From a checking account to a mortgage to planning retirement, there are as many phases of banking as there are in your lifetime! Don’t let it overwhelm you – that’s why we’re here. We can sort the short-term goals from the long-term planning out for you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some background banking info, you’ve come to the right place! Our resource library has articles on all kinds of accounts and loans.

25 Easy Ways to Help the Planet — and Your Budget

Conserving energy. Reducing landfills and pollution. Protecting the environment.  Chances are, you already know the impact that recycling can have on sustaining our planet. What you may not know, however, is the impact recycling can have in your home – and in your budget. Here are 25 easy ways you can reuse and recycle to […]

Trim Your Monthly Expenses

It comes as no surprise that spring is a great time to get in shape. But do you realize there’s an easy way to get in great shape without having to put on workout clothes or sneakers — or even breaking a sweat? It’s called getting into financial shape. And you can accomplish that fairly […]

Tips for Choosing a Financial Caregiver

In recognition of May as Older Americans Month According to the National Council on Aging, almost 90 percent of the financial abuse committed against older Americans is done by someone they know. More than ever, it is imperative for seniors to select a trustworthy person to properly manage their finances and personal affairs. “Fraudsters often […]

Fixed- or Adjustable-Rate Mortgage – Choose the Best Option For You

What city or town do you want to live in?  What features do you want in a home? What’s your price range? Anyone who has shopped for a home can tell you; there are lots of decisions to make.  And once you finally find the perfect home, there’s a whole new set of tough decisions […]

Spending Plan Beats Budgeting

Have you ever developed a gut-wrenching fear in the pit of your belly or a feeling of despair when you thought about creating a household budget? Consider thinking about it as a “spending plan”. A budget is simply the framework for planning how to spend and save your money. Follow these simple steps to create […]

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Smart Home Equity Borrowing

If you own a home and have thought about borrowing to make home improvements, chances are you’ve heard about home equity borrowing. This popular and flexible borrowing solution, which lets you tap your home’s equity, can be an attractive way to finance not only home improvements, but also other major life expenses. You can even […]

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The Home Mortgage Appraisal: How Consumers Can Benefit

FDIC Consumer Information – A home appraisal is often required as an essential component of the mortgage financing process. Because the consumer pays the cost of the appraisal when applying for a mortgage to buy or refinance a home, it’s worth learning more about what the consumer is getting for the money, and why lenders […]

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“Link-in” the Job You Want

How to leverage the power of the most powerful professional network: It may not be as fun as sharing silly memes on Facebook. Or posting pictures of your last vacation on Instagram. But, when it comes to helping you find a job, it’s one of the most useful social networking sites available today. It’s LinkedIn, […]

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7 Worthwhile Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers received a tax refund averaging nearly $3,000 in 2017 and will get a similar amount this year. As Americans receive their refunds along with additional benefits coming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December, we have highlighted seven tips […]

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6 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home

Buying a home. It’s the American dream and one you may hope to realize soon. You may have even begun looking at homes online or canvassing neighborhoods to find the home that’s right for you. But before you set out on your home buying journey, there are six important steps you should take to be […]

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