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2009 

Plant Your Own Weeds!   By Brian Madigan LL.B.This is the time of year to plant your own weeds. Pick out whatever you want and plant them now.I'm going to pick grass for my own lawn, but you can choose whatever you like.Every little piece of soil that can see the light of day (read sunlight) is g...
04/30/2009
Prem Watsa Interview   By Brian Madigan LL.B.Since this is such a rare interview, I thought that I might reproduce it in its entirety as it appeared in the National Post.Interview with Fairfax chief Prem WatsaDiane Francis, Financial Post Published: Thursday, February 19, 2009The year 2008 will g...
04/29/2009
Some Comments from Prem Watsa ~ April 2009   By Brian Madigan LL.B.Since the drastic drop in the stock market and the world financial crisis, Prem Watsa has been the "go market guru". After all, he bet on this crash 5 years ago.In October 2008, Prem Watsa was the voice of doom and gloom: · You we...
04/28/2009
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Time to Buy!   By Brian Madigan LL.B.Well, it's over! It's now "time to buy".I know that everyone has been waiting for that advice. And, I have it on good authority. Canada's own Warren Buffet, Prem Watsa pointed out to the Fairfax AGM that the worst is over. The stock market has found its bottom...
04/27/2009
Double Check Measurements   By Brian Madigan LL.B.How important are the actual measurements of a room? Does size matter?Sometimes, it does. Possibly the prospective purchaser is undertaking some rough calculations of value based on the overall size of the building. Square footage is the basis of ...
04/26/2009
The Real Estate Mediator   By Brian Madigan LL.B.You may wonder what this has to do with real estate? However, unresolved disputes really represent the quickest way to eliminate any equity that has accumulated in real estate acquisitions made over the years by either parties to the marriage.Often...
04/26/2009
Residential Tenancies Act ~ Evictions   By Brian Madigan LL.B.If you are a residential landlord or you are contemplating becoming one, you should have a look at some of the new rules.The Residential Tenancies Act came into force in January 2007. Basically, it tips the scales of justice a little f...
04/25/2009
Long Form of Agreement   Brian Madigan LL.B.There are actually two separate and distinct documents used to evidence an agreement to convey land:1) agreements of purchase and sale, and2) agreements for sale.The first category is relatively straightforward and is the common document in use. The agr...
04/24/2009
Unbelievable Mortgage Rates   By Brian Madigan LL.B.There was another drop in the overnight rate by the Bank of Canada, and this was followed by some unbelievable rate cutting for first mortgages in the GTA.Here are the best rates available from various financial institutions:1 year.... 3.00%2 ye...
04/23/2009
No E-mails Permitted   By Brian Madigan LL.B.Just in case you were wondering, e-mails are not permitted as official communication of Offers and related documents. That is the case under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 and it is confirmed by agreement between the parties.Here is the...
04/23/2009
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