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We’re Still Growing – Introducing Our Brownstown Branch!

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Thanks to our awesome new partnership with Kroger, we’ve opened a brand spanking new branch inside the store at 20645 Gibraltar Road in Brownstown Twp.

The full-service branch includes savings, loan and investment support, and features a MoneyWorks ATM. These ATMs allow members to select bills in multiple denominations (from $50s to $1s), allow members to make loan or credit card payments, as well as deposit checks without an envelope.

The Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, August 27. A shopping spree like the ones held at Macomb and Southgate will also occur sometime in September.

“As our credit union continues to grow, we’re looking for new ways to provide convenient banking solutions for our members and the communities we serve,” Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos said. “Our partnership with Kroger is the result of a shared customer service focus and passion for finding new and better ways to improve our member experiences.”

Michigan First Credit Union and Kroger have agreed to a multi-year contract that includes the opportunity for expansion into additional Kroger stores in the coming years. The first location opened at the corner of 26 Mile and Romeo Plank, and a Southgate location opened in July. Additional branches will open within Kroger stores in St. Clair Shores and Roseville.

Back To School Financial Tips from Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth

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Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth Fielder continues to impress with her savvy, down-to-earth advice when it comes to money. The Detroit Free Press’s Susan Tompor once again contacted Ebeth to give some back-to-school insight.

Ebeth suggests talking to students about budgeting and costs of living away at college, as well as the added costs for commuters including gas and parking.

So far, the story has been picked up by 98 news outlets nationwide – check out the article below, and way to go, Ebeth!

Detroit Free Press: Pack up financial tips before heading to college

Bloomberg Business: Pack up financial tips before heading to college

2015 Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Michigan First is honored to have been declared the winner of WDIV Click On Detroit’s Vote 4 The Best competition in the Credit Union category. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our loyal members, we were able to best our second-place finish from last year and fina4thebestlly emerge victorious!

We know we wouldn’t be in business without our members. It’s our mission to provide the highest quality experience to anyone who walks through our door, picks up the phone to call us, or visits our website. We are honored that you chose us to win, but we are even more honored to have the privilege of serving you.

Michigan First August Car Sale

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You don’t just buy a new car every day. (Unless you’re super rich and you really like cars. If so, congrats!) So we know that a lot of saving, planning, and research goes into the decision to purchase a vehicle that will transport you and your friends and family from point A to point B safely. A cool looking exterior and top-notch performance certainly wouldn’t hurt, either!

Whether you’re a seasoned car buyer or looking for your very first set of wheels, the Michigan First August Car Sale is the place to be. When you’re at one of our three sale locations, you can get pre-approved, pick out your car, and drive off the lot the same day!

Convenience isn’t the only draw. We’re offering 1% off your rate, 60 days no payment, and a vacation giveaway for qualifying buyers. The odds that you’ll find a better deal anywhere else? Not so great.

Check out our event page for location information. Want to get pre-approved before you even set foot on the lot? Call us at 800.664.3828 and one of our loan representatives will help you!

Michigan First Mortgage + Grand Rapids = We’ve Expanded

Michigan First MortgageGreat news, Grand Rapids: Michigan First Mortgage has moved in and we’re excited to help you move into the home of your dreams. Our mortgage representative can be found in the Michigan First Credit Union branch on Breton Rd. Can’t make it to the branch? Then we’ll meet you at a location that is convenient for you. Call 616.419.5818 to set an appointment or to learn about the variety of home lending solutions we offer.

We’re here for your mortgage needs. Give us a call at (855) 566-2500.

