Building and environment
Do you have questions about the impact of a nearby magnetic field on a property you are considering buying? Wondering if you should have your house inspected for radon before you put it on the market? Unsure whether or not to have a prospective building inspected? This section can help you allay these uncertainties.
Building inspection is an essential step when purchasing a house. Since the entry into force of the new Real Estate Brokerage Act, you must, as stipulated in section 81 of the Regulation respecting brokerage requirements, professional conduct of brokers and advertising, ''recommend to the person proposing to acquire an immovable that the person have a full inspection performed by a professional or a building inspector...."
After several months of negotiations, the OACIQ has just concluded a first recognition agreement of great interest to your professional practice with the Association des inspecteurs en bâtiments du Québec (AIBQ).
The OACIQ has recently concluded a recognition agreement of great interest to your professional practice with the NBIEA. This agreement is added to the one concluded with The Quebec Association of Building Inspectors (QABI) in July 2011.
In the last several years, the culture of cannabis, also known as marijuana, has seriously expanded across Canada. Because the climate in Québec is cold, offenders tend to favour indoor growing. More productive and more discreet, indoor installations allow residential growers to harvest three or four crops a year, versus just one outdoors.
When drafting the promise to purchase, the real estate broker must discuss each phase of the buying process with the buyer in order to avoid surprises along the way. This step must include an analysis of the buyer’s needs and objectives and an evaluation of his financial capacity. It is up to the broker to ensure that the buyer clearly determines what he is looking for based on his means.
When a promise to purchase provides for a pyrite test and a real estate broker specifies a percentage above which the buyer can withdraw in the clause, the broker can be considered at fault professionally. This practice, which has often been reported to the Organization, presents a serious risk to clients.
Knowing the market is an important skill for every real estate professional. Clients depend on their brokers and agencies to make sense of the deal and to bring their expertise to the transaction. As part of their professional knowledge, real estate brokers should understand certain types of criminal behaviour that might be part of real estate transactions.
Mandatory basic training: Important information for candidates wishing to become agency executive officers or to act on their own account
(Updated on September 10, 2013)
In an effort to improve broker competence and address concerns expressed by the field, since September 1, 2013, all candidates to an OACIQ certification examination must first successfully complete a basic training program recognized by the OACIQ.
Pyrite is an iron sulphide molecule present in the stone fill used in construction. It may therefore be found around foundation drains and under the concrete slabs of the cellar or the garage. Under certain conditions, pyrite can oxidize and produce a sort of white powder that swells, causing, among other things, the slab to lift and producing cracks in the foundation and partitions. These problems may appear several years after construction.
Use of clause R2.3 to cancel a first promise to purchase conditional upon the sale of the buyer’s immovable
Clause R2.3 of Annex R – Residential immovable allows for the acceptance of a promise to purchase conditional upon cancellation of a promise previously accepted by the seller. With this clause, the seller promises to undertake, in good faith and at his own expense, reasonable steps to obtain cancellation of every previously accepted promise to purchase the immovable.