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Tips for Starting Your First Business in Bucks County

December 27th, 2018
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Are you getting ready to start your first business in Bucks County, Pennsylvania? Your choice of location couldn’t be better. Bucks County’s many boroughs and townships are home to a diverse set of industries and an educated workforce. With a higher median income than the state average, county residents have more money to spend on your goods or services. Located just north of Philadelphia, and south of Princeton, NJ, opening a business in Bucks puts you in a central location to take advantage of the energy and dynamic economy of these two metro areas. One thing entrepreneurs all have in [ read more ]

Personal Finance Guide for the Newly Single

November 28th, 2018
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Everyone knows that divorce brings change. From your social circle to your living arrangements, you’ll spend the next year or more adjusting to this new stage of your life. Your everyday responsibilities may multiply as you suddenly become accountable for running a single household. After you switch names on your utility bills and divide financial accounts, you may find yourself unsure of the next steps. If your previous partner managed the household finances, it’s time to shake the dust off of life skills such as creating a budget, choosing financial accounts, and planning for taxes. Whether you’re navigating this process [ read more ]

Cybersecurity Tips for Your Business in Bucks County

October 19th, 2018
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Major data breaches by large corporations make frequent headlines, causing concerned consumers to wonder about the security of their online interactions. The ensuing concerns are painful for all involved–customers face identity theft concerns and companies face the fallout for breaking their customers’ trust. Since most stories that make the news involve multinational companies, small businesses can be lulled into a false sense of comfort. Unfortunately, the reality for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) is sobering. According to the U.S. Congress Small Business Committee, 71% of cyber-attacks occurred at organizations with less than 100 employees. Small businesses are frequently under-resourced with [ read more ]

A Guide to Building or Improving a Home in Bucks County

September 18th, 2018
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With a great variety of rural, suburban, and small-town municipalities to choose from, Bucks County has something to offer every type of home construction plan. And as a reliably desirable place to live for families and young professionals, you can count on a home improvement project to increase the value of your home. The First is Bucks County’s oldest locally-owned bank, helping generations of residents realize their dreams of homeownership. If that includes building your own home or improving the house you live in, we can help with a home construction loan. Keep reading to learn everything you need to [ read more ]

A Guide To Buying Your First Home In Bucks County

August 22nd, 2018
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Whether you’re a single person, newly married couple, or young family looking to put down roots, the process of buying a first home can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. That’s why we created this guide to buying your first house in Bucks County. From answering the not-so-simple question of how much you can afford, to mapping out your budget as a homeowner, we’ll walk you through the process of moving from home browser to homeowner. When you’re ready to start, our First-Time Homebuyer Program offers localized expertise and assistance to buyers just like you. How Much House Can You Afford? [ read more ]

Bucks County Relocation Guide: What You Need to Know for a Successful Move

August 1st, 2018
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Here at The First, we think Bucks County is a great place to call home. How do we know for sure? We’ve been banking here for more than 150 years, getting to know local residents and businesses. So whether you’re relocating to Bucks for a job opportunity, or just looking for a nice place to raise a family, we’ve compiled all you need to know about the various regions (upper, central, lower) and their main towns, as well as average home prices, cost of living, and more. We hope you find our Bucks County relocation guide helpful, and we can’t [ read more ]

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying A Home

March 22nd, 2018
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As winter melts into spring, you’ll likely start to see “For-Sale” signs popping up in your neighborhood. Buying a home can be an exciting milestone in your life, and it’s important to educate yourself on the financial implications of homeownership before you make an offer. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a current owner looking to sell or refinance, there are a few key questions that should help guide your decision: 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying A Home 1. What are the pros and cons of owning vs. renting? Owning a home is a long-term commitment. Recent studies show [ read more ]

How to Plan for Early Retirement

March 1st, 2018
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If you want to retire early, your investment strategy may need to be a little different from a person who plans to keep working well into his or her 60s and beyond. That’s because with many retirement savings plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, you could be charged a tax penalty if you withdraw money before age 59½. You also generally won’t be eligible to start receiving partial Social Security benefits until age 62, or full benefits a few years later. If you plan to leave work earlier than that, you may need to tweak your investment efforts. Here’s a look [ read more ]

Saving for Retirement While Paying Down Debt

February 15th, 2018
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When faced with two big financial priorities, such as paying off old debt and saving for retirement, it can be easier to focus on just one. For people repaying student loans for themselves or their children, for example, 38% weren’t able to put money away for retirement, according to a 2015 survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and NerdWallet. But there are ways you can contribute to retirement savings even while paying off student or other debt. Neglecting either one can be a losing proposition. If you focus just on repaying debts, you can lose out on potential [ read more ]

10 Tips to Get a Home Ready for Sale

January 25th, 2018
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Preparing to sell your home can be difficult. You have to create enough ambiance so that buyers can envision themselves living there but make sure it’s not so cluttered that all they see is you. Make some changes inside and out to get top dollar for your abode. Do a drive by. If a person sees trash on the lawn or overgrown weeds, they won’t be enticed to come inside. Boost your home’s curb appeal by planting a few colorful flowers at the entrance and mow the lawn. Declutter. Most people are familiar with the deceptive clean-up strategy of stuffing [ read more ]

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