Homeownership = wealth accumulation

Homeowner Average Net Worth 3,600% Higher Than Renter

I Am Benchmark - September 4, 2015 - Buying a Home, Financial Planning, Home Ownership, Real Estate Investing, Real Estate Market, Think About It

Not only has the housing market made a strong economic recovery, but also in consumer and expert confidence in home-ownership as an investment. Not Because of a Difference in Lifestyle In the New York Times, an editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation” explains: “Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability to amass wealth; even with the substantial decline in wealth […]

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A good realtor has the heart of an educator

Find A Great Real Estate Agent The Easy Way

I Am Benchmark - August 21, 2015 - Buying a Home, Real Estate Market, Selling a Home

Looking to buy or sell your home? You may have noticed the vast amount of information available in the news and on the internet about real estate. When trying to make sense of it all, one can easily get overwhelmed or confused. You need an agent who can help navigate the current housing market. If you are looking to sell, you […]

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Is it a Good Idea to Rent Rather than Sell Your Home?

I Am Benchmark - July 17, 2015 - Selling a Home, Think About It

With more homeowners considering that now may be a good time to sell their home, we thought it would be a good idea to consider whether renting might be a better idea. According to Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey, 52% of respondents said that now is a good time to sell. Perhaps more interestingly, […]

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Homeownership still the American Dream

Seeking the American Dream of Home Ownership

I Am Benchmark - July 10, 2015 - Home Ownership

Are you living the American Dream? Most of us have a pretty good idea about what the American Dream is. In case you don’t, we looked it up: If we carry this definition further, we find that many Americans see homeownership as an important part of that dream. Let’s look at some recent statistics. Existing home sales in May […]

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renting vs buying a home

Renting vs Buying a Home and Accumulating Wealth

I Am Benchmark - July 1, 2015 - Buying a Home

Does it make more financial sense to buy or to rent? Is the American dream of home ownership still alive? That depends. Let’s explore renting vs buying a home and the effects on family wealth. Recently, the BH&J Buy vs. Rent Index seems to conclude that renting is surpassing buying as the better choice. Is […]

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DO’s & DOnt’s for the mortgage process around CHRISTMAS

garrettfinkelstein - December 3, 2014 - Uncategorized

The holiday season is always a crazy time, but that’s no reason not to take advantage of the great housing market, and make some new holiday memories in a new home. Benchmark is committed to a smooth and easy mortgage process, keep these simple do’s and don’ts handy as you start your home buying process […]

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What every first time homebuyer should know

What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

Benchmark - June 18, 2014 - Buying a Home

If you’re planning on buying your very first home, chances are you are not taking the decision lightly, and for good reason. You should conduct as much research as possible about the process before you commit to your first home. Here are some things that every first time home buyer should know before purchasing a […]

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Home insurance concept

Lesson: Home Insurance 101

Benchmark - June 10, 2014 - Buying a Home, Home Ownership

One aspect of buying a home that people don’t pay enough attention to is homeowner’s insurance. Although lenders require everyone buying a house to get some insurance covering basic risks like theft and vandalism, fire and smoke and other common forms of unintentional damage, such insurance is usually inadequate for your long term needs. Adequate […]

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Preparing Your Home: Beat The Summer Heat

Benchmark - June 2, 2014 - Uncategorized

In order for you to beat the heat this summer, you will need to start preparing your home before the heat hits. There are several things that you can do to ensure that your home stays comfortable during the  summer months. Below are some tips for preparing your home: Update Your Insulation This will help […]

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Common Mistakes When Buying & Refinancing

Benchmark - May 22, 2014 - Uncategorized

When buying or refinancing a house, you will want to avoid common mistakes. If you can do so, you will save money and help your cause greatly. With this in mind, here are the top four common mistakes to avoid when you want to buy or refinance a house. Mistake 1: Not Understanding Rates First […]

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