Basics of Qualifying for a Mortgage
There is a lot of misconception out there when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage loan. For instance, the notion that from the lender’s perspective, loan eligibility is based only on a formula. Although mortgage underwriters look at a variety of different information when determining loan qualifications, it ultimately comes down to four things: credit, equity, income and assets.
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Different Budgeting Methods to Consider
There are many different budgeting styles that approach budgeting in different ways. Different budgeting styles work better for different people. We will discuss some of the different types of budgets below and explain how each works.
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Finance Tips for Newlyweds
Money has become a top issue over which newlyweds end up fighting. Consider openly discussing your finances together, because it can be an essential ingredient to a long and happy marriage. The following tips can help you and your spouse get accustomed to healthy financial habits.
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6 Tips for Buying Your First Home
Buying a home may signify different things for many different people. However, the most common of those things is the dream of owning a home, a place where memories are made. Of course the financial implications are perhaps the most obvious concern, however, the emotional side of buying a home is often overlooked. These six tips can help you manage the financial and emotional sides of buying your first home.
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7 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home
You can learn about the buyers and what they want. Starting early in the process and completing small projects can provide some of the best results. Here are some tips for making improvements to your home, and smartly utilizing your time and resources.
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6 Questions to ask when choosing a Home Equity Loan
A house is usually one of the biggest assets that a person owns. Whether it is big or small, it plays an important role in a person’s life. That’s why homeowners should decide very carefully when taking out a home equity loan. Before taking out a home equity loan, here are some things to think about.
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Estimating Your Retirement Needs
It is important to have a plan for your retirement, but where should you begin? The first step that you should take is to estimate the income that will be required to fund your retirement. However, it is not as easy as it sounds since retirement planning is not an actual science. Your needs will depend on what your goals and requirements are.
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Money and Relationships
How we handle our money impacts every part of our lives. Your behavior is the key to taking control of your money, and your behavior is tied to your relationships. The flow of money in a household represents the value system under which that household operates. Learn more about money and relationships.
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Take precautions to protect your identity and be aware of cyber criminals who schemes try to trick you into giving away information about your online accounts. Learn how to minimize identity theft risk.
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9 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Budget
Sticking to a budget can be difficult for anybody. Most of us start the month off with the best intentions of saving money, however, at the end of the month, many of us find out that we have exceeded our spending limit. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you stick to your budget and become more diligent about your spending habits.
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Understanding Your Credit Score
Your credit report is something that holds the summary of your credit history. If you have used a credit card or taken out a personal loan, then you have a credit history. Your credit report is requested whenever you apply for a credit card or borrow money.
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Tips for Saving Gas
When you own a car, paying for gasoline can be one of the biggest expenses. Gas prices are always fluctuating; therefore, it makes more sense to squeeze out as many miles as possible from every gallon in your vehicle's tank. You can use the following tips to minimize your car’s fuel consumption.
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MemberFest 2017: 22 Years of Fun
Metro Credit Union was excited to celebrate MemberFest on Sunday, September 17 at our Saddle Creek and Maple Street offices. Learn more about the fun and view pictures from the event. Thank you for being a member of the Metro Credit Union family.
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Scam Alert: Phone Phishing from Equifax Data Breach
Beware of phishing attempts following the Equifax data breach! You can protect yourself by following one simple rule: Never give account or card information over the phone to anyone who contacts you. Learn more about the automated calls.
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The Equifax Data Breach: What You Should Know
On September 8th, Equifax announced the data breach of sensitive personal information for 143 million Americans. Equifax is one of the three main credit reporting agencies in the United States, and the 143 million people affected represents more than one-half of the U.S. population with a credit report. Learn more about the Equifax Data Breach and how this can affect you.
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What to Expect When You Close on a Home Loan
As the name suggests, a closing is the last step in purchasing and financing a home. In the case of a home loan, a closing day concludes a home purchase and the closing of a loan on the same day. Closing day is deemed one of the most important days of the purchasing process. Everyone wishes it to be pleasant and hassle-free. A buyer’s active participation is necessary to ensure everything goes according to plan.
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A Parent’s Guide to Saving and Paying for College
Financing the higher education of a child brings its fair share of challenges. In order to save enough money to get a child into a reputable college, parents may face a number of obstacles.
Although the escalating costs of colleges may seem overwhelming, planning for this expense ahead of time can help ease one’s financial burden.
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Advantages of a HELOC
A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a financial tool available to homeowners who have equity in their home. A HELOC is a loan in the form of a line of credit and can be used towards home improvements, vacation, education expenses, wedding planning and more.
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Buying a Used or New Car: Things to Consider
When the decision to buy a vehicle arises, there are a number of things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Take the time to research and become familiar with the car buying process. Buying a car is a significant investment and having a clear understanding of what you want and need in that vehicle will ultimately help you get the best deal for your money.
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Tips for New Parents
Financial planning must be done before the arrival of the baby, so you can be prepared for the increases in expenses. It helps to have a plan or a to-do list to welcome a new family member. Having a plan and financial matters sorted out before the arrival of the baby can help ease parents’ burdens and help them give their new baby their undivided attention.
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