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Let's talk money

Talking about money can be pretty awkward, especially if you're not familiar with all the lingo we use in banking. But the reality is that talking about money shouldn't be that awkward, nor should understanding money management require an accounting degree. That's why we're committed to sharing with you everything we've learned from serving Long Island for over 80 years.

Whether you're just getting to know us, and trying to understand the differences between a credit union or bank, or moving onto big investments, like buying your first home, we have some tips to help you on your way.

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Security

Fighting debit card fraud

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Homebuying

Should I buy a house now?

To buy or rent a home? It’s a question many Long Islanders face when choosing where to live. Everyone has an opinion, but only you can decide what’s best for you. Since no two situations are alike, the choice to buy a home now or in the future is personal. Before you sign your next lease or hit the pavement house hunting, learn the key factors you should consider before buying a home.

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Borrowing | Personal Loan

What can I use a personal loan for?

Thinking about applying for a personal loan, but you’re unsure what you can use it for? You’re not alone. Personal loans are flexible and can be used for just about anything. Learn the common situations a personal loan can be used for and how it can help you financially.

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Budgeting

The smartest way to pay off student loans

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Advice | Credit Union Benefits

How to join a credit union

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Homebuying

How do mortgages work?

Buying real estate will likely be one of the largest investments you make. Whether it’s your first home or your dream home; each purchase is unique and may have you asking questions like, what is a mortgage? How do mortgages work? And, how do I apply for a mortgage? We know there’s a lot to understand and we’re here to help. This article will explain the key factors of the mortgage process so you can eliminate the guess work and apply and buy with confidence!

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Advice

How couples manage money

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Budgeting

How to budget for the holidays

‘Tis the season! The holidays are full of hope, joy, food, family, shopping, and, let’s not forget, stress! It’s a time known for giving and receiving, and if you’re thinking about planning for the holidays, especially in times of economic uncertainty, you’re not alone. We’ll explain how to budget for the holidays, so you can give without getting into debt.

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Homebuying

First-time homebuyer mortgages

Exciting times, you’re ready to become a homeowner. Buying a home for the first time can be exhilarating and nerve wracking, especially when it’s time to apply for a mortgage. Before the search begins and house hunting starts, learn what it means to be a first-time home buyer, 10 key steps to buying a home, first-time home buyer mortgage options and how to apply.

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Advice | Building Credit

How to stay on top of your credit

Our credit follows us through life and captures the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s why it’s important to stay informed of your score and on top of your credit reports. Credit monitoring helps millions of individuals, just like you, understand their finances, catch potential fraud, and alert them to changes in their score. Learn the benefits of credit monitoring and how to get started monitoring your accounts.

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Security

How to prevent identity theft

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Security

Personal cybersecurity tips

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Borrowing | Home Equity

How does a home equity line of credit work

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Budgeting

Money management for college students

The college experience is about learning, growth, and, of course, fun! What can be a very exciting time can also be overwhelming, especially if you’re on your own and managing your finances for the first time. Check out these tips on how to save money in college while having the time of your life.

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Borrowing | Personal Loan

How to apply for a personal loan

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Homebuying

How to get pre-approved for a mortgage

The search is on! You’re in the market for a new home. Before you hit the pavement visiting open houses, you’ll want to get preapproved for a mortgage. We’ll explain how to get preapproved for a mortgage, why it’s an important step in the home buying process and the documents you need to get started.

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Advice | Credit Union Benefits

What's the difference between a credit union and a bank?

Looking for a place to stash your hard-earned cash, but tired of banking where you’re just another customer? Maybe it’s time to invest your money in an institution where your account will give you a voice. Where’s that? Your local credit union. In this article we’ll discuss the differences between credit unions and banks and the key benefits to joining a credit union.

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Budgeting | The New Normal

How to budget on a lower income

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Homebuying

Homebuying 101: How to make an offer on a house

Your credit is in order, you found the right home at the right price, and you chose a mortgage term that best meet your needs. It sounds like you’re ready to make an offer on a new home!

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Homebuying

When should you refinance your mortgage?

Is it a good time to refinance? This is a common question homeowners ask themselves. Check out our tips on the best time to refinance and what to consider before refinancing your home.

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Budgeting | The New Normal

What to do with your stimulus check

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Homebuying

Homebuying 101: Fixed Rate vs Adjustable Rate Mortgages

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Homebuying

Homebuying 101: Finding the right home for the right price

Every day, Jovia works with members who are exactly where you are. We’ve got some great guidelines and tips on finding the right home and buying it at the best price possible so you can enjoy the home-shopping process rather than worry your way through what should be an exciting time in your life.

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Homebuying | Building Credit

Homebuying 101: Getting your credit in order

Congratulations! You’re considering buying a home-maybe your first. It’s a big step in life and it can be exciting, but it can also be a bit intimidating … at first. There’s lots of lingo to learn and lots of things to do between now and the day they hand you the keys. But, trust us, you can get there and Jovia can help!

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