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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Edmonton Real Estate Lawyer Legal Fees Cost

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“How much are legal fees to buy and sell a house in Alberta?” This is the number one search, the question everyone wants answered. So, here are some answers based on my law firm (RMLO Law LLP), and some comments about how much it costs for real estate lawyer’s fees in Edmonton.

First of all, there are no, “standard” legal fees. Continue reading

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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Real Estate: What Happens at Closing?

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“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.

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

What Information is on a Land Title or Deed?

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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.

Joint Ventures, RRSP Mortgages, Due Diligence, & More!

Podcast Episode 92:
A Few Quick Tales.”

Here’s some great stories about people buying and selling real estate in Alberta. These five quick Tales from the Trenches are short, but they show a wide range of different issues, problems, and successes.

In a joint venture, it’s always nice when a more experienced investor can help out someone who’s just getting started, which is the subject of the first Tale. The second deals with rules surrounding RRSP mortgages. Did you know that the money needs to be at arm’s length from the person whose RRSP it is? The third Tale is about Alberta Health’s Minimum Housing & Health  Standards. I’d recommend anyone looking to buy real estate in Alberta take a look at these (available HERE), especially if they want to rent out the property. The second last Tale is about seller’s warranties. They can be hard to enforce, and so due diligence with things like fire safety searches is important before committing to buy. Finally, a real estate deal that is too good to be true can have hidden problems. It might still be a good deal, but it’s best to look a gift horse in the mouth by still doing your due diligence.

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Giving Keys to a Buyer & Fixed Cash Deals

Podcast Episode 91:
Keys & Cash.”

Here are two quick Tales from the Trenches: 1) tips on keeping a property buyer motivated and 2) contract language to fix the cash portion of a real estate deal.

Our first Tale shows one reason why a real estate deal can close late. Even when investors have good relationships with their buyers, I say hold onto the keys to the property until everything is finalized. That’s a “key” to motivating your buyer to hurry up!

In the second Tale, our investor had a great deal, with the seller agreeing to carry a second mortgage on the property. But when the assumption statement came back less than the first mortgage was supposed to be, our investor got caught paying the difference. You can fix the cash in a second mortgage or vendor take-back financing scenario, but this needs to be written into the contract.

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Mortgage Penalties

Podcast Episode 87:
Fun with Mortgage Payout Math.”

Paying off a mortgage early can result in penalties. However, there are ways of minimizing the financial repercussions. In this Tale, Barry works through some mortgage math that could save you money.

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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.

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