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GRB Named one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for Second Year in a Row

GRB Named one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for Second Year in a Row

Photo of the GRB team attending the Top Workplaces awards ceremony

GRB is pleased to once again be named one of Rochester’s “Top Workplaces.” So, first order of the day, a big “thank you” to the employees, partners and customers who helped make this happen for us. As a community bank, you are all an integral part of our success. Thank you.

We also want to say “congratulations” to the many GRB customers and partners who are also on this year’s Top Workplaces list. We are proud to work with you.

Finally, we take a significant amount of interest in this annual survey not only because it highlights local companies, but also because it provides valuable insight into what means the most to employees. A quick summary of points from this year’s survey:

Feeling genuinely appreciated was the single most important factor when evaluating their workplaces (70 percent)

Believing that the company is going in the right direction (68 percent)

Feeling like they are a part of something meaningful (66 percent)

Having confidence in the leader of the company (64 percent)

Feeling that the company enables its workers to operate at their full potential (64 percent)

It is our goal to make sure we create a culture at GRB that continues to build on these critical traits. There are so many opportunities for us to keep growing and helping the Rochester community with business banking, personal banking and residential mortgage needs. We are just getting started!

Thank you again to our employees, customers and partners for their support. You are all “Tops!”

Home Mortgage Interest Rates are Dropping: Is it Time to Refinance?

Home Mortgage Interest Rates are Dropping: Take Advantage of the Trend by Refinancing

Since the beginning of 2016, rates have been trending down across the board for all major loan types: 30-year conventional fixed, 15-year fixed and even 5-year adjustable rate mortgage options.

Global economic weakness may be negatively impacting your stocks and other investments, but it’s also fueling lower home mortgage rates. Now is the time to invest in your home!

For new buyers, this could mean an exceptionally hot spring housing market. But for anyone with an existing home mortgage, the news is particularly good. When rates drop significantly, it’s a prime opportunity to consider refinancing your current home mortgage.

So why refinance? Lots of reasons.

Refinancing can lower your monthly mortgage payment, lower the interest you pay over the life of the loan, allow you to convert an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate or even take some cash out to make home improvements.

The best part, it’s easy to find out whether refinancing makes sense for you. Contact one of our qualified mortgage originators at GRB Mortgage at (585) 427-9200 or via email. Find out what refinancing may look like for you by using our refinancing calculator.

Refinance and you can start 2016 off in a stronger financial position! But don’t delay…mortgage interest rates can be volatile. Call today!

Why Refinance Your Mortgage?

  • Lower your monthly payment
  • Lower the amount of interest owed over the life of your loan
  • Convert an adjustable rate mortgage to one with a fixed rate
  • Take cash out of the equity on your home for improvements or other investments
  • Eliminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

GRB Announces Officer Promotion

GRB Announces Officer Promotion

We are pleased to introduce our newest GRB officer: David Cushman, who has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  Congratulations, Dave!

Consumer Alert: Scam Using the NYS Department of Financial Services’ Name

Consumer Alert: Scam Using the NYS Department of Financial Services’ Name

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been notified of a scam in which a fraudster calls a consumer regarding a bank or credit union “case” being “prosecuted” by DFS against the consumer. The fraudster identifies himself as either being from DFS or the Inspector General’s Office, and requests personal information from the consumer.

These calls are fraudulent. DFS is not making these calls to consumers. DFS is also not asking other agencies to make these calls to consumers. DFS does not prosecute court cases against consumers and does not represent banks or credit unions. If you receive a call of the type described in this Alert, do not provide any personal information to the caller. This is a scam. The fraudster is attempting to obtain your personal information to gain access to your money or for other fraudulent purposes.

DFS accepts complaints about scams involving a financial product or service. To file a complaint, visit their website at, or contact their Consumer Hotline at (800) 342-3736.

GRB Participating in University of Rochester Benefits Program Encouraging City Home Ownership

GRB Participating in University of Rochester Benefits Program Encouraging City Home Ownership

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We are pleased to announce that GRB will begin offering funding to University of Rochester employees who are eligible for the University Home Ownership Incentive Program, a benefits program aimed at encouraging regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff members to purchase a primary residence in the city neighborhoods closest to the university’s River Campus and Medical Center.

The University Home Ownership Incentive Program offers eligible buyers $3,000 each from the University of Rochester, the City of Rochester and a participating bank or credit union, for a total of $9,000 in incentives for purchasing a home in sectors 4 and 6, encompassing primarily the 19th Ward and Plymouth-Exchange on the west side and Highland Park and the South Wedge on the east side. GRB funds may be used toward closing costs or interest rate buy-down. More than 350 homes have been purchased through the University Home Ownership Incentive Program since it was launched in 2008.

“Our mission has always been to help grow Rochester, and this program offers an opportunity to help fulfill that with our partners at the University of Rochester and the City of Rochester,” said Phil Pecora, president and CEO of GRB. “Home ownership provides an important foundation for our community and we are pleased to be involved in a program that helps develop stronger roots in these historic city neighborhoods.

“I’m extremely pleased that the University Home Ownership Incentive Program is growing with the addition of Genesee Regional Bank,” said Holly Crawford, University senior vice president for administration and finance and CFO. “Since the program’s founding in 2008, more than $1 million in financial incentives have helped University of Rochester regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff achieve the dream of homeownership in our nearby historic 19th Ward and South Wedge city neighborhoods, with more than 350 mortgages supported.”

University of Rochester employees interested in participating in this benefits program must contact the Benefits Office at 585-275-0476 before they apply for a loan. Click for more information on the University Home Ownership Incentive Program.

GRB Featured in Rochester Business Journal

Philip L. Pecora President and CEO

GRB Featured in Rochester Business Journal

GRB President and CEO Phil Pecora and CFO Gary Schwingel were featured in the Rochester Business Journal’s Jan. 15 issue. As part of the Rochester Top 100 profile, the article notes GRB’s steady growth and focus on building Rochester business, as well as discussing our success with the recent move into residential mortgage lending. Thank you to all our clients and employees!

See a PDF of the article.