Pumpkin decorating contest, some really neat entries.
Pumpkin decorating contest, some really neat entries.

October in Review

October has come and gone, pumpkin is still sitting out front but xmas decorations are already going up all around town. Never managed to get that pumpkin latte for myself, will have to wait until next year. Maybe an eggnog latte from Starbucks for xmas? I love this whole part of the year, from June -> December. Great summer months, fall + halloween/thanksgiving, then Santa time.

The little screaming men are doing well, both in daycare now but MrsSLM never seems to run out of things to do. We’re thinking about tearing apart a good chunk of the garage soon to plug up some winter drafts, and then insulate the whole thing. I’ve taken a week off next week to do that with her. Read quite a bit on different approaches; best seems to be going with spray foam, having experts (or diy) spray several inches of foam on the ceiling. Great r-value and also acts as a vapor barrier. Downside seems to be cost and the potential for off-gassing. Decided since we sleep a few inches above that foam, we’d rather not risk it and do it the slightly less efficient/more hands on way.

In other news, a multi-plex on our street is up for sale and after some discussion we’ve decided to jump in and go for it. Listed right now at about $550k, just negotiating that down a bit. Even at that price, the tenants more than cover the mortgage and taxes. I believe really strongly in our investment strategy, but it doesn’t hurt to diversify a bit into some actual brick&mortar. In the long run, I see this area improving quite a bit, the signs are already there today. In the last few years, we’ve seen nicer shops open up, more run-down lots getting bulldozed into condos, etc. Montreal is an island, so space isn’t exactly unlimited. On top of that, this is a couple minutes walk from a metro station.

It’s not official yet, but we’re accepting their counter-offer so it’s all but ours at this point. I’ll have to liquidate some of my positions though, which makes me a little sad ­čÖü

Also, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is out on PS4, I know what I want for Christmas.



Dividends: $1,757.66

Did quite well last month, pretty happy with that. This is an off-month but it’s creeping ever closer to $2000.


Name Symbol Income
H&R Real Estate Investment Trust TSE:HR.UN $32.20
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust TSE:REI.UN $39.36
Allied Properties Real Estate Investment TSE:AP.UN $21.68
Smart REIT TSE:SRU.UN $24.08
Chartwell Retirement Residences TSE:CSH.UN $19.20
Canadian Apartment Properties REIT TSE:CAR.UN $20.27
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust TSE:CUF.UN $23.66
Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust TSE:D.UN $21.25
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF TSE:CDZ $70.92
Bank of Nova Scotia TSE:BNS $205.40
TELUS Corporation TSE:T $238.37
BCE Inc. TSE:BCE $256.87
Inter Pipeline Ltd TSE:IPL $55.90
Exchange Income Corporation TSE:EIF $123.90
Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc TSE:ENF $62.62
Toronto-Dominion Bank TSE:TD $201.00
TransAlta Renewables Inc TSE:RNW $19.74
Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF TSE:VDY $141.09
iShares S&P TSX Capped REIT ETF TSE:XRE $101.32
Total $1,757.66




Dividends Collected $1,757.66
Forward Dividends $28,789.63 / year (+$102.03)
Portfolio Value $903,990.49 (+$24,789.27)


See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.

Financial Update – October 2017

7 thoughts on “Financial Update – October 2017

  • November 3, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Woot woot! First off great pumpkins. I saw a couple ppl just painted theres. Pretty neat. Congrats on the potential buy too! Once our tfsas and rrsp are maxed i would definally buy rentals vs a non registered account. Also seems like after Vancouver and ontario put all those new housing laws, Montreal might be the next boom. (From what ive heard) seems like a great buy! How many units? Great dividends as well. Always curious why people like chartwell vs extendicare? Any input on that? Exe has a higher yield and drastically lower p/e ratio. I would love to add to our retirement home positions but can bare chartwell or siennas p/e atm.


  • November 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    That’s just excellent SLM. For starters, you had more companies paid you dividends this month than I have in my entire portfolio. So, definitely a solid month. Out of curiosity, what size multiplex are you buying? Is that a duplex, triplex, or fourplex? I think multifamily homes are a great way to go!!! In fact, I really wanted my first property to be a multiplex, but I could find a decent one in the area I was looking and so I settled for a single family home. Sufficed to say that the next home I purchase, I really hope it’s a multiplex. Good luck on the purchase and congrats. I think real estate is a great way to diversify!!!

  • November 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Rock Star month, nice work SLM. Kudos on taking a chance on the multi-plex. I love the idea. my buddies and I have been looking for a few of these, but they are hard to come by.

  • November 5, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Excellent month sir! $28k in forward dividends is awesome. Hope to be there some day.

  • November 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

    You guys are really doing stellar! Growth in both dividends and portfolio value is amazing to watch. keep it up, but somehow I don’t think that’s going to be an issue ­čśë

  • November 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm


    I just stumbled across this site – nice to see other Canadian blogs up! Congrats on the property.

    Just wanted to say Fractured but whole is great! I’m about 5 hours in! Enjoy!


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