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Is It a Good Time to Take the Homebuying Plunge?

Home prices continue to climb at precipitous rates, fueled by competitive bidding wars and a demand that far exceeds supply. On top of that, mortgage interest rates are on the rise again as well. Does it even make sense to buy a home these days? As with any housing market, that depends on your situation, and the answers to these questions: Are y...
Planning Your Future Owning a Home

Homeowners Can Put Equity to Work With a HELOC

As any savvy homeowner will tell you, protecting the investment in your home is a crucial part of ownership. After all, a home is likely the largest investment many of us will make. While upgrades, renovations, and additions often help maintain or even boost a home’s value, these undertakings can be costly.  Thankfully, with the Oregon real esta...
Planning Your Future

Is the Time Right to Refinance Your Commercial Loan?

As interest rates hovered below what once was considered the “glass floor,” first mortgages and commercial real estate loans, as well as refinances (even multiple refis ) followed in droves. Now that rates have crept back up, does it still make sense to refinance? That all depends on your situation. Let’s explore some reasons why it may or may n...
Planning Your Future

5 Things to Know About Commercial Loans

Thinking about a commercial loan? Here are five things you should know: 1. Commercial loans aren't one-size-fits-all And there are different types of loans depending on your goals. As a business owner or investor, you may have a variety of needs to take your business to the next level, so one type of loan may not cover the entire spectrum.  Ther...
Planning Your Future

Before You Sign Your Auto Loan

Congrats on deciding to buy or trade up! This could be the start of some exciting changes—more mobility, mobility in more style, perhaps the convenience and comforts of technology from the current century. But one change that’s likely is the additional financial responsibility.   “Just like modern cars, financing can be very complex,” says Jerry...
Buying a Vehicle Planning Your Future

The 3 Signs You're Ready to Buy Your First Home

Despite those mental (and financial) hurdles, there are plenty of reasons to become a homeowner. Homeownership can build wealth over time and grant tax deductions you’d never see as a renter. Also, interest shrinks as a mortgage is paid off, while rent costs tend to grow. 

Planning Your Future Owning a Home

7 Ways To Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring is a great time of year to clear your house of clutter and dust away winter’s dirt and grime. Why not do the same for your finances? Clutter can accumulate there, too. Whatever your current situation, a thorough spring-cleaning for your finances is a responsible move this time of year. Here are some ways to put your financial home in orde...
Planning Your Future Forming Money Habits

7 Visa Card Features That Might Surprise You

‘More than just a piece of plastic’ Credit cards offer a convenient way to make purchases. That much is known. What’s less understood are the benefits credit cards can offer. For those willing to put on their research hats, there are many perks attached to credit cards—many of which you may already have at your disposal without knowing it. To ge...
Planning Your Future Forming Money Habits Knowing Your Payment Options

One-Stop Financial Shopping

If you’re like most shoppers, you’d rather make as few trips as possible when checking off the shopping list. Retailers have met this demand by providing a more diverse selection of products than ever before—we’ve long become accustomed to setting dog food, running shoes, and organic produce in the same shopping cart (both the physical and onlin...
Planning Your Future Forming Money Habits Knowing Your Payment Options

What's New With SELCO's Digital Services?

As the world continues to speed up, many of us choose to manage everything on the go, including our finances. With that in mind, SELCO recently rolled out some exciting new features for its ever-growing suite of digital services. Here’s a quick overview of these enhancements: Signing up for and viewing Your eStatements straight from the app If...
Planning Your Future Forming Money Habits Knowing Your Payment Options
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