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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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The Top 10 Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home

July 01, 2016

Buying a new home is beyond exciting. So exciting, in fact, that it can be easy to overlook major red flags before you’ve made the purchase. Is that chipping paint just old, or is it a potential $10,000 removal expense? What about those odd splotches on the ceiling — are they leftover tossed spaghetti stains […]

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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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Happy National Insurance Day!

June 28, 2016

June 28 is National Insurance Day, which we think is a perfect chance to think about homeowner’s insurance! We’ll review the important reasons why you should get homeowner’s insurance, as well as some things to keep an eye out for when you’re shopping for a policy. We also have a similar guide for private mortgage […]

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Father’s Day Activities for Every Type of Dad

June 16, 2016 great gifts for your dad this father's day.

Father’s Day is your yearly chance to appreciate the dad in your life, old or young, new or expectant. Because there are so many different things you can do with pops on his special day, we’ve broken the types of dad down into four distinct categories. Your dad might fit into one or all of […]

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Gardening for Curb Appeal: 4 Big Ideas for a Small Yard

June 14, 2016 ideas for gardening in a small space

Good news for folks with a small yard — size doesn’t have to be a barrier to having a beautiful space to live and relax in! We’ve pulled together a bushel of great ideas to help you do a lot with a little. You’ll find that planning is important. Whether you’re landscaping to attract buyers […]

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6 Great Summertime Spots in Minneapolis

June 09, 2016 Looking for fun things to do this summer in Minneapolis? A segway tour is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Minneapolis is a great metropolitan spot to visit in the summertime (and its twin city St. Paul is pretty great, too). We’ve gathered some great info on places to live in the city in the past. But if you just want to visit and see what the area has to offer, here are some great […]

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