December 13, 2017

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Give The Gift Of Financial Independence

Dec 5, 2017

I remember the days when the Christmas tree was surrounded with presents and the joy I felt in purchasing the perfect gifts for family and friends.  The tree was packed with “stuff”.  When I downsized a few years back and had to get rid of all the treasures I had amassed, my philosophy changed.  Now we give each other more meaningful gifts of sharing experiences through concerts, dinners, movies and sporting events.  Shared activities create memories that are priceless and last long after the event is over.  And that’s what many people want to give; gifts with lasting impact. But…

Costly Pitfalls To Avoid When Purchasing a Home

Nov 15, 2017

I have the pleasure of posting a guest blog today!!  When I read this post, it contained some incredible info that I wasn’t even aware of, so I had to share.  It is lengthier than my usual blogs but just scroll through and see what may be relevant for you.  Meet Rachel Craggy from Right At Home Realty. What if I told you that before you purchased that house, you could have avoided a very costly pitfall before you ever took possession would you be interested in?  That is why it is important to aware of what pitfalls to avoid…

New Possibility: Empty Home Tax

Nov 15, 2017

Interesting developments are happening in the Vancouver market.  Toronto seems to be mirroring our western neighbour on foreign buyers tax, so it makes you wonder if the same penalties will be coming our way.  One report states that there are 99,236 properties in Toronto that are not regularly occupied. Another report, states there are 15-28,000 Toronto homes that are sitting empty. They arrived at this figure based on addresses where electricity and water hadn’t been used in a year.  We have a huge rental shortage here, as does Vancouver. Vancouver has  a rental vacancy rate hovering at zero and Vancouver renters…