Did you know your credit score affects your ability to qualify for a mortgage, and once approved, your monthly mortgage payment amount?
If you’re looking to buy a home along Colorado’s Front Range, you’re probably all too familiar with the low inventory and high costs in our real estate market. For many first-time home buyers, considering a condo or townhome opens up additional options. However, it’s important to know the differences between buying a single-family home and buying a condo or townhome.
There are creative ways to refinance debt and save money in the process. For instance, a lower-interest auto loan can be used to refinance a high-interest loan like a credit card.
If you are a young adult just starting your first job, chances are you face a number of different challenges. College loans, rent, and car payments all may be competing for your hard-earned yet still entry-level paycheck. How can you even consider setting aside money in your employer-sponsored retirement plan now? After all, retirement is decades
Your investments don’t only have to serve you – they can serve causes and organizations you believe in. This concept is especially resonant for our team of CFS* Financial Advisors at Elevations Credit Union, where we give back to the community and act in the best interest of our membership. In this article prepared by Broadridge, learn about some of the ways to approach investing through a socially conscious lens.
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to consider how your disability insurance policy factors into your overall financial plan. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds entering the workforce will become disabled for three months or more before they retire. Disability insurance
According to the Bureau of Labor’s Consumer Price Index, from December 2005 to December 2015, the average cost of a college education has gone up 55%. With the ever rising costs of tuition, it’s important to start saving early for your child’s college education. Read on for an overview of various ways to save for
Throughout your career, you may face important decisions involving your retirement savings plan. For example, if your plan provides for Roth contributions, you’ll want to review the differences between these and traditional pretax contributions to determine the best strategy for your situation. While pretax contributions offer an upfront tax benefit, you’ll have to pay taxes
As we look back at the 2015 mortgage market in Colorado’s Front Range, three trends are likely to continue this year. If you’re interesting in purchasing a home, keep these big-picture items in mind. 1. High demand: We continue to see demand in all different sectors of the mortgage market, from first-time homebuyers to move-up
When you’re considering applying for a loan, understand how underwriters look at you and calculate your debt-to-income ratio (DTI), plus take into consideration your financial situation and obligations to feel comfortable, as well.