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Sep 20 2018

Unfortunately, the failure to protect personal data and financial information is all too common. As identity theft continues to rise, taking proactive steps to safeguard the records that can put us most at risk is essential. While the possibility is always present, the depth and sensitivity of information requested during the mortgage application process warrant […]

Sep 18 2018

Nearly every homebuyer starts with a budget. Beginning the process with a down payment and sales price in mind could simplify your search and avoid the disappointment that comes with falling in love with a home you can’t afford. However, it’s not unusual for home shoppers, and particularly first-time buyers, to overlook certain costs. Avoid […]

Sep 13 2018

Times have changed, and so has the way couples are buying homes. While some commit to a mortgage before they commit to marriage, others plan to own a home with a domestic partner and forego a legal union altogether. If you’re one of the many unmarried couples contemplating the purchase of a property, be prepared […]

Sep 11 2018

If retirement is on the horizon or you’re already a retiree, financial security is likely a concern. Stepping away from a career (and the consistent paycheck that comes with it) may require a comprehensive strategy to ensure your golden years are adequately funded. One of the tools many people turn to in retirement is a […]

Sep 6 2018

Home improvement isn’t just about fixing what’s broken. It’s also about improving and expanding your home to accommodate your needs as you grow. Whether it’s indoor remodeling, structural modifications or landscaping and exterior beautification, home improvement projects should improve your quality of life as well as your level of satisfaction with your house. Part of […]

Sep 4 2018

Before you can refinance or sell your home, an independent appraiser must determine its value. Appraisers come to their conclusions by comparing your home to similar properties that have recently sold in the same area. They’ll make price adjustments based on differences in size, condition or features. It might seem scary that so much of […]

Aug 30 2018

An “overwhelming majority” of renters under age 35 hope to be homeowners one day, according to studies by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Why are they waiting longer than previous generations to buy? There are several reasons, but a few that have contributed to the statistics include slower national wage gains, higher real estate […]

Aug 28 2018

Today we’re proud to highlight Loan Originator David Hail, who was recently ranked 4th out of 1,018 loan officers for second quarter production from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC). David, a Branch Manager from Garland, TX has been with Open Mortgage for over five years, and we’re proud to have him on our […]

Aug 21 2018

Approaching retirement may demand a careful examination of your financial situation. Enjoying your golden years and supporting your lifestyle can mean making tough decisions regarding future priorities. One of the most important choices faced by retired homeowners is whether or not they should remain in their current home. Freedom from employment creates new possibilities worth […]

Aug 21 2018

Being your own boss can mean hard work, long hours and big rewards. It can also make applying for a mortgage much more intimidating. While traditional employees can provide lenders with W-2s and consistent paychecks, being self-employed complicates the income verification process. However, by understanding what lenders will be looking for, and taking the time […]

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