Top 6 Retirement Mistakes To Avoid [$1000 Give Away!] : The Saturday Weekend Review #214

STEER CLEAR OF THESE 6 RETIREMENT MISTAKES THAT CAN THROW OFF YOUR PLAN TO RETIRE COMFORTABLY.   We all hope that by carefully planning for retirement we will not have to worry about anything in the future. While making a plan does make you more comfortable and prepared, there are still ways that cause your retirement plan to derail.   Getting divorced   No one plans on getting a divorce, but life happens. Divorce is something that can have a lasting impact on your finances and subsequently on your quality of life. Even if divorce is amicable, legal fees can quickly spiral out of control in dividing the family assets. You probably saved money and made a retirement plan based on the assumption that there will be two people enjoying the family nest egg in the golden years. However, in divorce the savings will end up being divided among two households, which means less money for both of you. Marriage and Common-law partnerships needs to be looked after and time need to be spent nurturing the relationship and taking care of each other. Since at the end of the day it is both a romantic and a business relationship. This […]

Why Personal Touch Matters When Selling Your House : The Saturday Weekend Review #174

CREATE A HOUSE LISTING THAT TALKS AND A HOME THAT SURPRISES POTENTIAL BUYERS WITH VISUAL CHARM   Personal touch is going beyond house staging when you’re trying to sell your house fast and for top dollar, it’s about appeal and capturing your audience. Everyone has tips for selling your house and for the most part they are likely good tips to follow but not everyone is trying to find a home that smells like roses. Before even considering putting your house on the market take care of curb appeal and personal appeal surrounding the inside and outside of your home. Related: Staging empty expensive homes with families for cheap rent when selling a house Today, I’m going to talk about the personal allure that will capture your buying audience from the inside of your home. From low-lit rooms, soft music playing in the background to pleasant smells you’re on your way to signing paperwork that will get your house SOLD! The very first thing that will drive traffic to your upcoming property for sale or open house will be your house listing. It’s imperative that you dress your listing with all the essentials but leave some unanswered questions to draw […]

Bidding Wars Net Homeowner $60,000 Over Asking Price Before Open House : The Saturday Weekend Review #172

COMING SOON: MULTIPLE OFFERS, BIDDING WARS AND A BULLY OFFER   I suppose selling your house the second time around can be financially rewarding as it was for friends of ours who finally sold their house after having multiple offers which caused bidding wars and all before the first open house. The quiet sought-after area in the Greater Toronto Area where they live rarely has houses come up for sale but that doesn’t mean they WILL sell when they do as our friends found out last year. After a failed attempt at selling their house in early 2015 they gave it another shot this past month to see what would happen. This time around though they took the advice from the potential home buyers who came to their open house when they tried to sell in 2015 for $400,000 with no offers in sight. The house was certainly not over-priced however it needed some work doing to spruce it up more than they already had. Their real estate agent didn’t do the job they expected so this time around they hired a woman who came highly recommended to them. Before they signed any legal and binding papers with her they […]

How to make money today and save it for tomorrow without going bonkers : January 2016 Net Worth Update (+0.48%)

TREAT YOUR CASH LIKE A MONEY PLANT AND WATCH IT GROW BUT EVEN A PLANT CAN DIE…RISK!   Retirement should always be on your mind or at least at the back of your thoughts because if you want to enjoy the fruitful golden years you need to make money today and save it for tomorrow. Does that mean we should shy away from investing in our future if all of our retirement plans can get flushed over-night? No, I don’t think so but I do believe that Canadians need to be aware of what is going on out there and stay on top of their investments which includes their house. A whopping 26% of Canadians feel they are in a worse financial position than they have been over the past two years according to a recent Manulife poll. I’m not surprised with the way prices are go up, incomes not moving anywhere but down and consumer debt on the rise. Every month we review our investment portfolio online to check performance, some days are good other days are better. There will be days,, months and maybe even years that are crap but you can’t predict everything even if you are […]

Renting the right way protects career woman

LOOK OUT FOR NUMBER ONE   It’s that time of year where students are renting apartments, rooms or anything they can get their hands on just so they can go to school. Students aren’t the only people looking at rental listings, it’s everyone who needs a place to stay because they aren’t homeowners. When we are young we don’t think much to the rental game that is out there for those homeowners that want to pay down a mortgage on a rental unit. The game is simple, rent out the house so it pays the mortgage, repairs and city taxes. With the right tenants it’s money in your pocket as a landlord. Some landlords take it a step further and don’t repair homes etc. but that’s an entirely different story. Some people don’t even own homes and try to get rent from unsuspecting people who are looking for a safe place to live. Not every landlord is shady but between landlords who can’t even afford to keep a house going and those renting an apartment online for cash or online fraud with rentals it can be a tough game to play. Real estate scams are a big business especially once […]

Forcing your financial belief system never works

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?

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?

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 […]