- Name: nobleea
- Age: 36
- Net Worth: $747,709
- Day Job: Engineering manager at oilfield services company, Teacher (wife)
- Family Income: $145,000 (main job), $10,000 (part time job), $70,000 (wife main job), $10,000 (wife part time job)
- Goals: Million dollar family net worth before 40, Retirement from primary job at 50 (for me)
- Notes: Owns primary house. Owns tear down house across the street. (to be torn down for new family home)
We live in Edmonton where incomes are high and housing prices are fairly reasonable. Some may roll their eyes at the high family income and say that a million dollar journey is going to be pretty easy. I have a plan to retire at 50 and pursue other things. My wife will likely continue working until it makes sense to retire with her DB pension as the penalties for early retirement are pretty severe.
We recently bought a tear down property across the street from our home. The renters moved out this month and it will be torn down in the next few weeks. Once we take possession of the new build, our current home will be sold. Several people have approached us to buy our current home off us when they found out we would be selling in the future. We are currently planning on building a detached garage with a 1BR apartment above it which would bring in an extra $1K a month.
We travel a lot for pleasure but are pretty frugal otherwise (no cable, coupons, pay and talk phones, dine out or take-out a few times a year). I try to keep our cash balances as low as possible and want every spare dollar going towards debt repayment. I would say our living expenses are low relative to our income. We have tried hard to avoid most lifestyle inflation.
We have a few goals for this year including opening a TFSA for both of us and funding with a minimum of $2K each, signing up for additional term life insurance for both of us to top up that which is included in our group plans, reduce our HELOC balance by 60K.
There have been some changes since our last update here. For one, my wife went back to work for 4 days a week and then received a promotion to assistant principal for the rest of the school year. At my work, the company has instituted furloughs for the next 5 months which gives us an unpaid long weekend every two weeks. On the other hand, we did receive bonuses for last year which was paid out in restricted stock, vesting over the next few years. It’s not listed in any of the values below but is worth around 22K at current prices. It will show up in the numbers below as it vests.
We will be sitting down with the bank this week to finalize financing for the new build. At the moment I am considering the standard 5yr fixed 25 yr amortization. Depending on the rates, we’d also consider going with variable and setting our payments at the fixed rate. We could do with a shorter amortization, but we’d prefer to minimize the payments for now and focus on building investments with the extra cash flow. I feel our investments are light at the moment and would like to build them up. We have a new goal of $1mil in investable assets when I am 40 which will certainly be a stretch. Our starting point is about $300K now.
On to the net worth numbers:
Assets: $1,153,085 (+1.20%)
- Cash: $2,018 (-24%)
- Registered/Retirement Investment Accounts (RRSP): $151,567 (+6.1%)
- Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA): $0 (+0.00%)
- Defined Benefit Pension: $91,000 (+2.2%)
- Non-Registered Investment Accounts: $3,725 (-60%)
- Principal Residence: $458,000 (+0.00%)
- Tear Down Property: $375,000 (+0.00%)
- Vehicles/Other: $56,175 (-3.9%)
Liabilities: $405,376 (-3.0%)
- Principal Residence Mortgage: $0 (Paid off in October)
- Tear Down Mortgage: $293,205 (-1.0%)
- HELOC: $104,434 (-10.1%)
- Car Loan: $0 (Paid off in December)
- Credit Cards: $7,737
Total Net Worth: $747,709 (+4.18%)
- Started 2015 with Net Worth: $717,634
- Year to Date Gain/Loss: +4.19%
Some quick notes and explanations to common questions:
Cash includes bank account balances in two accounts, plus any gift card balances. We try to keep as little money in bank accounts as possible and make mortgage prepayments with it instead. We use cash flow modeling to predict the maximum amount we can put towards debt today without having a negative balance in the future, taking all one time or non-regular bills in to account.
Loans and Credit Cards
The credit cards are paid off in full every month with no interest due. We put all our expenses on credit cards for points and cash back. As this can be a substantial amount some months, I believe it needs to have a line item in your monthly net worth as it is a liability at that snapshot in time. The HELOC is almost completely tax deductible (small smith maneuvre and downpayment on rental). Considering the tax deductibility of interest, our highest net interest rate on liabilities is 2.24%, with a weighted average rate of 1.79%.
TFSA’s have not been started yet as all spare cash has been going against the mortgage. Transferring the non-registered investments over would affect the tax deductibility of some of the HELOC.
Our primary residence was purchased in 2008 for $355K. We have put in $110K in DIY renovations since then in a complete overhaul. The house value shown here is based on those two numbers and is conservative relative to what similar homes in the area sell for.
Our ‘tear down’ is across the street and was purchased in 2014 for the lot, purchase price $375K. The next 2 years will be a mess with construction draw mortgages, HELOC balances for some construction costs, messy accounting for a rental that was effectively disposed of after 7 months of rent. We have no desire to remain landlords now or in the future.
My wife has a DB pension as a teacher. The balance shown is the termination benefit should she quit from her position tomorrow, net of any taxes. I have a matching RRSP plan through my work. Combined with CPP, we are not worried about retirement income, it’s just a matter of timing. We plan on contributing to my RRSP in order to get the full match but no more, then max out TFSA for investments, and then non-registered investments.
We have pretty substantial unused RRSP contribution room and will likely never use it. Perhaps in the event of a large capital gain, we may contribute some to offset the capital gain taxes. Not listed on the net worth values is our daughter’s RESP, which has a balance of about $4500. We plan on contributing enough every year to get the full CESG grant. The RESP is invested in TD e-series funds in a couch potato portfolio as a family plan.
Just over half of this amount is vehicles. We have a two 2013 model year vehicles, one purchased new, one purchased used. I depreciate their value every month in net worth updates to keep it at just above wholesale value. The two vehicles combined cost us $250/mo in depreciation and repairs. I find that reasonable considering it would be hard to lease a single small vehicle for that price. The “Other” refers to fairly extensive photography equipment (part time business), sporting equipment and personal propertyIf you would like to read more articles like this, you can sign up for my free weekly money tips newsletter below (we will never spam you).