How the Rich Use Their Home Equity to Build Long-Term Wealth

Contrary to popular belief, the secret to creating wealth has less to do with “tactics” and more to do with “mindset.” In other words, you can’t get rich with a poor mindset any more than you can go poor with a rich mindset. It’s all in the way you think!
With that in mind, here are….

10 Ways The Rich Think Differently Than The Poor

1. Rich People believe “I create my life“. Poor people believe “life is what happens to me.“
2. Rich people are committed to being Rich. Poor people want to be rich.
3. Rich people think BIG! Poor people think small.
4. Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on the obstacles.
5. Rich people associate with positive successful people. Poor people associate with negative people.
6. Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to trade time for money.
7. Rich People focus on their net worth. Poor People focus on their dollars per hour.
8. Rich People manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.
9. Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.
10. Rich people constantly Learn and Grow. Poor people think they already know.

So, how about you? How does your thinking stack up against this list? Remember, AWARENESS is the FIRST STEP to creating any meaningful, lasting change in your life. Change your thinking, change your results – forever!

That’s all for today. We look forward to hearing your success stories as you apply these financial principles to your life. For a free consultation on how you can use your mortgage to accelerate your wealth, call us today!

Rich Think Differently

Contrary to popular belief, the secret to creating wealth has less to do with “tactics” and more to do with “mindset.” In other words, you can’t get rich with a poor mindset any more than you can go poor with a rich mindset. It’s all in the way you think!

With that in mind, here are….

10 Ways The Rich Think Differently Than The Poor

1. Rich People believe “I create my life”. Poor people believe “life is what happens to me.”
2. Rich people are committed to being Rich. Poor people want to be rich.
3. Rich people think BIG! Poor people think small.
4. Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on the obstacles.
5. Rich people associate with positive successful people. Poor people associate with negative people.
6. Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to trade time for money.
7. Rich People focus on their net worth. Poor People focus on their dollars per hour.
8. Rich People manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.
9. Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.
10. Rich people constantly Learn and Grow. Poor people think they already know.

So, how about you? How does your thinking stack up against this list? Remember, AWARENESS is the FIRST STEP to creating any meaningful, lasting change in your life. Change your thinking, change your results – forever!

That’s all for today. We look forward to hearing your success stories as you apply these financial principles to your life. For a free consultation on how you can use your mortgage to accelerate your wealth, call us today!

Revenue Property

Contrary to popular opinion, a recession is actually the BEST time to invest in revenue properties
Why? Regardless of market conditions people always need a place to live, and with today’s lower prices, you’ve got the perfect money-making opportunity! The first thing to keep in mind is that real estate in a recession is a long-term investment, as opposed to the short-term “flipping” of boom times. Plan on keeping the property for 2-5 years and watching its value grow steadily.

Be sure it’s in an area where people want to live and accessible to amenities like schools, shops and transit. Don’t buy the most expensive building on a modest street; instead buy a modest building on an expensive street. This will make your property more desirable to a greater number of tenants, thus, they’ll be willing pay higher rents and you’re more likely to have positive cash flow after expenses.

The key to a successful revenue property investment is making sure the numbers work. As your mortgage professional, we can provide FREE advice and assistance. We may be able to access the equity in your current home and/or arrange affordable financing through our stable of specialized lenders.

By keeping your interest costs and payments low, we can help ensure that your rents will cover the mortgage. Then as your property appreciates, we can extract further equity so you can make a second investment.

For a free consultation call us today!

Reno Secrets

While bad debt is used to make a purchase that depreciates, good debt is used to make an investment that rises in value. In the case of renovations, bad debt would fund improvements that have no value to future buyers. Whereas good debt would add convenience and pleasure today, while increasing your home’s value tomorrow. By opting for good debt, the interest you pay on your equity loan can be more than covered by the increase in resale value. Improvements to kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living space offer the highest return on investment.

Here are a few of things to keep in mind…

In general, the more recent the improvement, the higher the return on investment.

The most appealing kitchens have an open plan with island, and an efficient triangle between the refrigerator, stove and sink.

Adding a deck increases the apparent floor space of your home.

