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Do your homework before you buy a home

August 23rd, 2013 madmin

Wouldn’t it be great if purchasing a home would be as easy as going shopping at a grocery store? All the products are on display in the same aisle, and if you aren’t satisfied with your choice you can just return it. Unfortunately – the process of buying a home is anything but simple. What’s […]

3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

What are the financial benefits of not having children?

June 7th, 2013 Scott Jamison

Do you live in a “dual income, no kids” – or DINK – household? The decision to have children is a very personal one. Some people deeply want to be parents, while others prefer not to. Some may be enjoying the DINK lifestyle before jumping into parenthood. Regardless of the reason, there are many financial […]

5 ways to avoid money arguments

May 10th, 2013 Tina Hummel

Arguments about money can hamper marriages and can often lead to divorce.  In fact, a Utah State University study revealed that couples who reported disagreeing about finances once a week were over 30 percent more likely to get divorced than couples who reported disagreeing about finances a few times a month. Whether you’re a “Spender” […]

USDA guaranteed loan program can help with mortgage financing in rural areas

April 26th, 2013 John J. Garcia

If you are house hunting and considering purchasing a home in a rural area, be sure to talk to your mortgage officer about the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program. As part of the program, the USDA partners with approved lenders, such as MidWestOne Bank, extend 100 percent financing opportunities to eligible […]

What is Iowa’s Title Guaranty program and how does it work?

April 19th, 2013 Cindy Roberts

Buying a home is a complex process with many different moving parts. One of those moving parts is a title guarantee. Currently, Iowa is the only state remaining in the U.S. that guarantees its titles. Title Guaranty is a not-for-profit division of the Iowa Finance Authority that provides low cost title protection for properties in […]

Best financial advice ever received: Barb Finney

March 22nd, 2013 Barb Finney

Editor’s Note – this article is part of our series “Best financial advice I’ve ever received.” People frequently ask bankers the best piece of advice they have ever gotten. So for this series, we’re asking MidWestOne employees to share the best money management tips they’ve ever gotten. The best piece of financial advice I’ve ever […]

The best ways to start your credit score

February 6th, 2013 Sabrina Kurka

One of the “twists” in today’s financial world is that you need to have a good credit score to get a loan…but to establish a credit score, you need to have a credit history! If you don’t have any credit history, then you might not have a credit score, and might not be able to […]

Best financial advice ever received: Greg Turner

February 1st, 2013 Greg Turner

Editor’s Note – this article is part of our series “Best financial advice I’ve ever received.” People frequently ask bankers the best piece of advice they have ever gotten. So for this series, we’re asking MidWestOne employees to share the best money management tips they’ve ever gotten. There are three big pieces of financial advice […]

5 strategies to save money for a home down payment

January 10th, 2013 Hillary Elling

Newly married couples need to prepare for the large expenses ahead, including those associated with the home buying process. This is most often their first home buying experience, making it important to understand the expected – as well as unexpected – expenses of home buying, including the first step: saving for a home down payment. […]

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