REAL ESTATE

We have processed literally thousands of purchases and sales of properties over the last 25+ years.

We can guide you through the steps involved in property purchases and sales, helping you to avoid problems that come up from time to time, to ensure that your transaction closes smoothly.

And because we are lawyers, we can give legal advice and be there to back it up with legal action if need be. Although we try to avoid problems first, we’re here to solve them if we come across them.

You can click on the cases below to see a sampling of the real estate litigation files we have dealt with over the years.

  • Notary Case – Notary Negligence Due to Non-Resident Owner

    Our clients bought a property in a court ordered sale. The owner of the property had been involved in an international arbitration, and had lost. The creditor was now selling the property. The notary for our client asked, but did not get an answer, as to whether the owner of the property was a resident or not, and the contract was completely silent as to whether the owner was a resident of Canada for tax purposes. The notary completed the purchase for the purchasers without confirming the residency of the owners, and it turned out that one of them was a non-resident, which resulted in the purchasers being liable for $695,000 in tax that was owing by that non-resident owner. We successfully sued the notary for negligence and in contract for failing to protect the purchasers.
    Mao v. Liu, 2017 BCSC 226

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  • Buyer Changing Her Mind and Buying Another House

    A buyer entered into a contract to purchase a house, but later entered into another contract to buy a different house. She completed on the other contract, but not on the first one. We were able to sue the buyer and get damages for the difference between the amount that the buyer was supposed to pay, $3.9m, and the price when the property was sold a second time for $3.33m. This was substantially more than the deposit.
    Chang v Hua, 2017 BCSC 2091

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  • Vendor Refusing to Sell a Property

    A couple who entered into a contract of purchase and sale to sell a property changed their minds and refused to sell after seeing how fast property prices were going up. We sued on behalf of the purchaser and were able to obtain the difference between the selling price and the price of the property at trial as the measure of damages.
    Zhao v. Ma, 2013 BCSC 2174

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