General Kaveh Seyedsagha 21 Apr

Recently, there have been headlines about identity theft, fraud and stealing homes. Title fraud occurs when the fraudster assumes the identity of the homeowner and then uses it to assume the title on the home, sell the property or obtain a mortgage on that property or other properties in the homeowner’s name, In this article by CMI Finacial Group discusses TITLE FRAUD AND TITLE INSURANCE and the BENEFITS FOR BORROWERS.

Protecting personal information

Borrowers can take steps to protect themselves by safeguarding their personal information:

  • Keep personal information in a safe place.
  • Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or online unless the borrower has initiated contact.
  • Give your Social Insurance Number (SIN) only when absolutely necessary. Ask if other identification can be used.
  • Check with the land registry office to ensure that the title of your home is in your name.
  • Consider purchasing title insurance.

Title insurance coverage

While borrowers can take preventative measures to protect their personal information, they can also look at title insurance which protects the homeowner from a number of risks, including:

  • Someone trying to acquire the home through forgery or fraud;
  • Minor errors in the legal description of the property;
  • Unpaid utilities, mortgages, taxes, or condo maintenance fees;
  • Removal of existing structures if they violate zoning laws;
  • Legal claims by someone else on the property, such as property liens or construction liens from unpaid contractor bills;
  • Protection from another person having interests on the property;


If the previous owner did not pay their contractor and there are construction liens on the property, title insurance would cover this. If a structure needs to be removed because it encroaches on a neighbour’s property, title insurance will cover the removal costs.

Title insurance exclusions

The following issues are not covered by title insurance:

  • Zoning bylaw violations from home renovations or additions that the title insurance policy holder is responsible for;
  • Environmental hazards;
  • Known title defects that we revealed before the homeowner bought the property;
  • Wear and tear on the home and property, and;
  • Risks and damages that would be covered by homeowner’s insurance.

While title insurance can’t protect a borrower from becoming a victim of fraud or title defect, it can protect them from many of the consequences and the resulting stress.

Residential Market Commentary – BoC expected to stay on the sidelines

General Kaveh Seyedsagha 10 Apr

The Canadian economy seems to be ganging-up on the Bank of Canada as it tries to wrestle inflation back to 2.0% as the report by First National Financials mentions.

The latest employment numbers, once again, came in well above expectations.  Statistics Canada reports 35,000 jobs were created in March, nearly triple what had been forecast.  As a result of the on-going demand from workers, wage increases have also caught up to inflation.  Wages are up 5.3% from a year ago.

“A lot of employers say they’ve been having trouble finding workers, and what do you do? You bid up your offer and that tends to drive wages up,” said Pedro Antunes, chief economist with the Conference Board of Canada in an interview with the CBC.

It’s good news for workers, but it makes things harder for the central bank which has been trying to avoid outsized wage growth because it is seen as a driver of inflation.  Wages tend to be “stickie”, in that they only go up, unlike prices for commodities and services which can decline based on supply and demand.

“I don’t necessarily think that’s bad news, but … we’re in this kind of bizarre world where sometimes the good news is not so good news for the Bank of Canada,” said Antunes.

This follows stronger than expected January GDP numbers.  The economy grew 0.5% for the month, defying the BoC’s efforts to slow things down.  However, the Bank is expected to continue its rate-hike pause at this week’s setting, as it waits for last year’s rapid series of increases to work their way through the economy.

GDP’s double-edged sword

General Kaveh Seyedsagha 3 Apr




The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show the country’s economy continues to chug along despite very deliberate efforts to slow it down as mentioned by First National Financial LP.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which measures the total value of all goods and services produced by the economy, rose by 0.5% in January.  Early indications are it was up by another 0.3% in February.  The first quarter of this year is on track to see GDP grow at an annualized rate of 2.5%.  The Bank of Canada had forecast growth of about 0.5%.

The unexpected resilience of the Canadian economy is buoying hopes for a, so-called, “soft landing” as the BoC works to bring inflation down.  There have been numerous forecasts that say the central bank’s rate hiking policy will push Canada into recession and unemployment will rise.  Some of those predictions are softening and the fear of significant job loses is fading.  But analysts still expect there will be an economic slowdown and, perhaps, a mild recession later this year as the effects of the Bank’s rate hikes work their way through the overall economy.

The BoC has paused its rate increases, for the time being.  But it has made it clear more hikes will come if they are deemed necessary.  The Bank’s trend-setting policy rate is now 4.5% and inflation has dropped to 5.2%.  The Bank expects it to fall to 3.0% later this year.  Target is 2.0%.

If economic growth remains stronger than expected and high inflation persists the BoC could be forced into the tough position of having to raise interest rates at the risk of pushing the country into a real recession.  In others words, a “hard landing”.

For now, the Bank is expected to leave its rate unchanged at the next setting on April 12th.