Essential Tips for First-time Homebuyers

May 9th, 2019

The thought of buying your first home can be thrilling – and intimidating. Whether you’ve just started the homebuying journey or you’re in the middle of the process, we’ve got some tips to help you along the way. These tips can be a refresher if this isn’t your first time house-hunting as well.  Down PaymentIt

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7 Smart Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund

May 2nd, 2019

You can maximize your tax refund in several ways — from paying off high-interest debt to investing in a business or saving for retirement. One or more of these options could be the perfect fit for you. Pay Off High-Interest DebtHas a high-interest credit card balance been a thorn in your side? Resist temptation to

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Should You Touch Your 401(k)?

April 25th, 2019

If you’ve taken saving for your future seriously, chances are you have a 401(k). In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a 401(k) is a savings/investing plan from employers that gives you a tax break on any money you set aside for retirement. Good savers can accumulate a tidy sum in these types of accounts,

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8 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

April 18th, 2019

Your house and yard aren’t the only things that need a little extra attention this spring – so do your finances. Spring is the perfect time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and tend to the financial areas that need help. We have eight tips to help you spring clean

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FHA Loan Basics

April 15th, 2019

An FHA loan is a mortgage that’s guaranteed by the government’s Federal Housing Administration. Because of this guarantee, FHA loans are more available to homebuyers who do not qualify for traditional mortgages.  Should I get an FHA loan?  FHA loans are great for anyone, but they’re especially good for those who:  • Are first-time homebuyers 

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4 Mistake to Avoid at Tax Time

April 11th, 2019

When preparing your taxes there are a lot of simple and easy errors you can avoid with a little double checking and extra diligence. Also, one of the biggest reasons a tax refund is delayed is because of an error. Check out this list of common errors and correct them before you file: Incorrect or

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How to Boost Your Financial Literacy

April 4th, 2019

April is Financial Literacy Month. Financial Literacy Month became official in 2004 when the Senate passed Resolution 316 to officially recognize the month. While it’s not as fun as Halloween or your birthday, its goal of starting and keeping healthy financial habits is worth celebrating. Why We Need Financial Literacy Month  We know, it seems

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Money Smart Week Kicks Off

March 28th, 2019

No matter how financially savvy we think we are, there’s always room to learn more. That’s why the Federal Reserve bank of Chicago created Money Smart Week. Over 30 Chicago-area organizations joined together to create the Money Smart Advisory Council to work together to promote financial literacy. Money Smart Week launched in 2002 and includes

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When to File Your Taxes

March 21st, 2019

If you’re like millions of Americans, you wait till mid-April to file your income tax return. But are there any benefits to filing then? Or is it better to file early? We break it down for you. File Your Taxes Early Honestly, there are more pros than cons to filing your taxes before the April

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