Reverse mortgages can be a costly way to use your home’s equity – but what about when they’re the only option? This dilemma was faced by our retiring couple case study. Read on to see how they addressed their income issue.
What are reverse mortgages and how do they work? Many baby boomers turn to this finance product to free home additional cash – but that debt comes at a price. Here’s what you need to know.
Considering buying a vacation home south of the border? Snowbird destinations like Florida and Arizona may offer relief from the cold and snow – but Canadian buyers can get frozen out by American mortgage rates. Here are 3 options for financing that U.S. home, from our friends at The Housing Block.
This time last year, the CMHC introduced sweeping mortgage rule changes that limited affordability for many mortgage and home buyers. On the anniversary of these changes, how has the housing market – and overall economy – been affected?
ATB is offering a 3% rate on their HELOCs – the lowest rate in Canada! Available in Alberta until May 31, this makes it more affordable for home owners to access their equity – but is it a good idea to take out a loan when national interest rates are low?
Could you use a little extra cash? In today’s tough economy, who couldn’t? This week on Money Wise, we’re exploring an increasingly popular method of borrowing – a home equity line of credit. The problem – many Canadians don’t know what they are, and with household debt levels at record highs, HELOCs can add even more fuel to the fire.
The concept behind a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is simple – leverage your home in return for a hefty line of credit to draw from. However, it’s the underlying challenges associated with HELOC variable interest rates that makes a HELOC a tool best reserved for the thrifty and financially astute.
Should you take out a HELOC on your home to fund your retirement plan? For some, it’s a good option – but understand the interest and pay back realities.
What is a home equity line of credit and how can it work for your borrowing needs? HELOCs can be a convenient way to access extra cash, but be aware of the pros and cons before tapping into your home’s equity to avoid dangerous levels of debt.
Downsizing to a smaller home or condo can be an effective way to free up equity, but it’s not always the right route. If you’re a boomer looking to cut corners, but can’t bear to part with the family home, consider these options.