Last updated 5 days ago
If you’re tired of dealing with excessive fees and poor customer service at your bank, you may be looking for an alternative. This video can help you make the right choice by explaining credit unions in more detail.
Today, more people than ever are making the switch to banking with a community-based credit union. Anyone can join a credit union, and you may stand a better chance of securing a loan at a credit union than a bank. Additionally, the rates on car loans and mortgages are often much better than you’d receive elsewhere.
If you’d like to discover the difference banking with a credit union can make, contact GCS Credit Union today by calling (618) 219-8600. We proudly offer a variety of financial services in O'Fallon, IL, including auto loans, mortgages, and retirement and investment plans. Visit our website to learn more!
Last updated 7 days ago
Refinancing your mortgage can get you a better rate and consolidate multiple payments. HARP, the Home Affordable Refinance Program, can help you refinance if you’ve had trouble doing so in the past. Keep reading to find out if this program could be right for you and your home in IL.
HARP is designed to help homeowners who want to refinance but currently owe more than their home is worth because the value of their home has declined since purchase. If you have been unable to refinance in the past even though you’re not behind on your payments, HARP may be able to help. This program can help you refinance to take advantage of the low interest rates available today. You can lower your monthly payment or change the terms of your mortgage to achieve the financial stability you want.
In order to be eligible for HARP refinancing, your mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. If you aren’t sure who owns or guarantees your mortgage, check with your credit union or servicer. Additionally, your mortgage must have been sold to these servicers on or before May 31, 2009. You cannot have previously refinanced under HARP, with the exception of those with Fannie Mae mortgages refinanced between March and May of 2009. You must be current on your mortgage for the past six straight months with no more than one late payment in the previous 12 months. Finally, your current loan-to-value ratio must be above 80%. If you meet these eligibility criteria, talk to your credit union about the next step in HARP refinancing.
GCS Credit Union’s Mortgage Center is here to help you afford or refinance your home. Call (618) 219-8600 to find out more about HARP and other refinancing options in O’Fallon, IL. Please click on our website to read more about our financial services, including loans, credit cards, and money markets.
Last updated 11 days ago
Open-end loans are a form of personal loan that set up a revolving line of credit. This means that you do not need to take out the entire loan amount at once. These loans act like a credit card without the need for a physical card. You can take out only the amount of money you need while the rest is left available for future use. When you make payments on the borrowed amount, it becomes available to you as part of your line of credit once more. You pay interest only on the amount you are currently borrowing, rather than the entire line of credit. Open-end loans are popular because they offer immediate cash when you need it without the need to apply for a separate loan each time.
If you’d like to find out more about loans at GCS Credit Union, give us a call today at (618) 219-8600. We offer a variety of personal loan options, including open-end, closed-end, consolidation, and vacation loans ranging from $500-$15,000. Click on our website for more details.
Last updated 13 days ago
Your teenage years are often when you learn to handle your own finances. Getting your first debit card is exciting, but it also comes with responsibility. Your credit union can help you get off to a great financial start with a variety of services and advice.
Plan to Save
Open both a checking and savings account at your credit union to encourage saving. If possible, set up direct deposit of your paycheck and decide how much of each check you want to spend and how much you’ll save. Talk to your parents or a financial advisor about developing financial goals, whether it’s saving up to buy a new car or preparing to pay for food and expenses once you go to college.
Avoid Impulse Buys
Impulse buying seems like a good idea at the time, but it also puts your plans to save on hold. Take note of your actions when going out with friends. Learn to recognize when you’re buying items impulsively. Try waiting at least 24 hours before purchasing anything you see. If you’re not still thinking about the item the next day, chances are you don’t really want it that badly.
Understand the Terms
Once you have a checking account, savings account, and debit or credit card, it’s important to understand their terms. Find out whether your accounts have a minimum balance and what it means to be overdrawn. You should also know if there are spending limits on your credit or debit cards, as well as your interest rates. Late payments can increase your interest rate, so set up reminders on your computer or phone to make sure you pay your bills on time.
GCS Credit Union can help you on the path to successfully managing your finances as a teen or adult. Visit us on the web to read through our wide range of financial services, including checking accounts, savings accounts, and credit cards. Contact us by calling (618) 219-8600 to inquire about opening an account in O’Fallon, IL.
Last updated 17 days ago
Teaching your teen to handle their finances will set them up for future success. Giving them a credit card can help them learn how to handle their expenses responsibly.
This video suggests ways to teach your child financial responsibility with a credit card. One option is to secure a credit card for your teen from your existing credit card company. Get a card with a small limit of one or two hundred dollars. This will provide your child some freedom without causing you undue stress.
At GCS Credit Union, we offer great rates on our Visa credit cards! You can find out more about opening a credit and debit card account with us by calling (618) 219-8600 today. We invite you to check out our blog for more tips on raising your children to be financially responsible.