1. First Western Federal Savings Bank is a Sponsor at the 4th Annual Self-Directed IRA Summit

    The 4th annual Self-Directed IRA Summit was held on June 8 in Chicago and First Western Federal Savings Bank was honored to be a sponsor of the event. Our very own Roger St. Pierre, Senior Vice President at the bank, was able to speak about non-recourse lending and self-directed accounts. The summit focused on helping new investors seeking to master the foundational concepts of the loan, as well a…Read More

  2. 11 Features to Look For in an Investment Property

    Even though investing in a rental property can be a method of earning some passive income, anyone looking to invest in real estate has to dive deep into the responsibilities (both upfront and long-term) investment strategies, the real estate market, and the long-term potential for growth, or even the potential for a decline in the value of the property. When investing is simply approached from the…Read More

  3. The Benefits of Property Investment

    Investing in the stock market, investing in a friend’s business — there are tons of investment opportunities out there, all of which show potential in growing your financial portfolio. Why should you leverage your self-directed IRA to invest in rental property? Why should you apply for a non-recourse loan to make this happen? Our non-recourse loan lenders at First Western Federal Savings Bank …Read More

  4. Prepare Your Summer Vacation Rental

    It seems like it was not that long ago that our non-recourse loan lenders were talking about prepping your vacation rental property for winter, but here we are, already thinking about summer! They weren’t lying when they said “time flies.” Summer is a big season for most vacation rental owners. You want to be sure that your rental is fully ready to withstand the heavy traffic of the season. …Read More

  5. Building Up Your Retirement Savings

    Our non-recourse lenders have talked about the different types of IRAs, we’ve talked about different types of retirement accounts, and we’ve talked about how you can use your self-directed IRA or solo 401(k) to invest in rental properties. But in order to retire or to qualify for a non-recourse loan, you need to have sufficient funds in your account. Here are some of the best ways that you can…Read More

  6. Why Your Rental Property Shouldn’t Allow Pets

    Welcome back to our blog series on the pros and cons of allowing pets in your rental property. By allowing renters to have pets, you’ll likely have more renters to choose from, and could potentially see some financial benefits as well (check out our previous post for more details). But as is the case with everything in life, there’s always a catch. Our non-recourse loan lenders are going to ex…Read More

  7. Should Your Rental Property Allow Pets?

    You apply for a non-recourse loan, you get approved, you purchase your rental property — you’re well on your way to becoming a successful property owner! As set up as you might feel, however, there are a number of details to consider before you start renting out the place. One of those is figuring out if you’ll allow pets on the premises. As your non-recourse loan lenders of choice, First We…Read More

  8. Dealing With Renter Turnover

    Welcome back to our blog series on renter turnover! This can be an unfortunate downside of owning a rental property, but our non-recourse loan lenders have tips to make it easier. Learn more in our blog, and apply for a non-recourse loan with First Western Federal Savings Bank to turn your investment goals into a reality. Whether looking to refinance your current IRA loan, wanting to invest in a v…Read More

  9. The Downside of High Renter Turnover

    For as many perks as there are to owning a rental property, one of the biggest downsides is experiencing turnover. Not everyone who looks into owning rental property takes into account the hassle that tenant turnover can bring. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to deal with turnover, and even ways that you can try to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The non-recourse loan …Read More