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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Real Estate: What Happens at Closing?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

“Closing” is the final step of a real estate transaction. In Alberta, closing means that the Land Title has been transferred from the seller to the buyer. There is a lot of paperwork involved, which is one reason why having a real estate lawyer is a good idea. In fact, you are legally required to have a lawyer process mortgage documents because an individual is not allowed to do this for themselves.

Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire is a series of short videos that answers frequently asked questions about real estate in Alberta.

Use the contact form below to send a message to Barry McGuire, Alberta real estate lawyer.

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

What Information is on a Land Title or Deed?

Focus on Real Estate: Quick Tips.

In Alberta, real estate is registered with the Land Titles Office, whose documents are public information. That means that if you pay a bit of money, you can call up the title (also known as the “deed”) for a piece of property that you may be interested in buying. The document contains valuable information. You can use it to find facts about the property, the owner, and any things that might be registered against that title, like a mortgage. In this video, Barry gives you a brief introduction to the information found on an Alberta land title.

Focus on Real Estate with Barry C. McGuire is a series of short videos that provides helpful information about Alberta real estate.

Use the contact form below to send a message to Barry McGuire, Alberta real estate lawyer.

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

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.

I Don’t Really Need a Lawyer, Do I?

Podcast Episode 69:
“Lawyer? I Don’t Need No Stinking Lawyer!”

Experienced investors sometimes do real estate deals without the help of a lawyer. But even knowledgeable people can miss things that a professional wouldn’t! In this Tale, we have a seasoned investor who acted for himself when he bought a property, but got help from me when he was selling. I found a couple of things registered on the title that he wasn’t aware of. Lucky for him, it was quick and easy to have these removed, but it could have been much worse. If you are going to be your own lawyer, make sure to be even more diligent because you’ll be dealing without backup…

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