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11 Essential Tools to Have

June 02, 2017 11 Must-Have Tools

If you own a home, you need tools. Whether you want to make routine repairs or prefer to avoid common issues in home inspections, a good set of tools is a must-have for any homeowner. It’s very easy to get scattered and acquire tools on a piecemeal basis. Here, though, are 11 must-have tools that […]

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Negotiating 101: How to Give and Take With Your Home Seller or Buyer

June 01, 2017

Buying a home isn’t like other transactions. It takes time, commitment, expertise, and negotiation. Know your values Before any negotiation, you need to know what you want. Sellers: What’s the minimum you’d be willing to accept for your home? What’s a realistic maximum? Buyers: How much of a down payment are you willing to put […]

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May Housing Market Analysis

May 31, 2017 Housing Market for May 2017

Part of our mission at First Option Mortgage is to keep you informed about the latest trends in the housing market. Whether you’re trying to find a fixer-upper or the home of your dreams, we want you to have the best information possible so you can go into the market with the knowledge and confidence […]

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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 a […]

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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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