Real Estate

What Low Interest Rates Mean for New Homeowners and Prospective Buyers

What Low Interest Rates Mean for New Homeowners and Prospective Buyers

If you've purchased a home in the past few years, or are thinking of becoming a homeowner soon, chances are you're keeping a close eye on interest rates. We've been...
How Much Space Do You Need

How Much Space Do You Really Need?

It is probably safe to say that most of North America is accustomed to living in 2600 square feet homes with just a family of two.  Or even 4000+ square feet...
Expenses to Consider when Selling your Home

Expenses to Consider when Selling your Home

Although we are currently in a buyers market (or as some may want argue, a do not buy-do not sell market), some people are still selling their homes.  Before you...
The Cost of a Family Cottage

The Cost of a Family Cottage or Cabin

Since we are now basking in the glory of a Canadian summer, I thought I would take an in-depth look at the “Canadian Dream” today of owning a cottage. There...
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...
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