Mortgage News and Notes Blog

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

All of us at Benchmark Mortgage Companies would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 is a year full of happiness, health and prosperity for you and your loved ones. All the Best, Benchmark Mortgage Companies

Dec 23, 2020 | Refinancing a Home Credit Home Equity

Getting Ready for Homebuying in 2021

Getting Ready for Homebuying in 2021

As we head into the new year, you might be thinking about buying a new home at some point in 2021. And with interest rates still at historic lows, the time is still right to jump at the opportunity. Keep in mind that, to qualify for a mortgage, your cred

Dec 22, 2020 |

Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a home or refinancing usually involves taking out the biggest loan of your life. It's important to make sure you understand everything that goes into that mortgage and what will be required of you as a borrower. Here are the most essential ques

Dec 16, 2020 | Mortgage Conventional Loans

Looking Forward to 2021: Setting a Budget and Reevaluating Your Finances

Looking Forward to 2021: Setting a Budget and Reevaluating Your Finances

We can all agree that 2020 was a crazy year. Luckily, with every new year comes the opportunity to improve, and there’s no better place to focus your efforts than on finances. By setting a budget for the new year and planning fresh financial goals,

Dec 11, 2020 |

How Much of My Income Should Go to My Mortgage?

How Much of My Income Should Go to My Mortgage?

Back in the U.S. housing boom in the early 2000s, mortgage money flowed freely, with many borrowers being qualified for more loan than they could actually afford. When the housing bubble burst and the entire economy took a hit, those same home buyers ofte

Dec 09, 2020 | Interest Rates Preapproval Mortgage Advice

Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

With interest rates near all-time lows, now is a perfect time to get a good deal on a mortgage. Of course, every refinance or home purchase loan has borrower requirements to be met, including a decent credit score. How do you know if your credit score is

Dec 02, 2020 |