Friday Financial Forum July 1 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, June 28 at 04:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.*

This week the well-known Ad Lib Singers will be bringing their Fourth of July Patriotic Extravaganza in music and song! The Ad Lib Singers, founded in 1994, are a lively group of music lovers who amuse and entertain with show tunes, gospel, patriotic music, and more. They most certainly are aptly named. Should the audience hear a mistake, rest assured they never make a mistake, they simply ad lib! Most recently, the Ad Lib Singers were showcased at this year’s OK Mozart Festival on opening day at Prairie Song Village.  
 
Wear red, white and blue and make plans to join us this Friday for a grand celebration of America’s Independence Day!
 
If you have any questions or would like to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Submit Your Photos for Chance to Win $150!

Monday, June 27 at 08:10 PM
Category: Arvest News

Love the outdoors? Love to take pictures? Love to win money? Combine all three interests for a chance to win $150 and have your outdoor photo on an Arvest debit card! 

Take pictures of your outdoor adventures and post them on Instagram July 1-15 using #arvestoutdoors in the caption for your photo to be considered. Remember to make your Instagram profile public, so we can see your photos! You'll need to take the pictures horizontally, so they'll fit on a debit card. If you're selected as a finalist, we'll request the original photo file to make sure it's high enough resolution, and we reserve the right to edit or crop it. 

What do we mean by outdoor adventure? Essentially, it’s having an active experience in nature. Think of all the fun you have biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, climbing, repelling, etc. Photos can be of recent or past outdoor adventures. We don’t want people in the pictures to be identifiable so zoom in, zoom out or find an interesting angle (like the back of someone or their silhouette). To view existing Arvest debit card designs, visit arvest.com/style.  

We’ll post the photo finalists on Arvest Bank’s Instagram account the week of July 25 and give the public the opportunity to vote. Winning photographers will each receive $150, and winning photographs will be used as art on Arvest debit cards available for any checking account customer to order! If the winner is an Arvest checking account customer, then he/she will get a new debit card featuring their design, at no cost.

Rules
  • Submitted photos must be the submitter’s original work with no other person being able to claim ownership.
  • Photos need to be family friendly.
  • Photos don’t have to be recent, but they do have to be posted to Instagram July 1-15 with #arvestoutdoors in the caption.
  • Submitters can enter more than one photo. 
  • Winners will need to sign a release form authorizing Arvest to use the photo.
  • Arvest associates and their immediate family are not eligible to win. 
We’re excited to see all the fun you’re having in nature! Start gathering, taking and posting your outdoor adventure pictures!

This contest is not sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. 

Tags: Debit Cards
 

Celebrate American Freedoms with Free Patriotic Debit Card

Monday, June 27 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Don’t limit your celebration of American freedoms to just Independence Day! Order a free patriotic or military debit card June 27 – July 2, 2016, so you can show your American pride all year long! 

Existing customers are typically charged a replacement fee of $7.50. Debit cards are always free with any new checking account. During this promotion new and existing customers can order a patriotic or military debit card for free.  

Select from seven debit cards in the patriotic and military debit card series. You can also find more specialty debit card designs at arvest.com/style.
 
To order some red, white and blue for your wallet, call customer service at (866) 952-9523 or visit your local branch.
 
Holiday Hours
Arvest will be closed for Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2016.   

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:
Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! 

Available for use with checking accounts only; $50 minimum deposit required to open account.

Tags: Community Support, Debit Cards, Holiday Hours
 

A Talent That Provides Treasures

Friday, June 24 at 06:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Darlene Babcock, Commercial Loan Assistant in Greater Kansas City, has an amazing talent! Her hobby is knitting and crocheting and she makes items to donate. 

Darlene has been donating adult hats to KU Medical Center for cancer patients with a special prayer tied to each one. She also donates newborn and preemie hats to Children’s Mercy Kansas City. 
 
“Recently I’ve gotten involved with a group that crochets/knits for dementia patients in nursing care facilities,” Darlene said.

“These items are called ‘twiddle muffs’ or ‘sensory mitts’. They aren’t made to be pretty, but instead made to calm by keeping hands busy with fidgeting various items. It provides stimulation for these specific patients who are restless or agitated.” 
 
Darlene also makes baby blankets, dish cloths, coasters, baskets and scrubbers. 
 
“I really enjoy my hobby, and I’m always looking for ideas for my next project,” she said. “You might find me cruising the aisles at the yarn store brainstorming of what I will do next!”
 
What an incredible way to use a talent to give back to the community!  
 
Tags: Associates, Community Support, Kansas City
 

Prices, Inventory Make Home Equity Borrowing an Appealing Option

Thursday, June 23 at 09:10 AM
Category: Personal Finance

The combination of low inventory and rising prices in the residential housing market is spurring an increase in homeowners utilizing the equity in their existing homes rather than purchasing new ones.

According to the National Association of Realtors, there was 4.7 months of housing inventory for sale in the U.S. in April, meaning it would take that amount of time for every house on the market to sell at the current pace of sales. A market is generally considered balanced when there’s five or six months of inventory.

The low inventory has resulted in increasing prices for many homes on the market. According to David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee for Standard & Poor, U.S. home prices in April were up 5.3 percent over the previous 12 months, more than twice the rate of inflation.

These developments have caused a growing number of homeowners to upgrade in a different manner, such as remodeling or making other home improvements. To do so, many homeowners are using tools like a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).

A HELOC essentially is a home loan that allows the homeowner to borrow against the equity in their home, using their home as collateral. Home improvement is the No. 1 reason homeowners pursue a HELOC, although they are used for other reasons such as funding major purchases or expenses.

With mortgage rates expected to rise in the coming years, a HELOC can be an increasingly attractive reason to not buy a new home. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s May 10 prediction is that rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will rise to an average of 4.5 percent in 2017 and 5.2 percent in 2018.

In today’s housing market, the definition of “new” is left in the eyes of the homeowner, and investing in and updating an existing home is a viable option as the inventory of “move up” homes remains tight.
 
Tags: Financial Education, Home Loans

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