Fiugot’s Housing Market Analytics Report offers in-depth data and analysis on local housing markets across Canada and delivers it in a convenient, easy-to-read report.
This report is an invaluable data resource for strategic planning and business development activities. It can be used by any business with interest in local housing conditions and real estate market trends, including:
Realtors and brokers
Real estate investors
Appraisers and valuation professionals
Housing Market Analytics Reports can be sourced for any municipality in Canada, combining high-value proprietary and public data sources into a report tailored to your unique needs.
Data included in each Housing Market Analytics Report:
Average Housing Prices – Comparative house prices for the target municipality and surrounding areas provides insight into how prices vary in a region. Comparative prices are also available by property type (detached, semi-detached, condo, etc.).
House Price Trends – Data on 10-year trending in average housing prices gives you insight into where prices might be headed for the target municipality and surrounding areas.
Rental Market Data – Rental rates and vacancy data in the target municipality and surrounding areas is important for investors and lenders.
Real Estate Market Boundaries – See what percentage of total housing sales is occurring in each of the neighbourhoods in the target municipality and gain insight into which areas are most active.
Fraser Institute School Ranking – Proprietary data on school rankings is presented by community within the target municipality. Neighbourhoods with top-ranked schools often command higher valuations in the marketplace.
Official Plan and New Construction Sites – See where and how a municipality is planning development and housing growth in coming years.
For more information on Fiugot’s Housing Market Analytics Reports or to see a sample report, contact Brian Bell.
It was was quite an exciting 2018 for Fiugot! With the official launch of our company, website and our first product brand, TopSchools, it has been a breakthrough year for our clients, partners and team.
Fiugot is focused on designing the most innovative solutions that connect finance and technology to reshape the mortgage and loan industry. With technology changing so rapidly, we’re proud of how far we have come in only one short year in leading our clients towards the future of innovation.
Here is a look back on some of the highlights of our past year.
Company and website launch
March 2018 – At the beginning of the year, we officially launched Fiugot and our website to develop new, innovative fintech products. Powered and backed by FNF Canada, we are building upon two decades of expertise in technology innovation. With rapid digital transformation upon us, Fiugot is here to set the new standard in fintech innovation.
“Fiugot’s partnership with FNF Canada to leverage their IT infrastructure and strategic partnership network provides our company with instant credibility and scale to help take this new FinTech venture to new heights.” – Brian Bell
Fintech really is no longer just about simply digitizing financial services products. Rather, it is about creating an immersive digital experience that touches people in their everyday lives. It was inspiring to join together with some of the best minds in fintech to discuss how we can shape the future of financial services with the latest innovations.
Best Fintech Solution Award
September 2018 – Fiugot was honored to be awarded the Best Fintech Solution Gold award at the Channel Innovation Awards 2018. This award recognized us as a fintech provider that is disrupting financial services with the introduction of our innovative, state-of-the-art solutions that benefit both users and service providers. Congratulations to the other 19 award winners!
November 2018 – We launched our first product brand, TopSchools, in November. In partnership with Fraser Institute data and leveraging FNF’s data scientists, the mission of our TopSchools product line is to equip home buyers and sellers with insight on school data to make better decisions when buying a home. Watch for products to hit the market in early 2019.
December 2018 – Fiugot launched a pilot with a top 5 Canadian bank of our mortgage retention product that uses an exclusive, private real estate listing data to give advance notice on which clients are most likely at risk of leaving. Then, the lending institution can take a proactive steps to retain these clients. This has been a year for the record books for Fiugot. I cannot wait to share with you new company announcements in 2019 that will reshape the mortgage, loan services and real estate space.
This has been a year for the record books for Fiugot. I cannot wait to share with you new company announcements in 2019 that will reshape the mortgage, loan services and real estate space.
Fiugot, FNF Canada’s fintech company is pleased to announce the launch of TopSchools and the release of their first School Report. By working in partnership with the Fraser Institute data and leveraging FNF’s data scientists, TopSchools mission is to equip home buyers and sellers with insight on school data to make better decisions when buying a home.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration when searching for a home and finding great school districts is a major one. Currently, the process is cumbersome in trying to connect school data rankings to home listings in order to make the best purchase choice. Home prices are sold at a premium in top school districts, so available data and giving additional insight can help families make an informed home buying decision.
