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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 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.
Learn more.

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:

See our current postings here:

Lincoln Park Meijer Branch Closing


Our Lincoln Park Meijer branch will close permanently on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.

Unfortunately, Meijer has not renewed our lease because they have an agreement with Ohio-based Huntington Bank who will now have exclusive rights to place branches in their stores. We worked hard to maintain our presence at the Lincoln Park Meijer, but unfortunately we were not even allowed to bid on that possibility.

However, don’t worry too much – we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Kroger and will be opening a new location in the Southgate Kroger, less than 3 miles away! The new branch will be located inside the store at 13333 Eureka Road. This branch will be opening at 10 am on Monday, June 29! Stop by during the first few weeks and enter to win gift cards and an all-you-can-grab shopping spree!

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we’re very excited about this new partnership with Kroger and many other developments in the coming months!

Young & Free Michigan on Fox 2 Job Shop

job shop

Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth visited WJBK Fox 2’s Job Shop, hosted by Murray Feldman, to talk about summer job interview tips for young people. Ebeth, as always, brought her fun and upbeat personality — which paired with her solid information, proved a winning combination!

Ebeth encouraged teenagers to research the company and position, be positive and enthusiastic, and to showcase skills they already possess that will fit the job they’re applying for. For more great information, follow the link below to the full interview!

Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth on Fox 2’s Job Shop: Summer Job Interview Tips for Teens

Budgeting Made Simple with the Help of Mobile Tech

Image courtesy of R. Nial Bradshaw via Flickr Creative Commons

Image courtesy of R. Nial Bradshaw via Flickr Creative Commons

Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth Fielder wrote a guest blog post for Verizon Wireless’s Midwest blog, a site that cover technology stories from the region.

Ebeth discusses apps that can help you better manage your money using mobile technology. As always, she combines great information with her fresh personality — it’s definitely a must-read!


Check out the article here: Budgeting Made Simple with the Help of Mobile Tech.

Great job, Ebeth!



WDIV’s Vote 4 the Best 2015


You know it. We know it. It’s time for the world to know it!

WDIV Detroit’s Vote4theBest is up and running again, and we need your votes to claim the #1 spot as the Best Credit Union in Metro Detroit!

Last year we came in second place — we’re very grateful for that, but we hope we can do better this year!

We need your help. To vote, you’ll need to sign up on WDIV’s website.

You’ll get a confirmation email after you vote so please make sure to check your email and confirm.

Make sure to vote each day and share the link to vote with your family and friends. Voting closes on August 2.