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Portland First Option Mortgage Changing Lives with Rebuilding Together

May 02, 2013

First Option Mortgage is always looking for ways to be able to give back to the communities it serves and lives in.  Last Saturday the Portland First Option Mortgage team rolled their sleeves up and gave their time to help local families in need with Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live […]

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4 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Home

May 01, 2013

Clutter is inevitable. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that everything becomes disordered, and anyone who’s tried to clean and sell their home can believe it. Junk letters grow like paper high rises on any flat surface; pens and knick knacks jam your drawers; and if you have kids, their toys fill every nook and […]

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How to Avoid House Hunting Heartache

April 30, 2013

People compare house hunting to dating for a reason. It can take visiting quite a few “blind” open houses to know exactly what you’re looking for in a home; it isn’t uncommon to pine over a house that’s already taken; and like most online dating profiles, real estate pictures and blurbs are deceiving. You have […]

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2013 Spring Housing Market Trends

April 29, 2013

Spring homebuying season is officially underway and expectations are high that this will be the best spring for the U.S. housing market in several years.  The months of April-June typically account for more than 40% of all home sales annually thanks to fair weather and families looking to make a transition during their children’s summer […]

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Preparing Your Home for Spring Selling Season

April 24, 2013

Spring is energizing. New life, vibrant colors, and that first, refreshing, burst of warm air make the whole season electric. Whether coincidentally or not, spring affects everything from young love to real estate agents—who tend to be the most charged after slow winter months. For homeowners looking to sell, this is great news, and it […]

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Strategies for Paying for Your Child’s Education

April 23, 2013

Education costs can sneak up on parents. College often seems so far away while kids are toddlers and Elementary school-age; then almost overnight they’re pre-teens or teenagers and impending and tuition costs become a reality. Suddenly a handful of years doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to save. It is tough—but possible. No matter how […]

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Urban Gardening – Creating Space in the City

April 22, 2013

With the growth of local farming and organic produce, urban gardening is becoming more popular each year. “Outside the box” options like rooftop gardens, growing in vertical spaces, or turning vacant lots into thriving community gardens are all becoming popular ways to create fresh, local food in an urban setting. Interested in getting in on […]

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