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Feb 9 2021
As you begin the process of searching for a mortgage, underwriting is one of the first terms that you’re likely to encounter. While many understand it to be an essential step toward a loan’s approval, it’s not always clear what the process involves.  Since the goal of buying a home typically hinges on a loan […]
Feb 4 2021
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The value of being outdoors has taken on new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, despite the increasing availability of a vaccine, it’s likely that the reinvigorated interest in outdoor activities is here to stay.  Even before coronavirus became a worldwide concern, homeowners sought ways to take advantage of their outdoor spaces. Whether it’s your […]
Feb 2 2021
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With a vaccine now being distributed, a return to our pre-COVID routines is on the horizon. However, unexpected challenges will always lie ahead, so it can be helpful to learn from the experiences of the past year.  When it comes to housing in particular, several takeaways can provide more security and satisfaction for homeowners and […]
Jan 28 2021
Lucas Allen
Open Mortgage, a multi-channel mortgage lender dedicated to empowering the dream of homeownership, welcomes Lucas Allen to the new role of Senior Vice President of Forward Operations. In this position, Lucas will oversee the mortgage production process for all forward loans, including managing the appraisal, disclosures, processing, underwriting, and closing and funding teams. “Lucas joins […]
Jan 28 2021
A tightening housing market can present buyers with limited options when it comes to finding the right home. Fortunately, even shoppers without the savings to fund a substantial renovation can take advantage of loan programs designed to help them create the house they always wanted. If you’re having trouble finding a property that checks all […]
Jan 26 2021
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No one plans to lose their job, but it can happen to anyone. The uncertainty of COVID-19 has given many employees reason to question their job stability during the past year. Regardless of the reason, a layoff can be particularly harmful when it occurs during the hunt for a new home or when your mortgage […]
Jan 21 2021
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It’s time for a change, new scenery, and a fresh start. But how do you sell your current home and shop for a new one at the same time? In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon discusses successfully managing “the buy/sell balancing act.” Some topics he covers: Closing on your new home […]
Jan 19 2021
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2020 was a tough year for many. In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon discusses how to revisit last year’s personal and professional goals with renewed vigor. Some topics he covers: Keeping an open mind about how you can achieve your long-term goals Focusing on and learning from the positivity, creativity, and […]
Jan 14 2021
Deciding what to prioritize in your home search can be a difficult task. Shoppers can sometimes be swayed by a fresh coat of paint or shiny, new appliances when less obvious features are likely to have a bigger impact on their enjoyment of the property.  If you’re considering buying a home soon, don’t forget to […]
Jan 12 2021
Some home features may seem like a dream before moving in, but when reality sets in, they could end in regret. Much like a careful home inspection can help you avoid unwanted surprises, a closer look at some in-demand amenities might reveal some decisive disadvantages.  Before you start a home search, take the time to […]