Forcing your financial belief system never works

Financial Belief System

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN SOMEONE   Someone always has a financial belief system that will change your life and believes that it will not only change their life but yours as well. Eventually you have to believe in someone, even if that someone is yourself. The pushy sellers will stop at nothing to try and change your mind by forcing their financial belief system on you but when it’s your money, it’s your decision. What is the definition of belief anyways? Simple, it’s what you as a person trust to be the true answer, having faith in something or someone or a proper way of doing something. At least that is what it means to me. In order for me to believe in something I have to trust the source. There is always risk no matter what you believe. When no one believes in your financial decisions what do you do? If no one believes in my way of thinking the answer is easy for me because I’ve never been one to follow the opinions of others unless I found them to be beneficial to me. Financial news lurks everywhere, online, on the radio, in print and at your […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #41: Would you buy a house that has a spooky or illegal past?

bridget-money-after-graduation-blog

Behind Closed Doors Lurks A Story You Might Want To Know You are looking for your dream home when you suddenly find it but then you also find out there is more to the home than meets the eye. Getting my daily dish of Yahoo this morning I was reading about whether Satanists decrease the value of a home. The article had me thinking about what other things might decrease the value of a home that was out of the ordinary and would I put an offer on a home of that calibre. I don’t suspect the property assessment with the Multiple Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) would be affected as they value the homes that are comparable in the neighbourhood so we might not see any value decrease reflection documented when the paperwork arrives. Then again, what do I know? Whether it was a grow op house for sale, illegal activities, someone may have died or even worse was murdered inside of a house would you put an offer in on a house you fall in love with knowing this information? There was a time last year where a beautiful home sitting on a large property in our city was […]

Paying rent: Am I really wasting my money?

Katrina-CBB

Throwing Money Out The Window I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer when it comes to renting and wasting money or purchasing a home but there certainly are pros and cons to both. Why do I choose to pay rent? While the freedom of owning my own home sounds great getting there on my own may not be a reality but I am certainly going to try. I am saving my money right now and enjoying it, though what I am saving for exactly is not set in stone. For the next 10 years I am choosing to continue to pay rent. As a single mother I want to make sure I am fully prepared for all the costs and fees that come with being a homeowner if I do decide to make that choice down the road. I have my mindset that in 10 years, if I am still single, I could be close to or have enough money saved for a reasonable down payment on a  house if desired. While budgeting and saving money regularly and wherever I can I figure I could have a decent down payment saved through investments and other means in […]

PF Weekly grab a brew #37: How small is too small of a house?

Tiny House Sale Is Not Surprising Many of us all have our dream home purchased in our minds before we even set foot on the pavement to search for the home that has it all, or at least what we need. Depending on where you live your dream home might be a distant dream because the price tag on most homes in major cities in Canada are just too high for many to handle. Even in smaller communities we can see house prices are still higher but jobs are far and few for most who opt to commute just to bring in the money to live comfortably in a decent sized home. If you are out of school and have lots of OSAP and other debts to pay off it may be a long time before you even get into the real estate market. It’s tough enough trying to pay back any debt that most people carry let alone saving for a down payment on a home that will cost them an arm and a leg these days. Sometimes I wonder how we were able to get into the real estate market so fast living in the Greater Toronto Area […]

Buy or Sell First: One Home, One House, Two Mortgages And A Pool

Deciding whether to buy or sell first can be a difficult decision that face home owners. It is a decision that if not executed properly could leave a homeowner with 2 mortgages and lots of stress. Owning two houses sounds like a great real estate investment but not when one is a home and another is a house you are trying to sell. This is the case with a neighbour of ours who is living the stress yet fails to see the problem, is the price of the house. Typically in the UK we would sell our home first with a reasonable closing date and then look for a new home to purchase. Research What to do when buying your first home? That’s easy, research! Talk to professionals and get tips and advice so you aren’t heading down a path where you want to tear your hair out. The same goes when you’re looking for things to do when selling your home, research. When I sold my home I did my research first, granted I wasn’t buying a second home I was moving to Canada. I had estate agents come around and value my home and I averaged the values out […]

Should I Rent Or Buy? The Million Dollar Question

Never have so many Canadians today faced such a tough question in “Should I Rent or Buy?” It’s the million dollar question but I’m not going to make it any easier on you because the answer to the question really is – it depends. There are a number of questions we can ask ourselves to determine and narrow down the grey areas here and provide you some clarity for your own situation. Should I buy a property? The fact of the matter is that we are just coming off of the greatest housing boom in the history of the world. This is no small statement. Many fortunes have been made over the last decade in the western world by buying property. But what now? First let’s look at the three reasons why you would buy a property: To use as a primary residence – this is the main reason to purchase property for the majority of Canadians. We occupy the home for our own use and derive value from using it as our family’s shelter. To gain capital growth – the last 10 years have been a wonderful time to rise with the tide of increasing property values. This is […]

Open Houses and Nosey Neighbours, Are They Worth It?

We admit we are nosey neighbours when it comes to some open houses in our neighbourhood but for good reason. Yes, we have the “stop the car” moments when the “for sale” sign just happens to show up and we just have to go inside. It’s not often homes in our area go up for sale as we live in an area where people don’t tend to leave. Most of the homes were built about 15-20 years ago and the area is becoming quite diverse in demographics since we moved in. Back a few years ago most, OK almost all of our neighbours were either a bit older than us or retired seniors. We bought our house from a senior couple who were downsizing their home  and moving into a rented condo. Funny how some people go from owning a home to renting a home later in life. Needless to say, everybody knows everyone in our small neighbourhood which can be a good thing or a one of those situations where you want to go bury your head in the sand. Over the last year or so as the silent and baby boomer generation start to move out we are seeing younger families move […]