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Trade-mark Issues for Real Estate Developers

December 14th, 2006 | Uncategorized

What would happen if you started earnestly marketing a real estate development and then received a letter from a lawyer demanding that you stop, because the name you’ve chosen has already been registered or used as a trademark by one of your competitors? This scenario occurs often enough that you […]

Archaeological Finds: BC’s Temple of Doom?

November 10th, 2006 | Legislation

Real estate can lead to hair raising adventures, but no sane developer wants to be Indiana Jones. Discovering an interesting artifact in BC leads not to fame and riches, but to a statutory and regulatory world that starts with theHeritage Conservation Act. What is the Heritage Conservation Act? Despite the possibility […]

CWRealestate Featured in The Lawyers Weekly

September 15th, 2006 | Uncategorized

Deal or No Deal?

September 14th, 2006 | Uncategorized

A hot real estate market requires its players to act quickly. A potential purchaser may have a short window of opportunity within which it can tie up a piece of property. A vendor may be interested in canvassing the market prior to committing to a specific purchaser or a specific […]

The perils of tendering for real estate are not always appreciated

July 5th, 2006 | Uncategorized

The power of competitive bidding processes for the sale of real estate seems to be well appreciated. From what I see, often the perils are not so well appreciated by those initiating the processes. A recent headline in the Vancouver Sun illustrates the power of competitive bidding processes: “$193 million bid blows […]

Evergreen Case Opens Doors for Redevelopment

June 15th, 2006 | Court Decisions

An ongoing battle between the landlord and a major tenant of West Pender’s landmark Evergreen Building has produced a court case which may assist developers looking to redevelop commercial sites. In a decision rendered in late 2005 and reported this week, the B.C. Court of Appeal expanded the rights of landlords wishing to redevelop […]

2006 Vancouver Real Estate Forum Buzzes

April 20th, 2006 | Industry Events

The full house packing the Hyatt Regency Ballroom at this year’s Forum heard from a host of industry experts that the good times would, for the most part, continue in BC through 2006. For those who missed it altogether, or had to choose between concurrent sessions, here are some of […]

Pre-Sale Contracts: What Should They Say?

February 24th, 2006 | Strata

“Over 100 units sold in Grand Opening Weekend!” the headline blares. Deposits have been paid, contracts have been signed and 18 months from now the sales will be completed. All kinds of things may happen over the course of those 18 months – interest rates may rise, the market may collapse […]

2006: The Pace Continues

January 19th, 2006 | Industry Events

The headline reads UDI Panel Glows: Commercial Real Estate Basking in Sunshine. While we saw plenty of similar headlines in 2005, that particular one came from a prescient September 2002 UDI panel (Kevin Meikle, Ron Bagan, David Goodman and Richard Wozny) that believed commercial real estate was at the beginning of a “golden […]