Touchstone Law Group LLP
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Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 8N3
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30
APR
2022

What are closing costs?

As you work through the process of purchasing a home, you will often hear references to the term “closing costs” or something similar in nature.  That terminology is intended to refer to the costs that a party needs to consider, in addition to their down payment funds, when...
16
MAR
2022

Real Estate Transactions and Utilities

When purchasing or selling a property there are some important considerations with respect to utility accounts (water/sewer/electricity/gas/telecommunications) that the buyers and sellers, as well as their legal representatives, will need to consider. In many cases the seller’s...
14
FEB
2022

Strata Properties – Parking Stalls

The ownership and the right to use of parking stalls in the context of strata property ownership can be confusing for purchasers. A parking stall may be a constituent part of the strata lot that is automatically transferred with the title to the strata lot. In some cases, a...
02
FEB
2022

Speculation Tax

It is that time of year again!  For properties located in areas subject to the BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax, declarations for the period ending on December 31, 2021 are due prior to March 31, 2022.  Notifications have been mailed to property owners and will include...
07
JUN
2021

Property Taxes: Don’t be Late!

Property tax due dates are fast approaching in most municipalities in our area.  If you have recently purchased or sold a property, you will want to pay special attention to property taxes to ensure the appropriate steps are being taken for the current year.  You should...
25
MAY
2021

Land Owner Transparency Registry: A Public Database

As of April 30, 2021, the public can now search the Land Owner Transparency Registry. A search may be conducted by either the name of a person or by the parcel identifier of the property in question. The registry database is accessible through the myLTSA at a cost of $5.00 per...
26
APR
2021

Land Owner Transparency Register: Ongoing Obligations

Once a reporting body has filed a transparency report, they should be mindful of their ongoing requirements and obligations. This blog articles provides an overview of the typical circumstances that trigger further obligations under the Land Owner Transparency Act. You now...
12
APR
2021

Real Estate Tips in a Crazy Market

It is already a wild and crazy world in the real estate market as we approach what is usually our busy time in the calendar year.  Whether you keep tabs on the market statistics or not, it is hard to ignore the speed and activity of the industry evident in many markets these...
15
MAR
2021

Land Owner Transparency Register: Providing Notice to Interest Holders

  In our blog post of February 2, 2021, we provided an overview of the British Columbia Land Owner Transparency Register and how it affects incoming and current Reporting Bodies. Clink the link here for a refresher:...
16
FEB
2021

Remote Signing During COVID-19

  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to the ways that we live and do business. One such change is that as lawyers, we now have more flexible procedures to take signatures of real estate closing documents.  Previously it was a standard requirement that in order...