The housing market has been as hot as the day is long. Are we finally beginning to see a cooldown? Although the housing market is still expected to favor sellers, we may be at a tipping point. Prices have risen so dramatically that buyers appear to be backing off, and home sales seem to have …
Happy Independence Day, from Benchmark
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Mortgage Interest Rates Begin Their Ascent. But Is It Enough?
Are rising mortgage interest rates enough to cool a heating market? Will housing inventory make a rebound? Your Spring 2021 update.
The Math of Refinancing: Does It Make Financial Sense?
Is Refinancing always a good idea? That depends on who you are, and what your reason is for refinancing. In this post, I give an example so you can make your own informed calculations.
Happy Veterans Day from Benchmark
If you or someone you love has served our nation in military service, thank you for your service to our nation. Happy Veterans Day from Benchmark. The story of Veterans Day began on November 11, 1918, when the Allied nations and Germany went into armistice, bringing an end to “the war to end all wars.” …
Tips For Home Buyers In A Low Inventory Market
Housing inventory is one of the factors that can dramatically affect the temperature of the real estate market. Less inventory means more potentially more competition and higher prices. Whether you’re a buyer or currently in the seller market, this can determine your strategy. Like most investments or assets, housing inventory can fluctuate anytime. This is …
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Your Home Theater On A Budget: The Ultimate Guide
Grab that popcorn and dive in to see what you can do to help make the best theater viewing experience from the comfort of your own living room.
Buy Now To Buy More: What Interest Rates Mean For You
An interest rate determines how much money must be paid in a mortgage payment. The higher the rate, the higher the interest payment. Do you agree that buying now really does mean buying more?
How To Get or Stay In Shape While Staying Home
Exercise can be a great release. Not only does it provide a healthy and positive way to relieve stress, but it also improves physical and mental health. But like many other aspects of our daily lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced our physical activity. There have been shutdowns, re-openings under strict guidelines, and shutting down …