Benchmark Mortgage Is Helping to Educate Veterans About The Benefits Available to Them


Many veterans and active-duty service members are unaware of the benefits available to them through VA financing, and Benchmark Mortgage is setting out to change that.

Eric Almquist of Benchmark Mortgage recently joined us for another great discussion about the lending side of real estate. This time, we discussed a topic that Benchmark Mortgage happens to specialize in: VA financing.

According to Eric, many veterans and active-duty service members are, unfortunately, unaware of the extent of their benefits through VA financing. The VA does a great job in providing benefits, but could use some assistance in educating people on what those benefits actually entail. This is where Eric and his fellow lending professionals at Benchmark Mortgage come in.

Benchmark Mortgage is actually on a mission right now to become the No. 1 VA lending company in the country. As part of this goal, the lending professionals at Benchmark Mortgage have realized that they should be asking every veteran and active duty service member they work with about how well they understand their benefits. “You can’t assume that they know what their benefits are,” says Eric.

You can reach Eric for more information by phone at (402) 933-1141 or by emailing him at eric.almquist@benchmark.us.

Also, if you’re interested in doing your own research on VA financing before speaking with Eric, check out this great resource:


Link: https://ericalmquist.benchmark.us/the-veterans-home-front/


And, as always, if you have any other questions or would like to speak about 
your real estate goals, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look
forward to hearing from you soon.

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Do Short-Term Rates Influence Mortgage Rates?


Interest rates are on the rise, and today we’ll be getting to the bottom of why this is taking place and why it matters to you.

Many people are wondering what’s going on with interest rates today. To help answer this, I recently sat down with Eric Almquist of Benchmark Mortgage to discuss this critical subject.

According to Eric, it’s been some time since we’ve seen conditions like those we’re seeing now. The Federal Reserve, which meets once every six weeks, is currently in a tightening cycle. Recently, they’ve been making adjustments to short-term rates with the intention of suppressing potential future inflation.

However, while it is true that short-term rates are set to rise once more before the end of 2018, this does not mean that mortgage rates will be directly impacted.

So though increases in short-term rates may ultimately lead to a slow increase of long-term rates, this is more of a correlative happening than a causal one. All it truly indicates is that our market is beginning to balance out. In fact, an increase of mortgage rates is generally the result of another positive shift—like the drop in unemployment.

In short, everything in our market is connected. Also, rates today are still historically low. This means it’s still a great time to buy. All of these conditions are both relative and cyclical.

If you have any other questions or would like more information from Eric, feel free to reach out to him at (402) 933-1141 or send him an email at eric.almquist@benchmark.us.

And, as always, if you have anything you’d like to ask me or my team about, please give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Know anyone who's interested in building a home? 
If you have any friends, family, or co-workers who are looking to own their first or second home - would you forward this message to them? We'll be happy to show them our eight new construction home plans along with the benefits of owning a Charleston Home so they can make a decision that's right for them.

Consider Arbor View or Falcon Pointe for Your New Home


Charleston Homes has new lots available. Could one of them be for your future home?

We are excited to announce that we have two new developments opening up for lot reservations. Our existing Arbor View neighborhood in Elkhorn is opening lots for phase III and the brand-new Falcon Pointe will be taking lot reservations for its development near 48th and Capehart. This new location in Bellevue will offer affordable lots with many villas available. Stop by our models in Elkhorn or Gretna to get a better look at a plat map or learn more about these new areas. To learn more about the developments, watch our latest video. 

Know anyone who's interested in building a home? 
If you have any friends, family, or co-workers who are looking to own their first or second home - would you forward this message to them? We'll be happy to show them our eight new construction home plans along with the benefits of owning a Charleston Home so they can make a decision that's right for them.