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8 Ways BankWest Can Make Your Life More Streamlined

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Banking and financial transactions shouldn’t be a hassle. At BankWest, we have several tools available that make life more convenient. Here’s a roundup of eight ways BankWest can make your life more streamlined – helping you make smarter financial choices wherever you might be.

  1. Online/Mobile Banking 

    Confirm balances, transfer funds and monitor transactions 24 hours a day. More advanced features include: setting up account management tools, transferring to external accounts, and paying your bills. Put the bank in the palm of your hand with the BankWest mobile app. Mobile banking includes all the features of online banking, plus mobile deposit.

  2. Bill Pay 

    Schedule single or recurring payments and track payment history from one secure site. Free bill pay services are available in online and mobile banking.

  3. Balance Alerts 

    Receive automated balance alerts by text, email or phone when your account balances go above or below the threshold of your choosing. Balance alerts are available in online and mobile banking.

  4. Mobile Deposit 

    Deposit checks in a snap! All you need is a BankWest deposit account, your mobile device and the BankWest mobile app.

  5. Security Alerts 

    Add your own security parameters by enabling a wide variety of account alerts ranging from each time a valid log in to your account occurs to when an external transfer is authorized. Security alerts are available in online and mobile banking.

  6. Fingerprint Login 

    BankWest mobile banking offers a faster, more secure way to log in to your accounts. Use your finger or thumbprint in place of a login ID and password. This feature is available on any device that supports fingerprint identification.

  7. Online Account Opening 

    Open a deposit account or apply for a loan on our website by clicking on “Open An Account” on the home page.

  8. Tap and Pay 

    Add your BankWest debit card to your mobile wallet. Enroll in Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay to make fast and secure payments in stores, in apps, and online.

To Buy or Not to Buy: 5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing Your First Home

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Owning a home is a great investment, but before jumping into the market it is extremely important for consumers to consider the costs involved and budget accordingly to ensure they’re able to meet all of their financial obligations.

BankWest encourages consumers to consider these questions before beginning their housing quest:

How much money do you have saved?

Start with an evaluation of your financial health. Figure out how much money you have for a down payment. Down payments are typically 5 to 20 percent of the price of the home. But be sure to keep enough in savings for an emergency fund. It’s a good idea to have three to six months of living expenses to cover unexpected costs.

How much debt do you have?

Consider all of your current and expected financial obligations like your car payment and insurance, credit card debt and student loans. Make sure you will be able to make all the payments in addition to the cost of your new home. Aim to keep total rent or mortgage payments plus utilities to less than 25 to 30 percent of your gross monthly income.

What is your credit score?

A high credit score indicates strong creditworthiness. Home buyers can expect to have their credit history examined. A low credit score can keep you from qualifying for a mortgage loan. If your credit score is low, you may want to delay moving into a new home and take steps to raise your score.

Have you factored in all the costs?

Create a hypothetical budget for your new home. Find the average cost of utilities in your area, factor in gas, electricity, water and cable. Find out if you will have to pay for parking or trash pickup. Consider the cost of yard maintenance and other basic maintenance costs like replacing the air filter every three months. Factor in real estate taxes, mortgage and homeowners insurance and possibly a home owner association fee.

How long will you stay?

Generally, the longer you plan to live someplace, the more it makes sense to buy. Over time, you can build equity in your home. Carefully consider your current life and work situation and think about how long you want to stay in your new home.

If you’ve evaluated your budget and are considering purchasing a home contact one of our knowledgeable mortgage professionals to help you through the home buying process.

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