Category Archives for "Home & Mortgage"

Is It Better to Rent or Buy? 6 Questions to Help You Make the Right Decision

is it better to rent or buy

Purchasing a home can be a costly and frightening experience. It’s likely the most expensive purchase most adults will ever make. The process is constantly changing, and potential pitfalls seem to lurk around every corner. So much so, in fact, that fewer people are buying homes. According to the Pew Research Center, “A decade after […]

5 Mistakes That Lead to Debt

5 Mistakes that lead to debt

Have you ever thought about what causes debt? Most people who have accumulated debt didn’t do so on purpose. It’s usually because of a series of small mistakes, one huge accident, or an assumption that “this is just the way it’s done”. But underneath all those causes are deeper, hidden problems. Paying off debt or […]

Ask Chuck: Should I Refinance My Home?

Dear Chuck, We have been our first home for three years and want to refinance to lower our mortgage payments.  Should we go with an ARM, 15 year or 30 year fixed? Thanks, Happy Homeowners Dear Happy Homeowners, There’s a hymn that goes: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My […]

7 Steps to Recover From a Crisis

In the wake of devastating natural disasters across the United States, we are reminded of the importance equipping individuals with accurate and timely information. From Hurricane Harvey, to the fires in the Northwest, to Hurricane Irma, we have experienced an avalanche of destruction across the nation. Power outages, destroyed homes, lost belongings, displaced families, and […]

Are Reverse Mortgages a Wise Financial Move?

Are Reverse Mortgages a Wise Financial Move?

Ever heard of a reverse mortgage? Many retired couples consider it if they feel strained on a fixed income. They’re advertised as a great option, but I’m not so sure. In fact, many people don’t think they’re a good idea. They’re called “the ugly stepchildren of the home-lending industry” by CNBC, and they may be […]

Everything You Need to Know About Mortgages

Purchasing a home is typically the largest financial investment any of us will ever make. Throughout Scripture, God talks about land as a possession and an investment worthy of our efforts. Jeremiah 29:5 says, “Build houses and live in them plant gardens and eat their produce.” But deciding what land to invest in, and getting the […]

The Financial State of Millennials

The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is the largest generation yet, and perhaps also the most radically different than any before it. Born into a technologically transforming world, these 92 million people (in the US alone) seem to have challenged just about every social, religious, and professional norm.  So what are their […]

Ask Chuck – Should I Use My 401k to Pay off Debt?

Dear Chuck, I’m trying to pay my credit cards off but my income is very limited since I am nearing retirement. I have a 401(k) and a small property that I could sell. What would you recommend: sell the property, keep paying the minimum on the credit cards, or take money out of the 401(k)? […]