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The 5 Best Houses in Movies and TV

September 09, 2016 the best movies and TV shows with houses in them

We love houses, and we love movies and TV shows that feature beautiful homes! Check out our five top fictional dwellings and see how they match up with your favorites!  The Holiday This film features a double whammy of wonderful homes. First, you have Kate Winslet’s English cottage, which has beautiful stone walls, and is seated […]

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How to Celebrate National Picnic Month

July 07, 2016 how to celebrate national picnic month

Buckle your seatbelts, folks: July is National Picnic Month, and arguably one of the best months of the year for it! You’ve done the hard work prepping your home for the hot summertime months; now, it’s time for the fun. Who doesn’t like sunshine, delicious foods, and nature walks to beautiful locales? Picnics are a […]

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Buying a Summer Vacation Home

July 05, 2016 best tips for buying a vacation home this summer

The clarion call of summer tickles your wanderlust and gets you thinking about buying a vacation home. Just like buying your first home, this isn’t a decision to be made lightly, and it pays to do the research. Though it may be tempting to buy quickly and get ready to have a pool party, check […]

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

July 01, 2016

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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6 Steps to the Home Buying Process

June 30, 2016

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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6 Great Summertime Spots in Minneapolis

June 09, 2016 Looking for fun things to do this summer in Minneapolis? A segway tour is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Minneapolis is a great metropolitan spot to visit in the summertime (and its twin city St. Paul is pretty great, too). We’ve gathered some great info on places to live in the city in the past. But if you just want to visit and see what the area has to offer, here are some great […]

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The 2016 Home Buyer’s Summer Survival Guide

May 11, 2016 The guide to buying a home in summer 2016

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the kids are finishing up school — summertime is in full swing. When the weather is nice, it seems like a great time to look for a new home, but the market can be competitive this time of year. Fear not: First Option Mortgage was there […]

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