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Grow Roots, Make Memories, and Build Community

Does renting make you feel a little too transient? Is community important to you? It may make sense to become a homeowner. Almost nothing can help you put down roots, be involved in your community, or serve as an automatic catchment for memories quite like owning your own home.

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What is the Affect of Student Loan Debt On Homeownership?

With student debt making headlines on a regular basis, and the rates of homeownership being lower, is there a connection? Maybe. In the first issue of Consumer & Community Context, a publication from the Federal Reserve, an article by Alvaro Mezza, Daniel Ringo, and Kamila Sommer, Federal Reserve Board Division of Research & Statistics  entitled, “Can …

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Owners Enjoy More Privacy and Security

Renting comes with advantages. You are only committed to stay in place for the length of time you agreed to in your lease, you don’t have to manage the maintenance of appliances, and you get to live somewhere for a cost. However, there are several reasons why this may not be enough. Maybe you want …

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Does it Make Sense to Refinance? 5 Things To Know

If you are thinking about refinancing, you probably have a good reason. Maybe  you are curious if you could save money by locking in a lower interest rate. Maybe you wonder if you could use some of the equity you have established in your home. Whatever your reason, here are 5 things to know before …

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FHFA Announces Conforming Loan Limit Increase In 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages has increased. In most of the country, the confirming loan limits will increase nearly 6.5%, from $453,100 to $484,350 for 2019. For most high-cost areas, where 115% of the local median home value exceeds the loan limit, the loan limit …

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Nervous About Buying? Here’s A Dose of Confidence

If you are interested in buying a house, but do not know what you might need, or whether you can qualify, you’re not alone. Many would-be buyers are intimidated by the thought of what it takes to buy a home. Some wonder whether they can afford to buy, if they have enough saved for a …

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Can I Still Get A VA Loan With Bad Credit?

Unfortunately, it depends on the situation and reasons, so there is no simple answer for bad credit. A few potential reasons could be that you have experienced a divorce which led to a bankruptcy, mismanaged your finances, experienced job loss, or any other financial hazards. Your credit is calculated from many moving parts. The good …

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Benchmark and The Patriot Tour by Team Never Quit!

Benchmark Mortgage is proud to announce our partnership with Team Never Quit. This year, we will be hitting the road with the 2018 Patriot Tour! Our Team is proud to have changed the way VA lending is done, and we take a “never quit” attitude with our veterans and their dreams. NO MORE will the …

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2018 Homeownership Profiles: Millennial Buyers

In 2017, Australian millionaire Tim Gurner famously attempted to blame millennial homebuyer obstacles on their inability to avoid frivolous spending on $19 avocado toast, in comments that were widely mocked throughout the internet. Many commentators are still quick to point the finger at extravagant spending to explain why homeownership among younger adults has declined compared …

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