Find the Perfect Home Loan

Thinking about buying a home? Get started early to decide which lender and type of loan best fit your needs. Taking the time to learn about your options can ease stress and save you money on your down payment, interest, and fees.

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New Currency, New Scams

Confused about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin? You’re not alone. Before you use or invest in cryptocurrency, know what makes it different from cash and how to spot cryptocurrency scams.

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Prepping Your Finances for Hurricane Season

The past few years have been very challenging for people living in hurricane-prone areas. While many people along the Gulf Coast know to stock up on necessities like water, canned goods and batteries, the process of preparing your finances tends to get overlooked. 

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Child Tax Credit 2021 – What changed and how will that impact me?

The Child Tax Credit is bigger this year than ever before due to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the COVID relief legislation that passed in early 2021. The changes are somewhat complicated (it’s tax stuff) and won’t impact everyone. That’s why we put together a brief overview and compiled some useful resources to help you see how the changes might affect you. Please keep in mind that Gulf Winds is not a tax expert and is not offering tax advice.

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Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness day is approaching on June 15, and we want you to know how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Gift Cards — A Scammer's Best Friend

Gift cards are a great way to give a gift, but did you know they are also a scammers favorite way to steal money?

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Should I Refinance My Mortgage?

You may have refinanced an auto loan or transferred your credit card balance to a lower interest credit card. But did you know you can refinance your mortgage, too? Mortgage rates remain historically low, making it a great time to refinance a higher-rate mortgage and save money.

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Should You Consider Taking out a Loan for a Boat, Motorcycle, or ATV this Summer?

Got your heart set on a boat, motorcycle, or ATV? Here are a few things to think about before you begin shopping!

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Fraud Trends — The Fake Loan Grift

Our fraud expert, Sam Pement, takes a look at a disturbing fraud trend that is gaining steam during the pandemic. It doesn't have anything to do with big stimulus checks or Payroll Protection Program scams. No, this fraud hits a little closer to home. It goes like this...

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America Saves Week: Money Habits to Make and Break

Maybe you’ve heard the quote, “It’s not about how much you make; it’s about how much you spend.” How can you put money into savings if you spend it all? The answer to this question is to prioritize saving money. Start somewhere – anywhere! – and slowly increase your effort over time.

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Common Fraud Schemes We See at Gulf Winds

New cases of fraud are reported to Gulf Winds daily. We prioritize these cases and helpour members recover from any fraudulent activity, but we would love to prevent fraud before it ever happens. That’s why we have a library of resources outlining common fraud schemes and helping you stay ahead of scammers.

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Three Low-Risk Investing Strategies for Beginners

Once an elusive idea, many people associate investing with the New York Stock Exchange’s flashing lights and fast pace. But now you can make investments from the palm of your hand. Apps like Acorns Investing and Stash allow users from any walk of life to invest as little or as much as they want.

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When should you pay a bill with a credit card?

Credit cards offer convenience for payments. With just a quick swipe or a linked account, a payment can be instantly processed. It seems like a no-brainer to use that convenience for taking the hassle out of paying bills. But, is it a smart idea to pay monthly bills with a credit card?

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Your Medicare Plan Needs an Annual Checkup

It’s time for Medicare recipients to give their coverage an annual checkup. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 – December 7. Open enrollment is the only time you can update your Medicare plan for coverage beginning January 1, 2021. No matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or trying to keep your plan up-to-date, Medicare can be confusing. We’ve provided an overview of Medicare basics with some links to valuable resources.

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DIY or Hire a Professional?

When you are looking to start any home repair project, cost can outweigh your vision with a hard dose of reality. Working under the pressure of repairs needed because of a natural disaster can compound your need to save money. This is where proper planning comes in to help you find balance. Before starting any DIY home improvement project, calculating costs is key to achieving your desired outcome.

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