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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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Benchmark Took Their Talents to South Florida with Todd Duncan

Every year, the nation wide Benchmark family comes together during our annual Production Trip to celebrate our Core Values, and to learn ways to better serve you, our amazing clients. This year, we invited Todd Duncan to join us. Last week in Miami, our team sat down with Mr. Duncan to discuss High Trust Leadership, …

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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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Jack O’Lanterns: A Brief History

The term “jack-o’-lantern” was first applied to people, not pumpkins. As far back as 1663, the term meant a man with a lantern, or a night watchman. Just a decade or so later, it began to be used to refer to the mysterious lights sometimes seen at night over bogs, swamps, and marshes. The term …

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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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Fantastic Fall Destinations To Explore

In the second week of Autumn, there is a refreshing cool in the air, a visible change in the natural landscape, and a desire to make use of the days as their lengths are continually shortened in anticipation of the coming winter. This is a list of 7 amazing destinations for you and your family, …

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and this has special meaning to us here at Benchmark. Facts About Childhood Cancer Every day 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer Every day 7 children will die from cancer Pediatric cancer kills more kids than cystic fibrosis, pediatric aids, and asthma combined 1 in 330 children will develop …

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Benchmark Memo: When Disaster Strikes, You Have Options

In the aftermath of the historic flooding in  South Texas, and in anticipation of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, you should be aware of your financial options in the wake of devastation. The FHA 203(h) is a ZERO down program, and is available to homeowners and renters alike.   At Benchmark, we know how important …

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The Solar Eclipse, Like Buying a Home, Once in a Lifetime Experience for Many

Many of us had the opportunity to experience the sight of the solar eclipse last week. This rare natural occurrence only happens at perfect moments (viewable in certain parts of the world) in time when various elements of the solar system line-up just right. We have no control over when it happens.

Buying a home may be a one time or rare transaction for many current and future homeowners. Closing on your first home can be just as exhilarating as taking in an awe inspiring solar or lunar eclipse. The difference is that buying a home doesn’t just happen and you can take calculated steps to go from renter to homeowner!

The housing inventory has been low this year making it advantageous for sellers and mortgage rates have also been low for a period of time making it appealing to new homebuyers and existing homebuyers who took advantage of refinancing at a lower mortgage rate.

Though you can position yourself to buy a home at any time during the year and at any stage of your life, there are more favorable moments in time (like that of the appearance of an eclipse in the solar system that can be viewed from earth) that make for the perfect recipe (deal-wise, comfort, and convenience) to buying a home.

We don’t control the solar system, the moon, the sun, the stars, the stock market, or interest rates but we can take hold of the opportunities that arise from celestial events and changes in the marketplace.

Whether you feel the time is right to buy a home or want to get help with planning future homeownership, we can guide you through the process.

Comment below or feel free to contact us at Benchmark Mortgage Omaha:

Eric Almquist, Branch Manager (NMLS #623826): Office: (402) 933-1141

Eric is a 19-year veteran of the mortgage industry who’s blessed to have remarkable client relationships. These relationships have allowed him to berecognized 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!

Benchmark Mortgage, Ark-La-Tex Financial Services, LLC NMLS #2143, Equal Housing Opportunity

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Here Is How You Can Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

The following is where you can divert your attention, donations, and time (if permissible). We know that people are generous and want to know how to help those in need. This list was first published by Texas Monthly (http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/ways-can-help-people-hurricane-harvey) It has been adapted to be a quick glance sheet. Help Children The Texas Diaper Bank — assembling …

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