January 2013 Miscellaneous Economic Fundamentals

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Rent or buy? Our calculators help you decide





Thinking of buying a home or renting? The Globe`s rent vs. buy calculator can help you crunch the numbers and make an informed financial decision.




Simply plug in the purchase price of the house, as well as the size of the down payment, mortgage loan, interest rate and amortization. Throw in how much you`ll pay in property taxes, insurance and maintenance. Estimate the rate of inflation, the rate at which you expect the home to appreciate, and when you might sell it.






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Seven secrets to avoiding a good handyman - and avoiding reno hell


Hunting for the right handyman to help you with your next home improvement? The search is easier than you think A good handyman is an important player on any real estate investors` team. Having someone you trust for renovations and can depend on in an emergency will really make a difference to your portfolio`s potential ` not to mention your stress levels.



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Landlords 'powerless' as tenants get free ride




Landlords are calling for tougher enforcement after being taken for thousands of dollars by `professional` scam-artist tenants who never pay rent and work the system to delay eviction.




`They are in your house ` and you know they are taking advantage of you," said Margarita Loyola, of Victoria, B.C. "You are powerless and there`s nothing you can do.`





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Home shopping without surprises




OTTAWA ` An Ottawa company called iVerify hopes to forever change the way Canadians buy houses ` and it`s enlisted the help of Canada`s best known handyman to get the word out.




Mike Holmes will help promote the firm`s Canadian Home History Report, which details all of the insurance claims, building permits, previous sales prices and other municipal, provincial and federal records that will be of interest to a potential buyer. The report also flags homes that were marijuana grow operations or used as clandestine drug labs.





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