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  • Hazardous Holidays

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for fraudsters who take advantage of the holiday season. We often get so lost in holiday cheer that we let our guard down and leave ourselves vulnerable to scammers. In case you forget to protect yourself while dashing through the snow, we’ll be here working hard to keep your accounts safe.

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    What's in Your Piggy Bank? A Blog About Saving

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    Many people believe that the major key to a financially stable future is building a savings account. While making regular contributions to a traditional savings account is one way to build your finances, it’s not the only way. The major key to a financially stable future is choosing the savings solution that will be the most beneficial to you and your financial future.

  • International Credit Union Day

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    Guess what day it is? Today is officially recognized as International Credit Union Day. Every October, credit unions all over the world celebrate ICUD to acknowledge our shared history, accomplishments, and philosophy of People helping People.

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    Falling Autumn: How to Prepare for the Change in Seasons

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    Do hear that? Listen closely – it’s the sound of fallen leaves crunching beneath your feet. Autumn is officially upon us, and this year she evidently wasted no time making her appearance.

  • Be Aware: Card Cracking

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    Do you want to make money with a few quick and easy steps? Click here for your cash now!” We see click-bait advertisements, emails, and videos like this all the time, and we want to believe the claims they make.

  • Six Reasons to Download the Chartway Mortgage Express App

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    At Chartway, we make the process of securing a home loan simple and easy with our Mortgage Express Mobile App! If you’re looking to purchase a home, interested in refinancing an existing loan, or a real estate agent hoping to speed up the process for your clients, check out six reasons why Chartway’s Mortgage Express Mobile App will brighten the way toward your goal.

  • Three things every homebuyer needs to know about Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)

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    If you’re shopping for a home for the first time, you’ve probably heard of an Adjustable Rate Mortgage, or ARM. It’s a type of home loan with an initial low rate for a fixed period of time, which then increases or decreases depending on mortgage interest rates at the time of adjustment.

  • a family signs paperwork at the dealership to seal the deal on their new family car

    Best Family Cars For Growing Families

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    As you add members to your family, you might be outgrowing your beloved vehicle. If it’s time to purchase a new car, making sure that it has enough space for your kids, their friends, and all of the bits and pieces that come along with their hobbies and after-school activities is vital. It’s also extremely important to make sure that the car you purchase will keep your family safe and be reliable for the long-haul.

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    Understanding Home Equity & How To Use It

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    Borrowing money against your home's equity can pay for the kitchen remodel you've always dreamed of, or it may be used to send your child off to college. Home equity loans have very few limitations on how you utilize the funds. However, because a home equity loan puts up your home as collateral, you'll want to use yours wisely and repay it on time.

  • a family works together on DIY painting and other home renovations

    A Guide to Budgeting for Home Renovations

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    Renovating your home is a win-win situation. For as long as you live there, you'll get to enjoy your remodeled kitchen, bathroom, and any other space that deserves an upgrade.

  • a young woman smiling, sitting at her laptop with a credit card she is using online to build her credit

    How to Build Your Credit

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    Your credit score will be with you your whole life and can affect everything from the car you drive to where you live. You may be wondering how to build your credit as a new consumer or improve your credit after it has taken a hit. Thankfully, there are ways to quickly and effectively build your credit history and boost your credit score.

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    Mortgage Application Checklist: What You'll Need to Apply for a Mortgage Loan

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    Applying for a home loan can be daunting, especially for first-time homebuyers.

    But this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, completing a mortgage lender’s loan application can be fairly straightforward if you take the time to get organized.

  • a family choosing a car at the dealership and taking a selfie in front of their new vehicle

    How to Choose Your Next Car

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    If you're going to be in the market for a new (or new-to-you) vehicle soon, you may be wondering how to choose your next car. What should you consider when car shopping? What questions should you ask before you buy? Learn more about just a few of the factors to keep in mind when looking for your next vehicle.

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    How to Know When to Refinance Your Mortgage [Guide]

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    Refinancing a mortgage can be a smart financial move when done correctly. It can save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your loan and even help you pay off your home faster.

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    Checklist: Choosing a House with Enough Space at the Right Price

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    A home is one of the most expensive things that most people will buy in their lives. It’s not a decision you want to take lightly. Get it wrong, and you could be stuck with an expensive monthly payment for more home than you need. And if you don’t buy a big enough home, you could end up with a place that you quickly outgrow.

  • 7 Things to Consider When Buying a House

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    The U.S. real estate market continues to reach unprecedented levels of demand, with bidding wars occurring throughout the country and many homes going under contract after just hours on the market. If you're considering a change, it's important to do your research first to ensure that you're ready to jump on your dream home once you find it. Below, we'll discuss seven key things to consider when beginning the home-buying process.

  • a couple sits on their couch looking at kitchen remodeling ideas on their tablet

    The Average Length of a Kitchen Remodel

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    A kitchen remodel can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home—and in today's hot real estate market, having a modern, clean kitchen may help spark a bidding war.

    But having your kitchen out of commission for weeks at a time can be a major inconvenience. How long will your kitchen remodel take, and what can you do to accomplish your remodel as quickly as possible?

  • a happy family sitting together on the floor of their newly remodeled kitchen

    7 Home Improvements with the Best ROI

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    One of the great things about owning a home is that it’s an investment. The money you put into your home is money invested toward your future. One way you can increase the value of your home is by completing home renovations. Not only that but investing in home improvement can enhance your quality of life while you are in the home.

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    How to Decide on the Right Type of Mortgage Loan

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    The journey to homeownership can be overwhelming at times—from finding a great realtor to shopping for the right type of mortgage loan. After all, choosing a mortgage loan, which best fits your needs, is just as important as choosing your new home.

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    5 Loans That Can Be Used For Home Improvements

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    If you’re undertaking home improvements, you’ve probably been thinking about how to pay for the costs associated with your project. Home improvements can help you increase the value of your home, allowing you to get a better return on your investment in the long run. However, the money for the renovations has to come from somewhere.

  • a young family sits on the floor of their home near a ladder and supplies used for remodeling a house

    10 Step House Remodeling Plan

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    Ready to bring your dream of a home remodel to reality but don’t know where to begin? 

    Whether you want to fix up a bathroom or renovate an entire floor, we can help you through your remodel. Despite the size of the project, the general gist of what you will need to do is the same.

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    7 Bathroom Remodel Tips That Save You Money

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    Bathroom remodels can transform the way your space looks and feels all while increasing the value of your home. And, if you’re getting ready to renovate your bathroom, you probably want to use the most efficient and most cost-friendly approach.

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    Fun Activities to Teach Kids How to Save

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    As we all evolve to the new “norm”, some of us are balancing working from home, homeschooling our kiddos, and managing a household. Luckily, we have some fun activities to do with your children while educating them about money management.

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    How to Buy Your First Home in Virginia

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    Each year, many people discover and fall in love with Virginia’s majestic mountains, beautiful farmlands, and stunning beaches. With its rich history, thriving economy, and top-tier colleges and universities, it’s an ideal place to buy a home and raise a family.

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    7 Reasons to Buy a Bigger House

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    Whether you’re in a transition phase of life or just thinking about ways you could use more space, sometimes a bigger house can be exactly what you need. We’ve gathered some of the most common reasons why you may want to size up to a bigger house. Once you read them, you’ll see that you’re not alone in considering the change.