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Can You Afford A Mortgage? 5 Rules and 5 Questions

Have you ever wondered whether you can afford to buy a house? If so, you are not alone. Here are 5 Rules to remember and 5 Questions to ask yourself.

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What Should You Check Before Making An Offer On Your Next House?

So, you are home shopping, have found ‘The One,’ and you’re ready to make an offer. Are you sure you know what you’re doing? I mean, of course you know that you plan to make an offer, but do you know what comes with the house that you think you are ready to buy? The …

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Benchmark Never Quits: Air Force Hurricane Victim Lands New Home [VIDEO]

[VIDEO] Hurricane Michael devastated much of Florida, and destroyed many homes that were in its path. Benchmark went above and beyond to make sure that Dustin and his family were taken care of.

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Grow Roots, Make Memories, and Build Community

Does renting make you feel a little too transient? Is community important to you? It may make sense to become a homeowner. Almost nothing can help you put down roots, be involved in your community, or serve as an automatic catchment for memories quite like owning your own home.

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What is the Affect of Student Loan Debt On Homeownership?

With student debt making headlines on a regular basis, and the rates of homeownership being lower, is there a connection? Maybe. In the first issue of Consumer & Community Context, a publication from the Federal Reserve, an article by Alvaro Mezza, Daniel Ringo, and Kamila Sommer, Federal Reserve Board Division of Research & Statistics  entitled, “Can …

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Owners Enjoy More Privacy and Security

Maybe you want to remodel the kitchen, paint the walls, or re-tile the shower, but you either don't have permission, or you know it would be throwing money away. Here are a few more reasons why home owners enjoy more privacy and more security than renters.

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Does it Make Sense to Refinance? 5 Things To Know

If you are thinking about refinancing, you probably have a good reason. Maybe  you are curious if you could save money by locking in a lower interest rate. Maybe you wonder if you could use some of the equity you have established in your home. Whatever your reason, here are 5 things to know before …

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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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