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Dec 17 2020
Couple doing carpentry
Purchasing a fixer-upper can be an exciting adventure—then again, buying a move-in ready home can be faster and easier on many new homeowners. In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon offers tips to help make the decision easier. Some topics he covers: Rising construction costs and why an older home may offer […]
Dec 8 2020
Santa walking to a house
It’s that time of year when everyone’s favorite red-suited gift-giver starts making plans for his Christmas Eve visit. Make sure your home is in tip-top shape this December with a maintenance checklist that keeps you off the naughty list.  Start at the Top If Santa’s visit to your home will be via a chimney, he’ll […]
Feb 20 2020
Historic House

The older your house gets, the more likely it’ll need a refresh— but what if it’s located within a historic district or a homeowners association community? You might need permission to build that new porch or to even repaint your home’s exterior. Before you sign the dotted line, consider whether either living situation is right […]

Nov 14 2019

Any homeowner should pay close attention to their home’s condition and make an effort to spot problems before they get out of hand. Regular and thorough upkeep becomes even more important if a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is part of your retirement strategy. In addition to staying current on insurance premiums and property taxes, […]

Jun 4 2019

Buying a home can be a big step up the ladder toward financial security. But after sharpening your money management skills on your way to mortgage, what can you do to make sure you stay on a positive path? One smart place to focus your attention is on growing your home equity. And a simple […]

Apr 30 2019

For those of us that need our space but still want to keep the environment in mind, there’s good news: Moving into a tiny home isn’t your only option. With sustainable building materials and several loan options suited to renovations, now is a great time to add value and sustainability to your home. Say Hello […]

Apr 25 2019

Retirement is around the corner, and you’re looking to update your home without blowing your budget. So, what is the solution? Consider going green when choosing to remodel and using a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage, to enjoy the best of both worlds. A HECM, an FHA-insured loan for homeowners 62 and […]

Apr 11 2019

One aspect of owning a home that flies under the radar until there’s a problem is maintenance. It happens to everyone, but it’s more likely to occur for homeowners settled into their houses and their routines. Post-retirement, it’s not uncommon for weekend house projects and small fixes to fall by the wayside over time. Beyond […]

Mar 21 2019

If you’re looking to upgrade and renovate your home, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace eco-friendly improvements that could save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and potentially raise the resale value of your home. Energy Efficient Upgrades Lowering your energy costs is a plus when considering upgrades. At the top of the list are large, […]

Mar 20 2019

You’ve made the decision to sell your house, but does it have the appeal buyers are looking for when it comes to clean open spaces, a manicured lawn or spacious garage? Start with First Impressions and Curb Appeal A sloppy exterior doesn’t do a home any favors and could discourage buyers. Improving your front and […]