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RBC Chief Sounds Alarm on Flood of Foreign Cash in Canadian Real Estate

Many Canadian Residents can’t qualify for mortgage to buy a home while the foreign investors enjoy profit in Canadian Real Estate Market. Full story below:

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  • ‘No thank you,’ McKay says to unproductive capital in homes
  • Intensive bidding is beginning to ease as prices stabilize

Foreign inflows are distorting Canada’s already constrained housing market and aren’t the kind of investment the country needs, the chief executive officer of Royal Bank of Canada said.

 “We do not need foreign capital using Canadian real estate as a piggy bank,”  David McKay, said Tuesday at a bank conference in New York hosted by the Toronto-based lender. “If capital is coming in to sit in a home, unproductively, and is distorting your marketplace and the livelihood of your residents — no thank you.”

McKay, whose bank is Canada’s largest mortgage lender, says he’s supportive of government taxes and other measures targeting foreign buyers, as well as other regulatory efforts to cool the country’s housing market. He’s seeing some impacts from these rule changes, with “a little bit more healthy dynamics.”

 “Demand is down and house prices have been stable,” McKay said. “There’s still intensive bidding, but to a lesser degree.”
Toronto, Canada’s biggest housing market, has been correcting over the past few months amid a slew of regulations put in place to steady booming prices and increasing debt. Toronto home sales fell 35 percent in February from a year earlier, marking the weakest month of sales in nine years, though benchmark prices were up 3.2 percent on the year, according to data released Tuesday by the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Added Gasoline

Canada’s housing market has been on edge this year as mortgage guidelines came into effect, making it harder for prospective buyers to qualify for loans.

A surge of foreign money into Canadian housing had been adding “gasoline” to markets in Vancouver and Toronto, McKay said. He identified a “cocktail of factors” that led to unconstrained growth of Toronto and Vancouver home prices, including a growing population, land constraints, lack of supply and highly stimulative interest rates that caused people to funnel more disposable income into their homes in addition foreign money.

Source: Bloomberg.com

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Posted by on April 15, 2018 in City of Toronto, Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, New Announcement, New Condominiums, New Condos, New Construction, New Development, New Homes, Toronto Housing, Toronto New Condos

 

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Urban Townhomes

Rouge Townhome

It is a new townhouse development currently under construction. The development is scheduled for completion in 2018. Sales for available units range in price from $504,990 to over $674,990 and the unit sizes range from 841 to 1300 square feet.

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All information, prices, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E. and O.E.

 

 

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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for GTA’s real estate in 2018?”

 

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who care; current homeowners also want reassurance about the value of their investment. No one knows exactly what 2018 will bring, but we’ve outlined expert predictions on where the market is headed and how government interventions are expected to impact the Canadian housing market in the year ahead.

HOUSING PRICES WILL REMAIN HIGH IN URBAN CENTRES

Although the Toronto real estate market did experience a slowdown in 2017, housing affordability will remain a major issue in both Toronto and Vancouver in 2018. According to the Royal Bank of Canada’s most recent Housing Trends and Affordability Report, as of Q2 2017 it cost more than 75 percent (Toronto) and 80 percent (Vancouver) of median household income to cover the average cost of owning a home.1

In an effort to stabilize prices, both the Ontario and British Columbia governments enacted a 15 percent tax on foreign investments in housing. However, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Canada and the United States 2018, “Industry players are skeptical that recent tax moves … to curtail foreign investment will have a long term cooling impact on housing affordability in Toronto and Vancouver.”2

In its Canadian Regional Housing Outlook, TD Economics predicts ”The decline in sales activity in both Vancouver and Toronto has helped to redistribute the balance of power from a pure seller’s market, back towards buyers, as evidenced by the sales-to-listing ratios. But, first-time homebuyers sitting on the sidelines waiting for higher interest rates to trigger a market crash may be holding their breath for a while. Prices are likely to only reset back to levels that existed prior to a year of exorbitant gains.”3

The high cost of living has forced a growing number of millennials to seek alternatives to traditional housing. The 2016 census found 47.4 percent of young adults in Toronto and 38.6 percent in Vancouver live with a parent. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts a rise in multi-generational and multi-family homes, a move towards larger condominiums to suit growing families, and a flight from urban cores as new public transit projects make commuting more feasible.2

What does it mean for you? If you’re a current homeowner, you can expect your investment to hold its value and continue to appreciate over the long term. And if you’re considering selling this year, contact us to request a free Comparative Market Analysis to find out how much you can expect your home to sell for under current market conditions.

