Since 1935 DECU has been serving John Deere employees and their families, and in that time we’ve built up quite a set of tools to help reach our 42,000 members in 50 states and 56 countries. Offering everything from savings accounts to mortgage loans to retirement & investment planning, DECU has Best-In-Market rates and a […]
What is a HELOC? A home equity line of credit is a loan where the lender agrees to lend a maximum amount within a set time period, and the collateral is the borrower’s equity in their house. Homeowners who want to consolidate high-interest debt or finance home improvement projects can tap into their home’s equity […]
Consolidation is a word you have probably heard before, but what does it mean and how can it help you? There are a few basic ways that consolidation works. Each case is different and finding an individual solution for our DECU members can depend on the member, their income, credit score, and their available equity. […]
One question we hear most often from Credit Union members is “How do I get out of debt?” It comes up constantly in conversations and now seems more present than ever. So, I had to ask myself . . . “why this question?” and after some serious research into it, I found a one-word answer […]
Buying a home can be nerve-racking, especially for a first-time home buyer. These tips can help you navigate the process and avoid common mistakes. 1. Start saving for a down payment early It’s common to shoot for 20% down but many lenders allow much less, and for first-time home buyers, some programs allow as little […]
A FICO credit score is built upon several different categories. By knowing what a FICO score is, you can best figure out how to build your credit score quickly. One quick method involves someone with an established credit line being willing to authorize a new-to-credit person be added to already-established credit cards. If this simple […]
As a recent college graduate, I’ve learned countless ways to save and manage my money over the four years. For most, college is a great learning experience where students have very little income and lots of expenses all while having to build their financial foundation. There is no better time to practice good money habits than during this exciting and formative period in life.
Many homeowners don’t know they have an option to refinance their mortgage or a loan to pay off debt faster. Even if a mortgage term has been agreed upon and signed, homeowners can opt for changes before the contract is completed. Many are taking advantage of these three refinancing strategies to pay off their debts faster.
As a single parent, you’re probably familiar with the dual challenges of managing a household and planning for the future on your own. But are you as familiar with the financial strategies that can stretch your income and help you get ahead? Consider the following lessons to help improve your family’s bottom line. Lesson #1: […]