5 Common Mistakes by First-Time Homebuyers and How to Avoid Them

When I purchased my house just over six years ago in Toronto, I found it a fun and thrilling experience. When you’re buying a new home, as long as you have the dough, you can usually customize it as you see fit. If you’re buying a resale home just like me, you can buy in an area with all the amenities that you desire (as long as you can afford it). While I found the home-buying experience fun … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Home for Sale

When it comes to retirement, most people take advantage of the sudden drop in responsibility to relocate to somewhere more palatable. When you don’t have to worry about a daily commute or doing the school run, location becomes much more flexible when it comes to daily living. Selling your current home is the first step to consider, and if you’re planning to relocate to a better property, … [Read more...]

Pension investments: Never too early to plan for the future

{}If you are a worker in your twenties or thirties, working at a job you love, or simply the job you need, retirement is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now. Retirement can sneak up on you though, so starting to invest for the future early on, including pension investments and other types of private investments, is wise. Professional investment firms, such as Fortress Investments, … [Read more...]

Why We Should Give in Secret

Giving is giving, right? Not if you’re a Christian. There are ways to give – and God wants us to give – and there are ways we shouldn’t give. One way we shouldn’t is giving publicly. As Christians, we’re told to give in secret. Our mission in life is to glorify God in all that we do – when we give in public that may not be exactly what’s happening. It could be our secular selves rising to … [Read more...]

Fuel bills are rising, what can you do?

{}Now that much of the country has been covered in a blanket of snow and temperatures have dropped below zero, most of us will be keen to turn the thermostat up on heating systems. But with the cost of energy being as high as it is, thousands of households will find that having a little warmth can have seriously detrimental effects on the state of their finances. According to MoneySupermarket, 40 … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Renting Out Your House if You Can’t Sell It

If you need to move out of your current home but can’t sell it due to market factors, you have another option. You can rent your house out until you can eventually sell it. There are advantages and disadvantages when renting out your house, but depending on your circumstances it could work to your overall benefit. Advantages of Renting Out Your House if You Can’t Sell It If you have to … [Read more...]