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Carrick on money: What buying a home taught me

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

What buying a home taught me
A financial adviser writes about the lessons she learned in buying her first house, and from her early days as a home owner.

Help for homebuyers
The federal Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association have teamed up to provide this guide for first-time home buyers. After you read it, check out my take on how to see if a home purchase is affordable.

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Gifts they'll love
A pro-and-con look at the various tablet options, including the Apple lineup and competitors.

Gifts they'll hate
The airplane cat house and nine other lame gifts.

More money
Join the 33,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998.Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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