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Real Estate

September 7, 2018

Investing: On Ownership, Volatility, and Teenagers

Welcome to Part Two of Investing’s Two Basic Options. In my previous blog post, I looked at the first option in investing: lending money. Today, let’s tackle […]
May 8, 2018

When It Makes Sense To Rent a Home Instead of Buying

When I published my last blog post on the fact that it does not always make sense to keep the matrimonial home in a divorce, I […]
April 10, 2018
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Not All Dollars are Equal in Divorce Settlements

Tim and Connie decided to call it quits after more than a decade of marriage. There wasn’t a big crisis; it’s just that they grew apart. […]
June 14, 2017
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Claims about Rent to Own – What can you believe?

It looks like the hype about Rent to Own is back. Housing sales aren’t the only part of real estate that goes in cycles. Ten years […]
March 8, 2017
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How to Burn Your Mortgage in Three Years

No, that’s not a typo – I do mean three years. And that’s precisely what Sean Cooper did: He bought a house in the Greater Toronto […]
December 1, 2016
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How one government decision can increase your investment risks

If you are the kind of person who shrugs with boredom whenever governments send you an update on policy changes, you might want to take a […]
November 17, 2016
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When should you walk away from an investment?

A reader of my blog, Jim*, reached out to me for advice. Several years ago, he got a good deal on a house that needed significant repairs, both […]
October 18, 2016
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Are rent-to-own deals still a good investment?

Last month, my business partner and I sent out an announcement saying that we are no longer accepting rent-to-own deals. The reaction has been interesting. Several […]
May 12, 2016
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How I’m collecting from an ex-tenant who owes me money

I can non longer count the number of times that tenants have bailed on my rental units, leaving unpaid rent balances. In the past, my management […]
May 5, 2015

Why I Don’t Believe Tenants and What I Do Instead

It doesn’t take much digging to find complaints about landlords: the guy’s a jerk, doesn’t ever repair anything, doesn’t respond to my calls, only cares about […]
April 2, 2015

Collateral Mortgages Part 3 – What the Lawyers Said

This is the third, and final, installment in my series on collateral mortgages. My intention with this series is to provide consumers with as much information […]
March 27, 2015

Collateral Mortgages Part 2 – Bankers Speak

A few weeks ago I published an article on my concerns regarding collateral mortgages. I outlined why I think they are problematic for many consumers and […]