Well – looks like the time is (finally) here. One of my goals for 2017 was to sell my house & buy a new house. As of Friday my house has officially been sold. Although I knew we had to buy a new house with the arrival of our second child, it still seems weird. This was the first house I ever bought, and I’ve lived there for over TWELVE years (more than a third of my life).
I now have until September 15th to find a new house, get possession and move in otherwise i’ll be living out at the cabin for a few months. I loved my little house, and truth be told, I probably would have lived there forever if our family remained a one child home. That being said, there are a few things I am looking forward to in a new house – things I didn’t even think to consider when buying my first home.
The great news is everything went super smooth with the sale of our house – we listed it – had showings for 4 days and on offer date – we had 2 offers (both above asking price) and had it close 3 days later!
Here are some pics of the little house i’ll be leaving next month:(
On a more happy note, while cleaning the house and de-cluttering I decided to roll my spare change I had which resulted in $1176.00. It’s amazing how fast change adds up. I took it to the bank and put it directly down on my line of credit (one of my other goals is to have my line of credit paid off by the end of the year).
In case you wanted to know what $1176 in change looks like:
My neck and back hurt for 2 days after just carrying it from my car to the bank.
Not much else is new from the finances side – and unfortunately until a new house is purchased, and I figure out all the new monthly expenses I probably wont be making any purchases (aside from the few funds that get automatically purchased every 2 weeks). Plan is to buckle down – eliminate all debt – buy a house and once I’m settled I will re-focus on finding some good buys!
I am not sure how much time i’ll have to post until we are moved into the new house – so aside from monthly portfolio updates the blogging will probably be pretty scarce. It’s probably for the best though – it’s +30 and you should be outside drinking a beer anyway!
My update is a few days late because I was out at the cabin celebrating Canada’s bday over the long weekend.
Personal Highlights for June:
Now on to the fun stuff.
Passive Income Update For June 2017.
Diversified Royalty: $8.71 (Dripped 3 new shares)
Artis Reit: $47.97 (Dripped 3 new shares)
OneReit: $18.13 (Dripped 5 new shares)
Plaza Reit: $23.94 (Dripped 5 new shares)
Canadian Western Bank: $0.23 (Even though I sold my position in CWB – I dripped 1 share previously and still own it.)
TFSA Total: $105.98
Canadian Equity Income Distribution: $200.16 (Finally cracked $200)
Total Passive Income June 2017: $306.14
My portfolio saw a decrease in value for the second straight month. Total value dropped to $268,905.41 This represents a month over month decrease of -1.31%. I’ve been expecting a pull back for quite some time and wouldn’t be surprised to continue to see them drop for the next few months (hopefully presenting some good buying opportunities).
How was YOUR June?
Hi, My name is Jordan and I have a
drinking spending problem.
I have never been one for tracking expenses but I decided it would be a fun idea for a blog post and the results were downright depressing. I decided to use the last 30 days (May 25-June 25) for my research.
There were a few “one off” expenses for this month (Hot Water tank needed to be fixed at cabin, we opened up the cabin so had to do our annual big shop, and a good friend had a bachelor party & wedding).
Here is everything that came out of my account in the last 30 days:
30 Day Spending Tracker
Total money out of my account(s) in last 30 days: $7926.44
One off expenses(Bachelor Party, Cabin & Wedding): $1353.69
Essential spending: $1881.87
Since one of my goals is to have my Line of Credit completely paid off by the end of the year I expect each month the expenses out of my account will be fairly high until the debt is eliminated. I was able to pay off my credit card in full as well as reduce my Line of Credit balance by 5%. In the next 30 days I plan to pay down another 10% of the total L.O.C balance (potentially more if I start selling some of my Jets tickets this month).
Aside from my regular contributions (Mutual Funds & Work Funds) I don’t see myself being able to invest in anything for the next few months until I have paid off my line of credit. This upsets me – so I am going to try and supersize my savings and ATTEMPT to be as frugal as I can without going crazy for the next 30 days. I will post my results next month to see if I was successful. Wish me luck.
Summer is upon us, and since I’ve been trying to focus on paying down my line of credit & getting my house ready to sell unfortunately my portfolio hasn’t seen too much action. I thought now would be a good time to do a quick fun post in relation to:
My Worst Ever Stock Pick: TallGrass Energy
My worst stock pick – also happened to be my FIRST stock pick. I was young and impressionable (also known as an idiot). I took the advice of an older friend who had a “hot tip”. At the time I think deep down I knew it was a bad idea but pulled the trigger anyway after doing about 2 minutes of “research” on the company. I made my first trade that day and spent $1000 on 2600 shares. Looking back this had all the warning signs:
The company is now bankrupt and my shares are worth nothing. It was an expensive lesson – but a lesson learned nonetheless. I keep the 2600 shares in my brokerage account as a reminder to always do my own research and to never listen to any “hot tips”.
My Best Performing Stock(so far): Organigram Holdings
Organigram(OGI) is an East Coast based supplier of medical marijuana. This company has had some ups and downs this year: losing their organic certification due to pesticides found,(currently in process of getting certification back), potential class action lawsuit, partnering with the Trailer Park Boys, etc. This has caused the stock to be extremely volatile (which I expect to continue until full legalization).
I took my first position in OGI at $0.44. Today it is trading at $2.22. (It has traded as high as $4.49) I fully expect it to continue to dip and rally over the next few months. I bought this stock for the long haul – and I intend to keep it – but it is not for the faint of heart. The stock consistently gains or loses 10-15% of its value in a single trading day.
Although OGI is my best gaining stock (so far) it’s not my favorite stock I own. Don’t get me wrong – I will continue to hold, and expect more growth – but there are a few others I like a bit better. Over the past 6 months I’ve continued to buy on some of the dips but don’t plan to increase my position as I am happy with the % allocated in my portfolio.
My Top Pick: Caledonia Mining
Caledonia is a Mining, Exploration and Development company focused on Southern Africa. They are one of the lowest cost producers in the world and as long as you can stomach the fact that they operate in Zimbabwe, and that volume is fairly thinly traded* all their operating metrics look great:
*Currently in plans to trade on the NYSE which should increase volume*
Caledonia has paid consistent dividends since 2014 and is covered 2.9 times by earnings & 7.7 times by operating cash flow. They are on track to produce 80,000 ounces by 2021(to put that growth into perspective they produced 50,351 in 2016).
I plan to update my “top pick” at least once a year – as well as look back on them and see how they performed.
Do you have any Worst, Best Or Top Picks? If so – I’d love to hear about them.