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5 Things People Look For When Moving to a New City

If you plan on moving soon, you may find your home in a new city. While there is no doubt that moving to a new city will be an adjustment, prioritizing what’s important to you and your family can help make the decision much easier. Consider these 5 factors as you evaluate your options.   School Districts …

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Summer Water Conservation Tips For Your Home and Garden

Being our most important natural resource, conservation of fresh water is a universal responsibility. Here are four simple ways that you may be able to reduce your fresh water footprint and save on your water bill.   Use Less On Lawn Care Did you know that nearly 60% of a person’s water consumption may be used on lawn and garden …

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4 Tips to Save for Your Child’s College Tuition

Do you have children or grandchildren? If you do, you are likely considering their higher education opportunities long before they have similar thoughts of their own. If trends are any indicator, the cost of four year and two year universities continue to rise every year. As the cost of college increases, planning and investing in your child’s future …

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Setting the Benchmark

We set the Benchmark by our dedication to our five core values. These values extend beyond mere talking points; they are our way of life.   Relationships  In the mortgage business, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of each individual loan. With Benchmark, it is never only about the transaction. We keep the focus on …

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What Pet Owners Should Know Right Now About Buying A Home

What Role Do Pets Play? 61% of U.S. households have a pet or have future plans to get one. 99% of owners feel that their pet is part of the family. 81% of Americans say that their pets play a role in their housing decision. 19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet.* 12% percent …

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Rent or Buy? 4 Things to Consider

Housing Cost Control When your current lease ends, your landlord will probably raise your rent. Does the new rent fit your expected housing costs? If not, you will be left planning your next move with short notice. A fixed rate mortgage payment may never change, while the ever-rising rent will continue its ascent. [see Top 5 Financial Reasons To Buy Now] …

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Rent or Buy? 4 Things to Consider

Housing Cost Control When your current lease ends, your landlord will probably raise your rent. Does the new rent fit your expected housing costs? If not, you will be left planning your next move with short notice. A fixed rate mortgage payment may never change, while the ever-rising rent will continue its ascent. [see Top 5 Financial Reasons To Buy Now] …

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Top 5 Financial Reasons To Buy Now

  Increasing Prices  Over the last year, home prices have increased by 7.1%, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index (HPI) report.  Over the next year, the HPI also predicts that prices will continue to rise at a rate of 4.9%. Clearly, we are long past the dip in home pricing. Home values are expected to continue to appreciate for years to come. …

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We Have Your Back – The Benchmark Way

With Benchmark, you’re never alone. We know that getting a mortgage can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our family is here to walk you through the process of getting you home. In the last part of this series, we gave you an overview of what it takes to buy a …

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