If you’re a potential buyer who has been waiting for real estate prices to drop, don’t expect a fallout any time soon. Governmental bodies have taken steps to slow down skyrocketing prices, which has helped to balance the market. Now is a great time to buy. And if traditional housing options don’t fit your budget, we can help you find alternatives to meet your needs.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS WILL HELP TO STABILIZE THE MARKET

Skyrocketing real estate prices have caused Canadians to take on a growing amount of debt. The federal Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) reports that the average household indebtedness is up to 174 percent of disposable income, and they predict it will reach 180 percent by the end of 2018. Coupled with rising interest rates, the share of income that will go towards debt payments is expected to reach historic proportions.4

Regulators at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) have attempted to curb the potential fallout with interventions, the latest of which went into effect on January 1. These new regulations raise the requirements for mortgage borrowers with down payments of 20 percent or more. They are now required to qualify for a mortgage at an interest rate two percentage points higher than their current rate to ensure they can manage payments when interest rates do inevitably rise.

A similar “stress test” was enacted in 2016 for borrowers who put down less than 20 percent, but that regulation impacted a much smaller percentage of buyers.

According to Jeremy Rudin, the head of OSFI, “We clearly see the potential risks caused by high household indebtedness across Canada, and by high real estate prices in some markets. We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act.”5

All federally regulated financial institutions will be obligated to utilize these requirements for both new mortgages and mortgage renewal applications of borrowers applying to switch lenders. It is not mandatory to apply the test at mortgage renewal for existing borrowers. Since credit unions are regulated provincially, they are not required to follow the new OSFI rules, although some may choose to out of prudency.

What does it mean for you? With new rules in effect, if you’re a buyer, your purchasing power may be impacted. If you’re concerned you may not be able to meet these requirements, securing your mortgage through a credit union may be an option. We are following this issue closely. Give us a call so we can discuss how these new rules will affect your home search.

If you’re considering selling your home this year, these regulations could alter the type of buyer who will be willing and able to purchase your home. We have expertise in this area and know how to market your home to a changing demographic.

5 YEAR MORTGAGES WILL MAKE A COMEBACK

Expect interest rates to rise in 2018. Bank of Canada has indicated that borrowers should expect to see rate increases this year … and notably, nearly half of Canadian mortgage holders are set to renew their mortgages in the next 12 months. Combined with the new, more stringent “stress test” requirements, a greater number of homeowners will be opting for five-year-fixed rate mortgages over the historically popular variable rate mortgages.6

According to LowerRates.ca, “Since January 2014, 56% of Canadian borrowers who applied for a mortgage through LowestRates.ca have gone variable, compared with 43% of those who got a five-year fixed. But this past August, there was a shift, where the five-year-fixed rate mortgage saw a sharp increase in applicants, with 59% of users on the LowestRates.ca site opting for this option versus only 39% opting for the variable mortgage.”7

What does it mean for you? If you’re in the market to buy, act now. Rising interest rates will decrease your purchasing power, so act quickly before interest rates go up. Give us a call today to get your home search started.

And if you’re a current homeowner who is set to renew your mortgage, you may want to consider locking in a five-year-fixed rate. Contact us if you would like assistance navigating your options.

 

 

2018 ACTION PLAN

If you plan to BUY this year:

 

1.    Get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you plan to finance part of your home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a jump-start on the paperwork and provide an advantage over other buyers in a competitive market. The added bonus: you will find out how much you can afford to borrow and budget accordingly.

2.    Create your wish list. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How far are you willing to commute to work? What’s most important to you in a home? We can set up a customized search that meets your criteria to help you find the perfect home for you.

3.    Come to our office. The buying process can be tricky. We’d love to guide you through it. We can help you find a home that fits your needs and budget, all at no cost to you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

 

If you plan to SELL this year:

 

1.    Call us for a FREE Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA not only gives you the current market value of your home, it’ll also show how your home compares to others in the area. This will help us determine which repairs and upgrades may be required to get top dollar for your property … and it will help us price your home correctly once you’re ready to list.

2.    Prep your home for the market. Most buyers want a home they can move into right away, without having to make extensive repairs and upgrades. We can help you determine which ones are worth the time and expense to deliver maximum results.

3.    Start decluttering. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by packing up personal items and things you don’t use regularly and storing them in an attic or storage locker. This will make your home appear larger, make it easier to stage … and get you one step closer to moving when the time comes!