Annual Meeting Results

 
The 2015 Annual Membership Meeting took place at our Evergreen headquarters on Thursday, April 30 where the Board and Michael Poulos, President/CEO, updated members on the Credit Union’s business affairs and accomplishments. In addition, the results of the Board election were shared:

  • Linda Height re-elected as Chairperson
  • Deirdre Scott elected as Vice Chairperson
  • Shelia Anderson re-elected as Treasurer
  • Nadine Tibbs-Stallworth re-elected as Secretary
  • Mike Hohf elected as a Director

We’d like to thank our Board Members for their time and dedication and ensuring we continue to provide the highest quality member experience. In addition, a special thank you to Diane Manica who has retired from the Board after 15 years of volunteering.

Protecting Identities and Feeding Families

Making DonationsHow are 2,129 meals and 12,000 pounds of paper related? These are the results of our recent Shred Day event where members made a small donation to the Gleaners Community Food Bank and had their personal documents shredded. This event benefits many hungry neighbors in need but also keeps personal information out of the hands of identity thieves. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated!

Say Hello to the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount

Michigan First Sprint DiscountIf you’re looking to save on your wireless bill, it might be time to say hello to the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount! As a member of Michigan First, here are ways you can save:

  • Enjoy 10% off* select personal Sprint plans or 15% off* select business Sprint plans
  • Get your activation fee on new lines waived (up to $36 in savings)
  • Take an upgrade and get the fee waived (up to $36 in savings)

Start saving with the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount, simply call 877.SAVE.4CU (877.728.3428), let them know you’re a credit union member and provide the Corporate ID: NACUC_ZZM. You can also visit LoveMyCreditUnion.org/Sprint or stop by the nearest Sprint store.

*Certain restrictions apply.

Here We Grow Again

Macomb Branch Grand OpeningWe’re excited to announce the opening of our first Kroger in-store branch, at 26 Mile and Romeo Plank Rd. in Macomb, with four additional locations coming later this year in St. Clair Shores, Southgate, Brownstown Twp. and Roseville. Michigan First has entered into a multi-year agreement with Kroger that includes opportunities for expansion into additional Kroger stores in the coming years.

“As our credit union continues to grow, we’re looking for new ways to provide convenient banking solutions for our members and the communities we serve,” said Michael Poulos, Michigan First President/CEO. “This partnership with Kroger is the result of a shared customer service focus and passion for finding new and better ways to improve our member experiences.”

Our newest branch location, inside the Kroger store at 16450 26 Mile Road in Macomb, offers extended hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This new location features two ATMs and a high-speed coin counter accessible anytime Kroger is open.

Michigan First Mortgage: Mortgage Experts Wanted!


dream-jobMichigan First Mortgage, powered by Michigan First Credit Union, has emerged as one of Michigan’s fastest growing direct lenders. Michigan First Mortgage’s team of highly trained professionals prides itself on having greater flexibility than traditional lenders.
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By Jeff McGee, Executive Vice President, Michigan First Mortgage

Here at Michigan First Mortgage, we’re on the hunt. One of our biggest challenges—a very good problem to have—is that there are more people looking for mortgages in Michigan than we’ve had in years. It means that we’re looking to hire more team members to meet the growing demand.

The other side of the coin is, because of the housing market’s recent history, many people have either left the lending industry or never started. The type of loan officers we’re looking for—those with more than five years of experience and a desire to help families find the best path to homeownership—are harder to find than you might think.

It is, admittedly, a bit more difficult for us because we don’t use a “mortgage assembly line” style. Our model—a customized approach leveraging portfolio lending—means that we can write mortgages for those who may not fit the traditional mold, but it requires that we have expert loan officers who know the system and appreciate the added challenge of helping a wider group have access to affordable home loans.

Where larger mortgage companies focus on narrow skill sets and narrow restrictions for borrowers, our unique approach favors those with great people skills, an entrepreneurial spirit and a real desire to help potential homeowners find the best-possible mortgage to fit their needs.

If you or someone you know has these traits, more than two years of experience and an NMLS certification with the State of Michigan, don’t hesitate to send them our way.

If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out to me: JMcGee@MichFirstMortgage.com.

See our current postings here: MichiganFirstCareers.com.