Blog

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.

How does the AIC’s rule change affect appraisers?

Apr 17th, 2019 | FCT

In February 2019, the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) published a change to its rules to allow AIC members to use non-members for professional assistance in certain instances. This is allowed if…

Are you ready to buy your first home? Here’s what you need to know

Mar 1st, 2019 | FCT

If you’re about to buy your first home, congratulations! It’s a huge milestone and likely one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life. Between your realtor, lender or mortgage broker,…

EasyFund by the numbers

Apr 12th, 2019 | FCT

EasyFund is a secure online service that offers legal professionals the ability to safely manage the transfer of real estate closing funds, effectively reducing the need for certified cheques, bank drafts, direct…

Spotlight claim: real estate fraud

Apr 4th, 2019 | FCT

Rita* purchased her dream property in 2010. Several years later, she was served with a statement of claim in relation to two mortgages that had been registered in 2015. The lender was…

Watch out for these signs of fraud when processing mortgages

Mar 28th, 2019 | FCT

Losses from fraud, especially in large transactions like purchases and refinances, can be significant. Whether you’re a lender, mortgage broker or mortgage specialist, it pays to be vigilant and investigate further when…

Tips to protect yourself from real estate fraud

Mar 21st, 2019 | FCT

We don’t often think much of giving out our basic personal information, but sometimes the simplest information can be enough for fraudsters to use. Information such as your full name, address, postal code or…

Three signs your clients are not who they say they are

Mar 14th, 2019 | FCT

Fraud in all its forms has significant consequences for its victims. In a real estate transaction, fraud could cost lawyers a lot of money, in addition to destroying their reputation and credibility….

Are you a home owner? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about fraud!

Mar 7th, 2019 | FCT

Fraud takes on many different forms. You’ve likely heard of the most common ways people are targeted by fraudsters through email, phone, and online. One way people are targeted by fraud is…

How our customers help define the way we do business

Feb 21st, 2019 | FCT

Customer experience is at the heart of everything we do at FCT. We started an online platform called FCT Exchange, so we could go straight to the source—our customers—to learn what we’re doing…

To have and to hold… your property

Feb 14th, 2019 | FCT

Maybe you and your significant other just hit the milestone of buying your own place, or maybe you’ve owned your joint home together for years and are considering passing it down to…