Make outdoor and indoor space blend seamlessly by using French doors and indoor-style light fixtures and furnishings.
By renovating strategically, your improvements can pay for themselves, plus create a healthy profit!
So there you have it. I’ve just given you a few strategic renovation tips for maximizing your home value. Now the rest is up to you!

For a detailed FREE report revealing “9 Secrets to Make Your Home Reno Pay For Itself – Even If You Have Less Than Perfect Credit”…

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Reno contractor

We’ve all heard renovation horror stories. The best way to avoid them is to choose the right contractor.
With that in mind, here are…

Tips for Choosing the Right Renovation Contractor

1. Decide what kind of contractor you need.
a. A general contractor manages the project, hires the trades people and takes care of the permits. If it’s a smaller job, choose a specialized contractor who handles specific projects (like bathrooms or windows) and does the work himself.

2. Get at least three quotes.
a. Ask about experience, talk to past clients and visit past projects. Make sure each contractor has a license, liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance and a clean Better Business Bureau record. Then ask for a detailed plan, including timeframe and cost.

3. Get everything in writing.
a. Include a list of materials and brands, labour to be performed (is site clean up included?), warranty, permit obligations, and how client changes will be handled.

4. Agree on a payment plan.
a. Include down payment amount (anything under 15% is reasonable). Work out a payment schedule and make sure payments sync with the work that’s been done (don’t pay half until it’s halfway complete).

5. Schedule a final walk-through.
a. Check off every detail. Make a list of things that still need to be done before making the final payment.

So there you have it. I’ve just given “5 Tips for Choosing the Right Renovation Contractor”. Now the rest is up to you!
For a detailed FREE report revealing secrets to Make Your Home Reno Pay For Itself – Even If You Have Less Than Perfect Credit”…

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IdentityTheft

I know this isn’t a very “FUN” topic but it’s something you need to be aware of…

You’ve probably noticed identity theft is becoming more and more prevalent out there.
Canada’s two largest credit bureaus receive approximately 1,600 identity theft complaints every month!
Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to commit fraud or other crimes.

Since resolving identity theft can take a lot of time and be very expensive, prevention is the best strategy.

Here are 8 tips for preventing identity theft:

1. Shred financial documents before discarding.
2. Don’t carry your social insurance card in your wallet or write the number on a check.
3. Don’t give out personal information by phone, mail, or Internet unless you know the recipient.
4. Never click on links in unsolicited emails. Just in case they lead to a fraudulent site, always type in the correct web address.
5. Don’t use obvious passwords (your birth date, mother’s maiden name, last four digits of your social insurance number, etc.), and don’t carry them with you.
6. Keep personal information in a secure place at home.
7. Inspect your credit report at least once a year and report any discrepancies.
8. Be alert for bills that don’t arrive on time, new credit cards (or statements) that arrive unexpectedly, and denials of credit for no apparent reason. Make inquiries and follow them up.
9. If you’re a victim of identity theft, report it to the police immediately.

We hope you use these tips to ensure this never happens to you or your loved ones. Are you – or someone you know – planning on buying, selling, or refinancing your home in the next 6 months?

If so, call us today for a free consultation!

Credit Score

Have you ever wondered what your credit score is or how it’s calculated? Here’s the skinny…
Your credit score is a 3-digit number that lenders use to predict your creditworthiness. Credit reporting companies calculate your score based on your payment history, how much you owe, how long you’ve had credit and how often you apply for new credit.

In general, the higher your score, the less likely you are to become delinquent on credit. If it’s above 650, you’ll probably qualify for a standard loan. If it’s lower, you may have trouble getting new credit.
Because your credit score and credit report are constantly changing, it’s important to review them on a regular basis, at least once a year.

Since there are two main credit reporting companies in Canada, it’s a good idea to check your records with both companies.This helps you identify and correct any inaccurate information, detect any fraudulent activity and gauge your overall credit health. If you’re planning on applying for a mortgage, it’s especially important to check your report a few months in advance.

If your credit score is a little low, here are 5 tips for improving it:

1. Pay all your bills on time.
a. Paying late or going into collection can reduce your score.
2. Don’t max out your credit limits.
a. Keeping balances below 65-75% of your limit can increase your score.
3. Don’t apply for credit you don’t need.
a. Too many inquires over a short period can reduce your score.
4. Don’t close old credit accounts, even if they’re inactive.
a. This can make your credit history appear shorter which can reduce your score.
5. Correct any negative inaccuracies on your credit report.
a. This can increase your score.

