Puget Sound Business Journal, 9/18/2017
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union changed its name to Seattle Credit Union on Monday.
Puget Sound Business Journal, 7/21/2017
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union CEO Richard Romero positioned his business to serve people forgotten by the region’s economic boom.
Most of us know by now that one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental well-being is get regular exercise. And still, it’s hard for some of us to fit in, or find something we like to do.
As the legal guardian of her three grandkids, 10, 8, and 4, Kim Parker’s top priority is to ensure they have a good, stable life. Kim works from home as a paralegal and in 2013, purchased a Subaru Outback to more safely transport the kids to school, extra-curricular activities, and various doctor appointments. Despite good credit, her interest rate was high, and making those payments was tough. She was just getting by month-to-month.
Keeping an eye on your credit report is a smart thing to do at any time to make sure there’s nothing there that shouldn’t be, because credit reporting companies directly influence your ability to get credit. You can request a free credit report once per year from each of the three major monitoring services, which essentially means you can check your credit report every four months. Find links or get more information here.
Today, I am excited to announce a new name and vision that we believe will better carry us into the future.
It’s easy to see, Seattle is booming! Some important shifts are taking place in our region, creating new opportunities to strengthen our position in the community. We anticipated this well-spring of activity and recently completed an 18-month planning process to help guide our vision — a collaborative effort that included members, non-members, employees, consultants, executive leadership, and our member-elected board of directors.
We’ve simplified our name to Seattle Credit Union.
SMCU announced it earned Low Income Designation (LID) from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), allowing low-income members easier access to financial services and the tools they need to prosper.
Skimming—the process of stealing your credit or debit card information at cash machines, gas pumps, restaurants, and in self-checkout lanes—is popular among the unscrupulous because there’s a lot of money to be made if they’re successful. According to the US Secret Service, the agency that investigates bank fraud, it’s a multi-billion dollar a year problem.
When the sun makes a welcome and overdue appearance in the Pacific Northwest, the open road beckons to even the most weather-weary driver. Whether you are seeking a roadside adventure, need a weekend getaway or just looking to enjoy the ride, here are a few ideas for exploring our scenic byways.
We’re thrilled to be part of the Burien community, and we invite you to come see us at our newest branch. You’ll find us in Burien Town Plaza at 14901 – 4th Avenue SW, Ste. 107, Burien, WA 98166.
In 2013, 34% of Washington residents volunteered, ranking us 9th in the country for Volunteering and Civic Engagement. Can you imagine what it would be like if 100% of residents volunteered? With just a few hours of your time each week, or even each month, you can help make our community a better place. Here is a list of organizations, organized by cause, where you can volunteer in the Seattle area.
It’s no secret SMCU has great loan rates. But did you know your credit union has two different auto programs to help save you time and money? Depending on your car buying style, the two programs do the shopping for you, each with a different approach: one does the research for you based on your preferences; the other steps in once you settle on price. So whether you’re just starting to look, or ready to make a purchase, take a look at these two options.
As Seattle continues to grow and transit races to catch up, parking in downtown Seattle can be a challenge at best. Many online parking sites offer an interactive experience to help you find a garage, compare rates, reserve a spot, and calculate your anticipated costs from arrival to departure time. Most let you choose by general area, e.g., Pioneer Square or the city’s retail core. Here are a few resources to help you find your spot.
You’ve been to most of Seattle’s must-eat food spots. You’ve seen the sunset from Gasworks. And you’ve explored every neighborhood and green space in Seattle proper. Now what? If you’ve explored the Seattle sights and are wondering where to have your next adventure, it’s time to get out of the city. Here are four weekend getaways within a 3-hour drive from Seattle.
Seattle Credit Union is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new Beacon Hill branch. The new branch is located in Plaza Roberto Maestas across from the Beacon Hill LINK light rail station.
If you have a mortgage, you already know a thing or two about home ownership. If you’re the typical home owner, there’s never a shortage of what can be done to upgrade, fix, or change something about your home. Costs can seem daunting, but that’s where the equity in your home can help.
If you receive a message to visit or conduct transactions at seattlemetcu.com, do not go to this site. It is not a site used by Seattle Credit Union and is intended to deceive visitors.
Love of the outdoors is part of our culture here in Seattle. Lush forests, snow-capped peaks, and sparkling waters make the Pacific Northwest a fantastic place to live and play. Earth Day is a perfect time to consider how we can keep this landscape clean and beautiful for generations to come. One way is to make sure recyclable, reusable, and hazardous materials stay out of landfills and waterways.
