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Tapping into Your Home Equity to Buy a Second Home

June 04, 2018 Second Home

Here’s a figure that may surprise you: 6% of all residential sales in the U.S. are for second or third homes. Many people consider second homes a luxury only the rich can afford, but more and more homeowners are investing in second homes—for personal use or income. How individuals go about this varies, but tapping […]

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5 Things College Graduates Should Know When Buying a Home

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According to a Pew Research Poll, 15% of all 25- to 35-year-old Americans 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 a […]

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10 Red Flags in Any Real Estate Listing

June 01, 2018 Real estate listing red flags

When you make the decision to buy a new home, you likely won’t leave all of the searching to your real estate agent. You have access to the Multiple Service Listings (MLS) that your realtor uses, and you can search through homes on your own. It helps to scrutinize each listing that catches your attention […]

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How to Renovate on a Tight Budget

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Ready for a big renovation but your savings account isn’t? Don’t sweat it. You can do plenty of renovations on a tight budget that drastically change the look of your home. But if you’re strapped for cash, you’re going to have to make some tough choices. These areas of your home will help you get […]

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The Risks of Selling a Home FSBO

June 01, 2018 risks of FSBO

On paper it sounds like a great idea: sell the home yourself, save thousands on a realtor’s commission. In our DIY age, listing your home For Sale By Owner seems doable, even sensible. In reality, though, there are quite a few risks involved when you decide to do it alone. To ensure you’re making an […]

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6 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC]

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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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5 Common Home Buyer Mistakes

May 31, 2018 Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Pursuing the dream of owning your own home should be an exciting time in your life. However, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and start making some blunders. That’s why we’re here to help! Keep the sold sign from being put on hold by avoiding these common home buyer mistakes.   1) Compromising the […]

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