Category Archive: Real Estate

Oct 24

Can you beat the index?

We’ve often been told that 75% of professional money managers fail to consistantly beat the index, so what chance does “the little guys” like you and me have of making money in the market. While there are advantages that money managers have, there are several reasons why I think an individual can do better than actively …

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Jul 23

Being cheap can cost you.

Well, if you live in Edmonton, you’ve probably heard of Oliver Gardens condo complex. If not, the brief summary is the complex was recently hit with a 2.1 Million dollar special assessment due September 1 of this year. That averages out to about $45,000/unit. The media, of course, is having a field day talking about …

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Jul 22

Who is going to blink first?

Alberta is in a bit of a spot right now. Oil prices are down, there’s been a draught, forrest fires…overall, It hasn’t been a good year. On the national scale, the Feds once again cut interest rates, but I doubt it will do much (when you’re this close to zero, it doesn’t have much impact). …

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Jul 17

The price of profiteering

You’ve probably heard about the drought in Alberta. It’s a legitimate concern for many people as crop production is way down over last year. For some, this has been seen as an opportunity for profit, big profit. Unfortunately, this short term profiteering could have long term consequences. First off, let me say that you need to …

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Jun 23

What did you expect?

We’ve all heard the stats…75% of money managers fail to beat the market, yet we continue to pour more money into them. I often get asked by others to help them find a place, buy some stocks, or start a business…which usually turns into “can you just do it all for me”. We as a …

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Jun 19

Know thyself

One of the questions I’m often asked is… If I buy your book, do you guarantee I’ll be rich? to which I answer… No, if you buy my book I guarantee you’ll be $25 poorer. My book, like every other “how to” book ever written can’t make you rich, because nothing anyone says or shows …

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Apr 09

Have we seen this before?

Things are getting weird in the lending industry. I was talking to a couple of mortgage brokers about refinancing lately and they basically told me it’s easier to get an unsecured credit card than it is to get a mortgage (which is a secured line of credit). The feds are hinting at cutting rates another …

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Jan 27

The Cliff has moved…again.

Canadian real estate is overvalued. That’s a general statement, it doesn’t mean you can’t find an investment property, it just means finding one is going to be difficult. If you’re a home buyer though, I’d be worried. For the last 20 years, money has been getting cheaper and cheaper to borrow. This means the “average” …

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Jul 24

A key to success – smell the roses

When people look at my background (multiple business owner, self employed, investor, real estate, family, volunteering, etc) they tend to assume I’m a very busy person. The media is full of the “you must commit every moment of your day to achieve success” message. When I started, that was probably fairly true, I worked quite …

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Jun 02

Too much information

As an owner of a design company, you have to own a lot of fonts. When I started out, I had hundreds, if not thousands. Over the years, I’ve acquired many more to the point that I now have over 25,000. Some people may think this is a good thing but, in reality, it’s more …

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