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Unveiling Transparency: Removal of LOTR Search Fees Empowers Buyers and Sellers

In a groundbreaking move aimed at promoting transparency and combating money laundering, British Columbia (B.C.) is eliminating search fees for the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR). This development, effective April 1, 2024, is not just a stride forward for law enforcement and researchers but also holds significant importance for our clients, particularly property buyers and […]

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BC’s New Property Transfer Tax Exemptions: A Win-Win for Buyers and Sellers

The provincial government has recently introduced three major changes to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) framework in a significant move to enhance housing affordability. These changes, set to take effect on April 1, 2024, carry important implications for both homebuyers and sellers, offering new opportunities and financial benefits. In this blog, we’ll explore how these

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Empowering Buyers in Strata Property Transactions: Essential Tips for Success

If you’re a prospective buyer entering the dynamic world of strata properties in British Columbia, it’s essential to approach the unique aspects of these transactions with confidence. Here are some valuable tips to guide you through the process and ensure a smooth experience: 1. Research the Strata Corporation: Thoroughly examine the strata corporation’s financial health,

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Your Homeownership Adventure: A Practical Guide to Conveyancing in BC

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of British Columbia, your journey to homeownership is more than just a transaction. It’s an adventure against the backdrop of mountains and ocean, where legal processes become the guide to turning your dream home into a reality. The Ensemble Cast: Professionals in Action Picture this as a well-choreographed performance. Behind

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The Underused Housing Tax (UHT) Act

The Underused Housing Tax (UHT) Act is a Canadian law that outlines the tax obligations of residential property owners. The act broadly applies to everyone except for those categorized as “excluded owners,” which primarily include Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are not trustees. Public corporations listed on stock exchanges are also exempt from these

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Navigating the Conveyancing Process in British Columbia

The conveyancing process is a critical aspect of buying or selling property in British Columbia, Canada. It involves various legal and administrative procedures that ensure the transfer of property ownership. This article provides an overview of the conveyancing process in British Columbia, highlighting key steps and considerations for buyers and sellers. Step 1: Retaining a

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Understanding Title Insurance: An Essential Safety Net in Property Transactions

In the world of real estate transactions, one form of protection that often remains misunderstood or underestimated is title insurance. Despite its substantial role in preserving the financial stability of property owners and lenders, title insurance can sometimes be seen as a cryptic concept to those unfamiliar with the intricate operations of the real estate

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Unpacking the Exemptions to Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban

The real estate landscape in Canada has seen a significant change with recent amendments to the regulations concerning foreign buyers. Initially designed to cool down an overheated housing market, the foreign buyer ban prevented non-resident individuals from purchasing residential properties in certain regions. However, the recent regulatory updates have brought about notable exemptions to this

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Changes to Foreign Buyer Ban Regulations in Canada

In a recent development that could have significant implications for the real estate market, the Government of Canada has made amendments to its regulations concerning foreign buyers. This move follows several measures taken over the years to cool the overheated housing market in various regions across the country, including the introduction of a foreign buyer

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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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