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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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How to Make Your Own She Shed

May 03, 2017 Make Your Own She Shed

We’ve known about man caves for years now, but homeowners are carving out other personalized spaces in their homes and on their property. Much like a garage living area, she sheds can bring life and livability beyond the walls of a home. A she shed can either be an existing, refurbished outbuilding, or a shed […]

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Understanding Your Mortgage Payment

May 01, 2017 Understanding your mortgage payment

Your home is one of the most important purchases you’ll make in your lifetime. But paying off a mortgage isn’t like paying down a car, credit card, or student loan. Just like owning a home, it’s complex, and a variety of factors go into determining your monthly payment. Main factors Size, or principal, the amount […]

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What Style of Home Matches Your Personality Type?

April 27, 2017 What Style of Home Matches Your Personality Type?

Ask any homeowner, realtor, or lender, and they’ll tell you that homes have personalities. Every house has quirks, eccentricities, and oddities about it which you should take into account while decorating or entertaining. Design and architecture are a mixture of art, science, and engineering, and different types of combinations create different feelings and ideas around […]

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Why You Should Be Pre-Qualified for a Home Loan

April 26, 2017 What It Means to Be Pre-Qualified

We know that buying a home is a complex, multi-step process. A lot of home buyers overlook a potentially useful early step in the process: pre-qualification. If you haven’t heard of a pre-qualification, you’re hardly alone. It’s not as big or as flashy as its older sibling, a pre-approval. But a pre-qualification is a handy […]

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