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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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Under 35 Homeownership Rate Increases

The Rate of Homeownership has increased from 34.3% to 35.3% from first Quarter 2017 to Second Quarter 2017 for those under 35 years of age, according to a report from the United States Census Bureau. While popular media seems to portray Millennials as a generation of renters, a whitepaper from First American lists six reasons …

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Why Buying Is Investing

If you are thinking about becoming a homeowner, it is important to see your house as an investment. A home is an asset with the potential to  increase your financial stability over time. Unlike renting, where you pay your landlord’s mortgage without seeing any return yourself, homeownership works to broaden your financial worth. After purchasing …

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How to Score in Today’s Housing Market

Housing inventory dropped 8.5% over the last year as of 2Q 2017, the 9th quarter in a row of this decrease in the number of available homes. Buyers are buying homes the fastest time on record since tracking began in 2012. When supply is down by 20% compared to five years ago, it is normal …

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