Category Archives for "Borrowing & Lending"

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Reverse Mortgages

Originally posted on the Christian Post on September 30. Dear Chuck, My elderly parents are considering a reverse mortgage because they are struggling on a fixed income. Is that a good idea? Could it do more harm than good? Worried for Mom and Dad Dear Worried, I share your concerns about reverse mortgages, called “the ugly […]

5 Things You Should NOT Use Debt To Pay For

We live in a culture where debt is assumed to be essential for everything. The Bible tells us that the borrower is a slave to the lender so we should be vigilant in our efforts to avoid becoming financial slaves.  Here are the things I would not use debt to purchase: A Car. Financing something […]

How to Lose a Car and Not Your Credit Rating

Originally posted at Christian Post September 9, 2016. Dear Chuck,  What are the rules when a bank repossesses your car? Do you still have to pay them what you owe and can they garnish your wages for payment? I have a friend who has just turned her life over to Christ and over the years she has […]

3 Tips for Dealing with College Debt

Dear Chuck, It’s back to school time for many families, but my children are finishing college and newly graduated, so I’m less concerned now that they have a diploma– and more worried about the debt they accumulated – the nasty student loan kind of debt.. Do you have any advice for my family and me? […]

How to Avoid Over-Housing

Forbes contributor, Joshua Becker, asks, do you really need that much home? His insightful article points out that we regularly only use 40% of our living space. Yet, Americans carry high mortgages and live with the stress of financial burden. More is not always better. A small home is typically less expensive, easier to maintain […]

If You Are Buying A Car, Don’t Do This

British comedian John Oliver recently took aim at the rampant rip-off that currently takes place in the auto-lending sector with BUY HERE – PAY HERE loans. These are loans that make it easy to purchase a car on credit but with high interest rates and severe penalties for missing a payment or default.  These are […]

NEVER Take Out This Kind of Loan

Originally posted at Christian Post August 26, 2016. Dear Chuck,  What is your view of payday lending? It seems like Crown would have some insight on the perils of such loans and whether there are alternative ways to secure a “small-dollar loan” such as through church lending clubs, or some other means. Considering my options Dear Considering, Thanks for the great question. […]

Mortgages: Refinancing vs Recasting

refinancing recasting mortgage

Dear Chuck, My husband and I own a home and are trying to decide if we should change our mortgage to get in better financial health. I read recently about “recasting” a mortgage, which sounds a lot like a fishing term! Is that something worth considering? We’ve been looking into refinancing. What is the difference? […]

Are You Stressed About Your Medical Bills?

I recently received this question: My husband and I could really, really use some financial advice. We are both in our 20’s, have a baby, and have been married for a little over 4 years. Unfortunately, we’ve acquired quite a bit of debt, mostly from medical bills because I did not have insurance. But we […]