With security breaches regularly making headlines, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of securing your personal data. Hackers will keep hacking, and crooks will find new ways to fool, cajole, or coax you to give them your secure information. Here are nine tips to help keep you safe.
SMCU is growing and improving! We're excited to announce that to better serve our members’ needs, we’ve moved our Southcenter branch to a new, updated environment just a few blocks south of the old location.
Welcome to the Emerald City, crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest. This is the land of NPR, bookstores, corporate giants, farmers’ markets, and copious amounts of caffeine. Yes, it does rain here, but that doesn’t stop Seattleites from enjoying life. In the winter, music, art, theater, and diverse cuisine keep the city buzzing. And when the sun comes out, you’ll find residents heading for the mountains and lakes, attending a festival, or flocking to the city’s many parks.
Remodeling and renovating your home can make your home more enjoyable, and— if done right—increase your home’s value along the way. But not all renovations are created equal. While some projects can add significant value to your home, others can actually reduce the sale price. So what’s a homeowner to do?
Sometimes a dog just needs to get outside and run with its own kind. When your dog is sitting by the door and begging for a game of fetch, visit one of these seven highly-rated dog parks in Seattle for some fun and exercise.
CU Journal, 2/22/2017
Seattle Credit Union recently became the first CU in Seattle and the second CU in the state of Washington to be accepted into the Juntos Avanzamos program, which recognizes efforts to serve the Latino community.
La Raza, 1/11/2017
Seattle Credit Union (SMCU) anunció que abrirá una nueva sucursal el 30 de enero en Beacon Hill en la nueva Plaza Roberto Maestas, desarrollada por El Centro de la Raza.
Seattle Magazine, 12/01/2016
While there’s been lots of bluster this year about building walls and turning immigrants away at our borders, SMCU CEO Richard Romero’s initiative honors one of our country’s core values and lends a helping hand to those seeking a better life.
The Credit Union Times, 10/21/2016
Our CEO, Richard Romero, spoke with the Credit Union Times about his life, the rapidly changing Seattle Market, and serving the underserved.
In June 2016, OIRA and Federation member, the Seattle Credit Union (SMCU), launched two citizenship loan products to help low-income immigrants and refugees pay for citizenship applications and increase access to banking services.
Romero is Crosscut’s Courage in Business Award winner this year, for his efforts that have led not just to business success but also to him helping other immigrants interested in U.S. citizenship.
La Raza, 9/28/2016
Seattle Credit Union supports initiative of a member of the Hispanic community.
After four decades at 801 Third Ave, SMCU moved across from Seattle's Safeco Field.
A veteran public servant who has spent decades in government and philanthropy. A banker who has worked to give immigrants a foot in the door to citizenship. A nonprofit leader who works to better the lot of Native Americans. And a thousands-strong community group that came together to save a beloved public radio station. These are the winners of the 2016 Crosscut Courage Awards.
Measuring and comparing courage is a difficult task. We’re reminded of this each time you — our readers — send us nominations for the Crosscut Courage Awards. Which is why we in turn hand the job of selecting the honorees over to a council of civic, business, and cultural leaders in our community.
La Raza, 8/16/2016
El Seattle Credit Union (SMCU) y la Oficina de Asuntos para Inmigrantes y Refugiados de la Ciudad de Seattle (OIRA, por sus siglas en inglés) se unieron para crear un programa de préstamos a bajos intereses para ser usado en la aplicación del proceso de ciudadanía.
The Seattle Times, 08/10/2016
The loans aim to assist a population that often has no access to credit or banks spread out the financial impact of paying nearly $700 per person to apply for citizenship.
In partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), the Seattle Credit Union (SMCU) launched two citizenship loan products in June 2016 to help low-income immigrants and refugees pay for citizenship applications and increase access to banking services.
Anthem talked to SMCU President & CEO Richard Romero on the heels of their recent partnership with the City of Seattle on providing loans to help finance the first step on the path to U.S. citizenship.
It’s that time of year again—time for Blue Fridays, lucky socks, and weekends spent screaming at the television with fellow fans. If the experience of viewing the game is as important to you as the game itself, get up off the couch and head to one of these top spots for watching football in Seattle. Whether your priority is screen square footage, abundant beer, or mouthwatering eats, we’ve got the venue for you.
Along with vowing to break the seal on that gym membership and contribute the max to your retirement account, consider a resolution to make 2016 the year you lock down your identity. Nearly 13 million Americans were defrauded of $16 billion through identity theft in 2014. How can you help to prevent this from happening to you? Here are seven ways to keep your identity safer.
Touch ID is a security feature using fingerprint recognition IPhones. It helps keep your information even more secure and because no two fingerprints are alike it's one of the best passcodes you can have.