The FCT blog aims to answer your industry questions, examine current market trends and provide key information on the value of our products and services.

The FCT blog does not represent a single author or opinion. Instead, it represents the collective voice and experience of FCT’s dedicated niche experts.

Leading Insights

Building and sustaining a valuable brand

Aug 11th, 2022 | By Phillip Notley

When you hear the word ‘brand,’ what do you picture? Do you envision a large, established brand like Pepsi or Coca-Cola? Or innovative brands such as Apple or Uber? Whether people realize…

Caring for the Community

Covenant House Vancouver: Helping youth transition from crisis to independence

Aug 4th, 2022 | By FCT

When Covenant House Vancouver opened its doors in 1997, it had 12 beds. Today, its three facilities in downtown Vancouver welcome hundreds of youth off the streets and into an environment of…

Legal Professionals

Coffee Break with Brendan Fagan

Jul 28th, 2022 | By FCT

Even the simplest real estate deals present risks and complications. Navigating them takes skill, experience and judgement. Brendan Fagan brings all three to the industry-leading underwriting team at FCT. In this edition…

Home Owners

Do you need title insurance for a new-build home?

Jul 21st, 2022 | By FCT

The housing supply shortage is one of the top issues in Canada’s real estate market. To address it, cities like Calgary are seeing a massive boom in new-build housing. New construction offers…

Leading Insights

Inclusivity and belonging: fostering a culture of empowerment

Jul 14th, 2022 | By Vandana Paliwal

Words like “diversity” and “inclusion” have become popular buzzwords in recent years, but the truth is that they are so much more than just words. These terms represent a sense of belonging…

Legal Professionals

How much can a single conveyancing error cost?

Jul 12th, 2022 | By FCT

Real estate is a risky area of law. Conveyancing even a simple deal has so many parts that even with strict attention and due diligence, details can fall through the cracks. Unfortunately,…

Legal Professionals

Land assembly: an answer to the question of housing supply?

Jul 7th, 2022 | By FCT

What is land assembly? Land assembly is the joining of multiple adjacent parcels of land to form a single site that can be used to construct a larger property. Because vacant land…

Caring for the Community

Laing House is fighting stigma and creating leaders

Jun 28th, 2022 | By FCT

Inside an unassuming blue-sided house on Barrington street in Halifax, there’s something remarkable happening. Young people are gathering in groups to play games, craft, cook and make music; and while they do,…

Lending Professionals

How has technology changed real estate valuations?

Jun 23rd, 2022 | By FCT

The real estate industry has changed drastically in just a few years, driven by response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Far from the market crash many had feared, the industry saw home sales…