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How To Avoid Roadblocks Before Closing On Your New Home

You have submitted a mortgage application, found your dream home, and put in an offer. Now what? Applying for a home loan is an ongoing process, from application to closing, that does not have to be stressful. There are several things you can do to make the process more efficient, and things not to do …

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Construction Loans: What to Expect

Building a new home offers many advantages over purchasing an existing home on the market. You are able to customize the home to your specific needs and preferences and avoid costly repairs of outdated features. New homes are often also more energy efficient and technologically equipped. Different from Traditional mortgages. Securing financing for a construction …

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Benchmark Introduces New Program to Expand Options for Medical Professionals

Benchmark has launched a new mortgage product that is customized to the unique career and financial outlook of professionals in the medical field. Last year, we launched the Medical Doctor Loan Program to better serve medical residents and doctors. Now we have further expanded our options for medical professionals to include jumbo loan amounts up …

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How to Buy in a Competitive Summer Market

The weather is heating up, and so is the summer housing market. With more buyers entering the market looking to find a new home during the summer months, competition can be fierce. Every homebuyer’s nightmare is finding their dream home, only to lose it in a multiple-offer scenario that drives the asking price up beyond …

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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What’s the difference?

Looking at homes without knowing how much you can afford can be a waste of time for you and your realtor. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” unknown The same wise sentiment can apply to purchasing a home – why start house …

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Winter, Pets, and Homeownership

There are a TON of benefits homeownership brings for you and your pets. 68% of American households have a pet, according to the most recent APPA Pet Ownership Survey. The most popular pet being dogs in 48% of households, followed by cats in 38% of households. With our furry friends being such a big part …

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HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits

Yesterday, December 7, 2017, the Federal Housing Administration announced that for 2018, 3,011 out of 3,141 counties in the U.S. (~96% of all counties in the nation) will see an increase in FHA loan limits. Ceilings and Floors In high-cost areas, the FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase this year to $679,650, up from $636,150, …

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HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits

Yesterday, December 7, 2017, the Federal Housing Administration announced that for 2018, 3,011 out of 3,141 counties in the U.S. (~96% of all counties in the nation) will see an increase in FHA loan limits. Ceilings and Floors In high-cost areas, the FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase this year to $679,650, up from $636,150, …

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National Home Price Index Up 6.2% In Last 12 Months

Source: September S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index Up 6.2% In Last 12 Months Recent Analysis of the September HPI figure show as a 6.2% annual gain in home prices, up 5.9% from the previous month. Several large markets that were hit hardest in the financial crisis are reporting the highest gains, including …

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Ready to Buy a New Home? 5 Free Resources to Get You Started

Are you purchasing a home for the first time? Are you looking to move? We have compiled five free resources to ensure you have an amazing experience buying your new home.   1) Your Way Home Do you want to learn more about the process from applying for a mortgage through closing on your new …

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