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Apr/20/2018

Wondering if you have what it takes to pass the government’s newly-mandated mortgage stress test? The new mortgage rule, which took effect January 1, requires all mortgage holders to be able to afford the Bank of Canada’s benchmark rate, or two percentage points above their bank’s posted mortgage rate—whichever is higher. A simple way to […]

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Apr/12/2018

The new mortgage rules and interest rate hikes have made things a little more difficult for everyone this year—including homeowners that are due for a renewal. To prepare, you may want to start your mortgage renewal process as early as possible—between 90 and 120 days before your renewal date—to lock in the best rate. While […]

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Apr/02/2018

Virtually everyone would like to save more of their hard-earned money—but could you ever sock away half of your income on an annual basis? With interest rates creeping up, it may not be a bad idea to try it. If you’re so inclined, this article in Forbes outlines three ways to get started. If it seems like […]

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Mar/26/2018

I hate cutting onions—so much so that sometimes I leave them out of dishes all together just to avoid the endless, stinging tears. Unfortunately, when you’re trying to make healthy home-cooked meals, onions are a critical ingredient for virtually every recipe. Resistance really is futile (unless you want bland, flavourless food). Fortunately, I may not […]

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Mar/19/2018

When it comes to house hunting, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding yourself in a bidding war—time and time again. Not only can it turn the quest for your dream home into outright drudgery, but, when you’ve been through it enough times, it can make it tempting to venture beyond your financial comfort zone. The […]

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Mar/16/2018

The start and end of Daylight Saving Time are great opportunities to complete some bi-annual maintenance tasks around the house. But aside from checking your smoke detectors, what are you supposed to do twice a year to keep your house in good running order? This article from the AllState blog suggests six items to add to your […]

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Mar/16/2018

Whether you’re looking to buy a new home, renew your mortgage or refinance in 2018, you’ll likely have to jump through a few more hoops thanks to the Federal government’s October 2017 mortgage rule changes. That’s because since January 1, all borrowers—regardless of the size of their down payment—now have to undergo a stress test […]

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Jan/26/2018

If you have kids, you don’t need me to tell you they produce a lot of artwork—making it difficult to maintain a clutter-free home. Fortunately, we live in an age of technology, which means you don’t have to keep all the hard copies of their multi-coloured scribbles if you don’t want to.   This list […]

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Jan/19/2018

As predicted, the Bank of Canada opted to increase its target for the overnight rate today to 1.25%, up from 1%. It’s reasoning? Strong recent data, close-to-target inflation and an economy that’s operating pretty much at capacity. While things are looking up right now, however, the Bank doesn’t expect it to stay this strong for […]

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Jan/19/2018

If you’re like me, you likely have a few “dream home renovations” you’d definitely pursue if money wasn’t an issue. But even if you won the lottery and could make those renos a reality, could they potentially hinder your chances of selling in the future?   This article in Forbes outlines five home upgrades that […]

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Jan/12/2018

There is no better time to get organized than the beginning of a new year. That said, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why this article really resonated with me—it recommends reserving one day per week to completing one top-priority household task. So, you know all those things you hate […]

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Dec/22/2017

With 2018 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your financial New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’d like to get more serious about paying down that mortgage—or finally tighten up your spending so you can save more for retirement. Whatever you decide on, you may want to read this article first—to uncover some […]

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Dec/22/2017

If you’re anything like me, your idea of “gift wrapping” this time of year consists of buying an assortment of gift bags and tissue paper and just throwing your presents right in there because, really, who has time for anything else? Well, apparently this guy—the winner of the Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest.   Here […]

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Dec/08/2017

Overspending on material goods can be all too easy—especially this time of year. As we scour websites, local vendor fairs and malls for the perfect gifts for our loved ones, it’s just so easy to go a little over budget to buy something they’ll appreciate that much more—or, ahem, something for ourselves.   So how […]

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Nov/27/2017

If you have kids, you know how easy it is to lose important pieces to beloved toys, rendering them all but useless. The key to keeping those toys in rotation—while at the same time maintaining a somewhat clutter-free home—is to have a place for everything, so your kids (or you) can put everything in its […]

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