However, school rankings alone are not valuable in determining the quality of the school and ultimately making a home purchasing choice. TopSchools is unique in that it will benchmark the school data by city, region, and provincial level to help home buyers put this information in perspective. This will make it easier the home buying process easier thanks to Top Schools ability to make school ranking data easy to understand.
Combined with real estate market data and partnerships with Real Estate Brokerages, TopSchools intends to help consumers make more informed decisions about schools and also help Realtors with added information to educate their clients during the home buying process.
Searching for a home in a good school district is a long difficult process, but it does not have to be, thanks to TopSchools. Stay tuned for TopSchoool reports and data to make the home buying process faster, easier and more knowledgeable.
We try to stay on top of innovative trends and practices in our industry. One of the ways we do that is by following established experts and influencers on social media. In this post, we’ve compiled a shortlist of people we actively follow and recommend to anyone looking for valuable industry insights.
Please note that these lists are not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive – they’re simply a starting point. You can also check out our Top 100 lists for each of the topics below on Twitter.
While we pay attention to specialty areas such as lendtech and payments, fintech is at the core of who we are and what we do. Here are some of the must-follow influencers in fintech around the world.
So much more than simply digitizing existing financial products, fintech involves re-inventing the whole landscape…and Canada knows it. Whether is recognizing different needs and responding accordingly, or raising the curtain for a worldwide stage, Canadian fintech has a lot to offer. Forward thinking and intuitive, these influencers are working to lead our industry into the future.
With a noticeable transition towards mobile preference and the fact that consumers have more selection than ever before, lendtech is crucial to the future of lending. In our recent top reads post, we shared six of the best articles we’ve come across on lendtech and here we suggest following these trusted influencers. They will help keep you informed so you don’t get left behind.
From the recent post on our blog, you’ll know that ‘proptech’ as a term that is more commonly used in the UK, but it is catching on in North America (where it’s more commonly referred to as ‘CRE tech’). We suggest following these influencers to help keep you in the loop.
Financial statements are an important tool to help better understand either your personal financial success or failure, or that of a business. Generally, financial statements communicate what money is coming in, what money is going out, and where money is now. Namely, there are four main kinds of financial statements, which include: balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of shareholder’s equity. Although they can seem daunting, financial statements can provide efficient and useful information – if you know where to look!
1. Decide what to Read
At first glance, financial statements can have an overwhelming amount of information; offering insights on highlights, trends, providing footnotes, definitions, and even historical summaries! If all of this information seems overwhelming – you’re not alone in feeling this way. If you are looking to get the general idea of a financial statement in the case of a business, look over the highlights as well as the letter from the CEO in order to get the general idea and themes of the financial statement.
2. Brush up on your Accounting Vocabulary
In order to better the financial health of a company, it’s imperative that the reader understands the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows- the core of any financial document. Before beginning to read any of these documents, it’s best that the reader becomes somewhat fluent in financial statement and accounting jargon.
3. Don’t forget about the Footnotes
If you don’t have time to go through all of the different sections of a company’s financial statements, the footnotes can be a wealth of information. The footnotes to financial statements typically includes a variety of information, such as significant accounting practices and policies, income taxes, pension plans and other retirement programs, as well as stock options.
4. Don’t skip the MD&A
The MD&A, or the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, provides investors with a view of the company’s financial performance. This section is useful in understanding what the financial statement’s show or don’t show, in addition to risks, trends and predictions.
The introduction of Blockchain technology has had an incredible impact on various industries; allowing a number of innovative opportunities to be introduced throughout the process. Most recently, the idea of constructing land registries on Blockchain technology is being explored as an interesting use case. Globally, countries such as Sweden and Honduras among others, have already begun to explore the viability of building land registries on Blockchain.
Traditionally, land title registries within many states have been documented either digitally or on paper; of which, both options have proven vulnerable to a number of issues. Most notably, problems such as ‘bad titles’, lost or inaccurate records, as well as corruption and inefficiency, have motivated states to investigate the feasibility of implementing Blockchain technology for creating land title registries. The application of Blockchain technology, which employs a network of distributed databases, will aid in resolving many of the hurdles that states are currently facing with traditional systems.
