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8 signs you're flirting with financial ruin

Treating your home like a piggy bank
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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.

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