May 3

Parenting

    Forget the Chinese dudes. It’s the Bank of Mom that’s the prime driver the residential real estate market in Canada.…

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May 2

The quandary

  Poor Joanne. Only sixty, always a stay-at-home spouse, and James died in a skiing accident this past winter. Sadness now…

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Apr 29

No Kidding

  Besides the Globe and Mail, and possibly the weird Vancouver dailies, the biggest house-pushers in the land work for CMHC.…

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Apr 28

Ethics

  When I sold my pile in beloved Lunenburg last winter, the young couple who took it knew everything. They knew…

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Apr 27

The crime

Bob’s a cop in Metro. A detective, actually. Prides himself on being absolutely meticulous, ethical, researched, by-the-book. “Gut means nothing,”…

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Apr 26

In The Bag

  Want to feel superior to all the poor souls who write me? Sure ya do. Let’s dive into this week’s…

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Apr 25

Big news

  Prince, Bowie and Shandling aside, the Boomers ain’t dead yet. Far from it. The last one doesn’t turn 65 for…

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Apr 22

TNL@TB speaks

  Call her Linda. She works at a bank in the rich little GTA burg of Oakville where the average sale…

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Apr 21

Bait & Switch

  LIKE THIS IS A SURPRISE They’re called yield hogs. As opposed to HAM or piggy banks. YHs are people who think…

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Apr 20

The price of advice

  Matt has a problem. Too little money. Or is it too much? “Fifty grand,” he says. “I can’t manage it myself,…

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Apr 19

Crispy

  Last year my first ride was on my birthday. Mid-March. This year I rode in January, February, March and, yeah,…

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Apr 18

Dear Eric’s Mom

Eric and his wife are Millennials, early thirties, living in a major BC city on an island starting with ‘V’…

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Apr 16

Agony & ecstasy

  Ever wonder what other readers of this pathetic blog agonize over? Here are a few notes received this week that…

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Apr 13

Now What?

  As predicted, no cut. The central bank boys decided Wednesday rates are as low as they’ll go. Ever. In fact…

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Apr 12

No guff

  The Bank of Canada won’t drop interest rates on Wednesday. They don’t need to. Besides, they wouldn’t dare. First, there’s the…

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Apr 11

Cruel April

The intersection of greed and stupidity is a tough place. Katy lives there. Three years ago the blog dogess emailed me…

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Apr 7

End Badly

  How do we know when we’ve bounced off the top? When you can actually expect house prices to start that…

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Apr 6

Being human

  The enemy of success is human nature. We buy high, sell low and believe realtors. Stuff we hear from peers…

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Apr 5

Leftie Peril

  “I feel like you would defend Hitler himself if he was rich,” said a poster to me some hours ago.…

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