Three Holiday Spending Tips to Keep You on Track Financially

The holiday season is a joyful time of family, gifts, and festive celebration. Unfortunately, sometimes financial worries add a lot of stress to our holidays. Here are three tips that will reduce stress and help you stay on track financially.

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What Business Banking Services Can We Help You With?

With First Independent Bank as your business banking partner, you can manage your finances with confidence. We offer the capabilities of the big banks, but also you get personal service, flexibility, and the local decision-making of a trusted community bank.

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Is That Email a Phishing Scam?

Phishing scams are plentiful right now, and they can sometimes be hard to spot. What is "phishing?" Scammers use email messages (and sometimes text messages) to trick you into giving them your personal information. What they are ultimately after are your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers, with the intent to gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts.

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How an Ag Loan Can Help Your Farm Grow

At First Independent Bank, we are passionate about partnering with farm and agricultural operations across Minnesota. One of the services we provide is financing and lending support to launch, operate, and expand agricultural and farming facilities across the state.

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Qualifying for a USDA Loan

What is a USDA Loan and Are You Eligible for One?

When shopping for a new home, there are many types of mortgages to choose from. One of the lesser-known types of mortgage loans is a USDA loan, which is a zero-down-payment mortgage for rural and suburban homebuyers. USDA loans are issued through the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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First Independent Bank Stands with Minnesota Hog Farmers

Minnesota is the nation's third-largest hog-producing state and pork is critical to our state’s agricultural economy. Though swine farmers (and farmers in general) are no strangers to navigating difficult times, the last six to nine months have been tough for our friends in the swine industry.

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3 Refinancing Mistakes to Watch Out For

Mortgage refinancing rates have hit historic lows recently, and many homeowners are choosing to refinance their mortgage loans, saving thousands of dollars in interest over the life of their loans. Refinancing as a percentage of total mortgage applications climbed to a 10-week high as of July 17th, according to MBA data.

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5 Helpful Tips You Need to Read Before Buying a Home

For the first time since 1971, interest rates have fallen below 3%. So, it is no surprise that with interest rates at historic lows, many people are buying homes for the first time or trading up from their current home.

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Lake Home Financing from First Independent Bank

In Minnesota, lake life is a dream for many during the summer. A cabin or vacation property is fun for all, unlike your primary home where you pay bills or do homework at the dining room table.

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Low Interest Rates and the Mortgage that's Right for You

If you’re a homeowner or a vacation property owner - or if you plan to be one - then you’ve undoubtedly been watching the record low mortgage rates that have been put in place to boost and sustain our economy.

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