How Buying A House Eats Your Cash Flow

In a recent article I wrote how buying a house could end up throwing away just as much money as renting. That’s because buying a house with a mortgage is exactly like renting, only rather than renting a place to live, you end up renting the money to buy the place. Quite interestingly, someone rebutted…

Why Canada Is A Poor Place To Invest

Unless you own a house in Toronto or Vancouver, Canada hasn’t been a good place to invest over the past ten years. If we look at the performance of Canada’s main stock index, the TSX, over the past decade, the returns have been abysmal. With only a 17% cumulative gain over 10 years, anyone who…

How To Throw Away Just As Much Money Buying vs Renting

It’s time for another comparison of rent vs buy. It’s not that I condone buying a house, but in ultra expensive cities in Canada like Vancouver and Toronto, all the arguments of buying over renting have become myths. The popular saying that you are throwing your money away renting is getting harder and harder to…

What Should You Do With Your Tax Return?

It’s been a couple of weeks since the April 30th  tax return deadline has passed. If you’ve setup auto deposit to your bank account, on the CRA website, you would have received your tax refund by now. For many this comes as a bit of a windfall when the money situation is tight. So what…

Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?

Just before the start of a warm, sunny Spring weekend the big banks snuck in a mortgage rate increase of 45 basis points and 20 basis. The two big banks that acted? TD bank and RBC. Two of largest banks in Canada. Now some might think that it’s conspiracy because with warmer Spring temperatures come…

How Capital Gains Taxes Work

Tax returns are due in about a week’s time. For those who aren’t aware, April 30th, 2018 is the deadline to file your tax returns for 2017. For those that think they might be owing the government money, it’s a good idea to get your taxes done to avoid a penalty. Now that the deadline…

Risks In Real Estate

Recently there have been a lot of news articles talking about real estate deals gone bad. First there were the Mattamy homes in Whitby that dropped almost $100,000 in price this year. Buyers from last year had remorse and begged to get their home prices readjusted but to no avail. Then came another Mattamy story…