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Rob Carrick's Reader: Housing - Don't worry, be happy

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Housing: Don't worry, be happy

A blogger endeavours here to calm people's nerves about the housing market. Seems some of us financial journalists have been scaring you poor folks with our talk about what even a few bank economists are calling an over-valued market in some cities. This column of mine seems to have been a tipping point. It's about a Vancouver couple who sold their home in March to lock in a massive gain.

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What do you get when a housing market - Vancouver in this case - becomes too pricey for young people to buy in? One answer is the laneway house, where a small dwelling is built on the property of a large one.

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A short, sweet demonstration of how index-linked guaranteed investment certificates are designed to make money for the sellers ahead of buyers.

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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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