Category: Buying a Home

What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

Posted by Benchmark - June 18, 2014 - Buying a Home What every first time homebuyer should know

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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Lesson: Home Insurance 101

Posted by Benchmark - June 10, 2014 - Buying a Home, Home Ownership Home insurance concept

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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Top 10 Mortgage Tips

Posted by Benchmark - March 31, 2014 - Buying a Home Top 10 Mortgage Tips

When getting a mortgage, you should do your research and know how to proceed wisely. For most inexperienced buyers, this is hard. However, if you can follow these top 10 mortgage tips for borrowers, you will land the best mortgage at the lowest APR. 1. Document Above all else, when you want to borrow a […]

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Top 10 Tips When Building A New Home

Posted by Benchmark - March 5, 2014 - Buying a Home Building a House

Top 10 Tips When Building A New Home A lot of people don’t want to buy a house that’s on the market. They want their house to truly be their own. In some of these cases, these people will probably look into building their own home. This is an option that some people may not […]

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How much cash do I need to buy a house?

Posted by Benchmark - February 20, 2014 - Buying a Home house and money

One of the first questions potential home buyers ask is “how much cash do I need to buy a house?” Most of the time, some cash will be needed for a down payment and closing costs. The exact amount of cash will depend on several factors, including the type of loan. Conventional loans A conventional […]

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First Time Homebuyer Tips from 7 Top Mortgage Professionals

Posted by Benchmark - January 6, 2014 - Buying a Home first time home buyer tips from mortgage pros

Purchasing your first home will be one of the most exciting times of your life. It will most likely be the largest investment that you ever make. It is where you will entertain friends and family, and it is where you will go to rest and relax each evening. With so much at stake, it […]

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What Is An Escrow Account?

Posted by Benchmark - January 2, 2014 - Buying a Home what is an escrow account

Often you will hear the term “escrow account” when applying for a mortgage. Often the criteria for whether or not an account is required is tied to the percentage of down payment made for the mortgage. What is an escrow account? Your lender will add on an amount to your monthly mortgage payment which flows […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

Posted by Benchmark - November 28, 2013 - Buying a Home, Infographics, Real Estate Market, Selling a Home top 10 reasons to hire a realtor

Today we feautre an infographic on the top 10 reasons to hire a real estate agent: Courtesy of: Park City Real Estate – JensenandCompany.com

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What is a Mortgage Payment?

Posted by bmadmin - April 16, 2013 - Buying a Home what is a mortgage payment

One of the best long-term decisions that a person can make is purchasing a new home. While the value of a home may go up and down over a short period of time, home values have always increased over the long-term and have proven to be a great way to build personal equity. To purchase […]

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Survey Shows Homeownership Is Still The American Dream

Posted by bmadmin - March 18, 2013 - Buying a Home, Real Estate Market Homeownership Is Still The American Dream

It seems that Americans are continuing to dream of homeownership, at least according to JPMorgan Chase’s recent survey. A total of 87% of those surveyed said owning a home is something they dream about. “Owning a home is at the heart of most Americans’ dreams,” said Kevin Watters, CEO of mortgage banking at JPMorgan Chase. […]

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