1. Avoiding Common IRA Holding Mistakes Part 2

    Last week we discussed several of some common mistakes that IRA holders make — mistakes that you should definitely avoid. When it comes to preparing for retirement, you want to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to not only understand the rules of retirement plans but make those plans work for you, because the last thing you want to do is use some of that money paying unnecessary…Read More

  2. Avoiding Common IRA Holding Mistakes Part 1

    When it comes to planning for retirement, there is nothing that should be left to chance. Furthermore, there shouldn’t be any ambiguity within your retirement planning and the steps you have to take to ensure that you are navigating your retirement plan correctly. It is essential that when you look for an IRA custodian, you feel as though they have your best interest in mind, and are available t…Read More

  3. Tax Advantages of Self-Directed IRAs

    Retirement income for an individual can come from several sources, whether it is a 401(k), SEP, social security, or a SIMPLE IRA, and these retirement accounts will usually have a number of tax advantages that are great for savvy savers. The same goes for Self-Directed IRAs — there are several attractive benefits, including great tax advantages that make the retirement option a no-brainer. Keep …Read More

  4. A Reference Guide For Non-Recourse Loans

    A non-recourse loan is a loan where the lenders are allowed to foreclose on the collateral pledged for the loan, if the borrower defaults on their obligations and fails to pay their debts. Lenders are allowed to take possession of any assets used as collateral to secure these loans, and unlike recourse loans, only the collateral will be taken if the borrower defaults. Recourse loans favor the lend…Read More

  5. First Western Federal Savings Bank Attends RITAs Conference in San Antonio

    The industry of self-directed IRAs is a changing field, making it necessary to learn valuable insights about the shifts in the field, the trends, and best practices. This information is even more necessary if you are new to investing in real estate or are a prospective investor. This specialty information can be difficult to find, and finding the right lending options to invest with can even be mo…Read More

  6. Is Your Vacation Rental Ready for Winter? Part I

    Whether this is the first time you’re preparing your vacation rental property for winter or the fifth, there are still things that can get overlooked or forgotten about. A checklist can help anyone make sure their vacation rental is on track for the colder months ahead. Our non-recourse loan lenders have broken it down into two different sections: those who are renting out their property in wint…Read More

  7. Why Is Marketing Your Rental Important?

    In our previous blog, we talked about some key marketing strategies to implement for your rental property. Creating a web presence, figuring out your target demographic, and getting help where you need it are all essential to marketing. But if you don’t know why marketing is important, you might be less inclined to make it happen. Our non-recourse loan lenders have compiled several reasons why m…Read More

  8. Marketing Your Rental Property

    LeBron James is an exceptional basketball player, but if he hadn’t played in front of scouts, he would not be where he is today. J.K. Rowling is one of the most successful authors of today, but her name wouldn’t be recognizable if she hadn’t submitted her first “Harry Potter” drafts to dozens of publishers. It’s true for everything and practically everyone: if you want to be successful…Read More

  9. Vacation Rental vs. Tenant Rental Properties

    You want to own a rental property, and there are plenty of reasons why. You want the added income that comes from renting out a home or a vacation property. You want a tangible investment, one that appreciates in value over time. You want all these things, which is why you want to work with the non-recourse loan lenders at First Western Federal Savings Bank to get a rental property loan to make th…Read More

  10. Preparing Your Vacation Rental Tip #2: Decorating

    Welcome back to our blog series on preparing your vacation rental property for the busy season! As summer rolls around, the vacations and trips and travel plans start to pick up. This is a time when families, couples, friends, and solo travelers alike all love to explore and see someplace new. With so many people capitalizing on the warmer weather and extra vacation time, this is an equally excell…Read More