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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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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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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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Benchmark Introduces the Medical Doctor Loan Program

Benchmark understands that life moves quickly, especially if you’re in the medical field. That’s why we go the extra mile to accommodate your busy schedule and unique financial outlook. Benchmark is now offering a program geared specifically toward doctors! The program is for borrowers with a medical license who would like to use future income …

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Facebook Introduces Targeted Real Estate Advertising

Calling it “Dynamic Ads for Real Estate,” Facebook describes the service, Facebook’s dynamic ads for real estate leverage cross-device intent signals to automatically promote relevant listings from your inventory with a unique creative on Facebook. This is the first time the social media giant has ventured into Real Estate specific advertising, raising potential concern for …

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