saving money on closing costs

How to save money on closing costs

April 7th, 2016 Scott Schroeder

When you’re buying a house, costs can add up quickly. In addition to the actual down payment for the new home, there are countless other charges and fees that you need to shell out before you can move in. Thankfully there are things you can do to lessen the financial burden before you close. Here’s […]

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 […]


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 […]

checking card

Signature transactions vs. PIN transactions: What’s the difference?

February 26th, 2016 Sandy Bailey

“Swipe your card.” We hear it in restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. It’s fast. It’s convenient. And, it’s a growing trend. The number of people using check cards is increasing at a very fast rate. In 2012, check card transactions were accountable for purchases reaching over $2 trillion in the United States, and that […]

Warning signs of ID theft

Warning signs of identity theft

February 17th, 2016 Carrie White

When it comes to ID theft, everyone is at risk. Millions of Americans have their identity stolen every year and it’s one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. In 2014, more than 1.5 million complaints of identity fraud were reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and with the large number of data […]

Small business finances

5 tips to keep your small business finances in order

February 4th, 2016 Luke Lesyshen

Accounting is a necessary evil in the small business world. It’s one of those tasks all entrepreneurs know is part of running a business but few realize how easily it can suck up your day and make operating a successful business harder than imagined. Although it can be a tedious task to keep your finances […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Feb. 4

February 4th, 2016 Charlie Funk

February 22-27 is America Saves Week. Started in 2007, this is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for everyone to assess their saving status. I try to take every opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of saving money! Here are some key points I’d like to emphasize […]

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