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Dose of confidence: nervous about buying? Don't be.

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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April 17th is fast approaching

Homeownership and Your 2017 Tax Return

The deadline to file your 2017 tax returns is approaching on April 17th. If you have not filed your taxes yet, you can take this opportunity to talk to your tax professional about how homeownership may impact your tax return this year. Here are a few reasons why you may want to. Mortgage Interest may …

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Purchasing or Refinancing with the HomeStyle Renovation Program

The HomeStyle Renovation Program is available to borrowers who are looking to make Renovations, Repairs, or Improvements to a home with a single loan, rather than with a second mortgage, or home equity line of credit. At Benchmark, we know how important it is to make a house your own. Your Benchmark loan originator can …

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Why Buying Is Investing

If you are thinking about becoming a homeowner, it is important to see your house as an investment. A home is an asset with the potential to  increase your financial stability over time. Unlike renting, where you pay your landlord’s mortgage without seeing any return yourself, homeownership works to broaden your financial worth. After purchasing …

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4 Tips to Save for Your Child’s College Tuition

Do you have children or grandchildren? If you do, you are likely considering their higher education opportunities long before they have similar thoughts of their own. If trends are any indicator, the cost of four year and two year universities continue to rise every year. As the cost of college increases, planning and investing in your child’s future …

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New Homeowners

Millionaire Tells Millennials To Buy A Home

CNN recently ran an article explaining why self-made millionaire David Bach has said, “The fact is, you aren’t really in the game of building wealth until you own some real estate.” In his book, “The Automatic Millionaire” Bach writes, “As a renter, you can easily spend half a million dollars or more on rent over …

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Homeowner Average Net Worth 3,600% Higher Than Renter

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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Do’s & Dont’s for the Mortgage Process around CHRISTMAS

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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