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  • Helping People Every Day: A Message from the President & CEO

    Jun 26, 2019 | Full story
    Brett MartinezI often talk about our mission: to passionately serve the best interests of our Members, employees, and communities. What it boils down to is, above all else, we love to help people. We have an incredible staff who are passionate about helping our Members, our community, and each other—every single day. That’s not a coincidence; thoughtfulness and empathy are natural traits of the people we hire. 
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    • Blog
    • CEO Message
    • Redwood Review
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

    Jun 13, 2019 | Full story
    Woman doing yogaWhether you're a first-time homebuyer or a current owner looking to sell or refinance, the home-buying process can be long and complicated financially and emotionally. It’s a big step, so you’ll want to educate yourself on the various financial implications of home ownership before you make an offer. When looking to buy your “Home Sweet Home,” consider these key questions.
    CATEGORIES:
    • First Mortgages
    • Financial Wellness
  • Reward Yourself

    Jun 06, 2019 | Full story

    woman buying somthing onlineAs a Member, you know that every time you use your credit or debit card, you build Redwood Rewards points. But it’s not enough to just build them, they also need to be easy to redeem. With that in mind, we put some effort into enhancing the look and feel of the rewards program and its ease of use. Discover four important changes.

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    • Visa Platinum
    • Platinum Visa
    • Blog
    • Redwood Review
  • Your Security: Real Estate Imposter Fraud

    Jun 06, 2019 | Full story

    How For SaleReal estate fraud is on the rise. The FBI reports that last year, 1 billion in real estate transactions were wired (or attempted to be wired) to fraudulent accounts. Learn more about how to protect yourself from real estate imposter fraud.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
    • Security and Privacy
  • Election of Volunteer Officials

    Jun 06, 2019 | Full story
    Annual Membership Meeting InformationAt our recent Annual Membership Meeting, we elected our Officials. All are dedicated Members who volunteer their time to provide leadership on RCU’s Board and Supervisory Committee. See who's serving on your behalf!
    CATEGORIES:
    • About RCU
    • Blog
    • Official Business
    • Redwood Review
  • What Mortgage Is Right for You?

    Jun 06, 2019 | Full story

    RCU_Home_Infographic_thumbBuying a home can be a great investment. If home prices in your area have been rising, buying now can help you stay in a neighborhood that you might otherwise be priced out of in a few years. And even if you don’t end up staying long term, a sharp rise in local property values could mean a sizable profit when you sell. 

    If you have decided that buying is the goal for you, the next decision is whether to go with a fixed or adjustable-rate mortgage. Here are some things to consider.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Car and Home
    • Loans
    • Blog
  • 3 Ways to Ease the Back-to-School Budget Blues

    Jun 06, 2019 | Full story

    Kids getting on school busJuly may seem too early to think about back-to-school stuff, but before you know it, the time will be here. It’s a brand-new year, full of new opportunities, but it can cause some anxiety, too. With a little preparation, you and your children may find it easier. And the kids may learn a little something about finances in the process! Here are three tips to get you started.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Life Planning & Education
    • Personal Finance
    • Youth and Teens
    • Blog
    • Financial Wellness
  • Your Business: Should You Rent or Buy?

    May 15, 2019 | Full story
    Contractor showing carpet samples to customerChoosing the location, price, and size of your business are just a few of the many difficult choices you’ll make as a business owner. You also must decide whether to rent or buy. There are valid reasons to do either, but there are some distinct benefits to buying.
    CATEGORIES:
    • Business
    • Business Membership
    • Blog
  • Five Ways to #Earthday

    Apr 22, 2019 | Full story
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  • Preparing to Apply for Business Financing

    Apr 05, 2019 | Full story
    RCU teller talking to a memberSmall business owners know their company and products inside out, but when it comes time to applying for a business loan, many struggle to pull together the right documents. Get some tips for how to move easily through the process.
    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
    • Financial Tips
  • We’ve Got Your Back: A Message from the President & CEO

    Mar 18, 2019 | Full story
    Brett MartinezA recent financial study revealed that money is the primary source of stress for 44 percent of Americans.* That means that nearly half of us are stressed about money on a regular basis. At RCU, we want to help you reduce that stress, so you can focus on enjoying what matters most to you. And there are a lot of ways we can help. That doesn’t just mean getting you a better rate on a loan or credit card, or helping you build savings. Sure, we do those things. But we can do a lot more if you let us.
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    • Blog
    • CEO Message
  • Taking a trip? Tell us about it!

