Monthly Archives: March 2012

Too Much Information? Toronto and GTA REALTORS Raise Privacy Concerns

Are Toronto Realtors fighting to protect the privacy of their clients by not allowing personal information from the Multiple Listing Service to be released on the Internet, or are they really fighting to protect their own outdated business models? That’s … Read More »

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Community Bonds: Actionable Innovation for NonProfits & Investors

As a futurist, it’s my business to understand that the convergence or intersection of trends represents true opportunities for innovation. Here’s one interesting real estate investment example – also the subject of a new ebook – that rates as an … Read More »

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Canada’s New Mortgage Code Makes Prepayments Easier

The Canadian government has introduced a new Mortgage Code of Conduct for federally regulated financial institutions. It requires lenders to clearly explain the differences between mortgage products, show how to pay off a mortgage faster without incurring penalties and explain … Read More »

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Home Equity Lines of Credit, In Context

Mortgages, which were considered “good debt,” are being swept into the “debt is bad” category. Home equity lines of credit, which were considered “good mortgages,” are being swept into the “debt feeds panic” category, and who knows what’s next? The … Read More »

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Staggering Amount of Mortgage Fraud in Canada Last Year

Every day last year, about $1.7 million worth of fraudulent activity was detected in Canada by Equifax Canada. “The greatest dollar value of detected fraud activity is within mortgage applications, at over $400 million,” says John Russo, vice-president at the … Read More »

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