first time home buyer | First Option Mortgage, LLC - Part 8

5 Reasons to Sell Your Home During The Holidays

December 17, 2014 If you think buyers disappear for winter, think again. Here are 5 reasons to sell your home during the holidays.

Traditional real estate advice will tell you the housing market falls off when the leaves do. Labor Day arrives, the seasons change, and apparently no one wants to buy a home until spring. Obviously, that isn’t true, but the belief is so engrained that many sellers take their homes off the market for most of […]

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When to Negotiate, When to Close, and When to Just Move On

November 14, 2014 No matter how much you may want to buy a home, you can't go out of your price range.

Buying a home can be stressful and exciting and infuriating, all at once. It’s a major life decision, so it inevitably comes with some frustration. On the worst days, though, it can completely feel impossible—especially if you’re dealing with an impossible seller. They’re out there: sellers who seem like they don’t even want to sell their home. […]

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3 Things to Know about the Minneapolis Housing Market

November 12, 2014 Minneapolis is on the road to higher and even healthier home prices.

Real estate all over the country is constantly changing, but especially, it seems, in Minneapolis. The last few months, housing market statistics in the Twin Cities have altered significantly. Every time factors change, the answers to the most pertinent real estate questions change too. Is Minneapolis now a buyer’s market? Is it favoring sellers? Who […]

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Need to Increase Your Net Worth? Stop Renting!

October 21, 2014 If you want to increase your net worth, the first and best thing to do is buy a home.

Net worth isn’t just something celebrities have. Technically, everyone has some level of net worth, but just how much depends on a number of factors. According to a new report from the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, one factor matters more than just about anything else: Are you a homeowner? Depending on how you answer […]

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What Recession? The Recent Boom in Jacksonville Real Estate

October 17, 2014 The recession seems like a lifetime away with this recent growth in the Jacksonville housing market.

In some housing markets right now, you’d never know the recession ever happened. It may be that home values continue to steadily increase, or that new developments are appearing every day, or that people are moving there in droves. For Jacksonville, Florida, it’s all of the above. Recent activity in Duval County real estate has driven some […]

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3 Great Jacksonville Neighborhoods for First-Time Homebuyers

September 16, 2014

Deciding where to purchase a home is among the first questions any Florida homebuyer asks themselves. The answer, of course, depends on a dozen factors—a few of which are specific to first-time homebuyers. Your starter home in North Florida should be affordable, sensible, and in a place you’d like to live. That isn’t always easy […]

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How to Choose the Best-Sized Home for Your Needs

September 12, 2014

For most Americans, buying a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. A lot of costs add up when buying a home, but beyond the price tag, houses last much longer than just about anything else you will ever buy. There’s significant pressure, then, to buy a home that’s the right size for you […]

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