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What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

July 23, 2014 12452126_ml

If you knew when you woke up today that you could choose to do anything in your work, your relationships, your life and you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you choose to do? It’s a powerful question we should start to think about. I began thinking about the idea of “fearlessness” about a year […]

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5 Things College Graduates Should Know When Buying a Home

July 17, 2014 27253638_ml

According to a Gallup poll, 14% of all Americans between the ages of 24-34 are living with their parents. Quite a few of these people are college graduates, and the challenges of the job market and student loans have kept them from leaving the nest. It may be more difficult for college graduates to buy […]

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6 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 01, 2014 July_Infogram_1

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and hiring a real estate agent is incredibly important. Our infographic walks you through the reasons to hire a qualified real estate agent. Have a look and be sure to share with your friends who are in search of their next home! First Option has […]

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56 Housing Markets Show Strong Growth in 2014

June 25, 2014 5920586_ml

In some parts of America, you’d never know the recession ever happened—at least, not from a housing perspective. According to a new report released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the housing markets in 56 cities have returned to or exceeded their pre-recession levels. This is significant, especially for homeowners in metro areas […]

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3 Surprising Factors Affecting Local Real Estate

June 20, 2014 factors affecting real estate

Most people tend to focus on the particulars when they assess the strength and future of a local real estate market. Inventory (the old supply-and-demand question) and the city’s economy tend to carry the most weight in appraisals and predictions of how well homes will sell and appreciate. These factors are certainly important and do […]

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The Ultimate “Is This Neighborhood Right for Me?” Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 11, 2014 Infogram-1-Neighbors

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and closely evaluating the neighborhood is extremely important. Our infographic walks you through the nuances of appraising your potential neighborhood and provides the resources you need to determine if the neighborhood you’re considering is right for you. Have a look and be sure to […]

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A Cash-Out Refinance Can Save You Big on Credit Card Debt

June 06, 2014 cash-out refinance credit card debt

For most Americans, credit card debt is an ever-present reality. The average U.S. household credit card debt now totals $7,087, and if you only factor indebted households, according to Nerd Wallet that number leaps to $15,191. These are intimidating figures in and of themselves, but when you consider a typical 14.58% interest rate, many people will be […]

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