5 Tips on Saving for a Mortgage Down Payment

Mortgage. Down. Payment. The three scariest words in the home buying process. If saving up money for the down payment stumps you at every turn, keep reading. You may realize that you are closer to buying a home than you think. Find Unconventional Loan Options. A conventional mortgage typically requires a down payment of 20%. But there are several loan products with little or no down payments required. These include FHA-backed loans for first-time home buyers, VA loans for former and current military personnel and spouses, and USDA loans for buyers who want homes in “agricultural zones.”It is best that you thoroughly review these loan options with our PEFCU Loan Representative; as they may require a specific…

June 23, 2020Borrowing Basics 1 Comment

Mortgage. Down. Payment. The three scariest words in the home buying process. If saving up money for the down payment stumps you at every turn, keep reading. You may realize that you are closer to buying a home than you think. Find Unconventional Loan Options. A conventional mortgage typically requires a down payment of 20%. But there are several loan products with little or no down payments required. These include FHA-backed loans for first-time home buyers, VA loans for former and current military personnel and spouses, and USDA loans for buyers who want homes in “agricultural zones.”It is best that you thoroughly review these loan options with our PEFCU Loan Representative; as they may require a specific…

Remodeling vs. Selling Your Home: 5 Factors to Help You Decide

Big decisions like whether to remodel or sell your home can become clouded with unrealistic expectations. If you’re a homeowner and are considering whether to remodel your existing home or  buy a new home, here are some factors that you and your realtor should discuss:  Remodel Cost:  To perform the type and size of renovations seen on some cable shows, most people will use a Home Equity Loan. This means that there will be interest rates, closing costs, and other expenses associated with the remodel. It’s also important to get multiple estimates from reputable, licensed companies or contractors in your area for the best strategy. New Home Cost: There are several expenses the homeowners will incur if they a.) sell their existing home and b.) purchase a…

May 11, 2020Borrowing Basics No Comments

Big decisions like whether to remodel or sell your home can become clouded with unrealistic expectations. If you’re a homeowner and are considering whether to remodel your existing home or  buy a new home, here are some factors that you and your realtor should discuss:  Remodel Cost:  To perform the type and size of renovations seen on some cable shows, most people will use a Home Equity Loan. This means that there will be interest rates, closing costs, and other expenses associated with the remodel. It’s also important to get multiple estimates from reputable, licensed companies or contractors in your area for the best strategy. New Home Cost: There are several expenses the homeowners will incur if they a.) sell their existing home and b.) purchase a…

4 Ways to Make Your Credit Cards Work for You

What’s one of the most persuasive pieces of advice that you’ve heard about credit cards? Most likely, your parents told you to pay them all off, cut most of them up, and save only one for emergencies.   But you don’t have to destroy your credit cards or refuse to use them to take control of your spending habits. In fact, refusing to use credit can weaken your credit score. Here are four ways to manage your credit card balances while continuing to use your credit cards.   1. Reschedule Payment Dates for More Convenient Times. Just move your payment date. This is especially helpful if your payday doesn’t match your payment due date. You will lower your chances of missing a payment. FYI: Credit card payment history accounts for about 35% of your credit score.   2. Pay in Full…

May 11, 2020Borrowing Basics No Comments

What’s one of the most persuasive pieces of advice that you’ve heard about credit cards? Most likely, your parents told you to pay them all off, cut most of them up, and save only one for emergencies.   But you don’t have to destroy your credit cards or refuse to use them to take control of your spending habits. In fact, refusing to use credit can weaken your credit score. Here are four ways to manage your credit card balances while continuing to use your credit cards.   1. Reschedule Payment Dates for More Convenient Times. Just move your payment date. This is especially helpful if your payday doesn’t match your payment due date. You will lower your chances of missing a payment. FYI: Credit card payment history accounts for about 35% of your credit score.   2. Pay in Full…

6 Ways Auto Advisors Can Help You Find the Right Car

When was the last time you absolutely knew that you got a great deal when you purchased a vehicle? Probably never! That’s why we’re giving you access to the professional car buying services of Auto Advisors, a no-cost member benefit from PEFCU.   What is “Auto Advisors?”  Auto Advisors is a no-cost auto-buying service that pairs PEFCU members with professionally trained car-buying gurus. Traditional dealership games and tactics don’t work against Auto Advisors; many of which are former dealership employees themselves—so they know first-hand what to avoid.  Hassle-Free Car Buying: 6 Ways Auto Advisors Can Help You  Your Auto Advisor will work with you one-on-one and help to:  Locate Your Ideal Vehicle Get…

May 11, 2020Borrowing Basics No Comments

When was the last time you absolutely knew that you got a great deal when you purchased a vehicle? Probably never! That’s why we’re giving you access to the professional car buying services of Auto Advisors, a no-cost member benefit from PEFCU.   What is “Auto Advisors?”  Auto Advisors is a no-cost auto-buying service that pairs PEFCU members with professionally trained car-buying gurus. Traditional dealership games and tactics don’t work against Auto Advisors; many of which are former dealership employees themselves—so they know first-hand what to avoid.  Hassle-Free Car Buying: 6 Ways Auto Advisors Can Help You  Your Auto Advisor will work with you one-on-one and help to:  Locate Your Ideal Vehicle Get…