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    Dec 28, 2018
  • 9 Perks of Being a Veteran When It Comes to Home Loans

    Being a current or former serviceman or woman has its perks. When it comes to buying a new home, access to Veterans Administration (VA) loans is high on the list. These government-backed loans often offer a lot to the people who protect and serve. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a VA loan.

  • Dec 26, 2018
  • Meet the VA Specialist: Kim Grayson

    At Columbia Bank, we have lenders that develop a deep expertise in their field. Loan Officer Kim Grayson is one of those as she’s helped numerous military families across the Northwest find a new home.

  • Dec 24, 2018
  • Making and Maintaining a Personal Budget

    Welcome to making your own budget! Sorry for the exclamation point, but this is an exciting time. Making and maintaining a budget allows you to understand your financial life. Through it you'll be able to map your earnings and expenses, track spending habits, save for the future, and reach any financial goal.

  • Dec 22, 2018
  • 15 Lifehacks to Curb Your Spending and Save More

    Every day we make a series of choices that lead us closer to or further away from our goals. Saving in a consumer-centric society is a daily battle. But there are smart ways to be more mindful about where your dollars and cents go, and start some serious saving habits.

  • Dec 21, 2018
  • Financial Checklist for First-Time Military Home Buyers

    Buying a first home is exciting, but it can present plenty of challenges. We’re here to help you get safely through the gauntlet of what we call the three P’s of home buying: process, practicality and paperwork. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a checklist of how to prepare financially so you can live the home ownership dream.

  • Dec 20, 2018
  • Warm Hearts Partner Spotlight: Capital Press

    With more people struggling with homelessness than ever throughout the Northwest, it is vital for local businesses to step in and provide support. One such business is Capital Press of Salem, Oregon. This winter, The Capital Press became a $5,000 sponsor of Columbia Bank’s Warm Hearts Winter Drive to help rally support for our neighbors in need.

  • Dec 19, 2018
  • Real Estate Trends to Know Before Upsizing

    In the real estate market, inventory in many locations is up, but so are interest rates and prices. For those considering moving to a bigger home, here’s what that means for your search.

  • Dec 18, 2018
  • Homelessness: Working Together to Solve One of Portland’s Biggest Issues

    Portland is known regionally, nationally and even internationally for many wonderful attributes. Our quirky and fun culture, our world-class restaurants, “foodie” lifestyle and breathtaking scenery, just to name a few.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • Moving On Up: The Options and Challenges Awaiting You

    It can be tough to make decisions about whether you should move into a bigger place or refinance and remodel the home you already have. To help figure out your options, take a look at the story of Maria and Carl.

  • Dec 14, 2018
  • 5 Myths About Upsizing Your Home

    Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the home that’s meant so much to you and your family, and say hello to a new place that gives you what your old place couldn’t. If you’re facing this bittersweet transition, you’ll want to separate myth from reality as your take the next steps toward your new home. Here are the five financial myths to educate yourself on before upsizing.


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