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

While national real estate numbers and predictions can provide a “big-picture” outlook for the year, real estate is local. And as local market experts, we can guide you through the ins and outs of our market, and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighbourhood. If you have specific questions, or would like more information about where we see real estate headed in our area, please give us a call! We’d love to discuss how issues here at home are likely to impact your desire to buy or a sell a home this year. Please visit our website SnapHomes.ca for latest MLS listing and pre-construction Homes & Condos.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us for Exclusive list of Pre construction Homes and Condos and our pocket listings for Land!
Sources:

1.     Royal Bank of Canada’s Housing Trends and Affordability Report –
http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/_assets-custom/pdf/20170929-ha.pdf

2.     PricewaterhouseCoopers Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018  –
https://www.pwc.com/ca/en/real-estate/assets/Real_Estate_ETRE_2018_PDF.pdf

3.     TD Economics Canadian Regional Housing Outlook –
https://economics.td.com/canadian-regional-housing-outlook-aug-2017

4.     Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer –
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/HH_Vulnerability

5.     Financial Post
http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/stricter-osfi-rules-on-mortgage-lending-will-do-more-harm-than-good-fraser-institute

6.     Bank of Canada Financial System Review November 2018  –
https://www.bankofcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fsr-november2017.pdf

7.     Maclean’s  –
http://www.macleans.ca/economy/money-economy/canadians-rushing-to-lock-down-five-year-fixed-rate-mortgages/

 

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Lakeside Residences

Lakeside Residences is a new condo development by Greenland Group (Canada) currently in pre construction at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto. Lakeside Residences has a total of 1148 units.

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Lakeside Condos is a new condominium development by Greenland Group currently in pre-construction located at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto in the Waterfront neighbourhood with a 93/100 walk score and a 100/100 transit score. Lakeside Condos is designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The project is 49 storeys tall and has a total of 1148 suites.

LAKESIDE Condos Highlights:

Has a walkscore of 93/100: walkable EVERYWHERE
Located in the Waterfront Communities-The Island neighbourhood in Toronto
16 minute walk to Union Station
Walking distance to Billy Bishop Airport and The Financial District
8 minute walk to St. Lawrence Market and Toronto Island Ferry Terminal
Steps from Lake Ontario and Sugar Beach
Close access to University of Toronto St George Campus and Ryerson University
Close to shops, restaurants and entertainment
Has a transit score of 100/100: World class public transportation
Nearby parks include St. James Park, Berczy Park and Sculpture Gardens
✔ Excellent WalkScore of 93/100, perfect TransitScore of 100/100, and great BikeScore of 86/100
✔ Local and nearby attractions and things to do include the Hockey Hall of Fame, Berczy Park, the Distillery Historic District, the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto Railway Museum, Harbourfront Centre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Simcoe Wavedeck, Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Air Canada Centre, HTO Park, Glenn Gould Studio, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Music Garden, Roy Thomson Hall, National Ballet of Canada, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Nathan Phillips Square, New City Hall (architecture), York Quay Centre, Bay of Spirits Gallery, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
✔ Restaurants located near the area include Belle Restaurant, Marche, Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Ki Modern Japanese & Bar, Over Easy, Biff’s Bistro, The Irish Embassy Pub & Grill, Wildfire Steakhouse, Jump Restaurant, IQ Restaurant, Fran’s Restaurant & Bar, Druxy’s Famous Deli, Movenpick Café, Bottom Line Restaurant, Manchu Wok, Edo Japan, Beer Bistro, Tamarind, Old Spaghetti Factory, Canoe Restaurant & Bar, Carisma, East Thirty-Six, P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub & Restaurant, Teller’s Bar & Lounge, and Uncle Tony’s Restaurant
✔ Local schools to the area include Downtown Alternative School, DreamShare Learning, Centre Des Pionniers, Market Lane Junior and Senior School, Saint Michael School, and EV Charging Station

All information, prices, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E. and O.E.

 

 

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Guildwood Condominiums

Guildwood Condominiums is a new condo development by Scollard Development Corporation currently in preconstruction. The development is scheduled for completion in 2018. Sales for available units range in price from $299,900 to $699,900. Guildwood Condominiums has a total of 112 units, sizes range from 511 to 1432 square feet.