Honduras for instance, has historically had concerns with land title fraud; most cases involving bureaucrats taking advantage of the state’s system in order to receive favorable properties. Recently, the Honduran government has allowed an American company to build a land title record system using Blockchain technology. With the benefit of some of Blockchain’s features, such as the use of hashes to identify every real estate transaction, as well as it’s immutable quality, the land title registry process will become significantly more efficient, secure and transparent. Additionally, in cases of natural disasters, employing a network of distributable databases for land title registries, will aid in the process of recovering lost records.
Sweden is another example of a state that has found success in adopting Blockchain technology for the construction of land title registries. After two years of testing, the Swedish government successfully completed the first Blockchain technology property transaction. The most significant result of this experiment, was the ability of Blockchain technology to dramatically cut down the time it took to register the sale of property. Within the traditional structure of land-ownership in Sweden, a digital system, the average time it took to register a sale took anywhere between three to six months. In contrast, with the use of a Blockchain system, it only took a few hours.
Blockchain technology continues to reveal enormous potential for the creation of land title registries. The technology continues to prove to be more efficient, secure, and transparent than traditional systems, as well as a reliable choice for governments around the world.
Before exploring open houses, it’s important to make yourself familiar with real estate services and information available to you, in order to be well prepared when entering the real estate market. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, there are a number of useful resources to help you. Check out a few of our favorites below!
The Canadian Real Estate Association or CREA, is an amazing resource for Canadians who either want to buy or sell their home. They offer helpful advice, as well as educational videos on topics such as fixed vs. variable rate mortgages, in addition to a number of others. CREA also provides up to date and reliable housing market statistics, that can be helpful throughout the buying or selling process.
Whether you’re buying or selling, Realtor.ca is a reliable, safe, and CREA affiliated real estate site, trusted by hundreds of Canadians. If you’re buying or selling a home, Realtor.ca offers the latest home listings, as well as allows sellers to compare home prices within their area. If you’re looking for a trusted realtor, Realtor.ca also helps Canadians find the right Real Estate professional with their free Realtor search service!
Considered a success story of financial services disruption, lendtech is worth learning more about. We have sourced the following six articles to help give a better understanding of lendtech and to review some of the benefits and potential opportunities of this growing online business segment.
What the Heck is Lendtech?
If you’re just learning or want a simple refresh, this is a good place to begin. This articles covers the basics of lendtech, how it’s disrupting traditional players in the industry, what gives it its edge along with some challenges it faces along the way.
Consumers have a wider selection of lending providers than ever before. Current trends show that alternative, digital lenders are receiving a larger piece of that pie. As big banks pulled back on personal and small business loans during the financial crisis, the door was kicked open for alternative lenders to make their move. Nine of Forbes’ Top 50 lenders for 2018 are alternative, tech lenders. Even massive organizations such as Goldman Sachs and and Amazon are making changes to emulate digital lenders’ success.
Eliminating paper is far from the only objective a firm should have when planning their digital transformation. The process offers ideal opportunity to review the whole system and use digitization as a way to improve current practices, rather than simply re-creating the same, potentially inefficient, processes. Truly understanding the relationship between clients and lenders and what each requires (the ‘why’ and the ‘how’) at each step in the lending process are critical components of effectively maximizing digitization for everyone’s benefit.
Why Marketplace Lending Needs Less Transparency, Not More
“Consumers receive better choice, better access and often better pricing for unsecured loans than they would generally be able to secure easily through the traditional bank-based system.” However, balance is needed. Lendtech companies are more transparent with more data available to clients. Savvy investors use this to their advantage while less savvy clients may not have the same understanding – leading to poor results and creating an unfair playing field. Lendtech companies need to find the balance between giving enough information to attract savvy consumers, but not too much to deter less sophisticated investors.
Despite some speculation that banks may be looking for alternatives, data shows that for now, credit bureaus maintain a solid grasp on their long-established position. To move away from this model would take major change, however that doesn’t mean it will never happen. “Until banks find that traditional credit reports and credit scores no longer provide decent performance and low-enough default, they’re unlikely to chuck them.”
