Better late now than never later. It’s the question that’s buzzing around real estate offices, mortgage companies, backyard barbecues, water coolers and passing conversations with neighbors. The short answer is — we think so. Yes, it is still a good time to buy. The long answer is more complicated. Consider these four trends to help …
Benchmark brings you home during COVID-19
What do you do when you move away in process of buying a home during a worldwide pandemic, finding yourself in a hotel which you can't leave? Benchmark never quits.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Define COVID-19 Forbearance Repayment Options
We previously talked about Forbearance as an option for anyone negatively impacted because of COVID-19. Forbearance is one of the most common options for those who cannot make their mortgage payments on time. Typically, once a loan is out of the agreed timeframe of forbearance, the borrower is expected to pay a “balloon payment,” or …
What is mortgage forbearance, and what does it mean for you?
In a mortgage forbearance agreement, the lender agrees not to foreclose on a mortgage, and the borrower agrees to a plan that will result in a temporary adjustment to provide relief, and to pay the balance to be current with the original payment plan.
VA Appraisal Update: COVID-19
The Veterans Affairs office has made adjustments to the way VA Loans can now be done in these uncertain times.
Market Update for March 25th
Founding Partner Stewart Hunter delivers a quick market update, including the $2 Trillion bailout package, shelter in place, and Benchmark's own market and operation status.
How to be a Real Estate Pro In Times of Uncertainty: Understanding Market Issues
Your knowledge, leadership, and ability to adapt quickly are all being tested. Master these tips to surge to the top of your client's minds when they go to recommend an expert. Here is Part 1 of our Client First video series: Understanding Market Issues.
New appraisal and origination requirement changes announced due to COVID-19
Special measures have been taken to help account for challenges facing the real estate market due to COVID-19. Here are the temporary flexibilities in place to facility the continuation of transactions for buyers.
Benchmark’s Express Hybrid E-Closing
As social distancing sweeps the nation, Benchmark offers our clients Hybrid E-Closes where you can sign up to 70% of your documents remotely! Watch the video to learn more.
How to be a Real Estate Pro In Times of Uncertainty: Intro
How to be the professional that clients need during times of uncertainty. This is the introductory video to a series aimed at helping empower you to be a force for good in your market. When uncertainty abounds, be the voice of calm confidence.