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How To Maintain Your Sanity When Hosting For The Holidays

Welcoming your friends and family into your home can be one of the most anticipated events of the holidays. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, or if you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, the fact that your home is the gathering place for your loved ones is a special privilege. However, all …

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Benchmark Named Top 100 Places To Work

We are proud to announce that Benchmark Mortgage was named in the Top 100 Places To Work For 2017 by The Dallas Morning News! We are honored by this award, especially when considering what it takes to be among the rare air of the other 34 winning Mid Size Businesses who were also named to …

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Top 20 Things to Recycle in Your Home

November 15th is “America Recycles Day!” In honor of this sustainable celebration, we have made a list of common household items that we can all recycle to help conserve resources and protect our environment. Kitchen Food Boxes cereal boxes, frozen meal boxes, crackers, pasta, etc Food Cans canned foods, canned drinks, canned sauces, etc Plastic …

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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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5 Tips To A Great Start For The New School Year

Every new school year brings with it a clean slate, nervous excitement, optimistic hope, and high expectations. In addition to the tips we published before (A New School Year Means New Opportunities), here are 5 tips to getting off on the right foot.   A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place Establish a …

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Leaves and Trends Change Colors Every Fall: Pantone’s Fall Colors for 2016

Fall brings changes to the colors outdoors, but it doesn’t stop there. Pantone releases their fall colors annually. According to Pantone, this year’s fall color palette represents “a unity of strength, confidence and complexity.” The colors, inspired by “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism” are led by the Blue family. Each of the individual …

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5 Easy Tips for Fall Decorations

Think Outside The Pumpkin Make your fall pumpkin stand out by decorating the OUTSIDE, rather than gutting it. Not only does this broaden the possibilities to glitter, paint, melting crayons, and more, but it could also prolong the life of your beautiful gourd.   Warm Hues + Neutrals = Autumn Environment Bring the autumn indoors by …

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Boy reading on the living room rug.

A New School Year Means New Opportunities

As we are in early September, and most school districts have been in session for at least a week, it’s a good time to pause and reflect. Every year, students begin afresh in a new grade, families return to a routine anchored in a schedule created by the school(s) their children attend, friends are reunited while …

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Grant Clinton with his son posing in front of ANW sign

Benchmark Loan Officer Competes on American Ninja Warrior

Meet Grant Clinton. Grant Clinton is a Loan Originator and Branch Manager in our awesome branch in Houston, TX! We are proud to announce that Grant will be competing as an American Ninja Warrior in the Oklahoma City Qualifier on June 20th!     THE OVERCOMER With an outstanding history as a gymnast, Grant Clinton was …

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