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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 […]

May 29 2018

If you’re in the market for a new home, recently rising mortgage rates have likely gotten your attention. While these interest rate increases may impact your borrowing power, they don’t have to be a reason to panic and give up on your plans. Why Are Rates Going Up? Although they may not be what you […]

May 22 2018

The season of vacations, pool parties, barbecues and sunblock is nearly here. But, summer months aren’t all sun and fun. The higher temperatures can run utility fees up to unsightly amounts. Take action now to make sure your summer is high on thrills and low on bills. Cool Your Home The Old-Fashioned Way Believe it […]

May 17 2018

The negotiations and decision-making that are integral to selling a home can be stressful. While many aspects are mostly out of your hands, staging is one strategy that may help the process go more smoothly, and more quickly. Thankfully, arranging and decorating your home to appeal to potential buyers doesn’t have to break the bank. […]

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 30 2018

So you’ve made the decision: you’re ready to buy a home. Like most homebuyers, you know you’ll need to finance the purchase. But how do you get the best mortgage rate possible to maximize that financing? You can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan just by lowering your mortgage rate by […]

Apr 12 2018

It’s a time of the year many Americans dread: tax season. While preparing taxes can be painful work, almost 80% of those in the U.S. will get a refund, with an average of about $2800 over the past few years. But if you find yourself with a nice chunk of change after filing taxes, what […]

Mar 19 2018

Spring is here! Frogs are croaking, birds are singing and flowers are blooming. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want to add some beauty as an investment in your home (and equity), this guide will help you get started. Plant Hardiness Zones Before you plant anything, it’s important to know what […]

Mar 5 2018

First impressions are important when selling a home, and the best way to make a good first impression is with curb appeal. Failing to maintain the outside of your home can turn off potential home buyers, but with a little thought and planning, you can have maximum impact on a minimum budget. First, search through […]

Feb 22 2018

When springtime arrives, temperatures rise and the real estate market heats up. Most of us know how to take advantage of the warmer weather, but home sellers hoping to make the most of the peak season may benefit from some proven advice. Focusing on a few key areas can go a long way toward making […]

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