Still wondering what your credit score is and how to improve it? As an added value service, we’ve made special arrangements for the first 10 people who call our office to receive a Free Credit Review and Credit Booster Consultation (Value of $97). To see if you qualify for this special offer, Call us today!

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever struggled to keep up with all those darn bills including the credit card and car payments you’ll want to tune in to this important video…

More and more people are getting swallowed up by debt. I’m sure you’ve read and heard many of the statistics and stories in the news. One of the keys to financial independence is to get rid of your bad debt and acquire good debt. Bad debt is debt that makes you poor, such as credit card debt, car loans, etc. – this is consumer debt.

Good debt is debt you acquire that actually works for you. The best example of good debt is a mortgage loan on a rental property that throws off positive cash flow every month.

Good debt is money that you borrow to purchase assets that put money in your pocket.

5 Steps: To Eliminate Your Bad Debt and Acquire More Good Debt

Step 1: Stop accumulating bad debt.
Whatever you purchase via credit cards must be paid off in full at the end of each month.
No exceptions.

Step 2: Make a list of all your consumer (bad) debts.
This includes each credit card, car loans, and any other bad debts you have acquired.
Step 3: This includes each credit card, car loans, and any other bad debts you have acquired.
Chances are you’ve built up enough equity in your home to pay off your high interest credit cards and consumer loans.
Step 4: Explore the option of using additional equity in your home to increase cash flow.
After you consolidate your bad debts you may still have equity left over to invest in a secure cash flow producing asset.
Step 5: Pay yourself first.

• Put aside at least 10% of your income for investing.
• Setup an automatic transfer that deposits that money into an investment savings account every month like clockwork.
• Once your money goes into the account, NEVER take it out, until you are ready to invest it.
• Now – instead of just paying creditors – you’re paying yourself for only one type of purchase: assets that give you positive cash flow each month. By adopting this as a consistent habit you will be out of the Rat Race faster than you ever dreamed!

That’s all for today. We look forward to hearing your success stories as you apply these financial principles to your life.

For more information, Call us today for a free consultation!

Home Maintenance

MUST-DO Home Maintenance

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.

Financial Literacy

1. Get over your fear/hate/disinterest for finances – Sometimes I feel that managing money is pretty annoying and tedious, and I know I am not the only one that feels this way. Most of my twenty-something peers think that financial topics are so boring that they do not make an effort to learn about it. For many people, learning about financial topics is like swallowing bitter medicine. However, I think of financial knowledge as a vaccine against bad financial decisions, and if people get over their distaste for it they may be better off in the long run.

2. Learn about one topic at a time – You do not have to become a financial mastermind overnight. It really takes years to learn about every financial product and concept. So I think people should attack one topic at a time. For example, set a goal to learn about one retirement account option available to you, or one kind of mutual fund. It is really easy to get overwhelmed when you see a basketful of acronyms like IRA and AMT, but if you take it one thing at a time you will be able to learn things in a more focused manner.

3. Seek out free professional knowledge – If you are a customer at a bank or other financial institution you can call in at any time and ask questions. When I was in college I opened a Vanguard Roth IRA because my parents said it was a good idea, and I did not understand a lot of things. So I called Vanguard’s customer service line often and asked questions about dollar cost averaging, fund types, and asset allocation. Most of the account representative’s at large financial institutions are very professional and knowledgeable, and it is always nice to have a real person explain things to you.

4. Employ online tools – Along with the CNN article there is a calculator that helps you figure out how long it would take to pay off a certain amount of credit card debt. There are many online calculators like this. In fact, Millionaire Mommy Next Door compiled a giant list of these tools. You really do not need to memorize the mathematical theorems behind these tools to use them. Most of these calculators will help you plan your financial goals better because they give you a more accurate estimate on your financial situation.

5. Read financial news – Laws and products are constantly changing in this world so it is important to read the news. It takes me a few minutes a day to peruse the Yahoo Finance and pick up useful knowledge about the finances of the world and how the current situation affects me.

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