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  • Don’t Buy a Home Without R.I.A. Federal Credit Union

    Posted on June 17, 2020 by Jake Ward
    Get excited about buying a new home when you partner with the mortgage experts at R.I.A. Federal Credit Union!
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  • Six Home Buying Tips

    Posted on June 01, 2020 by Jake Ward
    Whether you’re fed up with apartment living or outgrowing your current living space, buying a home can be an overwhelming, but exciting, task. This month we sat down with Brooke Keck, Mortgage Loan Originator, who walked us through six home buying tips for purchasing the home of your dreams.
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  • Key Provisions of the CARES Act

    Posted on May 13, 2020 by Ryan Batey – Strategic Investment Services Advisor
    Tucked into the gigantic “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act were two key changes you should know about, regarding required minimum distributions (RMDs). Both were designed to give people more control over their money and to help manage selling investments during an emergency.
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  • A Stock Market Lesson to Remember

    Posted on May 13, 2020 by Ryan Batey – Strategic Investment Services Advisor
    Undeniably, spring 2020 has tried the patience of investors. An 11-year bull market ended. Key economic indicators went haywire. Household confidence was shaken. The Standard & Poor’s 500, the equity benchmark often used as shorthand for the broad stock market, settled at 2,237.40 on March 23, down 33.9% from a record close on February 19.
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  • Home Improvement on a Budget

    Posted on May 08, 2020 by Brooke Keck – Mortgage Loan Originator
    Right now, like most of us, you’re at home more than you’ve been in years. We’re working from home, taking care of kids at home and spending more time in our yards and living rooms. Maybe you’re noticing the wear and tear of the years. Or you’re wondering why you’ve put off your to-do list for so long. Maybe your project is as simple as wall paper removal and house painting, or perhaps it’s something a little more time consuming, like refinishing floors or replacing a bath tub. Big or small, complicated or easy – R.I.A. FCU has some ideas for a spring spruce up—on a budget.
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  • Fun Activities to do With Your Kids at Home

    Posted on April 24, 2020 by Jake Ward
    It isn’t easy to be holed up at home with only your family for company. As the parent, though, you have the unique opportunity to set the tone in your home and decide if these weeks will be a nightmare for everyone or filled with precious memory-making and family bonding activities.
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  • Should I Buy a Home During a Pandemic?

    Posted on March 30, 2020 by Brooke Keck – Mortgage Loan Originator
    Q: I’ve been planning to buy my first home this spring, and I’ve spent years preparing for this purchase. Now that the coronavirus has had a negative impact on the economy, I’m wondering if I should go through with my plans. Is it a good idea to buy a house during a pandemic?
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  • The SECURE Act

    Posted on March 09, 2020 by Jake Ward
    The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive upheaval, the SECURE Act will require a change in strategy for many Americans. For others, it may reveal new opportunities.
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