Jul 30

The Change

Location: Keele Street & 401, Toronto Jennie asked me how she should borrow, now that her mortgage has come up for…

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Jul 29

Erinomics

“Thought you might like this,” George wrote me. “Kind of unbelievable – a 19% return on investment? Actually, it IS…

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Jul 28

Bad News

So, does it never make sense to buy a house? Some people would have you think that I hate real…

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Jul 25

Knowledge

“They’ll never get that much,” he said, kicking a few pebbles with an artful flip of his Birkenstock. “I mean,…

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Jul 24

#Debtshaming

In the National Gallery in Ottawa hangs a sprawling painting called “Mortgaging the Homestead”. The dude who created it (G.A.C.…

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Jul 23

The Bomb

“We’ve always lived below our means and have no children,” says Louise, “so it’s been easier for us to save…

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Jul 22

The Correction

If I’d known the people reading this pathetic blog were so damn well off, I’d have dressed better. At least…

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Jul 21

What Are You Worth?

Rick just read “Personal Finance for Canadians for Dummies,” and actually admits to it. “I found it interesting that it…

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Jul 20

Venus & Mars

Women hate debt. Men crave stuff. No wonder the divorce rate is half. Books and sites on debt elimination are catnip…

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Jul 18

Debt Train

“I’m an accountant,” Elaine says. She reads this blog. And she worries a lot, mostly about her clients. “So many clients…

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Jul 17

Truth

It didn’t take long after some whackjobs shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, obliterating three hundred people, for the Internet…

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Jul 16

The Gullible

Trust me. I’d rather break my other leg than revisit this topic. Alas, we must. Two days ago this pathetic blog…

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Jul 15

The Condo Economy

The guy across the street was home for, I guess, three months. As Bandit irrigated his bush the other night,…

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Jul 14

Lost Dog

Days ago a blog dog and occasional poster from Kitsilano made a conditional offer in his Vancouver hood. Then he…

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Jul 11

The Formula

“Ok,” says Joe, “so I was a bit curious about how this whole bidding war process works, so I decided…

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Jul 8

The Landing

Wednesday morning at nine the federal minister of finance is scheduled to make an announcement. An hour earlier his officials…

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Jul 7

The Exit Strategy

Erin Sherry decided she wanted out of her CIBC mortgage. And her marriage. That’s when the troubles began. Her loan was…

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Jul 6

The Surprise

It was a sweet package. Four acres, heritage Regency brick bungalow, meandering trout stream, barn converted into studio space, woodlot…

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Jul 4

The Fight

When I was home, not in Ottawa, it was a regular Friday night occurrence. The doorbell rang, the dog barked…

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