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Financial and Lifestyle Resources for Vermont


In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

By: Mortgage Originators

May 1st, 2018

Eleven Steps to Buying a Home

Investing in the Future | Homebuying and Mortgages

If you’re buying a home, it's time to get organized! A home is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make in a lifetime and the homebuying process can be complicated. This is the time to decide what kind of home you want and what you need to do in order to buy it. So, take a moment to consider (and write down) the steps you’ll need to take in the months to come.

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By: Caroline Cross

April 25th, 2018

Credit Score Breakdown: 5 Factors of a Healthy Score

Credit and Debt

Your credit score is a number, based on your credit report, that helps financial institutions determine if you will repay a loan. Credit scores can range from 300-850. Typically, the higher the credit score, the more likely the borrower will pay off their loan.

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By: David Tepfer

April 17th, 2018

Bike Commuting & How to Choose the Best Bike

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

When you first start bike commuting, a big question you are going to have is what kind of bike do you need? There are a ton of different bikes out there, and I am not even talking about brands. It can be very confusing. When it comes to buying your bike, the most important thing you can do is ask yourself these questions.

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By: Mike Norris

April 10th, 2018

Should My Business Go Solar?

Energy Savings | Business Development | Saving and Budgeting

If you’re a business owner, solar energy can provide a range of benefits, including lower energy costs and tax incentives. Solar isn’t for every business, though, so you will want to do a little research to determine if it makes sense for yours. This article is just a brief introduction to get you acquainted with the basics.

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6 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

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By: Christine Moriarty, CFP, MBA

April 3rd, 2018

What Do Emotions Have to Do with Financial Decisions?

Every day, we make decisions about food, finances, clothes, and the list goes on. No wonder decision fatigue is such a big topic in the field of psychology.  

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By: Alicia White

March 28th, 2018

New Tax Laws and Home Equity Interest Deductions

Learn Something New | Homebuying and Mortgages

As a result of the new tax legislation, enacted in December of 2017, homeowners will not receive tax deductions on home equity loan interest. Since the 1980’s homeowners have enjoyed a deduction for home equity interest on amounts up to $100,000. The legislation eliminated tax deductions for interest on new and existing home equity loans from 2018 through 2025. It did not eliminate deductions for interest on primary home mortgage loans.

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By: Terri Crowther

March 22nd, 2018

Women in the Credit Union Industry 

Learn Something New | Cooperatives

March is Women’s History Month and VSECU has a lot to celebrate during this month. Not only did women play an important role in the development of the credit union industry in the United States, but they were equally necessary to the founding of VSECU.

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By: Yvonne Garand

March 6th, 2018

What Should I Do with My Tax Refund?

Investing in the Future | Saving and Budgeting

Many taxpayers get excited when they discover that they will get a tax refund. In 2016, the average taxpayer refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money! So, if you're asking the question "what should I do with my tax refund?" consider these five smart moves.  

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