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What Does an Underwriter Look for When Reviewing a Home Appraisal?

Posted by Bill Burpeau on May 24, 2019 4:30:00 PM

A home appraisal not only verifies that a home's value supports a loan request, it also verifies that the property is as marketable as comparable properties in the area. A lender wants to be confident that if the home has to be sold, it will be easy to market and sell to the next buyer.

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Topics: mortgage

How to Spot an Apple Scam Email

Posted by Diana Burrell on May 24, 2019 1:11:00 PM

You're checking your email and notice that Apple has sent you a receipt for almost $1,000 worth of iTune purchases and downloads. Except there's a problem: you haven't downloaded anything from Apple. In fact, you don't even have an Apple ID that would allow you to download from iTunes. Surely it's just a mistake so you call the number on the receipt, and the Apple support person tells you the only way he'll be able to issue you a credit is if you go out and buy ten $100 iTunes cards at your local grocery store and call them later with the card's code numbers...

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Topics: scams

5 Financial Benefits of Volunteering

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on May 21, 2019 11:31:21 AM

By its very definition, volunteering does not provide a paycheck. But offering your free time for a good cause can offer some significant financial benefits.

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All About Hanscom FCU's New Password Requirements

Posted by Diana Burrell on May 16, 2019 5:32:51 PM

Members who use Online Access HD to check account balances or pay bills may soon notice a change when they next log in. On Wednesday, May 29, members whose current passwords don't meet our newly adopted standards will be prompted to change their passwords.

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The 7 Alerts That Protect Your Account Against Fraud

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 14, 2019 10:28:00 AM

I check my Hanscom FCU accounts online frequently – call it an occupational hazard. My spouse gets an email every time I mistype my password, so he’s convinced that I can’t remember it. Recently he suggested we change to an easier password.

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Topics: security, Mobile Banking

29 Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on May 13, 2019 7:53:50 AM

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: security

The 3 Myths of Car Leasing

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 7, 2019 4:04:00 PM

There’s a lot of misinformation about car leasing that floats around, so don’t take your neighbor’s or your cousin’s word for it. Get the facts from a reliable source.

Here are three common misconceptions:

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Topics: Cars

5 Tips for a Successful Swimming Pool Opening

Posted by Bill Burpeau on May 3, 2019 7:24:00 AM

It'll soon be time to open the pool and get the yard ready for the backyard barbecues.   Here are five tips to ensure a trouble-free swimming pool opening this summer:

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Topics: Home Ownership

6 Ways to Avoid Scams When Selling Online

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on May 2, 2019 8:42:44 AM

Selling items online you no longer need or want through websites and apps is a great way to earn extra cash and clear clutter. Unfortunately, it's also a great way for crooks to victimize or scam you. Knowing that scams exist — and knowing how to spot them — will go a long way toward keeping yourself from becoming another victim. So here are six surefire tips to avoid getting ripped off when you're selling your stuff online:

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Topics: scams

What is a SEG? Your Key to Credit Union Membership

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 1, 2019 9:44:00 AM

More than likely, your grandparents’ credit union was associated with a workplace. Tucked away in a corner of the plant or operated out of a co-worker’s home, these small financial institutions offered employees access to banking services that often could not be obtained elsewhere.

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Topics: Bank at Work

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