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.

Protect Your Business from a Corporate Account Takeover

Running a successful business requires you to be knowledgeable about your industry, competition, and your customers. And in these advance technological times, you must be knowledgeable about another critical area—cyber threats to your business. Today, cyber thieves are constantly developing new ways to defraud businesses online. And it’s usually smaller businesses—those with less than 100 […]

5 Steps to Safeguard Your Financial Data from Thieves

Most people leave a trail of data nearly everywhere they go. Some of that data links to critical information, such as bank and credit card accounts. Hackers want access to that information and are constantly deploying new tactics to steal that data from unsuspecting consumers. You don’t have to make it easy for them. These […]

5 Qualities of a Good Mortgage Lender

So, you’ve made the decision to buy a home or to refinance the mortgage on one you already own. Now all you need to do is find the right lender to help make it happen. That should be easy, right? But with all the mortgage lenders available today—from your local bank to online mortgage lenders—it’s […]

How Much to Allocate to Your 401K

  When your employer offers a 401(k) plan, you have a great opportunity to save for retirement. You’ll want to contribute at least enough to get the full employer match, if your employer offers one.  Beyond that, here are some ways to know how much to allocate to your plan. Decide how much you’ll need […]

How to Be a Money Smart Graduate Student

  Whether you’ll be pursuing a master’s degree in English literature or a Ph.D. in chemical engineering this fall, life as a graduate student likely will require a good deal of thriftiness. But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to a steady diet of instant noodles and cereal for the foreseeable future. Here’s […]

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How to Save Money on Vacation Costs

Looking to leave behind the worries of work and responsibilities of home this summer? A fun and relaxing vacation getaway can provide the perfect opportunity to refresh and recharge your batteries. But with summer the most popular time for vacation, affording a quality vacation can be a challenge. Rest assured, there are some steps you […]

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Take a Closer Look at Mobile Banking

What’s new, how you can benefit, and how to protect yourself from security risks. With advances in technology, financial institutions are now increasingly providing customers the ability to use mobile phones for banking transactions and to pay for just about anything from a retail purchase to a restaurant bill you’re splitting with friends. “Mobile phones […]

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How Consumers Can Benefit from a Home Appraisal

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 typically are required to […]

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Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

It’s no secret that shopping for a car involves making many choices — from the color, to the style, to the features and accessories. There’s another choice to consider when you are in the market for a car — whether to lease or buy. Once available primarily for luxury vehicles, leasing is now available for […]

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4 Simple Steps to Enroll in e-Statements

We care about helping our customers just as much as you care about the environment! One easy way to save trees and time is to set up free e-Statements using Online Banking at Main Street Bank. To help make it easier for you, we put together a step-by-step guide for how you can enroll in […]

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