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FHFA Announces Conforming Loan Limit Increase In 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages has increased. In most of the country, the confirming loan limits will increase nearly 6.5%, from $453,100 to $484,350 for 2019. For most high-cost areas, where 115% of the local median home value exceeds the loan limit, the loan limit …

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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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Can I Still Get A VA Loan With Bad Credit?

Unfortunately, it depends on the situation and reasons, so there is no simple answer for bad credit. A few potential reasons could be that you have experienced a divorce which led to a bankruptcy, mismanaged your finances, experienced job loss, or any other financial hazards. Your credit is calculated from many moving parts. The good …

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Benchmark and The Patriot Tour by Team Never Quit

Benchmark Mortgage is proud to announce our partnership with Team Never Quit. This year, we will be hitting the road with the 2018 Patriot Tour! Our Team is proud to have changed the way VA lending is done, and we take a “never quit” attitude with our veterans and their dreams. NO MORE will the …

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2018 Homeownership Profiles: Millennial Buyers

In 2017, Australian millionaire Tim Gurner famously attempted to blame millennial homebuyer obstacles on their inability to avoid frivolous spending on $19 avocado toast, in comments that were widely mocked throughout the internet. Many commentators are still quick to point the finger at extravagant spending to explain why homeownership among younger adults has declined compared …

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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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How to Buy a Home and Renovate It At the Same Time

Even after you find the one, your dream home, you may still find alterations that you’d like to make to truly make it your own, like:

    • Remodeling the kitchen
    • Redesigning your bathroom(s)
    • Adding a deck or a porch
    • Finishing your basement
    • Fixing or replacing your windows and more!

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. Our Homestyle Renovation Program combines your home purchase or refinance with home improvement in one loan with one closing.

Ready to buy a home and make additional improvements to truly make it home? Give me a call to get started: (402) 933-1141 (office)

Eric Almquist, Branch Manager (NMLS #623826)

 

Eric is a 20-year veteran of the mortgage industry who’s blessed to have remarkable client relationships. These relationships have allowed him to be recognized in the Scotsman Guide as one of the “Top 200 Loan Originators in the Country” since 2008. By leveraging his team and building clients for life, he’s fortunate enough to call myself a billion dollar producer!