Like I said before in my short term goals, what gets measured gets managed.  Goal setting is a big part of my financial plan, and there is no time like the present to get started on some things that may take 1-5 years to develop.

So from building a new house, to maximizing our investment accounts, growing our net worth, and the possibility of a new addition to our family…here are some of my medium term goals:

1.  Upgrade our house – We currently live in a 7 year old 4-level split with about 1200 square feet of total living space.  But with only 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, our growing family will not be able to live here for much longer.  The plan is to build a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in a neighborhood closer to where I work.

This process can be nerve racking at the best of times, so with all this talk of a real estate bubble bursting, we have the added pressure of selling our house in a down market.

Meanwhile the cost of building a house continues to rise and the demand for new builds doesn’t seem to be slowing down in our area.  But, my wife and I have the floor plan already picked out, so we’re just saving up some cash and waiting for the right time to get started.

Related: How Much House Can I Afford?

2.  Triple our total investment portfolio in 5 years – Between my pension, RRSP and TFSA accounts I have roughly $70k.  The plan is to triple that value to $210k in the next 5 years.

My TFSA is maxed out annually, but my wife still has contribution room.  And since I changed careers I have stopped contributing to my RRSP.  So the majority of increases will come from monthly pension contributions, annual TFSA contributions, and dividend & organic growth from TFSA and RRSP portfolios.

3.  Increase dividend growth in TFSA and RRSP over 5 years – The plan is to quadruple my annual TFSA dividend income to $2000, and double the annual RRSP dividend income to $3000 in 5 years.  These numbers may look relatively small now but with continued dividend increases and a lot of patience, these dividends will be my main source of income in the future.

4. Increase net worth by $300k in 5 years – Again, this is a culmination of achieving the previous 3 goals.  The challenge will be to live within our means while we upgrade our house, continue to support our growing family, and still manage to max out our TFSA each year.

I’m on pace to achieve a $50k net worth increase this year, but will really need to ramp up our savings and mortgage payments in order to reach my 5 year goal.

Related: Our Fast Track To Financial Freedom

So there is just a glimpse into my plans for the next 1-5 years.  Am I too ambitious?  Too cautious?  Time will tell…


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