inexpensive ways to improve your home's curb appeal
Whether you are trying to spruce up your home to get ready to sell or just wanting to make your house a home that you can take pride in, some simple updates to improve your curb appeal can work wonders on a home.Read More
five things every first-time home buyer should know
Buying a house is an exciting event, but if you are a first-time home buyer this is uncharted territory for you! Before you jump in headfirst, we recommend you develop a realistic budget that comfortably fits your lifestyle. What you can afford and what you may be approved for, could be two completely different numbers. Keep in mind that household expenses such as groceries, gas, utilities, cell phone, cable, vacations, higher education and other wants and needs, are not typically included by lenders when determining your debt-to-income ratio. Once you have developed your budget and are comfortable with the Mortgage payment you can afford, read on to learn about five other important things every first-time home buyer should know.Read More
10 steps to buying a new home
Purchasing a new home is an exciting event, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! There is so much to do when buying a new house and you want to make sure you do not miss a single step. Fortunately for you there is always help along the way. Check out these important steps to keep in mind as you make your way to purchasing your dream home!Read More
how do home equity loans work?
what is a home equity loan?
A home equity loan — also known as a second mortgage, term loan or equity loan — is when a homeowner borrows money against the equity in their home. A home equity Loan is usually in a “second lien position” to your primary home mortgage loan, hence, the commonly referred to term of second mortgage. However, even if your primary home mortgage loan is paid-off you still may obtain a home equity loan.Read More
what is required when opening a checking account?
Opening a checking account is a fairly simple process, but you will need to ensure you bring the right documentation with you. Keep in mind that the requirements may vary depending on the financial institution that you choose to bank with. Read on to learn about what a checking account is, the benefits of a checking account and what you’ll need to have with you in order to get your account up and running right away.Read More
everything you need to know about construction loans
With a shortage of homes for sale on the market, you may be looking to build your new dream home. Building your own home can be a tremendously rewarding experience. You get to make choices about everything from location and floor plan to colors and landscaping. At the end of the process, you have a truly special place to live, something uniquely yours. But how do you pay for it? And how do new construction loans work?
While a project like building your home can be both exciting and fun, there are many things to consider before you begin building. Probably the most important consideration is how this type of project gets paid for.Read More
advantages of using a credit card for everyday payments
If you’re not using your credit card for your everyday expenses, you may want to change your ways. There are benefits to using credit cards responsibly for regular purchases. Credit cards are powerful financial tools. They allow us to pay for expenses that we need without having to carry around cash. They also make it less stressful to pay for emergency expenses. But do you still find yourself reaching into your wallet to use cash or a debit card when you’re in the checkout line? If so, you may want to change your ways, because getting into the habit of using your credit card regularly can have its advantages. Here’s why you should use a credit card for almost every payment.Read More
iTeller – a new, enhanced service experience!
getting to know the BlueOx iTellers
As part of our on-going commitment to enhancing the member experience, as well as providing additional choices that fit your lifestyle, BlueOx Credit Union is excited to announce a new, easy-to-use banking technology, beginning with our Battle Creek Branch lobby and drive-thru, and now available for your convenience! Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) or iTellers are innovative and interactive “I do my own banking” ATM machines with a personal touch. They provide face-to-face assistance from a knowledgeable iTeller specialist using live video chat technology – all the convenience of an ATM with the personal service of a live teller PLUS more convenience and functionality! Picture an ATM that comes to life, much like Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
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why it’s a good idea to check your credit
You may regularly check Online Banking to ensure you are sticking to your monthly budget, but what about doing the same for your credit? Because your credit is used to gauge your financial well-being, it is important to make sure it remains stable. The best way to do this is through credit monitoring. If you have ever questioned the importance of credit, these three reasons highlight exactly why you should keep an eye on your credit.Read More
know your mortgage forms: what you should understand about Good Faith and Loan Estimates
Applying for a mortgage to find your dream home can be an exciting, yet long process. BlueOx Credit Union strives to simplify financing and servicing your home. However convenient our local, hometown superior service has made the mortgage process for you, it can still be challenging to understand some of the information in the standard documents.Read More
credit vs. debit
We’ve all done it. We’re out shopping, ready to use our Debit Cards, and the clerk asks “debit or credit?” We really don’t know what the difference is. It’s a Debit Card, so we say “debit,” right? Wrong.Read More
what to do if you can’t pay your bills
Living paycheck to paycheck can get you caught in a situation where your monthly expenses exceed your monthly income, leaving you wondering how to make ends meet and worrying over how to pay your bills. Here are a few helpful tips and some of the best ways to pay bills each month to improve your financial wellness.Read More
preparing for future home ownership or refinancing your current mortgage
tips for building credit and saving for a home mortgage
A good budget plan begins one or two years before a buyer makes an offer. Here are four tips for anyone who plans to become a homeowner:Read More
why obtaining a credit card from a credit union is a smart choice
You have many options when it comes to finding the best place to apply for a credit card. Credit unions tend to have lower rates and fees and have great rewards as well. Read on to find out whether a credit union card is right for you.Read More
advantages of securing a home mortgage with a credit union
Buying a new home is an exciting event, and it's also a big expense for any budget. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the average mortgage balance is $244,000 for new homeowners. Though many people turn to banks out of habit, taking out a credit union mortgage may be the better choice for many homeowners. Wondering which financial institution should handle your home loan? Read on to explore five distinct advantages of choosing a credit union mortgage.Read More
advantages of opening a checking account with a credit union
Credit unions and banks offer many of the same products and services, such as checking and savings programs. However, credit unions are quite different in their approach to serving their member-owners. Their dedicated employees also make the difference. Civic-minded, they live in the same communities as you. They shop at the same stores and attend the same schools and churches. Like you, they have a stake in your communities and in your personal success.Read More
five tips to save money on back-to-school shopping
Back-to-school is the second-biggest shopping season for retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $696.70 on school supplies. That's up from $684.79 last year! So parents: don’t break the bank this school year, and save with our five back-to-school savings tips!Read More
five ways to establish good credit
Whether you are new to credit or are trying to “clean up” past issues to re-establish a favorable record, you may encounter a frustrating paradox: many financial institutions are reluctant to extend credit to someone without an established record. Yet the only way to build a credit record is to have and use credit. Here are some ideas on how to create and build your credit history.Read More
how to improve my credit score
If you find that you aren’t getting approved for credit cards or loans, or aren’t getting favorable rates for financing, then you may need to make some improvements to your credit score. Building credit isn’t a particularly quick or simple process, but here are a few tips that can help.Read More