether to expand the areas where they allow secondary suites.

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Success with Buy and Hold Real Estate Investing

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Podcast Episode 100:

“A Tale of Real Estate Investing Success.”

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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Assuming Mortgages and Transfering Property to a Corporation

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Podcast Episode 99:
“Happy Assumptions & Corporate Rollovers.

This episode of Tales from the Trenches contains two stories about transfers: one is about transferring mortgages and the other is about transferring property.

In theory, many mortgages are assumable, but in practice lenders in Alberta (and elsewhere) have been tightening up on their regulations. Some lenders just won’t allow it at all, while others require full re-qualification. This Tale explains how a real estate investor got the bank to agree to a mortgage assumption after he held a property for just seven days!

Rollovers are when a property is transferred from your personal name to your corporation or vice-versa. My Edmonton legal firm, RMLO Law LLP (formerly Ritchie Mill Law Office), helps people with rollovers all the time. But we always caution our clients to get additional accounting advice because capital gains might be an issue. In this Tale, the example is an investor who rolled over a property and had to pay the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) $30,000 dollars in tax…

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Disappearing Tenants and Vanishing Buyers

Podcast Episode 98:
“Don’t Wait, It Only Gets Worse;
Discharge That Caveat.

The first part of this Tale is about an Alberta landlord with tenant problems. The renter usually paid on-time, but then the rent started coming late. The tenant’s girlfriend left him, and when our landlord went to check on the property it appeared to have been taken over by a biker gang! Eventually the property appeared to be abandoned, but the landlord was afraid to go back. Moral of the story, nip problems in the bud before they grow to become out of control.

In the second part of this Tale, we have a problem with a buyer who disappeared, but whose caveat comes back to haunt the seller. If you would like to sell a property by way of agreement for sale, the buyer will register a caveat on the title. That is the buyer’s protection in the transaction. But what happens if the buyer then changes their mind and walks away from the deal? Their caveat might still be on title, which you as the owner/seller need to address before you can sell the property to someone else.

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How to Avoid Mortgage Fraud

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Podcast Episode 97:
“Mortgage Fraud.

The simplest way to avoid committing mortgage fraud is to fully disclose everything about a deal to your lender. If they are satisfied, then you’re probably okay. But what happens if someone else is defrauding you? In Tales from the Trenches, you usually hear second-hand accounts of the trials, tribulations, and successes of Canadian real estate investors. In this Tale, you’ll hear it from the “horse’s mouth.” Special guest Valden Palm tells us how he narrowly avoided getting sucked into a mortgage scam. An unscrupulous guy in Edmonton was buying houses, doing shoddy renovations, and then flipping them between shell companies to get more and more money in refinanced mortgages. Lucky for Valden, due diligence and a gut feeling saved his bacon!

 

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Interest Rates on RRSP Mortgages

Podcast Episode 96:
“RRSP Mortgages.

In Canada, it is possible to use money held in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to fund mortgages. While this strategy can yield a nice steady return on investment, there are rules in place that can make it a bit tricky to get into. One of those rules is that the lender (i.e., the person with the RRSP) must use a third party trustee to administer the mortgage. This Tale is about dealing with a couple of different trustees and their policies on interest rates. RRSP mortgages must legally be “commercially reasonable,” but apparently there is a lot of room for interpretation of what exactly that means…

 

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Due Diligence Fails

Podcast Episode 95:
“A Couple on Due Diligence

I talk a lot about due diligence because it is one of the most important aspects of achieving success with real estate. This is a two-part Tale, showing a couple different examples of problems to look out for when doing one’s due diligence. The first example is about what happened when someone bought a property that was scheduled for renovation, but didn’t look into the plans. The buyer thought everything was taken care of—until things went wrong with the contractor. The second example is about someone who bought a bunch of condo units. The buyer got hit with a special assessment shortly after closing, which was a surprise because there was no deferred reserve study available. In this podcast, I draw important lessons from these examples and make suggestions about how to avoid similar problems.


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Removing Conditions on Purchase Contract

Podcast Episode 94:
“Removing Conditions—Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Conditions on a real estate purchase contract should only be removed once the due diligence is complete. But what if the conditions are sort of met, but not completely? Should you still remove conditions if the property seems good, the numbers appear to work, and due diligence is more-or-less done? In this Tale, our investor removed conditions even though they only had verbal assurances about rent and utilities, rather than the written tenant information that was supposed to be part of the deal. As you can probably guess, things weren’t what they were supposed to be, but the deal was already done by the time our investor figured out what was really happening! Listen to the audio to get Barry’s take on strategies for dealing with this sort of situation.

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