Residential Real Estate Conference 2011

Course Date: December 9, 2011

Welcome and Introduction

Mary-Jane Wilson — Wilson Rasmussen LLP, Surrey

Grow-Op Cases—Civil Forfeiture

  • what do Civil Forfeiture Offices do?
  • using the civil litigation process: restraint and disposition of assets
  • recent BC cases and trends across Canada
  • how to avoid forfeiture
  • methods used by criminals and enablers: how your clients can get involved
  • the conveyancing and release process
  • how the Civil Forfeitures Act impacts residential real estate conveyancing
  • three key points on transferring property that is subject to the Civil Forfeitures Act
  • notes on the process: how to make these transactions flow smoothly

Sandra J. Benson — Solicitor to the Director of the Civil Forfeiture Office, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria
Karl Wilberg — Director, Cvil Forfeiture Office, Alberta Justice, Edmonton

Grow Operation Notations

  • the new medical marijuana bylaw
  • what to look for on your tax notice
  • what are the implications

Craig MacFarlane — City of Surrey Solicitor, Surrey

Networking Break

A New Role For Lawyers in Real Estate?

  • how legal practitioners can deal with and perhaps profit from the changing landscape of residential real estate including the opening up of the MLS and the increase in the use of “For Sale By Owner” services

Brett A. Horton — Golden Ears Law, Pitt Meadows

Questions and Discussion

Lunch with Featured Speaker: "Housing Market Outlook 2012"

Brendon Ogmundson — Economist, BC Real Estate Association, Vancouver

LTO Update

  • requirements to file electronically
  • practice and policy
  • top 10 defects seen at the Land Title Office

Lawrence S. Blaschuk — Registrar of Land Titles, New Westminster and Kamloops Land Title Offices (Land Title and Survey Authority of BC), New Westminster

Mortgages and Private Lenders

  • priority issues
  • obtaining instructions
  • independent legal advice
  • fraud and title insurance matters

Michael W. W. Atmore — La Van, Lack, Atmore, Vancouver

Networking Break

Social Media and Residential Real Estate Practice

  • the rise and influence of social media as a business tool
  • don't wreck your good name: examples of do's and don'ts in social media
  • online reputation management
  • Law Society and professional ethics issues regarding social media use

Tony Wilson – Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver

Manufactured Homes—"How-To" Issues

  • the background and future of the Manufactured Home (MH)
  • the history and role of the MH Registry
  • enrolling your law firm as a Qualified Supplier
  • responsibilities of a Qualified Supplier
  • instances when an MH is not an MHome
  • transferring and "mortgaging" an MH Home
  • estate and other special transactions
  • avoiding Common Filing Mistakes
  • the CSA requirements, BC Assessment dummy numbers, and homes in Exempt Status
  • manufactured homes bought from US manufacturers

Barb Baker — Senior Examiner, Manufactured Home and Personal Property Registries, Victoria
Michael A. Christ — Central City Law Corporation, Surrey

Questions and Discussion