Rent-to-own can be an easy debt trap : The Saturday Weekend Review #99

KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO…   Rent-to-own is a popular way to get stuff for your home that you can’t afford to buy new or you lack the credit for a payment plan option. I was reading an online article yesterday about a couple Tom and Debbie McKercher in Manitoba who got in over their heads with the rent-to-own option available at their local Easy Home store. I guess people rent-to-own because they want or in some cases need “stuff” for one reason or another. Back in the day hand me downs or donations worked just as well, not to mention having to go with-out until it was affordable. There are plenty of options available including rent-to-own but it comes with a price tag that often motivates people because it is so small. Easy Home after all is a legitimate business and offers a service that may help people who seem to need it. Often people don’t have the money upfront to buy brand new furniture so they turn to these rent-to-own shops. One friend of ours didn’t like the size of the television in their family room so they opted for the rent-to-own option at Easy Home. It […]

Becoming a Single Homeowner – Part 1 “The Plan”

I’ve noticed a trend lately. The usual client that darkens my door is changing. There is a marked increase in Single person – home purchase applicants. And this trend is being led by the ladies. And I’m not the only one noticing this. Single ladies hooking up with homes is coming to a neighbourhood near you. Mr. CBB asked me to share the experiences of the unique requirements of how the Single person approaches purchasing a home. He was very emphatic in ensuring this covers single women, men, and single parents. As there are potential additional risks and vulnerabilities with a single income and/or dependents – I submit this information to you with great respect and full gravity. With this said – I am very excited at what is transpiring here! Making the move from renting to home ownership carries a direct historical correlation to wealth accumulation and an increased net worth. And one thing all of my single clients are in agreement on is having an opportunity to increase their financial position. So with this in mind – here are some simple steps to increase your shot at owning your home. It All Starts With A Budget – And A Plan […]

Too Many Bills Not Enough Money Each Month

Some Canadians are faced with the reality that they simply can’t get to the end of  the month before running out of money. We humbly turn to credit cards, lines of credit or even borrowing from family and friends to make ends meet. For some Canadians having a high debt load and spending more than they earn spells disaster and for some debt denial is better than acknowledging it. This ends up leaving no room for  retirement savings, the kids RESP let alone an emergency savings account. With grocery prices slated to increase in 2013 it’s time to buckle down and make a game plan before the going gets tougher. Do you feel like your hands are tied and you don’t know where to turn? You’re not alone but there are ways to tackle this problem so don’t give up. What do you need to do? You need to either improve your income or reduce your expenses meaning that you have to take a hard look at your finances. Do you know your net worth? You should. Do you use a budget? You should. Budget, but why should I budget when I don’t have enough money each month? That’s OK, you still need […]

What Are Bad Credit Mortgages?

What are Bad Credit Mortgages? Before you look at any type of financing you need to make sure it’s right for you, and bad credit mortgages are no exception! Here we’re going to go over the benefits of these kinds of mortgages. Bad credit mortgages are great for people with bad credit, no credit, or just people who need to work on their credit. Just because you have bad credit doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage. What is Bad Credit? Bad credit can be a highly subjective term, but for most mortgage lenders it will be a FICO score under 600 points. If you have anything less than that you could have trouble getting a mortgage, even from bad credit mortgage lenders. You’ll want to first think about credit repair like debt consolidation; even if you do qualify for a bad credit mortgage you could wind up paying much more in interest where it doesn’t make sense to take the mortgage. Is a Bad Credit Mortgage Right for You? You’ll need to talk to a mortgage broker to make sure that this is the right kind of financing for you. There are many ways that a bad credit mortgage can go wrong; you’re going […]

Building Credit In Canada As A New Permanent Resident

Building Credit all over again in a new Country is not easy but is certainly possible to do. I’m still here and living it up and don’t fancy heading back any time soon. I’ve battled through all the permanent resident requirements with my lovely wife at my side and it’s been such a learning experience that I hope to share with all of you. It took me just over 100 days from the time I sent out my package that I prepared to Immigration Canada to being accepted as a Permanent Resident of Canada. I am truly blessed to be living in such a beautiful country like Canada and all the opportunities it has given me. Now I’m doing my part and giving back. Many people who land in Canada as new residents often find themselves lost when trying to establish credit to build a credit history. New Permanent Resident When I moved to Canada from the United Kingdom I was what they used to call a “Canadian Landed Immigrant” now called a “Canadian Permanent Resident”. Although I did some research on a Canada Immigration Forum it was more about the legal aspect rather than the financial. I already knew how to […]

What Kind Of Spender Are You?

When I first started to think about certain types of spenders I could only think of a few until I realized the buck didn’t stop there. We all spend money for reasons that are personal and “in the moment” and even I have had the tendency to be a spender of  all the below categories (except the hot chick phone calling.. not this guy). Although I have to admit I have been seduced by some pretty good marketing schemes and no not Sham Wow! Although we are what I like to call “savvy shoppers” in the Canadian Budget Binder household we aren’t perfect, no one is and we fall off track once in a while. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we recognize that we aren’t going overboard with what we are spending our money on. I know that without our budget it would be very easy to justify spending in these ways but we don’t really give in. I’m not saying that we don’t try to justify buying something when we are shopping because that would be a straight up lie. We are always throwing ideas back and forth at each other even if it is in the grocery store. […]

5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt

Alright, “5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt” is sort of negative and off-putting title, especially since I’m usually a very positive person.  But the main reason for the tone of the title is to highlight some of the typical “reasons” I hear from people who are unhappy about their debt situation but never seem to really do anything about it. Probably just about everyone with a functioning brain knows that when it comes to money, being debt free is always better than being in debt, but when I ask them why they have not made a sincere effort to erase that debt from their lives, I start hearing pretty common list of “reasons” (excuses) why they haven’t done it. So if you DON’T want to get out of debt and you don’t want to change your financial life, here are some excuses you should probably be using: I Tried it But it Didn’t Work for Me So once upon a time you finally convinced yourself that paying off your debt was a good idea and you even decided to try it.  Well, if you really didn’t want to get out of debt, then you probably did not to […]