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A 2014 Glimpse at the Columbus, Ohio Housing Market

May 02, 2014

2013 was a big year for the Columbus housing market. By December 31, home sales were the second-highest in recorded history—an astonishing figure considering the recession occurred less than a decade ago. This was great news for anyone connected to Columbus real estate, but the upward trend is predicted to extend into this year. According […]

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5 Savings Tips for Your Kids’ Education

April 28, 2014

If you’re preparing to purchase a home, all of your financial energy is probably focused on the down payment. It’s an understandable, immediate goal, but it shouldn’t be your only goal, especially not if you have children and hope to help them pay for college someday. Higher education tuition is a formidable cost, and it […]

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What to Expect When Purchasing New Construction in Columbus

April 22, 2014

If you’ve decided to settle down in Ohio, you’re going to face a lot of housing options, but the first is among the biggest: Should you build or buy an existing home? New construction projects are happening all the time in Columbus, which means you’ll have a huge selection of homes, whichever you decide to […]

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Second Mortgage vs. Home Equity Line of Credit

April 09, 2014

With the turnaround in the housing market and equity on the rise for many homeowners, the opportunity to tap into equity to pay down other expenses, invest in home renovations, or diversify investment portfolios has become increasingly popular. While there are several ways to access the equity in your home, two of the more common […]

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5 Questions You Should Ask Before You Get a HELOC

March 11, 2014

Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) are becoming quite popular among homeowners, especially those who suddenly need some extra cash. Despite the fact that they’re relatively commonplace, many people don’t entirely understand them, because they’re different from most other loans. If you don’t understand them, HELOCs can appear too good to be true. At First […]

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How to Purchase an REO Property

March 05, 2014

When you see a property that is a Real Estate-Owned (REO) foreclosure, it means that the lender has repossessed the home from the borrower who failed to make payments. This type of property became increasingly popular during the economic downturn, and bank owned properties continue to be a viable option for people looking to purchase, […]

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