Reasons Why Overpriced Home Selling Is A Big Mistake : The Saturday Weekend Review #263

IF YOU WANT A SOLD SIGN AVOID LISTING AN OVERPRICED HOME   If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market one of the worst things you can do is list and overpriced home for sale. A motivated seller will list their home appropriately according to market value but those who want more may go above and beyond but that comes with many risks. Over the past few months our neighbour found their dream home out in the country and the only way they could look like serious buyers was to list their house for sale. The only problem was that the house they were interested in was a bit over their budget so they took a house with a market value of just over $700,000 and listed it for $900,000 which was grossly inflated. There were two reasons the homeowner told us for this and one was again to look serious to the seller of the home they put an offer on and in hopes someone rich would come along and buy their house without question. We live in a popular area of the city where homes don’t often come up for sale so when they do you […]

Should Your First Rental Property Purchase Be A Condo Or A House?

NEED TO KNOW BASICS BEFORE BUYING A RENTAL PROPERTY   So you’re ready to buy your first rental property. Maybe you’ve heard about all the money you can make just by buying a property, finding a tenant, and letting the cash roll in. Perhaps your parents had rental property and you know the money that can be made. Or maybe you’d like to buy a house with a basement suite and have someone help pay your mortgage. All these are great reasons to consider owning rental property.   Where to Start?  Evaluate Your Current Living Situation   Where are you living right now? Are you happy where you’re currently living? Do you want to live in the same building as your tenant by having a basement suite or one side of a duplex to rent out or would you prefer to live in a dwelling away from your tenants? Do you own your home or are you renting? Are you living in a house or an apartment condo?  If you live in a house, what do you like about living in a house? If you’re living in an apartment condo, what is it about condo living that really appeals to […]

How To Test Budget A Mortgage Before Buying A Home : The Saturday Weekend Review #250

LIVE LIKE YOU OWN THE HOUSE BEFORE YOU BUYING   Think about the above statement for a moment and ask yourself how that may have changed your past or current budget before buying your home. You may find that had you created a test budget before that purchase you may have noticed that you shouldn’t have spent so much. Typically you wouldn’t hear me say anything about using a test budget because a budget is a budget, however there are times when pretending to budget comes in handy. Forget about the word pretend for a moment and consider the reasons why you would want to prepare a test budget and how it would benefit you as a potential homeowner. Can I afford the house Can I afford the house Can I afford the house   Start Young Finish Free   I often like to believe that anyone who starts learning about finance from a young age will have basic knowledge to make financial decisions that may not impact their lives the way someone who did not. This is why I urge parents to teach themselves about finance FIRST and pass that knowledge on to their kids. Even then there are […]

3 Money Smart Strategies We Applied In Our 30’s To Erase Debt

DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR MONEY THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE   It’s still hard to believe that we managed to become debt free including our mortgage before the age of 40. We credit our success by applying simple money smart strategies in our 30’s that got us over the hump. You don’t have to have a degree to become a money smart consumer especially when tackling debt is a matter of choice. You either do it, or you don’t but the end results will be in part the actions of your willingness to erase debt and get the hell out of the rat race. Did you know that Canadians are world leaders in debt. Not something to be proud of really. A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canadian households are among the most indebted in the world. In fact, Canada tops the list of countries surveyed.   Debt never sleeps   If you’re one of those people who can’t sleep because you’ve got debt on the brain, you’re not alone. Debt freedom opening hours are all day every day especially when you’re dealing with your financial future. You may sleep but your money […]

Everything You Need To Know About Porting A Mortgage In Canada: The Saturday Weekend Review #241

IT’S WORTH KNOWING THE INS AND OUTS OF YOUR MORTGAGE   It’s true and certainly something to always be mindful of, “It’s not about how much money you make, it’s how you save it.” When it comes to porting a mortgage in Canada, there are some things like interest rates that you need to factor into the equation, and we will cover these in detail in this article. Homeowners in Canada, and potential homeowners are faced with many important questions when it comes to mortgages. We are living through interesting times with respect to interest rates. The Fed is expected to raise rates further before the end of 2017, the Bank of England is clearly on a similar trajectory, and in time the European Central Bank will move away from quantitative easing towards quantitative tightening. What does this mean for mortgage holders around the world?   The Canadian Economic Scene   In Canada, the current bank rate is 1%. The BOC (Bank of Canada) decided to maintain the overnight rates when it met on Wednesday, 21 October 2017. The Bank of Canada forecasts that inflation will hit 2% by Q2 2018, later than economists projected. In 2017, real GDP grew […]

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