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Things You'll Need for Your First Home

Congratulations!  The sale is final, and you’ve just bought your new home. One of the next big steps is furnishing your home.  This can feel quite intimidating as there is likely much more space to fill than you had before. You’re also taking on the task of turning a blank slate into your own style. […]

No Spend Vacation Challenge

This July/August vacation, do something new and different to build positive financial habits and enhance your savings. Consider taking on a ‘No Spend Vacation Challenge’.   As you would have seen in our recent video: How to own your home by age 30 , there are many items and activities competing for your disposable income, […]

Building? Here are some DIY ideas and other ways t...

Building your own home is a meaningful milestone that may well be one of the most expensive investments you’ll make in your lifetime. To help keep the budget in check, consider taking on achievable DIY projects. We’ve put together a list of projects to get your creativity flowing and help you save!   Tiling your […]

A Comprehensive Guide for Protecting Your Home

There is a lot that you can do to keep your house safe. The options range from purchasing homeowners insurance to installing a security system, to minimizing your risk exposure from natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. We’ll go into more detail below so you can make sure you have your bases covered. Homeowners […]

Should You Buy A Home While You’re Single?

If you’re single and have been wondering how and whether you should seriously consider home ownership, then this article is for you. Becoming a homeowner is an important life step with numerous benefits and we’re here to help you decide if it’s the right fit for your current life circumstances. Benefits Purchasing a home is […]

6 Easy and Impactful Weekend DIY Projects

There are many ways to upgrade and enhance your home without breaking the bank or needing to hire a contractor. Julia and Clyde share 6 of their favourite DIY projects which are not only a welcomed improvement to their property, but also can be completed in just a weekend. Have fun! Home Entrance Give your […]

A 12 Month Plan For Acquiring A Home

Implementing a timeline and plan can make all the difference in turning your home-ownership goal from dream to reality. This timeline below helps guide you through key actions so you can remain on top of the to-do list and avoid common mistakes that can derail the process. Long in Advance Your credit report is often […]

How to Secure Your Financial Future

One of the benefits of being a homeowner is that your home can be leveraged to help secure your financial future and improve your long-term financial situation. Home Equity refers to the difference between your property’s market value and any outstanding debt you have on this property. Usually this means that over the years, as […]

Christmas on a Budget: Avoiding Overspending

One of the most anticipated (and expensive!) times of the year is rapidly approaching. With Christmas right around the corner, Julia and Clyde are keen to share tips on how to budget for the season and prevent overspending. Budget Before you do anything else, assess your finances and determine how much you can afford to […]