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14 10, 2021

5 Tips for a Good Credit Score

2021-10-14T11:49:23-05:00October 14th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Tips to Build (and Maintain) a Good Credit Score Like building a house, constructing a financially stable life requires laying a solid foundation. In difficult economic times like these, though, building that foundation can be a challenge. Good credit remains a core part of any financial foundation. Having good credit can make it easier [...]

4 10, 2021

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous.

2021-10-04T12:09:29-05:00October 4th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous. But credit cards are also a powerful tool if you know how to use them responsibly.   How credit cards work A credit card is a revolving line of credit that allows you to make charges at any time up to the amount of a specific credit limit. When [...]

29 09, 2021

Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

2021-10-05T11:14:41-05:00September 29th, 2021|Education, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|0 Comments

USING CREDIT CARDS WISELY Join us for a free educational webinar focusing on credit cards! A credit card can be a valuable financial tool. However, before racking up big charges on multiple cards, participants should learn smart ways to handle their credit cards and take a disciplined approach. Register to attend in advance to be [...]

22 06, 2021

Skip-a-Pay FAQ

2021-09-09T15:34:16-05:00June 22nd, 2021|Green Country News|0 Comments

FALL UPDATE Sept. 1, 2021 As of September 1, 2021, applications for the summer skip are no longer available. However, you can apply to skip a payment anytime by filling out the skip-a-pay deferral form.  Remember that only two deferments are allowed in a calendar year and they cannot occur back-to-back. Skip-a-Pay Season is Here! [...]

25 05, 2021

Quick Guide: How to buy a house in 2021

2021-05-25T09:09:05-05:00May 25th, 2021|Home Buying|0 Comments

How to buy a house in 2021 Your guide to getting a mortgage and buying a home.   Set a budget Get mortgage preapproval Find a house and make an offer Secure your mortgage loan Wait for underwriting to complete Set up a home inspection Sign paperwork and close   Buying a home is much [...]

10 05, 2021

A house fire changed my life. Here’s how two minutes could help save yours.

2021-05-12T17:33:31-05:00May 10th, 2021|Financial|0 Comments

While we're preparing for a financial disaster, it's worth taking a look at how an unexpected disaster hits. Oklahomans have seen their fair share of tornados, floods,  grass fires, and ice storms. Here's an article about a house fire. Read through and think about what you would grab if you had less than 2 minutes [...]

19 04, 2021

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO

2021-04-20T22:13:07-05:00April 19th, 2021|Financial, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO Friday, April 23 @ 11:00 a.m. (CST) We all have financial goals but knowing how to get there can be a challenge. Don’t understand how credit scores impact your financial health, or know your FICO® Score? We want to help! In celebration of Financial Literacy [...]

8 04, 2021

Money Missteps – A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid?

2021-04-08T11:25:14-05:00April 8th, 2021|Budgeting, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Money Missteps - A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid? You Spent Your Money on What?! Any parent with a child old enough to have control over money has probably at least thought that, if not shouted it across a dinner table. While the outrage at a teenager spending an entire pile of birthday [...]

19 02, 2021

Six Factors That Could Hurt Your Credit Score

2021-04-09T10:36:09-05:00February 19th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

Six Factors That Could Hurt Your Credit Score It's no secret that maintaining a good credit score is essential to strong financial health. It is a must if you ever wish to take out a substantial loan or need to apply for rental properties. Most people know the basics of what may hurt and what [...]

18 02, 2021

13 Interesting Facts about Credit Reports

2021-02-18T17:56:09-06:00February 18th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

13 Interesting Facts about Credit Reports According to a study from the Federal Reserve, the larger the gap between your credit score and your spouse’s score, the greater you are at risk for divorce. Speaking of spouses and credit scores, you can now find a date based on credit score at CreditScoreDating.com. After all, they [...]

18 02, 2021

How to get a copy of your credit report

2021-02-18T17:01:58-06:00February 18th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

How do I get a copy of my credit reports? You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can request a copy from AnnualCreditReport.com. You can request and review your free report through one of the following ways: [...]

29 01, 2021

Free Webinar – SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF CREDIT REPORTS

2021-01-29T14:38:19-06:00January 29th, 2021|Budgeting, Green Country News, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Free Webinar SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF CREDIT REPORTS Credit report scores hold a lot of power—they can help buy that first home but can also take away financial opportunities. This session provides an overview of credit bureaus, credit scoring, guidance to dispute inaccuracies, improving credit scores, and dealing with identity theft and fraud. Join us [...]

