Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your Home

Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your HomeThere 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 home, but lots of other things that can add up). Here are some of these costs (HINT: They include lots of taxes.  Awesome…): Home Inspection This can range anywhere from $400 to $1000 for a thorough home inspection   Read More…

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Are Taxes In Canada Really That High?

Are Taxes In Canada Really That High?A Press release by Fraser Institute showed the total tax bill of the average Canadian family has increased by 1,624 per cent since 1961, while expenditures on housing increased by 1,198 per cent, food by 559 per cent and clothing by 526 per cent from 1961 to 2009. The report was widely distributed by several media outlets including this one in the Calgary Herald. There’s no question that we pay…

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The Downside of Garbage Bag Taxes

The Downside of Garbage Bag TaxesAn often touted solution to the problem of too much garbage is charging a tax on each garbage bag picked up by local garbage services. However, according to Levitt and Dubner, authors of the book SuperFreakonomics, this hasn’t worked out very well in some amusing ways. In addition to creating an incentive to create less garbage, it gives people other incentives: 1. Stuff bags fuller. This has become known as…

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