Real Estate

home insurance

My Experience with Home Insurance

We just got our personal home insurance renewed and it's such a b*tch to pay.  We pay it off in the full amount just because we don't want to incur...
How To Rent Out Your Basement Suite

How to Rent Out Your Basement Suite

Some people have been writing to me asking about an update on the status of my basement suite.  I didn't want to write about it prematurely because I hadn't rented...
Who Needs Realtors When you can List your Home Yourself

Who Needs Realtors When you can List your Home Yourself?

Just like my post about Investors Group and mutual fund advisors may enrage financial advisors, I think this post about not necessarily needing realtors may enrage a lot of realtors/...
Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your Home

Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your Home

There are lots of costs to think about when you buy your home (not just the down payment you have to worry about and the actual mortgage loan, but lots...
Taking the Plunge and Putting an End to Home Envy

Taking the Plunge and Putting an End to Home Envy

I have been dropping subtle (okay maybe not so subtle) hints in past posts and on twitter that I have been itchin' to buy a place here in Vancouver.  I...
Investing In Real Estate Without All the Risk

Investing In Real Estate Without All the Risk

Biography The Rat is a young investor and entrepreneur hailing from the east coast. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce, he returned home at the age of 21 to work...
variable vs fixed?

The Never Ending Debate: Variable or Fixed Mortgage?

Just a week or two ago, the big banks all raised their fixed mortgage rates - first RBC, then TD bank followed suit. People were frantically calling their mortgage brokers...
mortgage rules tighten- uh oh!

Mortgage Rules Change- Uh Oh!

Yesterday, Jim Flaherty announced some tighter rules before getting a mortgage in hopes deterring the inflation of Canada's potential housing bubble. Beginning April 19, 2010, all new borrowers from the...
A Rich Dad Seminar Scam?

Rich Dad Poor Dad Seminars a Scam?

On the Canadian Money Forum (started by fellow Canadian PF Bloggers Million Dollar Journey and Canadian Capitalist), I saw a post that mentioned CBC Marketplace aired a hidden-camera investigation of...
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