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Make sure you've read these 27 important finance books

"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time — none," Berkshire Hathaway vice …

9 hidden costs that come with buying a home

If you're planning to buy a house in the near future, you're probably getting your credit in order, scouting out your favorite neighborhoods, and saving up for a 20% down payment.<p>But the down payment and the mortgage aren't the only costs to prepare for when purchasing a new home.<p>There are a …

Real Estate

'It's a loss of property rights'

As Vancouver looks for a way to both protect heritage properties while also dealing with a housing crisis, owners of character homes feel caught in the middle, reports Frances Bula<p>Bruce Pearson is furious that the city is trying to tell him what he can do with his house, a modest 1921 bungalow near …

The economic dangers of cooling Canada's housing market

<i>Soaring house prices have made Canadians wealthy on paper, but what are households giving up in order to make their mortgage payments? As part of our package on the financial squeeze being felt by Canadian homeowners, we profiled six families across the country to see how they are coping.</i><p>You don't …

Thinking of buying a home in Ottawa in 2017? Here's a price comparison

It will cost you an average of about $378,000 to buy a home in Ottawa in 2017, according to a projection from the real estate company Re/Max.<p>That's …

Metro Vancouver smashes record for new housing starts, with more to come by year end

The pace of construction of new housing in Metro Vancouver in 2016 has already smashed a record, with even more starts expected before the end of the …

Canadian Real Estate

Change tax breaks for home owners: Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver is urging the province to revise the criteria for property-tax grants, saying soaring real estate prices have made fewer …

25 Daily Habits to Adopt for a Happier Life

We are creatures of habit. Everything we think, say and do is a result of deep-seated habits etched into our minds through years and years of …

Metro Vancouver home sales prices predicted to drop next year

Following a year of double-digit increases, the B.C. Real Estate Association is predicting average home sales prices will drop by as much as 8.7 per …

Canadian Real Estate

What I Feed My Brain (10 things to read and watch this week)

Ahh, the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m seriously regretting that last piece of pie last night. But, I’ve got something today that’s been on my mind …

Want to Improve Your Life and be a Better Person? Read These Books

<i>“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” –</i><b>Helen Exley</b><p>These are best sellers. You have probably read …

Best Local Information About Living in and Moving to Calgary, AB

Read the full profile of Joe Samson in Calgary, AB. It would be an honour to work with anyone in the Calgary Area. I've been in real estate for well …

7 Amazing Personal Development Books To Read

12Shares<p>ShareEmailComments<p>It is safe to say that we are all unhappy with our lives to an extent, for whatever reason. And while there are definitely …

Self-improvement

Canada should consider requiring bigger mortgage down payments: CMHC

TORONTO – The head of Canada’s federal housing agency says regulators should explore the possibility of raising the minimum down payment required on …

5 Ways to Keep Your Productivity High All Day

Ever hear of the Ivy Lee productivity method? You're about to.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are a few things we can actually control in our life; sadly, time isn't one of them. But we can control how productively we use it. Certainly we need to: Most of us have …

Time Management

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Higher down payments needed to battle housing risks: CMHC CEO

Canada may need to hike minimum down payments to ease housing affordability woes and curb the risks of low interest rates, the head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said on Friday.<p>In a speech to a private audience in London as part of a Bank of England panel on housing finance policy, CMHC's …

The single most important ingredient in the recipe of success

<i>“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case,</i> …

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

Learning is no longer something we just do in schools.<p>The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning new things.<p>Learning is no longer something we just do in schools. We can't rely on just the …

The One Mind Shift That Will Get Rid of Procrastination Forever

You only need to commit to one thing to end procrastination forever.<p>There are so many tips and tricks out there to increase productivity and decrease procrastination.<p>Take short breaks, make lists ...<p>Remove distractions, prioritize ...<p>Drink less coffee, drink more coffee ...<p>You've heard them all …

Procrastination

CMHC’s mortgage insurance business vulnerable to sharply rising interest rates

A sudden sharp rise in interest rates that could cause Canadian home prices to plunge 30 per cent would trigger more than $1-billion in losses to the country's government-backed mortgage insurer, according to the results of stress tests released today by the federal housing agency.<p>Canada Mortgage …

Q&A: Rob Carrick answers key questions about today's housing market

<i>Rob Carrick hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session on Wednesday to answer millennials' questions about buying a home. Here are some edited excerpts of that discussion.</i><p><b>How do first-time home buyers make sense of what is happening right now in the housing market?</b><p>We just recently saw the October sales …

Are you a first time home buyer? Check out this Rob Carrick Q&A

These are scary times for first-time home buyers. Mortgage rates are rising, Ottawa has introduced new rules to cool the housing market and there's a wave of uncertainty following Donald Trump's win. If you are confused about what to do, you are not alone.<p>Personal finance columnist Rob Carrick …

Want to Be Successful? Stop Treating Weekends Like Mini Vacations

Weekends are a chance to grow and move forward.<p><i>What tweak has made all the difference in your life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Todd Brison, blogger at toddbrison.com, on Quora:</b><p><b>I</b> …

Quora

How (and when) to fire your real estate agent

Breaking up is hard to do. Add a house and tens of thousands of dollars into the mix, and it can get downright ugly.<p>Unlike romantic entanglements, though, breaking up with your real estate agent as a seller if you’re not getting the service or the results promised doesn’t have to be dramatic. …

Wrong notion about Never give up - Be patient to have success

Never give up works like a formula for entrepreneurs and startup culture. I have been observing that majority of the entrepreneurs understating it in …

Vancouver sets empty-homes tax at one per cent

The City of Vancouver has proposed an empty-homes tax rate of one per cent — and while staff say the levy is not intended to fill public coffers, it …