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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

May 26, 2017 Tips to Improve Outdoor Space

    Your home is more than just your house. A front or back yard is also part of your home, and making the most of those spaces can be just as important as having a welcoming living or dining space. We’ve previously talked about how to spruce up outbuildings by turning your garage into […]

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Negotiation 101: How to Give and Take With Your Buyer

May 24, 2017 Real Estate Negotiation 101

Selling a house is not like other transactions. Unlike most other sales or purchases that you’re going to make in your lifetime, selling your home requires a whole lot of expertise, process, and time. When you’re putting your house on the market, it’s key to work with a broker. Before you hang a sign on […]

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6 Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage

May 19, 2017 6 Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage

Mortgages are loans measured in years and decades, and the prospect of paying one off can often seem a bit distant. However, it’s possible to shave years (and therefore dollars) off the total amount of your mortgage. Here are six things you can do to speed up and pay down the biggest purchase of your […]

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How (and why) to Crash an Open House

May 17, 2017 5 Open House Tips

Spring and summer means flowers in bloom, barbecues in the backyard, and open houses in your neighborhood. Open houses are an opportunity for you to scope out a housing market, find and negotiate with brokers, and possibly spot a house’s red flags. Sometimes an open house is something that you’ve scheduled, anticipated, and planned. Other […]

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5 Mother’s Day Home Improvement Ideas

May 12, 2017 5 Mother’s Day Ideas

This Mother’s Day, give the mom in your life a home she loves. Chances are she’s probably been the one to take point on fixing up spaces, painting walls, and organizing your home. Now it’s her turn to relax, while you do some work to make her space better and brighter. Here are five things […]

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What is Home Equity?

May 10, 2017 What’s My Home Equity?

Even if you’re still paying off your mortgage, owning your home is still a major asset. For many homeowners, home equity is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — contributor to their net worth. It can also be a major source of liquidity if you take out a home equity line of […]

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April Housing Market Analysis

May 05, 2017 Housing Market for April 2017

At First Option, part of our mission is to keep you informed about the latest trends and news in the housing market. By doing so, we let you know when it’s a good time to buy a new home or sell your current one. But as you’ll see, sometimes those two things are fairly interconnected […]

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