After they move out, it's time for you to move forward.
Children gone? So are the days that every time you turn around you're buying new clothes, electronic gadgets, and athletic gear. Instead, life offers a new financial outlook. Maybe it's time for a home equity loan that lets you live your own dreams, some retirement advice to help you get ready for the long run, or some information on student loans in case you're not quite finished being a parent.
Mid-course correction for empty nesters
You'll learn to like the lack of chaos in your house. You'll learn to like having time after dinner to do what YOU want. But you'll especially like the way money piles up once you're no longer covering all your kids' expenses. Just don't let it pile up in your checking account. Until you decide exactly where to focus your resources, maybe open a Money Market account, which pays higher dividends than most saving accounts while still offering easy access to your funds. Another answer is a Savings Certificate which may pay a little more in exchange for a longer term.
Make a moveBack to the house thing. It's not only quiet, but with only one or two people living there, it seems so big. Lots of empty nesters consider downsizing right about now. Chances are, it's been years since you've gone house-hunting. No worries. Our friendly Clearview lending team can explain the details of the various mortgages we offer and help you pick one that's right for you. Or if you feel like you need a more in-depth refresher course, our members have free access to GreenPath Financial Wellness, a financial planning organization that, among other things, offers online home-buying articles and e-courses.
Put your home to workOr maybe you're happy right where you are. After all, those rooms hold a lot of great memories. So let's take all the effort you've made to pay down your mortgage and spruce up your house and work it to your advantage. We offer lump sum home equity loans, as well as lines of credit that allow you to access cash whenever you need it. The big takeaway is you can use the money however you want. A new Jacuzzi in the master bath for those relaxing evenings? Dive in. That trip to Toronto or Tahiti or Tokyo you've always dreamed of? Bon voyage. A motorboat to cruise our three rivers? Welcome aboard.
Play catch-upThough you just completed one important phase of your life (parenting), another one (retirement) looms ahead. With the high cost of raising children, it's easy for empty nesters to have fallen behind on retirement savings. Let's play catch-up. Federal law allows you to contribute extra money annually to your 401(k) and Individual Retirement Account if you're over 50. And if you only have the 401(k), it's really time to supplement it with a Traditional or Roth IRA that can help build up your savings at a healthy pace while offering tax advantages, too.
When in doubt, ask for helpIf you're ready to start planning for retirement, turn to Clearview Wealth Management GroupSM, available through CFS*. Whether you're looking to just get a portfolio check-up or map out a long-term strategy, our experienced team can help get your personal finances into better shape.
Parental guidanceThere's one last thing you'll realize as a parent: you're never really done. Even if your offspring is acing college or is crushing it in their career, they'll turn to you for financial advice. Are they in the market for that first credit card? Confidently advise them that Clearview's Platinum Mastercard® will let them buy the stuff they need now and build their credit history over the long run. Shopping for their first car? Boldly state that Clearview offers low auto loan rates and can help them find the perfect vehicle through our Auto Buying Resource Center.
And if they come to you for more cash to finish off their higher education? Yeah, tell them that private bank is now closed, but everyone's favorite credit union has an online Student Loan Center they can lean on from here on out.