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Podcast featuring stories of real estate landmines—and how to avoid them. Coming to you from the desk of veteran Canadian lawyer Barry McGuire.

Tales from the Trenches Barry C. McGuire

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Podcast featuring stories of real estate landmines—and how to avoid them. Coming to you from the desk of veteran Canadian lawyer Barry McGuire.

    Learn How to Write Agreement for Sale Paperwork in Canadian Real Estate

    Learn How to Write Agreement for Sale Paperwork in Canadian Real Estate

    Podcast Episode 136: “AFS Paperwork and Education.” About four months ago, I got a call from a client who wanted to sell his property by way of Agreement for Sale (AFS). Unfortunately, he had only a skimpy notion of the AFS concept and no actual education on how to apply the strategy. This blog post and … Continue reading Learn How to Write Agreement for Sale Paperwork in Canadian Real Estate

    • 10 min
    How to Buy Property Without a Mortgage in Canada by Solving a Seller’s Problems

    How to Buy Property Without a Mortgage in Canada by Solving a Seller’s Problems

    Podcast Episode 135: “Win-Win Real Estate Investing.” Here’s another success story from the lucrative Creative Real Estate Investing space. For would-be Canadian real estate investors, two of the biggest obstacles are building up cash for a deposit and qualifying for a mortgage. This Tale is an example of how one of our students creatively solved … Continue reading How to Buy Property Without a Mortgage in Canada by Solving a Seller’s Problems

    • 11 min
    How Much Money Can I Make Quickly in Canadian Real Estate?

    How Much Money Can I Make Quickly in Canadian Real Estate?

    Podcast Episode 134: “Wholesale Home Run!” For a change of pace, here is a positive Tale about a massive success in Canadian real estate investing. Longtime readers/listeners know that my Tales from the Trenches series is mostly about how buyers and sellers of real estate get themselves in trouble. It doesn’t matter whether folks are … Continue reading How Much Money Can I Make Quickly in Canadian Real Estate?

    • 15 min
    How Long It Takes to Buy a Foreclosed Property

    How Long It Takes to Buy a Foreclosed Property

    Podcast Episode 133: “Foreclosure Timing Traps.” When searching for the ideal piece of real estate to buy, properties in foreclosure can be an interesting place to look. Are you an investor looking for a new rental property? Or maybe you’re a buyer looking for a dream home—or at least a property you can turn into … Continue reading How Long It Takes to Buy a Foreclosed Property

    • 16 min
    Three Issues to Negotiate When Buying or Selling Real Estate: Chattels, Defects, and Stigmata

    Three Issues to Negotiate When Buying or Selling Real Estate: Chattels, Defects, and Stigmata

    Podcast Episode 132: “(Un)attached Goods, Defects, and Stigmas.” Negotiating an Offer to Purchase for a piece of real estate is about more than just the price. In this blog post, I’ll start by looking at two key points that must be worked out between buyer and seller: unattached goods and material latent defects. Then I’ll … Continue reading Three Issues to Negotiate When Buying or Selling Real Estate: Chattels, Defects, and Stigmata

    • 10 min
    Renovated Basements Without Permits and Inspections Come Back to Haunt Buyers

    Renovated Basements Without Permits and Inspections Come Back to Haunt Buyers

    Podcast Episode 131: “Renovation Heartbreak.” Dishonest, fly-by-night, or even inexperienced renovators can leave a trail of heartbreak. Buyers happily move into their newly-purchased, freshly-renovated home, but problems often don’t show up till later. Here are three recent scenarios from my real estate law practice in Edmonton, Alberta. First, I’ll discuss the problems, then I’ll talk about … Continue reading Renovated Basements Without Permits and Inspections Come Back to Haunt Buyers

    • 14 min

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