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6 Steps to the Home Buying Process

May 15, 2018

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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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pre-Approval Process

May 15, 2018 post1

At First Option, we believe all homebuyers should secure a pre-approved mortgage before looking at homes. We have many reasons for believing this, and all of them are because, ultimately, our clients benefit from pre-approval. We also realize, though, many people have mortgage questions about being pre-approved. We’ve assembled the most common of these and […]

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

May 12, 2018

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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How to Prepare for a Home Appraisal

May 11, 2018 Appraiser

Whether you are looking to refinance or to sell, the appraisal that comes in on your home can have a huge impact on the amount of equity you can pull out. In some cases, the appraisal can even put the sale of a home in danger if the appraisal does not come in at or […]

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Homeownership Costs to Consider Before Purchasing

April 27, 2018 Home Maintenance

There are many obvious costs when it comes to purchasing a home that people are generally aware of. The purchase price, the homeowners insurance, the property taxes, and of course closing costs and fees are pretty well-known expenses, even for a first-time homebuyer. Beyond these expenses, though, come additional costs that should be calculated in […]

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Finding the Right Loan for Purchasing a Foreclosed Home

April 23, 2018 buying a Foreclosed Home

There are roughly 579,000 homes currently in the United States that are  either bank-owned or in foreclosure. Some real estate markets can represent an even larger percentage of these homes listed for sale. Aside from the fact that they are readily available, foreclosures can also be a great deal if you willing to put in a […]

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The Benefit of Using a Mortgage Company vs. a Big Bank

April 20, 2018 mortgage company benefits

Even before you begin house hunting or consider the length of your home loan, you have to make a more basic decision: Where to obtain your mortgage. Many different entities in America offer home loans, but most can be reduced to one of two categories—a mortgage company or a big bank. Banks can have their […]

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