8 signs you're flirting with financial ruin
Treating your home like a piggy bank
Using your home equity as a financial crutch is something Boucher often sees with clients heading toward financial distress.
Boucher says such moves are especially ominous if they're not due to a serious financial need but to a desire for "wants" like a vacation or a new car.
"You're paying for a vacation with a home equity loan and you're amortizing that over 15 or 20 years. That just doesn't make any sense," Boucher says.