After September 11th, Michelle Bell and her SAG-AFTRA member husband decided to move from New York City to Upstate New York. The Union Plus Mortgage Program helped make their dreams of a new home come true.
Michelle and Ryan Bell were both union members working in New York City when Ryan began dreaming of greener pastures.
Surrounded by skyscrapers, Michelle says her husband longed to spend more time camping and hiking.
"We fell in love with the Adirondacks," Bell remembers. "It was after 9/11 and the city was getting kind of crazy. We decided to move to Upstate New York."
Michelle got another job as a nurse and Ryan, a member of the Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), continued acting and working as a contractor.
Bell began searching for mortgage options.
"I was searching different avenues to see who had the best rates," Bell recalls. "But I wanted to go to some sources that I could trust."
She began looking online at the Union Plus and SAG-AFTRA websites. She checked out three different lenders before deciding to go with the Union Plus Mortgage Program and Wells Fargo.
With financing available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the Union Plus Mortgage Program helps union members, their parents and their children purchase or refinance their homes while also offering exclusive union member benefits.
"I filled out the information online and spoke to someone at Wells Fargo," Bell says. "I felt very comfortable."
She says it pays for union members to pay attention to their union websites.
"I like to go to Unionplus.org quite a lot," Bell says. "There's quite a lot of different promotions and discounts."
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