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Buying a home in a seller's market

5 Tips for Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

It’s a seller’s market out there — between historically low interest rates and low inventory, prospective home buyers are facing stiff competition. In our local market, homes are getting dozens of offers within just a few days of listing. Our partners at GreenPath Financial Wellness recently presented a webinar with insight into buying a home in… Read more »

I ♥ CU Day

Thank You For Joining Us For “I Love My Credit Union Day!”

Friday, July 30 was the first I Love My Credit Union Day, where we asked you, our loyal members to tell us what makes SESLOC so special. We are humbled! Thank you for the kind and heartwarming messages left on Facebook, Instagram and on the wall in each branch. Congratulations to seven winners, who each walk… Read more »

Back to school

Tips for Tackling Back-to-School Shopping

Back to school shopping season is already here, and experts are predicting spending to increase this year. Preparing for the new academic year doesn’t have to break the bank. Plus, involving your child in planning and budgeting is a great way to teach them about money through example. Here are 5 tips for tackling back-to-school… Read more »

Financial Checkup

Mid-Year Is a Good Time for a Financial Checkup

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER The first half of 2021 is behind us. As life emerges from the pandemic to a “new normal,” a mid-year financial checkup may be more important than ever this year. Here are some ways to make sure that your financial situation is continuing on the right path. Reassess Your Financial Goals… Read more »

Social Media Scams

Social Media: Five Scams that Work

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and many others can help us connect on a personal and professional level with friends, family, business associates, and causes that allow us to make new connections with others with shared interests. And participation is free to everyone, which has led to an unprecedented use of social media…. Read more »

Education Grants

Education Grants Continue to Support Learning Through the Pandemic

The pandemic forced schools to shift learning from in-person, to remote, to back again — or in some cases, a combination of both. As local teachers adapted their lesson plans to face these unique challenges, SESLOC Education Grants provided funding to support innovation and expand supplies. Here’s how a few teachers recently used grants: Paso… Read more »

Child Tax Credit Advance scams

Look Out for Child Tax Credit Advance Scams

Recently, the first payments for the Child Tax Credit Advance from The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 went out to qualified recipients. Shortly after, the IRS warned recipients about an increasing number of social engineering scam attempts. In this scam, fraudsters contact you by phone, text, email, or social media, pretending to be the… Read more »

Cash or card

Cash or Card?

Which do you prefer to use at checkout, cash or card? Cash certainly has its benefits, especially if you’re someone who finds it easier to use to manage spending and curb impulse purchases. Some businesses only accept cash (although a growing number only take plastic), or may impose a surcharge or minimum purchase requirement to… Read more »

Back to School Season

10 SESLOC Rewards for Back to School Season

Preparing for back-to-school season? Experts are predicting back-to-school spending to increase this year.  Did you know you can redeem your SESLOC HomeFREE Checking™ debit card and Visa Signature® Rewards card points for gift cards and merchandise to get ready for the new school year? Check out the top 10 SESLOC Rewards for back to school… Read more »

Golden State Stimulus

What to Know About the California Golden State Stimulus II

On July 13, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed the California Golden State Stimulus II into law, directing stimulus payments up to $600, plus $500 for dependents, to approximately 78% of California residents. Payments are expected to go out by direct deposit and mail to qualified residents starting in September. Qualified residents can expect to… Read more »

Family enjoying picnic worry-free because they bank at SESLOC.

Wells Fargo Closing Your Line of Credit? Here’s What You Can Do

Last week, Wells Fargo announced they are discontinuing the personal line of credit and will be closing any existing credit lines — which may negatively impact the credit scores of affected customers. A line of credit is an unsecured revolving loan that offers the flexibility to borrow money at any time after it’s opened, commonly… Read more »