Harder for Gen Y First-Time Home Buyers to Get Into Market?

Harder for Gen Y First-Time Home Buyers to Get Into Market?Andrew MacLeod is part of demographic that apparently is being priced out of Canada’s housing market, but that didn’t prevent the 34-year-old from finding a way to buy his first home. MacLeod and his wife, 33, overcame current economic hurdles such as high property prices, tighter lending conditions and shaky job markets to purchase their four-bedroom, two storey semi-detached house in Ottawa’s Lindenlea neighbourhood, which MacLeod cheekily describes as the…

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Why We Need Higher Property Taxes. Really.

Why We Need Higher Property Taxes. Really.When Canadian cities want to build infrastructure, they politely request provincial and federal funding-and then beg, cry, slobber, stomp their feet, hold their breath and turn blue until they get their money. You’d think our mayors would resent a system that trades their dignity for new curling rinks and overpasses, but they put up with it because it’s in their political interests to remain helpless. That way, they can blame…

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Gold and Bits – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Gold and Bits - Two Sides of the Same CoinIt was as if gold was taking a lesson from Bitcoin the day before, and for once you couldn’t blame North Korea. On Thursday, the electronic currency plummeted to about $50 after hitting a Wednesday high of about $260. “What did they think?” chuckled someone at a business news meeting I attended. “Bitcoins have no real value. They are just an imaginary currency.” Fast forward to Friday. Gold plummets $30…

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Owning a 4-plex Can Be a Pain

Owning a 4-plex Can Be a PainOwning a rental property is one of the most popular ways to generate passive income, but it’s not always easy. We purchased a 4-plex through a short sale process in October 2011 and my rental income projection was quite wrong. I finally finished our 2012 tax return and I can share the details from the 4-plex now. I’ll put it next to my original projection so you can see how…

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