Kabbage Data Shows Mobile is the Future for Small Business Lending
It’s no surprise that mobile devices are changing the landscape of many organizations, including lending. Based on their research, Kabbage stated, “Today, 17 percent of all small business loans and nearly 15 percent of total dollars accessed via Kabbage are through mobile. At this rate, Kabbage predicts one of every five dollars funded to small businesses will be through a mobile device by the end of 2018.” This is a bold prediction worth noting.
It’s no surprise that mobile devices are changing the landscape of many organizations, including lending. Based on their research, Kabbage stated, “Today, 17 percent of all small business loans and nearly 15 percent of total dollars accessed via Kabbage are through mobile. At this rate, Kabbage predicts one of every five dollars funded to small businesses will be through a mobile device by the end of 2018.” This is a bold prediction worth noting. Read more
The data is clear; lendtech is a growing force. It has opened doors for new, innovative startups as well as one that traditional lenders can use to self-disrupt and effectively digitize their own organizations as we grow into the future.
For every Canadian, the task of buying a home can seem daunting. Whether you are a first time home buyer, or a veteran home owner, it is best to not cut corners when buying a home. The experience of buying a home can be an exciting one, but in order for it to be a successful process, it is important to be educated and well prepared. No matter what kind of home buying experience you have, here’s what you should know.
1. No Question is a Dumb Question
From browsing listings, to the final walk through, home buyers will have many common questions regarding the process. Although the answers to some questions may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that no question is a dumb question when buying a home! Rather than plugging your questions into Google, take the time to ask your bank, a realtor, or trusted professional your questions. Having credible, trusted, and up to date advice, will ensure a smooth and stress-free process.
2. Know What You’re Buying
Before you sign a contract, or make a down payment, it’s important to make sure that you know what you’re buying. When buying a home, its natural to feel a sense of urgency – especially when the market is good. Although its exciting to find a home that you love, there can be a number of hidden problems that can cost you thousands. A qualified home inspector can ensure that things such as the properties foundation, wiring, insulation, roof, among other aspects, are up to code and safe. While it may seem like another cost, hiring an inspector will provide you peace of mind- and that’s priceless.
3. Make sure your Realtor is a Good fit for You
Your realtor will be one of the most important aspects of the home buying process. They will help you answer some of your most pressing questions, and hopefully help you find your dream home! It’s important to find someone who not only has experience, but who will make you feel comfortable throughout the process. Make sure to ask for references, and contact them to confirm their experience.
4. Know What You Can Afford
It’s important to know when to walk away in the home buying process. Even if you think that you can afford to go a bit over your budget, it’s important to remember that buying a home comes with a number of additional costs – land transfer taxes, legal fees etc. You will thank yourself later for sticking to your budget!
PropTech is certainly something the wise real estate professional will want to keep tabs on. We can help. The following articles will clear the fog to help you better understand the proptech concept as well as give many examples and links to quality information to learn more.
The Beginner’s Guide To Commercial Real Estate Tech: What Exactly Is PropTech?
It seems not everyone is clear (or in agreement) on the term “PropTech.” A variety of opinions offer a more comprehensive view of the big picture. In this short article, seven major commercial property tech players offer their insights including how we got to where we are and what they each believe is the future of proptech. (View full article.)
PropTech 3.0: the Future of Real Estate
Professor Andrew Baum has compiled and released this comprehensive document and findings from research via SAID Business School, University of Oxford. It explores PropTech from all aspects and different viewpoints – how it started, where it is now, and where it is going in relation to real estate. This is an extensive document that you may wish to bookmark for future reference. It includes input from “over 50 real estate professionals, entrepreneurs and capital providers” and features an extensive list of companies for reference. (View full article.)
What if Every Building’s DNA Was Recorded on a Blockchain?
In a growing list of possible applications and the call for decentralization and data control, Ian Simpson explores the idea of using blockchain for buildings and apartments in this short read. (View article.)
Mortgage Tech 101: What It Is & Why It’s Taking Off Now
In 10 years, the mortgage process is likely to look very different than it does today. There are several reasons for this, including three main drivers CB Insights explores here, but one thing is clear: those who don’t delay to answer the call for change are those most likely to be the top lenders of the future. (View full article.)
Directory of PropTech companies
This is a great link to save for future reference. At the time of this original post, it included a searchable, filterable resource of 589 PropTech companies including name, phone, website, summary description and sector served. (View full article.)
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