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Jul 17 2018

We’re over halfway through 2018, which means the real estate trends for this year are becoming clear. While no one knows for sure what the future will hold, reviewing what we’ve seen happen so far can help buyers understand what to expect when they put in an offer on a potential home. Lower Inventory = […]

Jul 10 2018

After weeks of gathering personal information, printing off bank statements and tax records, and waiting for the bank to approve and underwrite your loan, the time has come—you’ve signed your lender’s paperwork and bought a new house. Now for the really fun part: packing and moving. In the hectic time to come, use this checklist […]

Jun 25 2018

If you’re in the market for a home, it’s likely your priorities are choosing a home that is a good fit for your lifestyle: Will it fit your growing family? Is it a community with access to the activities, schools and establishments you want in your everyday life? Do you feel comfortable with the neighborhood […]

Jun 12 2018

A down payment can be one of the biggest obstacles to homeownership. But, it doesn’t have to be. Open Mortgage partners with our clients to identify available mortgage options with minimal or zero down payment requirements. Here are some of the ways we help borrowers achieve the dream of homeownership sooner rather than later. USDA […]

Jun 7 2018

With the summer housing market heating up, a sparkling pool or comfortable outdoor kitchen may seem like the key to closing a sale. However, backyard amenities may not live up to expectations, for buyers or sellers, particularly when it comes to completing the transaction. Appraisal Process If you’ve bought a home before, you likely understand […]

May 8 2018

You’ve found the house. The location is perfect and the curb appeal ideal. Even the price is well within your range. But those cabinets! The cabinets are… yellow! How could you ever start a life in a new home with the absolutely irreparable, wholly permanent and eternally intractable problem that is cabinet color? If you’re […]

Apr 16 2018

Buying a home is a major milestone in most people’s lives. Everyone has different reasons for taking the plunge, and the reason behind the purchase can help guide you toward the type of home you want to buy. First time homeowners may want to move from leasing an apartment to owning a townhouse, while growing […]

Mar 28 2018

If you are a first time home-buyer dipping your toes in the waters of home mortgages, it can sometimes feel like you’re drowning in information. You’ll probably find yourself turning to the internet to Google: How much mortgage can I afford? This will give you many links to online calculators, each with different estimates of […]

Feb 28 2018

Before anyone buys a first home, they have a picture in their mind of what it might include, and how it might look. The good news is that you don’t have to be an architecture buff to learn the basics, which can aid you in your search to finding a dream residence. Depending on who […]

Feb 19 2018

Equal housing opportunity. These three words mean a lot in our industry. It means that those looking to buy a home should never be denied opportunities based on discriminatory factors like race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Unfortunately, buying a home wasn’t always fair or equal to all potential homeowners, particularly […]

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