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Tips to Buying in Portland’s Hot Housing Market

April 25, 2013

With inventory low and demand at a high not seen in recent years, some might say the Portland real estate market is smoking hot right now. According to the Portland Real Estate Market Action Report, accepted offers and closed sales are at their best since March 2007! With multiple offers frequently being seen on the […]

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5 Steps to Preparing for Your Portland, Oregon Mortgage

April 23, 2013

If you are currently house hunting in the Portland market, you may have noticed some pretty stiff competition among buyers in recent months. As the housing market heats up and home buying season gets fully underway, you may want to take proactive steps to make sure you are in the best possible position to make […]

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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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Supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

April 19, 2013

Giving back to the community in an effort to change lives is what we strive to do daily at First Option. Out of our Atlanta headquarters, First Option is sponsoring the Spring Classic Baseball Game, in support of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. On Tuesday, April 23, we are asking for your support by attending the Spring Classic Baseball Game between […]

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3 Errors to Avoid When Refinancing

April 18, 2013

With mortgage rates maintaining historically low levels and the recent announcement of the extension of the HARP refinance program until 2015, many homeowners who have been on the fence about refinancing, may be taking a second look at their options. Now is a great time to refinance and if you currently have a rate in […]

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Simple Ways to Cut Your Moving Costs

April 16, 2013

After making a down payment, hiring a professional home inspector, and paying all the needed closing costs on your new home, spending more money on the actual move can seem financially impossible. Whether it’s taking time off from work or just paying for gas to drive to and from your new home, moving always necessitates […]

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5 Things Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

April 16, 2013

As the housing market begins to recover from the crash of 2007, news of tighter lending restrictions and requirements for larger down payments may make the idea of homeownership seem more daunting for a first time home buyer, but the truth is that there hasn’t been a better time in years for first time buyers […]

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