    Mar 08, 2019 | Full story

    Open suitcase with clothesIf you’ve got travel plans and will be using your RCU debit or credit cards while you’re away, it’s a good idea to set travel notes on your account. Our anti-fraud systems regularly monitor Members’ cards for unusual activity like large purchases or out-of-area transactions. Without travel notes, it’s possible your legitimate transactions could seem fraudulent. Make sure nothing gets in the way of your fun. Notifying us is as easy as 1-2-3!

    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
    • Products
    • Your Security
  • Spring Clean Your Wallet

    Mar 08, 2019 | Full story

    Wallet on tableSpring is a time of renewal. Think of it as a great time to freshen up your finances, too. Use that tax return to kick off an emergency savings account. Follow up on your New Year’s resolution to improve your credit score. Whatever your goal, now is the perfect time to get your financial house in order. Click through to discover four strategies that will help.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Financial Tips
    • Blog
  • Hit the Road – Not Your Budget

    Mar 08, 2019 | Full story

    Couple in a car looking at a mapA good, old-fashioned road trip is one of the most fun ways to visit new places and explore the world. Even better, it’s usually less expensive than other modes of transportation. But that doesn’t mean you should throw budgeting out the window. Discover four great ways to save money.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
    • Financial Tips
  • Savings, Money Market, Certificates – Where does your money belong?

    Mar 08, 2019 | Full story

    Couple sitting in living room looking at finance documentsA recent study by bankrate.com shows that nearly 30% of Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings. Let’s take steps to change that! With attention, consistency, and some simple guidelines, you can build a solid savings plan right here at Redwood Credit Union.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
  • 4 Benefits of Going Solar

    Mar 08, 2019 | Full story

    Contractor installing a solar panelEarth Day is April 22—a day we set aside to understand important environmental issues and the actions we can take to protect our environment. RCU took a big step in going green when, in 2015, we put solar panels on the roof of our Cleveland Avenue headquarters and branch. To see how much energy (and savings) it produces, come and see the digital reading in our Cleveland Avenue lobby. We’d like to challenge you, too, to consider adding solar panels to your home and we’re ready to help.

    CATEGORIES:
    • Blog
    • Products
  • 5 Ways to Share the Love

    Feb 11, 2019 | Full story
    #sharetheloveIn honor of Valentine's Day, here are five ways to #sharethelove.
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    • Blog
  • Making the Most of Your Membership: A Message from the President & CEO

    Feb 05, 2019 | Full story
    Brett MartinezI often say credit unions are the best-kept secret out there. I believe if everyone recognized the benefits of banking with a credit union, everyone would do it. As an RCU Member, you’re ahead of the pack; you’re already enjoying the benefits of better rates, fewer fees, and exceptional personal service. But are you really getting the most from your membership?
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    • CEO Message
    • Blog
  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home

    Feb 05, 2019 | Full story

    Organize Your HomeJanuary 14 is #OrganizeYourHomeDay! The new year means a fresh start, and nothing makes your home feel renewed like a good decluttering. Follow these tips to get started.

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    • Blog
  • Help Your Kids Save: 3 Effective tips for Raising Money-Smart Children

    Feb 05, 2019 | Full story
    Savings for kidsWhen it comes to teaching kids about saving money, it helps to focus on one important concept: the future. Most children don’t have long-term plans for their cash. When they get money, they want to spend it all right away.
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    • Blog
    • Financial Tips

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