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

What Does the Alberta Land Titles Office Do?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

The way properties are registered with the government varies by jurisdiction, and the Province of Alberta has its own particular approach. In this video, find out what the torrens system is and why you can count on the Alberta Land Titles Office. If you need a real estate lawyer in Alberta, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Contact him now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

What Is Cash to Close?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

Closing a real estate deal obviously requires payment, but what is cash to close? Previous videos in this mini-series covered deposits and down payments. In this video, you’ll get advice about the final payment in a real estate purchase transaction. If you need a real estate lawyer in Alberta, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Contact him now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

What Is a Down Payment?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

Most real estate purchases involve a down payment. In this video, you’ll find out how a down payment could get broken up into separate chunks, as well as how it relates to a mortgage. Watch the previous video on deposits to get more information on the whole process. If you need a real estate lawyer in Alberta, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Contact him now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

What Is a Deposit?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

In this video, Barry explains what deposits are in relation to purchase contracts, as well as why we use them. If you need a real estate lawyer in Alberta, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Contact him now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

What Happens if my Tenant Leaves?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

Most buy & hold real estate investing involves having a tenant whose rent pays the mortgage. But what happens if the tenant leaves? In this video, you’ll get advice about how to mitigate the risk. If you need a real estate lawyer in Alberta, get in touch with Barry at RMLO Law LLP.

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.

Buying and/or selling real estate in Alberta? Barry can help. Contact him now!

Videos co-produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) as a Google Partner.

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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Saving Tax on Investment Real Estate

Nobody likes to pay taxes. But not everyone knows strategies to make sure they only pay the minimum. My legal expertise could save you big money on the tax when you sell investment properties!

Check out this short interview I did in 2011. It was recorded when RMLO Law LLP was still called Ritchie Mill Law Office. #TBT #ThrowBackThurday

 

Buying or selling property in Alberta? Contact Barry now.