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Sourced & Seasoned: Why Your Tax Refund Is Perfect For A Down Payment

January 25, 2017 shutterstock_54222883

Saving for a down payment and closing costs is one of the biggest struggles many homebuyers experience. To compound the stress, most loan programs require money used for a down payment to be “sourced and seasoned”. What does that mean? Sourced funds means you must show where the money came, like a bank account or […]

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What You Need to Know About USDA Home Loans

September 26, 2016 what you need to know about signing a USDA loan

Great news for potential homeowners: The USDA is changing some of its parameters for the guaranteed home loan program! Starting October 1, 2016, the fees associated with the program will be greatly reduced, which means big savings for first-time homebuyers. If you’re not sure what sorts of loans the USDA offers or how their changes […]

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Salt Lake City: A Brief Real Estate Guide

August 29, 2016 salt lake city utah real estate guide

Are you planning a move to Salt Lake City? Our real estate primer will give you an inside scoop on the state of the market to help you make a well-informed decision.[1] SLC area overview The median home price in Salt Lake City is $367,000. Home prices are slowly increasing, expected to grow by 5.1 […]

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5 Guidelines to Live By When Purchasing a Rural Home

August 25, 2016 tips for buying a home in a rural area

Like the idea of waking up to roosters crowing while gentle sunlight tickles its way through a bay window in your bedroom? If that idea — and wide open spaces and small town values — appeal to you, consider buying a rural home. We’ve got the guidelines to help you make the right decision. Mind […]

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5 Smart Saving Tips for Buying a Home

July 20, 2016 Home-Equity-300x199

You’re on your way toward buying your first home. Maybe you’ve even taken a summer staycation. But you’re still looking for ways to scrape together more cash to buy that new home. If you’re at a loss for more things to do, we’ve got a handy guide to help you maximize every penny in the […]

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Buying a Summer Vacation Home

July 05, 2016 best tips for buying a vacation home this summer

The clarion call of summer tickles your wanderlust and gets you thinking about buying a vacation home. Just like buying your first home, this isn’t a decision to be made lightly, and it pays to do the research. Though it may be tempting to buy quickly and get ready to have a pool party, check […]

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6 Steps to the Home Buying Process

June 30, 2016

You’ve made the decision to buy a home, you’ve saved for a down payment, and you’ve been pre-approved by First Option for a mortgage. So what do you do next? What does the approval process look like? Have no fear! Here’s our guide to getting approved for your next big step and getting into your […]

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