Should I buy an investment property?

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DO YOUR RESEARCH   Buying an investment property is a big decision and one that you must do your research into first before saying you want to be a landlord. Today one of my fans Allyson shares her story of wanting to finish her education and buy an investment property to get her into the real estate market. Since I was little, I have known that I wanted to move out into my own house. I wanted something that belonged to me that I could sell when I was ready to watch my own family move on. When I was in high school we had a class that was supposed to prepare me for the future of living away from home. We had to fill out a sheet with a basic budget format: monthly rent, food, utilities and expenses. I was the only person in the class that crossed out rent and labelled it mortgage. For some people, renting is a valid option and I can respect that, but for me, renting never made sense in my head. Why would I want to give somebody else my hard-earned money for shelter when I can just buy my own? Obviously I […]

Is the big house the problem or the price? : PF Friday grab a brew #66

marshmallow and white chocolate brownies

GO BIG OR GO HOME   We all know someone who bought the big house and later found out it was too much to handle or too pricey for their budget. We may like to browse online at pictures of big houses for sale but for many it’s just a dream or a distant reality. We have been through some beautiful big houses when we have toured opened houses and although we are being nosey we love for that moment to feel what luxury is all about. I was having my morning brew while reading Yahoo news and again another Hollywood star is struggling to sell their big house or mansion as we would all call it. He has the big house that is absolutely stunning on the market for $15.5 million dollars BUT no one has purchased it and he has slowly reduced the price. This is the one and only Bruce Willis which we have learned to love over the years from watching various movies. The Idaho ranch is now listed at $8.8 million dollars nearly half off the original listing price. If I had $8.8 million dollars and depending on other factors such as location and what […]

Buying my first property: Was I too young?

Minimum Pay For Maximum Workload I bought my first property at the age of twenty-one even though some of my friends thought I was too young and crazy. I loved to work hard and equally play hard afterwards. It would have been comparable if I were to buy my first condo here in Canada or flat for those of a British background. I wanted to buy vs rent because with my down-payment I knew that my mortgage would be less than rent. My parents already had a few homes on the go and were renting them out so the mortgage would pay for themselves. It was the best decision they ever made, investing in real estate. They are still enjoying the benefits today of those mortgage-free homes and rental income. Somehow I wanted in on the action early so off I went and I found my first home fresh out of University. How much do you need to buy a home? More than I bargained for and many people suffer because they fail to plan. I was almost one of those people. Living pay to pay Contrary to popular belief, I know what waiting for the next chunk of hard-earned money […]

Market Value, Appraisal Value, Assessed Value….How did they Value my Home?

Undoubtedly, one of, the most important considerations when deciding to sell your home, is its’ value! Home-owners want to know the market value, assessed value and the appraised value. Some questions a home-owner may want to know and these are all relevant questions are: Has my equity increased? Has the neighborhood’s value increased? Is my valuation, in line with industry professionals? How much is my home worth? Ultimately the market value of your home is whatever someone is willing to pay you for it. An appraisal value is a value determined by the study of comparable properties and local market conditions. It is, in reality, an educated guess about what the market value may be. The assessed value of homes in Ontario is done by MPAC and is a (CVA) Current Value Assessment which is a common standard used for property assessment jurisdictions in North America. MPAC uses 3-5 years of open-market sales in the area to determine the current assessed value of surrounding properties. Assessed values often come in at a lower evaluation than market value or an appraised value. It is almost as if MPAC is a year or two behind in their evaluations. Here are the steps I take to appraise the value […]

Reader Question:Do I Have To Share My RRSP With My Spouse When I Get Divorced?

Another reader of the Canadian Budget Binder blog asked the question, “Do I have to Share my RRSP with my Spouse When I get Divorced”? In Ontario there is the Family Law Act. In simple terms all property acquired after the date of marriage, up until the time of marriage breakdown is deemed to be the property of both parties. The ownership of the property is not a factor. So in short each person is entitled to 50% of the total family property. There are certain exceptions like the family home that was brought into the relationship or received as a gift or inheritance. However to keep things simple we will ignore this. RRSP’s, Stocks, Bonds, Pensions, are all subject to being included under Family Law. So if one spouse had a significant RRSP and the other nothing then the spouse with nothing would be entitled to 50% of the spouse’s RRSP. Note: the courts adjust the value of the RRSP down, by the amount of withholding tax that would be payable if the RRSP were cashed in. So the figure used is less than fair market value of the RRSP. To understand this fully the courts ask each person […]