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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 You are able to customize the home to your specific needs and preferences and avoid costly repairs of outdated features.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!

Boot’n & Shoot’n 2018 Raises $1Million for Veterans

DALLAS, TX—The month of April means the first full month of Spring, wildflowers, and the arrival of what former Governor Rick Perry described as “the most patriotic day in Texas:” Boot’n & Shoot’n. Boot’n & Shoot’n is an annual event that exists to raise money for US military veterans who risked it all. For the …

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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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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What’s the difference?

Looking at homes without knowing how much you can afford can be a waste of time for you and your realtor. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” unknown The same wise sentiment can apply to purchasing a home – why start house …

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