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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.

To Buy or Not to Buy – Is that the question?

Apr 22nd, 2014 | Daniela DeTommaso

The housing market just won’t go away.  It’s in the news, it’s in our daily conversations and it’s in our thoughts as we plan our futures.  Should I get in now or…

The Value of Commercial Title Insurance

Apr 16th, 2014 | Paul Miron

During my 11 years in the title insurance industry I’ve been often asked the question: “What is the value of title insurance?” This is invariably followed by a comment like: “We have…

Would you buy a property with a notorious past?

Apr 1st, 2014 | FCT

A house, like a person can have a checkered past. Unlike paint, wallpaper, tile or other cosmetic choices that a previous owner made – and if you don’t like can be changed…

Top Real Estate Fraud stories of 2013

Mar 25th, 2014 | FCT

1. Gill pleads not guilty to biggest mortgage fraud in Canadian history ($40 million) It is hard to believe that the biggest real estate fraud in Canadian history that occurred more than…

Suspicion of fraud? Why denying a policy may benefit both lawyer and lender

Mar 18th, 2014 | Paul Miron

It is difficult to pick up a newspaper today, and not see an article relating to real estate title fraud. While consumers or lenders can rest more easily if they have a…

My “too good to be true” deal by Tony Spagnuolo, B.A., J.D.

Mar 11th, 2014 | FCT

As a real estate lawyer based in Vaughan, Ontario I have a number of clients who are private lenders. Working for private lenders for many years, I have become accustomed to some…

Title fraud – my experience by Mayor Fred Weekley, District of Katepwa Beach, Saskatchewan

Mar 3rd, 2014 | FCT

I am fortunate to be the Mayor of the beautiful resort and retirement District of Katepwa Beach located on Katepwa Lake roughly 100 km east of Regina nestled in the Qu’Appelle valley….

Commercial title insurance landscape

Feb 25th, 2014 | Paul Miron

When I started private practice in the mid 1980s I learned the ins and outs of the commercial real estate market pre-title insurance. Back then we used to have to write away…

Gratitude

Feb 18th, 2014 | Michael LeBlanc

I recently received a thank you note from someone I helped several months ago. To be honest, I had forgotten about helping until I was reminded. At the time, I really didn’t…

Mortgages – Where is tomorrow’s demand?

Feb 11th, 2014 | Daniela DeTommaso

In an earlier post, we touched on the importance of mortgage assets for lenders, but recognized the fact that demand for mortgages at the borrowing end could be constrained in future as…

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