What to Do Before You Apply for a Home Mortgage

By Tracy Scott Homebuying season is fast approaching, and the idea of visiting model homes and open houses fills you with anticipation. But, before you step into your first design center or purchase your tour of homes ticket, learn how to shop smart for a new home. For some, saying goodbye to renting often begins with applying for a home mortgage – but should it? Despite its updated housing forecast, [...]   Read More >

Credit Score Basics

By Tracy Scott Understand The Credit Score Basics To Improve Your Financial Health. Can you explain the difference between a credit history report and a credit score in one sentence? When you’re new to credit, it's hard to keep credit terminology straight – let alone explain it to someone else. New credit users who understand the basics of credit scores can make smarter credit decisions which can positively affect their [...]   Read More >

How To Request and Read Your Credit Report

February 26, 2019 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott When was the last time you checked your credit? The information in your credit report has a significant influence on your financial health. Good credit matters and incorrect information can prevent you from obtaining auto or home loan approvals, gaining access to certain services at the best rates with minimal fees, and can even influence whether you’re hired for certain jobs. In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection [...]   Read More >

Paying Off Your Holiday Debt.

February 11, 2019 BY AFFCU in
By: April Lewis-Parks (In partnership with KOFE/Consolidate Credit) Have you Paid Off Your Holiday Debt Yet? Retail sales hit a 6-year high in 2018, meaning consumers have a lot of debt to pay off now in 2019. Take the right steps to pay off holiday debt quickly. You don’t want to let holiday debt linger for a few reasons: Interest charges can double the cost of purchases. If you earned [...]   Read More >

Credit Smart Moves for the New Year

January 16, 2019 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott Did you know your credit history has a significant impact on your financial health? A good credit history can save money in the short-term by keeping the cost of borrowing down. Over the long-term, it can help you put money that would have been otherwise spent on high-interest rates toward other financial goals such as your retirement or a second honeymoon. Since good credit can result in [...]   Read More >

MY AFFCU REWARDS Pays Out Nearly $70,000 In Its Inaugural Year

Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union issued the first payout of its MY AFFCU REWARDS program, which was introduced in 2018. The rewards program returned nearly $70,000 to qualifying members as a cash back bonus. MY AFFCU REWARDS is the Credit Union’s way of rewarding members for their active and engaged relationship with the Credit Union. Members regular use of AFFCU services is what makes the Credit Union successful. This is [...]   Read More >

What Bad Credit Really Means

December 20, 2018 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott Financial goals of early retirement, extended cruise vacations, or simply paying for your child’s college education can be just out of reach when you have bad credit. Funds that would otherwise be used to pay for what matters most are eaten up by high-interest rates that feel like punishment for prior credit slip-ups. Worst case, credit denials prevent you from purchasing a home, driving a new car [...]   Read More >

Why Good Credit Matters

December 17, 2018 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott Good credit matters. At least that’s what you’ve always heard. Whether you’re new to credit or think you already have a decent credit score, it’s important to understand why good credit matters. But, what do people mean when they say “good credit”? When applied to an algorithmic formula, your prior use of credit (aka credit history report) is used to generate a credit score which is a [...]   Read More >
Online Holiday Shopping

Online Shopping Safety Tips: Nix Cybercriminal’s Naughty Plans This Holiday Season

November 20, 2018 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott It’s hard to believe the holiday season is once again upon us. The good news is that this year you’re prepared. Your list is complete. You’ve checked it twice. Now, you're ready to complete your online holiday shopping for everyone who's been nice. Unfortunately, this is not only one of the busiest times of the year for retailers, but it's also one of the most lucrative for [...]   Read More >

10 Painless Holiday Spending Tips That Work

September 12, 2018 BY AFFCU in
By Tracy Scott Fall Into Reality With These End of Year Budgeting Tips And Strategies  The long, hot days of summer are coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Along with it are the realities of the financial costs of summer vacations, amusement parks, kid’s activities and hosting BBQs for family and friends that created priceless memories. Lazy summer days meant relaxing your wallet and having [...]   Read More >

Page 1 of 212