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We would like to remind members of the real dangers associated with mortgage fraud. Attached are links to Notices we have circulated in the past to assist you in identifying instances of potential mortgage fraud. You should ensure that you and your staff are familiar with these.

Mortgage fraud red flags

Cheque fraud red flags

Mortgage fraud

Notice pi members real estate fraud

Mortgage Fraud Red Flags

  • The mortgage advance exceeds the balance due on closing.
  • Credits which are not referenced in the purchase agreement or in amendments to the purchase agreement are granted to the purchaser for purported reasons including the following:
    •  additional deposit
    • gift
    • promissory note
    • renovations and repairs
    • vendor take-back mortgage
    • rebate for real estate commission
  • The mortgage advance exceeds the balance due on closing.
  • Credits are granted to the purchaser in an amendment to the purchase agreement that have not clearly been disclosed to the lender.
  • The purchase price of the property has escalated substantially over a relatively short period of time.
  • The lender is effectively advancing more than 95 percent of the purchase price where the mortgage is insured.
  • The purchaser provides no or minimal funds on closing such that only the mortgage advance is required to complete or substantially complete the purchase.
  • Closing funds come in the form of a cheque or bank draft drawn from a source that indicates that the source may not be the purchaser.
  • The purchase agreement (and any amendments to the agreement) indicate that the deposit is payable directly to the vendor rather than to the vendor’s real estate broker or lawyer.
  • There is third-party involvement including instructions, directions, client identification and information coming from a third party, or alternatively, directions to report to or pay excess mortgage proceeds to a third party.
  • The same purchasers, vendors, real estate agency or mortgage broker are present in multiple transactions.
  • The lawyer is asked to make a last-minute registration under a power of attorney.
  • The lawyer is asked to complete a transaction in a short period of time.
  • The lawyer is offered higher than usual legal fees for acting on the transaction.