Archive for March, 2016

Buying a home

What is a Loan Estimate?

March 30th, 2016 Barry Green

Taking out a mortgage and buying a home can be a daunting task, but we have good news! In October 2015, the federal government took steps to make the home-buying process easier. Known as the “Know before you owe” rules, the new regulations have many benefits for consumers. Chief among these is the replacement of […]

Save for college

4 alternatives to 529 college savings plans

March 21st, 2016 Diane Meggers

Considering all the costs involved with raising children, saving for college is no easy task. After paying all the bills and putting some money towards your nest egg, it can seem like there’s no money left for college savings, let alone discretionary spending. However, for most parents, putting their children’s education on hold is not […]

Rent commercial space

6 things to consider when renting commercial space

March 10th, 2016 Chase Stafford

Finding a space you can lease for your business is no walk in the park. The commercial real estate market is very different from the residential one and it can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. Nevertheless, leasing a commercial office space is one of the largest expenses incurred by new and expanding businesses, so […]

AppyHour

MidWestOne customer spotlight: AppyHour

March 10th, 2016 madmin

When Neil Jirele graduates from the University of Iowa in 2016 his list of achievements won’t be limited to a degree in Finance and a minor in Spanish. During his tenure at Iowa, he also became a business owner, founding AppyHour, a mobile technology app that connects local businesses to their customers. Having just released […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – March 10

March 10th, 2016 Charlie Funk

The dictionary defines “gratitude” as the quality of being thankful, showing readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. It is my opinion that gratitude in general is in short supply these days. Think of how you feel when someone offers a heartfelt word of appreciation for something you have done. Better yet, note how good you […]