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Let’s Get Moving

As you may know, my family and I relocated to St. Louis just a couple of years ago. Putting down roots and making this our beloved home...we couldn’t be happier. From Forest Park and the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo to the 11-time World Series Champions, the Cardinals, this area is a wonderful place to call home. What’s more, with St. Louis poised for significant job growth, while still maintaining attractive and reasonable housing prices, is it any wonder it’s predicted to be the second “hottest” top real estate market? In fact, St. Louis is ranking ahead of other top markets, even San Diego and New Orleans. That’s great news for home buyers and sellers. This is the perfect time to consider a move. However, serious buyers need to be ahead of the game. I’ve heard our mortgage colleagues comment how buyers really need to be prepared in this housing market. Their recommendations? Show up to open houses educated on the property, prepared to make an offer, and wi ...

Financial Goals on the to-do's before the I-do's

Our calendar at home is starting to fill with a variety of invitations for summertime activities, particularly graduation celebrations and June weddings. Both are joyous celebrations in young lives. June is considered the official month of weddings, or so I’ve been told. I always assumed it was due to the warmer weather and sunnier days, but it actually stems from ancient beliefs, when marrying in June was thought to bless young couples with prosperity and good fortune. If only achieving the American Dream was as simple as luck and chance! Newlyweds and young couples today are faced with many opportunities and choices ahead of them. Life’s bigger questions start to surface–such as the best place to live or raise a family; what are the short and long-term savings goals; who will handle the family’s finances; and what are the shared plans for retirement? Oh, and we can’t forget about determining who will do the nightly dinner dishes. Seriously, though, making smart decisio ...

Top 8 Tips for Saving Money While on Vacation

You got a great price on your airfare and your accommodations but your battle to save on vacation isn't over. Our tips at First Bank to spend smart on vacation when you are tempted to splurge. BYOF: Bring your own food Airports and airlines are notorious for charging high prices. Pack a meal or pick up food ahead if your boarding time is around a meal. Bring snacks or a meal on a flight rather than purchasing the more expensive menu options offered on the flight. You can also pack healthier meal options than what is normally offered at the airport or on the plane. Plan ahead Busy schedule and didn’t have time to research ahead? Most airports offer free Wi-Fi. While waiting to board your flight is a good time to search for deals before you arrive at your destination. For example, museums may offer a discount for booking ahead or restaurants with happy hour deals can be a great alternative to a formal dinner. Websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp are helpful resources to begin in your research. ...



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