Why It’s Not Dumb To Sell Your House And Rent

In a recent conversation the topic of renting versus buying came up for a retired couple. This said couple decided to sell their home and rent rather than downsizing or continuing to live in their own home. You can imagine the blasphemy that erupted from the table. “Why are they renting? Why would they sell…

Your $800K House Costs More Than You Think

Five years ago Canadians, particularly those in Toronto and Vancouver, went on a buying spree for homes. Interest rates were dirt cheap at 2% and homes could be bought with a 5% down payment and 25 year amortization. Heck, if your household income was around $80K to $90K, you’d qualify for buying a house. Fast…

It’s So Easy To Start Investing Now

40 years ago trying to invest by yourself was almost unheard of. Buying stocks and trying to invest in companies always involved a lengthy conversation with your broker. Only the rich would do it, since employing a broker to work for you was always an expensive endeavour. Fast forward a decade later and the advent…

Is It Worth It To Work Overtime or A Side Job?

Individuals who want to achieve financial independence earlier in life may find it difficult to accomplish with just their normal salary. That’s why some try to find alternative means of making money, whether through extra overtime hours at work, or through side jobs and gigs. This almost seems like a no brainer, if you want…

When Will Personal Finance Have A Coming Out Party?

Over the last decade or so there have been large public and political movements to get greater representation of women in executive roles. There has also been a wide acceptance of gays and lesbians into our communities. People continue to stand up for equal rights in the Black Lives Matter movement. And we also see…

Sell Your Home To Retire? Fuggedaboutit!

The popular belief of every homeowner is that the house will become a great investment and that it will be the asset they can rely on to help them retire. The truth? Quite the opposite. Homes have an emotional attachment. On top of that, there is a prestige to being a homeowner that you can’t…