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By: Talithia Bonner

February 19th, 2020

Black History Month: Lessons from Maya Angelou

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

February is Black History Month—a time to recognize the role that African American people have had in U.S. history. In celebration, I would like to bring attention to one of the most influential African American women in U.S. history—my favorite author and poet Ms. Maya Angelou.

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By: Shari DeLatte

February 12th, 2020

Why You Should Attend a First-Time Home Buyer Class

Homebuying and Mortgages | Learn Something New

Buying a home is complicated. Finding a home that meets your needs as well as your budget is a challenge to begin with. Then you will need to navigate the maze of visits, inspections, negotiations, and documents as you work toward the closing. Your real estate agent, mortgage originator, and lawyer can answer many of your questions and will help you through much of the process, but you’ll have a better chance of getting what you need (along with some additional perks) if you educate yourself on the process first.

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By: Tammy Farnham

February 5th, 2020

What Documents Are Needed for a Mortgage Application?

Homebuying and Mortgages

Mortgage applications can seem overwhelming due to all the documents that are needed in the process. As a mortgage originator, I’m often asked by clients, “why do I need all that paperwork?” I assure them that the documents are needed to keep us both safe.

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By: Oliver Ames

January 29th, 2020

How do Pellet Furnace Prices Compare?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

After many years of renting small apartments, my wife and I decided to take the plunge and buy our first house. As any new homeowners would, we have been nervously, excitedly, painting walls and undertaking little projects to make our home perfect for us, but the first big project now looms on the horizon—the heating system.

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By: Heidi White

January 23rd, 2020

How Does Shared Branching Work?

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

Credit unions tend to serve local populations, so finding a branch while you’re traveling afar can be a trick. The CO-OP Shared Branching Network has solved this problem by allowing credit unions across the country to band together and offer services to members of all networked credit unions.

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By: Heidi White

January 15th, 2020

How to Pay off Credit Card Debt Fast

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

Now that the holidays are over, how is your credit card balance looking? This is often the time of year when people take stock of their debt and begin to despair. If that’s where you’re at, take a deep breath and keep reading for some simple tips that should help you get a good, quick start on getting rid of your balance(s).

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By: Elizabeth LaPerle

January 7th, 2020

How Many Points Can You Buy on a Mortgage?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting

There are many things to consider when purchasing a home—location, school district, neighborhood, affordability, and type (single family vs. multifamily) just to mention a few. Once you’ve found your perfect home, you must choose the best mortgage type—fixed-rate or adjustable. And then you can decide whether to buy points.

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By: Valerie Beaudin

December 31st, 2019

Don't Fall into the Payday Loan Trap

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

A payday loan is a short-term loan that is intended to be paid off with your next paycheck. Payday loans are often used by people who are short of cash to pay for emergency expenses. They are prohibited in many states because they are considered predatory loans that charge unreasonably high interest rates and fees, which make them very hard to pay off. Because they’re so hard to pay off, they can trap people in a cycle of debt for years. How can you avoid these loans when you really need the cash now? Keep reading.

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