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Investing in U.S. Real Estate – Don’t Let Tax Ruin Your Bottom Line

December 15th, 2004 | Taxes

During the dark, damp days of Vancouver winter, many members of the BC real estate industry will no doubt be vacationing in sunnier places. If they happen to visit San Diego, for example, they will notice familiar names dotting the landscape as a number of Vancouver developers are transforming the […]

Duty of Consultation with Aboriginal Peoples: Recent Developments

November 3rd, 2004 | First Nations

November 18th Update: Haida Nation v. BC and Weyerhaeuser – Notice of Supreme Court of Canada Judgement The BC Supreme Court case of Squamish Nation v. the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development sets out a number of important principles that apply to the Crown and, very likely, developers of Crown owned land. […]

Commercial Tenant Bankruptcies (What’s a Landlord To Do?)

September 30th, 2004 | Taxes

Even in positive economic times, a commercial landlord may be faced with the bankruptcy of a tenant. When this happens, the Landlord appears to suffer twice. First, rental payments cease. To add insult to injury, the Landlord runs head-on into the sometimes complicated area of bankruptcy law. For example, you […]

UDI Lunch – September 16, 2004 The Mayor’s Message?

September 14th, 2004 | Industry Events

A lot of us broke bread with Mayor Larry Campbell today in the Four Seasons ballroom at the first UDI lunch since the summer break. It’s been 18 months since Mayor Campbell last addressed the group. Here’s what I heard. Mayor Campbell (I’ll call him Larry) re-iterated that he had […]

It’s all in the measurement…

July 5th, 2004 | Leasing

For almost 100 years, the Building Owners and Managers Association has sponsored a Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings. The BOMA “standard” has undergone a number of revisions over the years but remains a widely recognized industry standard for measuring the amount of “rentable area” in an office building. […]

Protection of Personal Information – Privacy Guidelines for BC’s Development Industry

April 20th, 2004 | Legislation

Members of BC’s real estate industry are now at least vaguely aware that they are subject to sweeping privacy laws which came into force earlier this year. Many developers, landlords and employers have scrambled to comply by using a patchwork of policies and consents copied from competitors’ websites and other […]

Crystalline Investments Ltd. v. Domgroup Ltd. – Here’s What it Means

February 5th, 2004 | Court Decisions, Leasing

The Crystalline Investments Ltd. v. Domgroup Ltd.judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada was released on January 29, 2004 and here’s what it means… Suppose you are a landlord and your tenant goes bankrupt. If you have a guarantee (or indemnity or co-covenant agreement), you can recover against the guarantor / […]

NAIOP Panel Bullish on BC for 2004

January 29th, 2004 | Industry Events

The gold rush into real estate will continue through 2004. That was the consensus of moderator Ron Bagan of Colliers and panelists Scott Cressey, Ryan Beedie and Gino Nonni at NAIOP’s Developers’ Perspective – 2004breakfast seminar held January 29th at the Vancouver Four Seasons. All of the panelists were bullish despite the prospect […]

BC Property Taxes – The Assessment Game “2004 Update”

January 6th, 2004 | Taxes

Taxes!!! We all have to pay them in all their various forms – GST, PST, personal taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, and so on. Although we cannot avoid them, it is obviously financially prudent to reduce them to the lowest level possible. Although most companies will hire experts to reduce […]