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Is now the time for you to refinance?

Posted February 5, 2021  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation, Wallet Wisdom, Mortgage

Find out by asking yourself these questions first.

Housing Trends To Watch in 2021

Posted January 26, 2021  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation, Mortgage

2020 has been a rough year, but not for the housing market. This past year ended strong and it’s only getting stronger. In Zillow’s 2021 forecast, this year is projected to have the strongest home sales growth since 1983 with 21.9%* annual growth compared to 2020 — that’s a total of 6.9 million homes sold. So if you’re thinking about buying or selling this year, keep these five trends in mind.

It’s the most wonderful time of year to buy a house.

Posted December 15, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation, Mortgage

It’s the most wonderful time of year to buy a house. (And we don’t mean the gingerbread kind.)

With the holiday season in full swing, there are many items on your to do list and it may seem counterintuitive to add a big ticket item to that list. But if you’re thinking you may want to make a move, now may be the time to add finding your dream home to your list. Check out these four reasons why December may be the time to purchase your next house.

Answers to your home equity questions

Posted November 18, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation, Wallet Wisdom

You've Got Questions. We've Got Answers.

Imagine this: You finally make the exciting leap to start house hunting. You meet up with your realtor, see a few houses in the perfect location… and then you quickly realize there’s an inventory shortage; houses are priced far higher than you imagined and people are getting into bidding wars on houses in your dream neighborhood.

Four ways to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates

Posted September 1, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation

To put it nicely, 2020 hasn’t been the best. But one good thing to come out of this year is the historically low mortgage rates. Here are four ways you can use a home’s equity to work by refinancing.

When it comes to debt consolidation, you’ve got options

Posted July 27, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation

The economic impact of COVID-19 has us all searching for creative ways to make ends meet. One way is to consider the simple, effective option of debt consolidation. Debt consolidation is when you combine multiple high-interest loans into a single, lower-interest payment, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars each month.

Now that you can leave home …you won’t want to.

Posted June 25, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation

With a home equity line of credit, you can turn your house into the home you’ve spent the last few months (or years) imagining.

Six questions to ask yourself before building your forever home.

Posted June 25, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation

It probably feels like you’ve waited forever to build your forever home, but before you sign on the dotted property line, ask yourself these questions to make sure you’re really ready.

It’s the last month to win a $50,000 home makeover!

Posted June 25, 2020  |   Topics: Lake Michigan Credit Union, Home Financing & Renovation

LMCU’s $50,000 Home Makeover Sweepstakes is bigger than ever—with a $15,000 second place prize and a $5,000 third place prize.

How to manage your debt and improve your DTI ratio

Posted June 23, 2020  |   Topics: Home Financing & Renovation, Wallet Wisdom

What is DTI ratio?

Before you can improve your DTI ratio, it helps to know what a DTI ratio is. DTI stands for debt-to-income. It’s a comparison of your monthly debt payments versus your monthly income. Your calculated DTI ratio is used to help lenders get an idea of how well you manage monthly expenses, which helps them determine if you’ll be able to repay a loan.