Can The BC HOME Partnership Work For You?

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Are you a first-time home buyer in BC or do you know someone that is? If so, you may have heard of the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership – or the BC HOME Partnership for short, which started in January 2017 and will continue until March 31, 2020. What you may not have…


Property Transfer Tax: Changes in the BC Budget

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Property Transfer Tax is often the tax that purchasers in BC have the hardest time accepting when buying a home. Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is payable on the fair market value of a property when purchasing or transferring property registered in the BC Land Title Office, unless one of the exemptions apply. With residential real…


What Does Your Real Estate Lawyer Do?

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A lawyer’s role in a real estate deal is to complete the transaction and to make it as simple and straightforward for the client as possible. This is done by understanding the law and being familiar with the items and issues particular to an area or municipality.  Investigating the Deal Your real estate lawyer will…


Avoid the Rush to Terminate a Commercial Lease

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Recent decisions from British Columbia courts underline the risk to commercial landlords in misinterpreting their leases or otherwise assuming there is little risk in shutting down the business of a unprofitable tenant. In Shanahan  v. Turning Point Restaurant Ltd., [2011 BCSC 956; 2012 BCCA 411], the tenant had initially paid an amount equal to two…