As a Realtor, it is important to me that my clients are happy and protected. A homeowner should do all they can to protect their investment. Real estate fraud does happen and homeowners should be aware of how they can prevent it from occurring. There are two ways real estate fraud can happen to a homeowner. One usually starts with identity theft and progresses to title fraud. The other is foreclosure fraud. The best thing to do is the researching of any financial institution that you are considering doing business with and also protecting your financial information. Take a look at the Government of Canada’s article on real estate fraud and what you can do if you think you may be a victim.