Sunday, May 31, 2015

So, we have a plan.

Previously, I mentioned that with the new baby boy coming soon (six weeks!) and the current RV being far too small for a family that we would be setting up shop in an actual stick and brick. not my favourite idea, and I'm a little defeated because of it, but logic and reason are that we do this.

We're renting a house in Nanaimo, BC for a year long lease, and thankfully, my wife's mother is offering $5000 towards rent which is $200 shy of four months rent now that she's sold the house in Calgary. I'm still hesitant until we actually see the money in our account as she like to change her mind a lot.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Interesting article that really makes you think harder about this lifestyle

I was surfing Facebook as I do often, and I came across this article regarding being "House Poor".

Real estate woes: The secret lives of house poor Canadians

It's interesting to read particularly because it's not something that you read about often in the media, just on blogs. This couple had several setbacks as they were building their dream home, and now worry about losing it.

"Edgerton estimates she and Camus spend 43 per cent of their combined income paying down their $418,000 mortgage and covering other fixed housing expenses. Once they pay the rest of the bills and buy groceries, "there is nothing left," she explains. She describes their existence as living "hand to mouth.""

Monday, May 25, 2015

My family is with me in Vancouver!

It's been just over a week since I flew back to Calgary, grabbed a 6x12 uhaul trailer, loaded it up, and drove my family out to BC.

I've been very busy because of this, and work, but things are moving along now.

Getting back to Calgary was good, and the weather wasn't terrible. It was however, cooler than I was expecting, and stepping out the airport startled me! I guess three months in Vancouver's warmer climate has made me something of a wuss! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Visited Nanaimo

Yesterday, I took a trip to Nanaimo, BC. I was looking for potential homes for my family. All but one were terrible. Each boasted a yard, and all but one had wide open yards, and typically on the busiest of streets. The one that was off the beaten track, with an enclosed yard, was nearly perfect. It was as the realtors put it, "cozy". It was small, but had an amazing yard in a quiet area.

We were denied for one simple reason.