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BUILDING FEATURES Smooth ceilings throughout with 9’ ceiling heights on floors 2-6 and 10’ ceiling heights on ground and 7th Floor Low E double pane windows Selected suites feature balconies and terraces as per plan Virtual concierge service In suite sprinkler system Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each unit where required by Ontario Building Code. Closed circuit security cameras throughout parking garage and at access doors for added safety. Enterphone system in lobby vestibule for visitors to contact residences directly to gain admittance. Controlled door access throughout common areas with computer access key fobs. Personal remote transmitter for parking garage access provided with each parking space. Underground parking and locker storage with security cameras in the garage area along with parabolic mirrors in the underground parking areas. Heated parking ramp to prevent icing. Underground garage is ventilated and protected by a fire sprinkler system for added safety and protection. Fire safety system in accordance with the current Ontario Building Code for safety. Underground garage lit with fluorescent lighting and light painted walls. Wall mounted “panic” button installed in various locations throughout the underground garage. Waste management and recycling system with garbage tri-sorter chute access on each floor. Professional landscaped grounds on site property. Move-in area with direct access to elevator for convenience. 2 elevators servicing all parking and residential levels. UNIQUE SUITE FEATURES Solid core suite entry door with lever handle lockset, dead-bolt lock and guest viewer with metal frame and wood casings and paint finish. Contemporary laminate flooring in foyers, hallways, living room, dining room, kitchen, den and bedrooms from Vendor’s finish packages, including transitional strips in doorways as per plan. Interior doors with brushed nickel-finish lever hardware as per plan. 4’ baseboards with corresponding 2’3/4 casings painted with Vendor’s semi-gloss latex white paint. Interior walls and ceilings primed with off-white paint. Semi-gloss off white paint on all trims. Bathrooms, Kitchen and Laundry areas are painted with latex white semi-gloss paint. White painted smooth ceilings in all areas with Vendor’s standard white paint. White decora style switches and receptacles where applicable as per plan. Ceiling light fixtures in foyer and/or hallways, kitchen and dining room as per plan. Sliding closet doors or slab swing door in bedrooms and foyer as per plan. Poured concrete finish to all balconies; terraced units to receive patio pavers. Painted underside to all balconies. Outdoor balcony or terrace with one electrical outlet as per plan. Sliding glass doors or swing door to outside balcony or terrace as per plan. Aluminum awning windows as per plan. CHEF-INSPIRED KITCHENS Choice of contemporary style cabinets and quartz countertops from Vendor’s finish packages. Glass tile backsplash. Oversized single stainless steel undermounted kitchen sink. with single lever chrome pull down faucet with pull out spray. Exhaust fan in kitchen over the stove. Overhead lighting in kitchen. APPLIANCE PACKAGE Counter depth stainless steel bottom freezer fridge. Slide in stainless steel self-clean range. Built-in stainless steel dishwasher Full size stackable washer/dryer including heavy duty wiring and receptacle for dryer. Stainless steel microwave oven with exhaust over the range. *Size details to be added based on plan. BATHROOM FEATURES Custom designed cabinets from Vendor’s finish packages. Porcelain tiles for bathroom floors with ceramic tiles for bathtub and shower enclosures from Vendor’s finish packages. Acrylic soaker tub as per plan. Shower stalls completed with full height ceramic tile surround and semi frameless glazed shower door as per plan. Vapour proof ceiling mounted pot light over tubs and showers. White bathroom fixtures throughout. Single lever chrome faucets in vanity sink. Quartz vanity tops with undermount basins Vanity mirror and decorative light fixture. 2 Pot lights. Dual-flush, white ceramic water closet. Exhaust fan in all bathrooms vented to the outside. Privacy locks on all bathroom doors. Temperature balance valves for tub and shower. MULTI-MEDIA Pre-wired outlets for cable TV in living room, bedrooms, and den as per plan. Hi-speed internet connectivity in every suite. Telephone outlets in living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and den. Wi-Fi connectivity in selected amenity areas. MECHANICAL / ELECTRICAL / WASTE MANAGEMENT Dedicated heat pump unit(s) as per plan with a dedicated heated/cooling thermostat. Individual climate control suite heating and air-conditioning. Individual metering of in-suite electrical consumption. Domestic water meters dedicated for hot and cold water. Dedicated electrical meter. Pre-wired for personal encoded stand-alone intrusion alarm system. Suite equipped with emergency voice communication system. Switch controlled split outlets in living room and bedroom as per plan.* Electrical copper wiring with circuit breaker service panel. HOMEOWNERS LEVELS OF PROTECTION One year warranty on the workmanship and materials. Tarion Warranty Corporation New Home Warranty Protection, as per Tarion Guidelines. Manufacturer’s warranty on appliances.

All information, prices, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E. and O.E.

 

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The One Condo

The One Condos is a New Condo by Mizrahi Developments located at Yonge St & Bloor St, Toronto.

Steps away from the most popular restaurants in Toronto, endless transit options and everything else you love about Toronto sits The One Condos. A brand new creation by Mizrahi developments and Foster-Partners. This promises to be a memorable part of Toronto.