31 12, 2020

WEBINAR Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt

2021-01-05T16:02:13-06:00December 31st, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|0 Comments

WEBINAR Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt Please join us for a free educational webinar. Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt Credit cards can be a great financial tool, but for some, can lead to debt and financial trouble. This session provides an overview of credit card usage, warning signs of credit issues, [...]

7 07, 2020

Should I Refinance?

2020-07-08T11:47:53-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Home Buying|0 Comments

Even when rates are low, refinancing your mortgage isn't always the right choice. Here are some points to consider before you refinance. Deciding when to refinance your home loan depends on several factors besides whether you can get a better mortgage rate than you already have. And though there are many reasons people refinance their [...]

7 07, 2020

Three signs you’re more prepared than you think to buy a home

2020-07-07T16:22:57-05:00July 7th, 2020|Home Buying|0 Comments

No doubt about it—buying a home is a big investment. You’re on the hook for a long-term mortgage, and responsible for repairs and any other unforeseen expenses. But don’t get discouraged just yet. If you have strong money management skills (and cash saved up), you may be ready for homeownership. Here are three signs that [...]

7 07, 2020

Home Buying 101 – your complete guide

2020-09-01T13:06:21-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Home Buying|1 Comment

Buying a home is at once an exciting and challenging venture. With commitment and planning, you can become a successful homeowner. This post covers everything you need to know to start the home buying process off right, including: Preparing for Homeownership Understanding Mortgages Getting a Loan Searching for a Home and Making an Offer Closing [...]

6 07, 2020

Guide to Mortgage Forbearance Under the CARES Act

2020-07-06T09:39:44-05:00July 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Financial|0 Comments

If you have been impacted by the national COVID-19 health crisis and are having trouble paying your mortgage payment, forbearance may be an option for you. Forbearance is offered by some lenders to borrowers who have experienced a financial hardship such as a loss of income or increased medical expenses. Eligible borrowers approved for forbearance [...]

26 06, 2020

Teaching Kids And Teens Smart Money Habits

2020-06-26T09:42:25-05:00June 26th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Think back to how you formed your financial habits. Did you learn everything you needed in school? From your parents? If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what financial pitfalls would you tell yourself to avoid? If you have children of your own, you may be wondering how and when to [...]

20 12, 2019

Five insider tips to an affordable first home

2019-12-20T14:52:28-06:00December 20th, 2019|Home Buying|0 Comments

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming—especially if it’s your first time. You want to make sure you’re getting the best house at the best value, but without prior experience, how can you really know? Here are some helpful pointers for first-time homebuyers: 1. Avoid making large purchases before you apply for your [...]

19 12, 2019

Boost Your Credit Score in Days Through Rapid Rescoring

2019-12-19T10:31:37-06:00December 19th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

Finally, after all that looking, you’ve found the perfect home and are ready to make an offer. Everything is in order – almost. At the last minute, you discover that your credit report contains incorrect information. Errors have negatively impacted your score to the extent that you can’t qualify for an ideal mortgage. Don’t worry, [...]

19 12, 2019

Non-Traditional Credit Scores: Your Key to Better Borrowing

2019-12-19T09:37:21-06:00December 19th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

If you are among the millions of Americans who have not yet used traditional forms of credit, you may think you have to turn to expensive sub-prime lending institutions in order to borrow money. Without a history of using credit cards or loans, you won’t have a traditional credit score – which most financial institutions [...]

19 12, 2019

VantageScore: A Simpler Credit Score

2019-12-19T09:28:06-06:00December 19th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

Credit scores have a major impact on our financial lives. Lenders and other organizations rely on these numerical “grades” to make objective and accurate business decisions. Good scores enable you to borrow money easily and with attractive interest rates, while poor scores result in high-interest loans and lines of credit – or being denied the [...]

18 12, 2019

Can No-Limit Credit Cards Limit Your Credit Score?

2019-12-18T23:28:49-06:00December 18th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

If you are familiar with the way credit scoring works, you probably know that avoiding being “maxed out” on your credit cards and other revolving accounts generally impacts your score in a positive way. You might also be aware that the FICO score – the most popular model – dedicates 30% of its score calculation [...]

18 12, 2019

Your Credit Score: Everything you need to know

2019-12-18T22:55:18-06:00December 18th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

Credit cards are a powerful financial tool. If you use them wisely, they will help you achieve your financial goals. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Abuse them and you will find yourself in a world of financial hurt. If you recently got your first credit card, here are nine [...]

10 12, 2019

Six Confusing Things About Your Credit Report (and What they Mean)

2019-12-10T10:42:53-06:00December 10th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

If you’re not used to reading them, credit reports can make about as much sense as a restaurant menu printed in a foreign language. At least in a restaurant, you can point to what someone else is having. But if you don’t know how to read your credit file, you could make mistakes that could [...]

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