Articles by: Doris Belland

Tackle debt or save money – Which is better?

Tackle debt or save money – Which is better?

Every week I hear from clients who are in the following situation (or some variation thereof): They have a chunk of money set aside as savings and they’re adding to the pot every month. The problem is that they also have debt and they wonder if they should continue to […]

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Condos – good or bad?

Condos – good or bad?

A few weeks ago The Ottawa Citizen featured an article entitled “Becoming a major play: Once just a fraction of the market, condos are here to stay.” In the article, we learn that condos now represent a significant segment of overall sales and that they are gaining in popularity with […]

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The Yukon government’s bright idea

The Yukon government’s bright idea

It would appear that our company and others in the Rent To Own space are not the only ones looking to develop ways to help families get into their own homes.

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Beware of averages in real estate

Beware of averages in real estate

It seems that everywhere you look there are reports from experts about the dismal outlook for the housing market in Canada: “Resale home market sags 12%” (The Ottawa Citizen, Section D, February 6, 2013); “Clouds gather over Canadian housing market” (The Globe and Mail, March 15, 2013); “Canada housing agency […]

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Parents: Passing on bad habits to your kids?

Parents: Passing on bad habits to your kids?

I just attended a presentation by Kevin Cochrane, co-founder of enRiched Academy, an organization that has created a program to teach teenagers and 20-somethings how to manage credit, avoid debt and build wealth. Why did they do that? Because an astonishing number of kids and early adults create a deep […]

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Chasing the lowest mortgage rate: A good idea or not?

Chasing the lowest mortgage rate: A good idea or not?

In our Rent to Own business we work with a lot of Mortgage Agents and lenders in the Ottawa area to help families with credit challenges get into their own home. In the last year or so we have been hearing that Mortgage Agents are facing a number of challenges […]

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Why can’t I buy there?

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February 6, 2013

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Why can’t I buy there?

The real-estate maxim “location. location, location” applies to Rent to Own too.

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The #1 critical question when considering Rent to Own

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February 1, 2013

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The #1 critical question when considering Rent to Own

Looking at Rent to Own? Here is the most important question to ask.

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