These 544 suites will become the heart and soul of the city, sitting at a stunning 84 storeys tall, One Bloor St West will transform into a cultural hub bursting with street energy and endless opportunities for you to live, work, and play.

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This building will become the second tallest in Canada next to the CN tower. The One is expected to have suites between 650 and 9000 sqft. Expected to launch in the Spring 2016, there will be no sharewalls meaning the consumer can customize their own unit. Amenities include 24/7 cleaning services, valet services, theatre rooms and much more.

Expect high-level retail at The One condos. World-class restaurants, fashion centres and other high-end retail tenants. The One will be a destination in the nexus of the city. The highest pedestrian count, vehicle count and the transit corner of Toronto, the One will be a destination in the public realm where all can congregate: similar to the Rockefeller Centre.

The One condo will become the second tallest build in Canada next to the CN tower. The One is expected to have suites between 650 and 9000 sqft.

The One Condos – an eighty story tower set to be placed 1,043 feet high. It is going to be an absolutely spectacular feet of engineering and architecture, especially with the famous Norman Foster behind its design. Its location is going to be at the intersection of two buzzing streets in the center of Toronto: 1 Bloor Street West at Yonge and Bloor. The intersection of these two main streets is currently inhabited by a deteriorating clothing store called Stollerys. This outdated fashion shop is set to be demolished and replaced by The One Condos and this news is most welcome to prospective residents and current inhabitants on both Yonge and Bloor.

 

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Things to know about disclosure and clauses

5 things to know about disclosure and disclaimer clauses

 

The basement floods after closing. Can the buyer sue the seller? The agreement contained wrong information about the property dimensions but also included a disclaimer clause. Can the buyer sue if there is a problem after closing? Do you need to disclose a murder that occurred in a home? These are not simple questions, but if you remember the following principles, you should be able to understand the law.

 


Here are 5 key lessons to remember:

1.    When there is a flood after closing, the buyer will have to prove that the seller knew about this defect and that it was serious or else that the seller actively concealed the defect from the buyer. It will also depend on whether the buyer conducted a home inspection and in the case of basement water, whether the seller actually finished the basement themselves. A buyer will have to prove that the seller must have known about the problem during their ownership. Buyers will have to take pictures of the damage and bring in an experienced contractor who will be able to look at the damage and then give an expert opinion, in court if necessary, that the seller either must have known about the problem or did work behind the walls to conceal the problem. If the buyer cannot prove this, they will likely not be successful.

2.    The defect must make the property uninhabitable or dangerous. This means that the defect must be so serious that the buyer may not be able to continue living in the property. This would include a foundation problem. It is not clear if this would include a disclosure that the property was previously used as a grow op, as it would depend on the extent of the operation and whether it was actually remedied according to accepted industry standards. It would also depend on whether the buyer could obtain insurance for the property. Suffice to say that if the seller does not disclose a minor basement leak, the buyer will not be successful suing about it after closing.

3.    The law is not settled as to whether a seller needs to disclose a property stigma, whether it is a murder, suicide or neighbourhood condition, such as a pedophile who lives next door. Most appraisers will tell you that this will affect a property’s value. However, it will still be hard to prove that this stigma would make the home uninhabitable and this is why many lawyers will tell you that you do not have to disclose property stigmas.

4.    If you advertise the boundaries of a property in a listing, can the buyer get damages or get out of the deal if it turns out the boundaries are incorrect? Will it make a difference if there is a disclaimer clause in the offer itself, saying that the information, while believed to be correct, is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon without independent verification? In most cases, if the disclaimer is there, the buyer will not be able to sue the seller for any damages and will need to make sure that they do their own proper due diligence in advance. The lesson for any buyer is to make sure that if there is a disclaimer present, that you check a survey of the property or make the deal conditional on your own independent verification of all boundary lines.

5.    If you have any concerns about disclosure, ask the sellers point blank if they have had any water in the basement, murders or grow houses on the property in the past, or insert a clause to this effect in your offer. The sellers then have to respond truthfully. Speak to the neighbours and ask if any repairs were done at the property during the past year or whether there are any other issues with the property that you should know about. Also ask the neighbours about anything peculiar going on in the neighbourhood, including asking about the neighbours on either side of the property you are interested in buying. A major reason sellers sell a home is simply to get away from a neighbour.

When you understand the rules about disclosure and properly protect yourself, you should be able to minimize any problems that could arise after closing.

Source: Mark Weisleder LLB

 
 
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