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What You Should & Shouldn’t Store in the Cloud

Cloud storage allows you to access files and data across multiple devices throughout your home, office, school, and on-the-go. Gone are the days when you had to save all of your work to a disc or external hard drive to transfer it to another device. Thanks to cloud technology it is now possible to flawlessly … Continued

The Complete Guide to Mortgage Programs

With recent increases in mortgage rates, many homebuyers are taking extra time to carefully examine the wide variety of mortgage products out there to find the right choice or best value for their specific needs. In this post, we will discuss the ins and outs of the many home lending products we offer here at … Continued

Business Cybersecurity Trends to Be Aware of in 2023

Cyber-attacks on both personal and business digital devices continue to increase. We’re here to walk you through some of the most important cybersecurity trends to be aware of and how to keep your business protected.   Phishing via emails and text messages These days, most businesses consider emails to be an essential part of their … Continued

The Importance of Creating a Will

Your last will and testament, aka your will, is a legal document that lays out how you want to distribute your assets and possessions after your death. If you die without a will, known as intestate, the distribution of assets, as well as the guardianship of any minor children, will be decided by a probate … Continued

4 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe Online

Much of our lives have moved online, which makes it more important than ever to be cautious and look out for scams. When it comes to online shopping, banking, bill pay, charitable donations, and other online activities involving money, scammers will always be out there trying to trick you out of your hard-earned cash. Here’s … Continued

Creating a Holiday Gift-Giving Budget

Holiday shopping season is around the corner, and this year, perhaps more than ever, creating a shopping and budget plan in advance can be key to curbing your spending during times of high inflation. As WRAL of Raleigh points out, “People are recalculating how much they can spend on gifts and spreading out their Christmas … Continued

Tips to Start Your Own Small Business in VA & NC

You may have spent years developing your skills and knowledge and are ready to start your own business to put your expertise and passion to good use. But starting your own business officially and independently—no matter the size—is quite a complicated process. From creating a solid plan to registering with the proper agencies and finding … Continued

Your Essential Guide to Password Security

How secure are your online accounts? With cybersecurity attacks increasing each year, it’s a good time to brush up on your knowledge of password security to better protect yourself from hackers. Follow these tips for creating stronger passwords, changing them regularly, and keeping track of your unique login credentials across accounts.   Best practices for … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About Buy Now, Pay Later

Installment plans have been around forever, but today’s iternation, known as Buy Now, Pay Later, is growing in popularity and platforms. With Apple entering the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) market, and the number of consumers using BNPL predicted to grow to over 59 million this year, you may be wondering if BNPL is right … Continued

6 Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

Like your blood pressure or cholesterol level, your credit score is a key indicator of your overall financial health. A good credit score can help you get an apartment, a job, or a new credit account. On the other hand, a low score can hold you back from achieving your personal and financial goals in … Continued