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    Celebrating Sharon Wilson's Tenure

    Last updated 6 months ago

    CBF is pleased to celebrate Sharon Wilson’s 20th Anniversary as a member of our Financial Family. Sharon is the bank’s Senior Vice President and Chief Residential Officer. She joined the bank with ten years of previous industry experience and has a wealth of mortgage knowledge. We refer to her to as our “mortgage expert.”  

    Sharon was born on Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey, although she doesn’t have the accent to prove it. She has been a Homestead resident since the early 1980s and is very involved in local business and nonprofit organizations. She serves as a Board Member for the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair of their Military Affairs Committee. She’s also very involved in mortgage organizations, including the Miami Mortgage Bankers Association and the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her mother (and best friend!) and fulfilling her bucket list.

    Excited about her anniversary, Sharon stated, “Working here is like working for the greatest family you could have; not only are you cared about you as an individual, but we give back to the community in a big way.”

    We're having a Car Show...

    Last updated 6 months ago

    ...And you’re invited! Come out and help us decide who will win the competition for the best muscle cars and classic cars. We’ll also have vendors, food, music and plenty of raffles to enter. The event is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to share this info with your friends who love cars.

    When is it? Saturday, September 28th from 1pm to 5pm

    Where is it? At our Main Office, 28801 SW 157 Avenue in Homestead

    What do I need to do? Come by and have fun!


    Happy Fall Y'all

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The calendar says today is the first day of Autumn... Still feels like Summer to us! Here's hoping you can find some of those fall foliage colors somewhere in your backyard.

    Celebrating Susan's Decade of Service

    Last updated 7 months ago

    CBF is pleased to celebrate Susan Carter’s 10th Anniversary as a member of our Financial Family! Susan is the long time manager of our Haines City Office, where she has built a close relationship with both her customers and her staff. Susan is a Haines City native and enjoys volunteering in the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Board Member of Adopt a Nursing Home. Susan states, “I have seen a lot of change and growth in Haines City over the years, and love the home town feeling of living here. There are not many places that you go in town that you don’t run into someone you know… I like that! Working for our office located in the Super Wal-Mart gives me a great opportunity to meet a lot of people in the community. Stop by and see us and let us “Exceed Your Expectations!”

    Photo (left to right) Carmen, Susan, Ana and Elsa

    What should you know about your CREDIT?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Part 1 of a series of useful info from our Consumer Loan Guru, Ray Schantz

    Why is it important to be aware of your credit score?

    Credit scores are used to determine if you are “credit worthy” and how much interest you should pay. A low score can make you pay more for new credit, or pay more on the credit you already have. For example, you might end up with a higher interest rate on a credit card, or car loan, which means you end up paying more in the long run.

    A low credit score might also mean you pay more for insurance; you might get denied for a job or denied by a landlord for that new apartment you’re looking to move into. Most employers and rental companies will do a credit check before approving you. Being aware of your credit is also a way to be alerted to identity theft.

    So what exactly is a credit score?

    It’s also known as a FICO score (Fair Isaac & Company) which is used by the major credit bureau Trans Union. A FICO is just a number given to you based on your credit report, ranging from 300 to 850.  

    There are other rating systems in addition to the FICO score, including a Vantage Score (used by the credit bureau Experian) and the Beacon Score (used by the credit bureaus Equifax and Experian). The Vantage Score ranges from 501-990, so your score will be higher from Vantage than Beacon or Equifax.

    The point is not which system you check, the point is to try to keep your score up. The higher your score, the less of a risk you are considered and the better your interest rate will be.

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