Homestead Funding Corp. is proud to announce that McGlone Mortgage Company, Inc. has joined Homestead and will now be known as Homestead Funding Corp. dba McGlone Mortgage Group. Founded in 1999, McGlone Mortgage Company, Inc. is headquartered at 3701 Evergreen Drive, Appleton, WI 54913. The McGlone team has been committed to helping their clients find the best mortgage solutions for over fifteen years. Currently, McGlone Mortgage group is licensed in seven states with licenses pending in eleven others.
As a consumer-direct lending platform, McGlone Mortgage Group will be utilizing the resources, tools, and technologies that have helped Homestead Funding Corp. grow to an industry leader in the Eastern half of the United States.
In addition to helping customers beyond Homestead and McGlone’s current geographical footprints, the two companies working together will allow all employees additional opportunities for growth in other areas of the mortgage industry.
About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.
About McGlone Mortgage Company, Inc.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, McGlone Mortgage Group is committed to helping clients find the right mortgage product. We understand that every borrower is different, and we offer a variety of products to meet each individual’s requirements. We make the process of securing a mortgage simple and straightforward by offering the latest financial tools that enable customers to make sound financial choices.
“McGlone Mortgage Group is an ideal fit with Homestead Funding Corp., and we are thrilled to have them become part of the Homestead family”, said Mike Rutherford President and CEO of Homestead Funding. “Our company cultures are very similar with regard to business operations, customer service, and employee experience. We believe the McGlone Mortgage team will be an important asset as Homestead Funding Corp. expands its presence throughout the United States.”
Colder temperatures are approaching, but there is still time to make updates to your home so you don’t feel the chill this winter. Here are some suggestions for making home improvements - some of them won’t even cost you anything!
- Close the curtains. Making sure your curtains are closed after the sun goes down can help prevent heat from escaping through windows during the evening. You can even use blankets to cover windows and doors if you don’t have window treatments.
- Shut doors to rooms you don’t use. By keeping doors shut, air doesn’t circulate as easily, which means cold air doesn’t move around the house. And by closing air registers in those rooms, that extra warmth is distributed throughout the house.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Today’s programmable thermostats offer multiple settings for each day of the week. That means you can plan out your heating needs based on your specific schedule. Setting the temperature lower while your away means that you won’t be wasting energy. You can save even more money by installing the thermostat yourself.
- Use a door draft blocker. Draft blockers are very easy to make with patterns available online. If you’re not feeling particularly crafty, they are also available for purchase for around $10.
- Fill gaps between baseboards and windows. Sealing gaps around windows and baseboards with caulk helps prevent drafts. Using a caulking gun is relatively easy and if you use a paintable product, you can paint over where you sealed so it matches your walls.
- Cover hardwood floors. Putting a rug on your hardwood floors adds insulation and prevents heat loss. There is also the benefit of keeping your feet warm when you walk around.
- Seal pet doors. Sorry Fido, but you won’t be able to come and go as you please, at least not during the winter. You can cover pet doors with plastic or fabric to seal them.
If you decide to undertake some larger energy improvements, you may be eligible for and Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) from Homestead Funding! EEMs are an available option that can help you make the energy efficient improvements you’ve been thinking about, like replacing your old furnace and windows or adding insulation.
For more energy saving ideas, check out the US Department of Energy’s website: http://www.energy.gov/public-services/homes/home-weatherization
For more information about the EEM program at Homestead Funding, click on the following link: https://homesteadfunding.com/pages/energy-efficient-mortgages
Apple season is upon us! With apples in abundance, there are plenty of opportunities to cook with this versatile fruit. And while there are lots of ways to use apples in your culinary adventures (and beyond!), we think that some of the more traditional recipes always seem to hit the spot. Plus apple crisp can be even easier to make than pie. Happy baking!
4 large tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup instant oatmeal
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon (or to taste)
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg (or to taste)
Preheat oven to 375°F and grease the bottom and sides of an 8x8 inch baking pan.
Place apple slices in baking pan. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well. Spread mixed ingredients over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.
Serve with ice cream if desired.
The school year is fast approaching! Here are some tips to make sure that heading back to school isn’t any harder than it needs to be:
- Make dinners ahead of time and freeze them, that way dinner is one less thing to worry about
- Start getting the kids back on a school time schedule – that includes meals and bedtime
- Have your back to school shopping done so you don’t have to wade through last-minute crowds
- Lay out backpacks (with supplies) so they are at the ready when it’s time to head to school
- Create a centralized calendar so everyone in the family knows where they need to be
- Review paperwork that was sent by the school
- Label your child’s belongings
- Visit the school before classes start – show your kids where they should be for drop-off and pick-up and familiarize them with the campus, especially if it’s a new school
- Setup a space that will be the designated “homework area”
- Meet teachers ahead of time to break the ice and ease your child’s concerns about not liking his or her teacher
- Make sure your kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date and that any school health requirements are met
- Make school a positive thing! Heading back to the classroom can be a bummer for kids, but if you keep a positive attitude it can make the transition easier for everyone
Here’s to a fun and safe school year!
S’mores are one of the quintessential summertime treats. For generations, people have made this delicious dessert around bonfires, camp stoves and gas grills alike. Now you can enjoy s’mores year-round with this easy to make dip - no campfire needed!
Bonus s’mores fact: National S’mores Day is on August 10th (It’s the perfect time to try out this recipe!).
12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 ounce bag of large marshmallows
14.4 ounce box of graham crackers
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Empty the bag of chocolate chips into an oven-safe pan or skillet. Completely cover the chocolate chips with marshmallows then bake for 10 minutes. While your chocolate and marshmallows are baking, break up the graham crackers into pieces. Once the marshmallows are golden brown, remove the pan from the oven and serve immediately.