Online auctions becoming popular to move luxury real estate

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jul, 27, 2020 | Real Estate Law

The way in which homes are being marketed and sold today is increasingly changing the housing market landscape. Online auctions are being used more frequently to move real estate in British Columbia. In fact, an upscale property in the Okanagan Valley sold last summer for $5 million after a fight between nine online bidders.  Realtors acting for both buyers and sellers are using technology more readily to market and sell properties. Buyers can sit in the comfort of their own homes and experience virtual tours of properties in which they are interested. Online auctions and transactions are especially appealing in the... View Article

Could your social media behaviour hurt your divorce case?

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jul, 16, 2020 | Uncategorized

Billions of people use social media. And whether you use it to connect with family around the world or to raise awareness for your business or a cause you believe in, the way you interact online can affect your life offline. For instance, if you are going through a divorce, your social media behaviour could influence the outcomes of various divorce-related legal matters. Social media and child custody  As a parent, bad-mouthing your ex or harassing others related to the divorce online can make you appear vindictive and impulsive. You can come across as unwilling to cooperate with the other... View Article

Many residents want to limit foreign real estate investments

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jul, 14, 2020 | Real Estate Law

It seems as though most sunshine coast residents have definitive thoughts on who should be owning property. A recent survey has shown that 78% of British Columbia residents are in favour of implementing policies that restrict foreigners from buying real estate in the province. It is thought that foreign investment is a key factor in driving up property values. About 3% of all residential real estate sales in British Columbia in 2018 were to foreign purchasers. The survey also showed that the most support for this type of legislation came from Vancouver Island residents who were 88% in favour of... View Article

Family law: Parental alienation is a type of abuse

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jul, 01, 2020 | Family Law

There is nothing worse for children than when they hear one parent putting their other parent down. Family law in British Columbia always looks to what is in the best interests of children and parental alienation is not. One family court judge recommends a three-pronged approach to prevent such alienation. Parental alienation is a form of child abuse and should be thwarted before it damages children. This form of abuse occurs when one parent does something or says something to cause a child to reject the other parent. The first step to prevention is realizing it is happening and for... View Article