Real Estate Advanced Topics 2012

Course Date: September 14, 2012

Welcome and Introduction

Edward L. Wilson — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Strata Depreciation Reports

  • the new Strata Property Act requirements for depreciation reports
  • who is qualified to prepare them?
  • how do you waive the requirements? should they be waived?
  • different perspectives—strata owners, strata corporations, strata managers, developers, and lenders
  • what if the news is bad? really bad? 

Edward L. Wilson — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

“Fee Simple” Row Housing—Has Its Time Finally Come?

  • municipal requirements
  • the pros and cons of fee simple ownership compared to strata title ownership of row housing
  • zoning and subdivision implications of the recent legislation changes

Michael Geller, BArc, MAIBC, FCIP — The Geller Group, Vancouver
Judy G. Williams — MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Land Assemblies—Pitfalls and Tricks of the Trade

  • common issues with private land assemblies
  • purchase contract considerations
  • rezoning and subdivision matters

 Craig W. Shirreff — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Multi-phase Strata Projects

  • specific issues and considerations that may arise
  • impact of the REDMA and Strata Property Act statutes

 Mark V. Lewis — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Commercial Title Insurance Policies

  • five ways commercial title insurance can be used to assist with your commercial transaction 
  • how insurers work with regard to search requirements and thresholds 
  • underinsuring and co-insuring 
  • super priority liens
  • examples of comprehensive coverage
  • commercial claims
  • leasehold coverage

Wayne C. Lipton — Vice President – Senior Commercial Underwriter, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Toronto
Edward L. Wilson — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Insurance Law for Real Estate Lawyers

  • tort immunity and other leasing issues
  • disclosure issues
  • complete review of relevant current case law

 Mark M. Skorah, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Advanced Topics Potpourri

Experienced members of the real estate bar will address advanced discrete topics.

A. What do real estate lawyers know about securities regulation?

James Speakman — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver

B. Mineral Titles

Ian Cassie — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

C. Developers' Duties to Strata Corporations; Undertakings

David A. Martin — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

D. Long Term Financing for Ground Leases

Lynn I. Ramsey, QC — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver

E. Rescission Rights under Real Estate Development Marketing Act

Gordon A. Love — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion