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An Inside Guide to Prepping Your Home for Winter

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 25, 2016 8:34:45 AM


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Topics: Mass Save

What is International Credit Union Day?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 12, 2016 12:43:46 PM

International Credit Union Day takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 to recognize the history and achievements of credit unions around the world. For more than 160 years, credit unions have put people before profit and demonstrated the power of a financial cooperative.   

In the 1850s, hard times hit Germany, and people turned to each other for help. They removed small savings from under mattresses and started making reasonably priced loans to one another. These early credit unions were the model for all the credit unions that followed: not-for-profit, democratically controlled and community oriented. The principles that guided them then, guide credit unions today. 

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

Replacing a Furnace? A MassSAVE Home Energy Assessment can help.

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Oct 7, 2016 6:10:00 AM

When you first consider the home improvements which will increase your home value, you probably think about a new coat of paint, some landscaping improvements, or the proper staging of your home while it's on the market. While these are all effective methods for increasing your home's overall appeal, there is another thing to consider - the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Through the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment program, you can even get an interest free loan to upgrade your furnace.

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Topics: Use your home equity wisely, Mass Save Financing

Does adding insulation increase your home's value?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 6, 2016 1:44:00 PM

As a home owner, I often find myself researching how to increase home value without emptying my savings.  My neighbors seem to have some pretty creative ideas, one added landscaping, another updated a bathroom.  These ways were well and good, but I needed something a little different, something that would not only increase home value, but also help me in my day-to-day home ownership expenses.  The one thing I kept coming back to was insulation.

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Topics: Use your home equity wisely, Mass Save Financing

How does my credit score affect my mortgage application?

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Oct 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM


A credit score is one of the pieces of information that we'll use to evaluate your application. Financial institutions have been using credit scores to evaluate credit card and auto applications for many years, but only recently have mortgage lenders begun to use credit scoring to assist with their loan decisions.

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Topics: Credit Matters

29 Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Oct 6, 2016 12:04:41 PM

Do you keep your many passwords in a computer file labeled “passwords”? Do you type in your mother’s maiden name when asked by a security feature? Do you like to do your online holiday shopping while sipping coffee at Panera? If you answered yes to any of these, it is time to update your habits.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Credit Unions: Your Strongest Advocate

Posted by Moneywise Newsletter on Oct 6, 2016 7:12:36 AM

We are proud of Hanscom FCU’s 63-year tradition of providing superior financial service responsive to members’ needs. Our sole purpose is to help you live a better life and help our community prosper.

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Topics: Chairman's Corner, Credit Unions

Election Year Investment Jitters? Our #1 Piece of Advice

Posted by Moneywise Newsletter on Oct 6, 2016 7:12:18 AM

If you’re feeling a little uneasy about what’s going to happen to your investment portfolio when a new president is elected, you’re not alone.

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Topics: Retirement and Investing, Election

Paper Checks a Pain? Use EasyDeposit for Fast Relief!

Posted by Moneywise Newsletter on Oct 6, 2016 7:11:49 AM

Have you ever wanted to deposit a check the minute you received it? Do you wish there was a fast, easy way to make that deposit?

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Topics: Mobile, Checking, EasyDeposit

Shrink Your Debt: We Can Help You Make a Plan

Posted by Moneywise Newsletter on Oct 5, 2016 7:38:00 AM

There is no magic wand to poof away debt. However, by managing your credit card balances thoughtfully, you can shrink them faster and reduce what you pay in finance charges.

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Topics: Debt, Balance Transfer, Credit Card

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