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Jun 30 2020
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Sellers are walking away with more cash than usual due to rising home values in recent years. But selling isn’t the only way to put your home’s equity to work for you. Listen to Open Mortgage CEO and Founder Scott Gordon discuss how you can benefit from your home’s equity even if you plan on… Continue Reading Know Your Home Equity Options
Jun 25 2020
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Kitchens, master bedrooms and outdoor spaces tend to get most of the attention from home buyers, but the biggest areas aren’t always the most important when it comes to finding the right layout. Sometimes it’s the smaller, often overlooked, parts of a home that can have the most impact on functionality.  Before you make an… Continue Reading Small Spaces with Big Impact

Jun 23 2020
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Buying a home is a very exciting time, but it’s also a big financial move. In this video, our CEO and founder, Scott Gordon, discusses the importance of having a healthy savings account before buying a home. Some of the topics he covers: Saving and knowing what lenders look for Preparing for unexpected home expenses… Continue Reading Saving for a Home Goes Beyond the Down Payment
Jun 17 2020
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The coronavirus has tested the financial stability of many; that’s especially the case for those preparing for—or currently navigating—retirement. If you have a reverse mortgage, or you’re considering one, this video is for you. Here are some of the topics our CEO and founder, Scott Gordon, discusses: How reverse mortgages might act as a financial… Continue Reading Protecting Your Reverse Mortgage from the Unexpected
Jun 16 2020
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The longer the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the more difficult it is to imagine a time when traditional retirement activities will return. But you may not have to rewrite your bucket list just yet. There are hopes of a coming vaccine, and there are plenty of social-distancing-friendly activities to pass the time while you plan for… Continue Reading Prioritizing Safety in Retirement

Jun 11 2020
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These days, virtual home tours are on the rise as an alternative to in-person showings. But the contactless house-hunting process might leave too much to the buyer’s imagination. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of a digital shopping experience: Make Technology Your Best Friend There’s plenty to admire about touring… Continue Reading The Realities of Buying a Home Virtually

Jun 9 2020
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Most of us have been spending a lot more time at home than usual, and some are discovering issues that were easier to overlook until now. If you’ve found yourself in this situation—whether you’re too cramped to live, work and raise a family in the same space or you simply want more room outdoors to… Continue Reading Is it Time for a Different Home?

Jun 4 2020
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No one claimed that finding the right home was easy, but some challenges may be too hard to overcome without restarting the process from scratch. From unreliable realtors and major repair issues with properties to not being honest with yourself about budgetary limitations, here are some tell-tale signs that your home search needs a fresh… Continue Reading Starting Over: Signs Your Home Search is Stuck

Jun 2 2020
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Social distancing has made it difficult to work, exercise, even connect with friends and family. One thing it hasn’t affected: DIY home improvement projects. If you have the motivation, these simple fixes can save you money and the aggravation of avoidable major home repairs. Stay Cool Sealing drafty windows and doors is simple and could… Continue Reading Avoiding These DIY Projects Could Cost You