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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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What’s My REAL Mortgage Payment?

May 04, 2018 Owning a home is a responsibility. Here’s what it takes to maintain a home from month to month and year to year.

Being a homeowner is both a dream and a responsibility. It can sometimes be difficult to calculate the cost of home ownership. The basics of a mortgage payment are mostly straightforward, and loans and terms can be calculated with a mortgage calculator. But, any homeowner can tell you that caring for and maintaining a home […]

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What to Look For in a Mortgage Lender

May 02, 2018 What to Look For in a Mortgage Lender

For most people, buying a home is probably the single biggest, most important purchase they’ll make in their lifetime. With that in mind, homeowners are often understandably cautious about choosing the people or companies that will help them achieve their goal. For homebuyers, shopping around for lenders requires thoughtful research, due diligence, and a bit […]

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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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Steps to a Lower Interest Rate

April 11, 2018 If you have a mortgage, you’re probably very aware of your interest rate. This is how you can lower it.

If you own your home, you’re probably very aware of your monthly mortgage payment and its interest rate. Payments on interest can add up to tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage, and the money you pay on interest does you less good in the long run than what you pay […]

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What is Home Equity?

April 10, 2018 What’s My Home Equity?

Even if you’re still paying off your mortgage, owning your home is still a major asset. For many homeowners, home equity is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — contributor to their net worth. It can also be a major source of liquidity if you take out a home equity line of […]

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