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Impact Strategies From January 2023

A look back at strategies and ideas that help credit unions make an even bigger difference in the communities they serve.

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5 Takeaways From Trendwatch 2Q 2022

Macroeconomic shifts drove changes in member demand, which impacted top-level credit union metrics.

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How Credit Unions Are Coping With Surging Mortgage Rates (Part 1)

Some underwriting and belt-tightening, staffing and product changes are part of the response as swiftly rising rates roil the housing market.

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What’s Next for the Housing Market?

The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of homes amid record demand, which is likely to have an impact on mortgage lending moving forward.

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Are We In A Housing Bubble? 5 Credit Union Leaders Weigh In

Supply still lags demand but price hikes are slowing, and a lot has changed in the past 15 years.

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Mortgage Originations Rise Gradually Amid Surge In Home Values

First mortgage originations at credit unions have risen substantially in the last decade, a period in which median home values have nearly doubled.

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A Call For Cooperatives To Close The Racial Homeownership Gap

GreenState Credit Union has committed $1 billion toward home loans for communities of color. CEO Jeff Disterhoft is rallying the entire industry to take similar steps.

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Crowdsourcing For A Cause: How Blue FCU Plans To Ease The Down Payment Pinch

The Wyoming-based credit union is testing a program that rewards members for contributing to a fund to help other members more easily afford a down payment on a home.

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5 Ways Credit Unions Are Fighting The Affordable Housing Crisis

Credit unions across the country have rolled out programs to create better days in their communities.

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Inclusive Lending For First-Time Homebuyers Turns Dreams Into Reality

A program at Carolina Foothills FCU targets low-income borrowers with flexible underwriting practices, financial education, and partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit groups.

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