Summer’s Over – how do you feel?

September’s here! Which means summer’s done! So I thought I’d ask a simple question: How are you feeling about what we’ve come through, and where we currently are? I decided to do it with a stimulating quiz. Of course, this being a (sometimes) rent-2-own blog, there...

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Taking a break

A short break I took last week (and a half) had me thinking—about breaks. With the still-lingering pandemic restrictions on travel, and with more free time this summer, and with my absolute love of summers (especially this hot one), and with my passion to keep...

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A Mid-summer’s reflection

It’s been a weird summer, with heat waves, wildfires, another surge in the pandemic, and borders still partially closed. But I hope everyone is finding a way to make the most of it. How we experience something depends mostly on our choices—how we choose to react—not...

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How is this heat wave affecting you?

Apparently, we’ve now reached 45 days without a drop of rain (at YVR). That’s not too unusual. We typically do get about six straight weeks of gorgeous weather in these parts, with very minimal rain. What is different this year, though, is: i) how early it started...

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Putting billionaires in their place

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about the wealth being accumulated by the likes of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and others.   “Tax the billionaires!” “Share their wealth!” The cries are crescendo-ing....

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Assets or Liabilities?

Today we introduce another habit from our book Money Habits for Success: 33 Actions to Succeed and Prosper . . . in any Economy. The words “Assets” and “Liabilities” are among the most misunderstood and misused in our society. It is not uncommon, for example, for your...

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Reflections on a pandemic’s silver lining

Reflections on a Pandemic As we approach reopening our lives, now a mere week away (I know I’m jumping the gun here a bit, but we’ve already surpassed the benchmark target to reopen July 1), I’m sure you’re as excited as I am to get back much of what we’ve been...

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Mentor or mentee?

What are you expert at? Tough question, or easy one? I’m confident that most of us who have spent more than a few years on this planet have become pretty good at something. Life experiences shape us, and, to the extent that those experience repeat themselves, we...

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Know your income!

The Subject line on this morning’s post from Rich Dad Academy said “Get Rich? First Know Your Income.” I said, “Amen.” Because, my mind went immediately to a concern I have, reflected in at least half the applications I get for rent 2 own. Then it also wandered to the...

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Mortgage rules stiffen again: What it means for you

The shock on the other end is palpable—I can almost see the expression on people’s faces through the phone lines! What? I make $80,000 a year and can’t qualify for a single-family home? Nope! An $80,000 income qualifies you for about a $360,000 property. Single-family...

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