There are many ways you can get involved with the consumer resource center. Each person that signs up for the mailing list will get a monthly email with the topic of the month package. Each outreach package includes an article on the topic, a shortened sample newsletter article for your own publications, a poster, resource guide, and a featured resource that corresponds with the poster.
Whatever you level of commitment, we would love for you to join our efforts and will find ways for you to help. Financial empowerment is a huge undertaking that takes many different on-going angles to be the most successful and sustainable.
by ALANA LISTOE
It’s often said that the American Dream is being a homeowner, but for many, the most financially sound choice is renting. That decision should be applauded, because all too often Americans are living beyond their means or without decisions based on individual facts and figures.
There are considerations and emotions that deeply impact the end result of taking on a mortgage. The closing costs (between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price) are just fees charged by others; while negotiating that the sellers cover this expense is common, it’s certainly not a guarantee. Taxes and insurance significantly impact the monthly cost and there’s no getting around it. No matter what, being a homeowner means shouldering the maintenance. That’s not a deterrent for those with handyman skills, but acquiring materials still impacts the checkbook and time.
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Check out free housing resources on Montana Law Help.
Considering buying a home? Check out the CFPB's Know Before You Owe tips.
Check out the Keep My Montana Home program, if you are struggling to make your mortgage payments.
The mission of NeigborWorks Montana is to create opportunities for families and individuals to live in affordable homes in strong communities.
Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (or MCUCD) is the award-winning, charitable arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. A state-wide nonprofit organization, MCUCD works together with the state's credit unions to improve the lives and financial independence of all Montanans.