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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

January 17, 2018

Winter storm conditions can vary from a moderate snowfall over the course of a few hours, to a blizzard with blinding snow and dangerous ice that lasts for days.  Regardless of the severity, there are several steps you can take to keep your family and home safe during these events. Know the Difference First things […]

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage When You’re Single

January 14, 2018

People get married for countless reasons. Love generally plays a crucial role, but so do dreams of family, companionship, and a sense of security. Qualifying for a mortgage isn’t a common incentive to tie the knot, but it’s often an added benefit. With two incomes and double the credit history, married couples can sometimes qualify […]

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: A Mortgage Down Payment?

January 02, 2018

Tis the season for giving, and what better gift to give than a gift to last a lifetime in the form of down payment assistance for a close family member? Not everyone can afford to offer this kind of generosity, but according to the National Association of Realtors, 14% of all homebuyers and 24% of […]

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Simple, Festive Holiday Décor Ideas

November 21, 2017

The holiday’s are officially upon us! Family gatherings, holiday parties, and a general sense of festivity mark this time of year. This is also when many will take the extra time to “deck their halls” with some traditional and some more contemporary decorations to celebrate the season. But adding holiday décor around the house doesn’t […]

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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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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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