The Bank of Montreal estimates it may lose as much as $30 million on a mortgage scheme that involved some of its own employees. The bank is suing a few hundred people including four of its own employees, along with mortgage brokers and, so far, seventeen lawyers in what they allege is one of the largest cases of mortgage fraud in Canadian history.
The Bank of Montreal says its securities department first noticed irregularities in several of their Western Canada mortgages back in 2006. This prompted the bank to hire a forensic accounting firm who spent the next year digging through the details to uncover what was really going on.
The forensic accounting firm realized a rather sophisticated scheme where scammers would chose the worst house in a preferred, established neighbourhood. They would then convince the bank the house was worth much more than it really was due to it’s location, and being as banks rely on software programs to determine house values, the banks would concur. The scammers would then purchase the house and pocket the difference.
Real estate lawyers deal with legal issues regarding residential and
commercial real estate, neighbors and tenants, leasing, and private
property ownership. They will have the knowledge of zoning laws,
restrictions, covenants and value estimates and offer sound legal advice
about transfer of real estate property, including purchase and sale.
Outlined below are the primary responsibilities of an experienced and skilled Scottsdale real estate agent:
With the cost of living rising, many potential homeowners are seriously considering condos and apartments as an investment for their future. I have personally lived in a condo for over 10 years. Condo and apartment living can be very rewarding and can make you feel very secure, but these units can also become a nightmare especially if you live in a lower unit and are forced to tolerate the noisy walking from the neighbors above. When contractors build these units, soundproofing is probably not their top priority, but it should be. There is nothing worse than to spend your life savings on a home only to find out that you are unable to sleep due to the constant walking noise from the people above. I have had customers tell me that they feel as though their upstairs neighbors are right in their bedrooms as they hear the intense thumping and impact from the floors above.
Many times condo and apartment owners take it upon themselves to put in a wood or tile floor in an upper unit and fail to put down the proper soundproofing beneath their new floors. This has been the focus of many lawsuits between neighbors and makes condo life an absolute horror for the people living in lower units. Before installing any new flooring in a condo or apartment, check with your condo association and find out what the guidelines in the CC& Rs are for the installation of such a floor.
Contractors need to contact a soundproofing professional during the planning stages of any multi family dwelling. A soundproofing expert can suggest products that will dramatically reduce the impact as well as airborne noise from upper units. Adding these materials during the construction phase protects both the contractor and the potential buyers of these units. Products such as recycled rubber tiles can reduce impact noise transmission by up to 75. The addition of the proper soundproof floor underlayment can make all the difference in the world to a person living in a lower unit. The additional expense for these material is money well spent and can save the contractor many headaches and many lawsuits down the line.
Housing options in West Point Grey run a full gamut, from new luxury homes to stately old style mansions for the wealthy and the ultimate in modern luxury condominium developments.
West Point Grey offers a fine expanse of semi-waterfront real estate opportunities and numerous luxury ocean view homes. Its location, bordering English Bay and sloping upwards towards Dunbar.
There are numerous single family homes can take advantage of view of the ocean, North Shore mountains and even downtown Vancouver. High rise condo developments are not common, but low rise penthouse options are available in the area.
When it comes to building a diversified property portfolio, many investors consider a reversionary property investment. Especially beneficial for the medium and long-term, a reversionary property is a good option as it offers a host of advantages. The fact that its unheard of for property prices to decline 50% below their current value makes investing in a reversionary property worth considering.
What is a reversionary property investment?
A reversionary property offers potentially high returns. Reversionary property investing refers to the process where an investor purchases the reversionary interest in another persons property, typically their home. This means they are purchasing the rights to own the property upon the death of the owner or when he vacates. In short, the property reverts to the buyer.