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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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The Top 10 Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home

May 12, 2018

Buying a new home is beyond exciting. So exciting, in fact, that it can be easy to overlook major red flags before you’ve made the purchase. Is that chipping paint just old, or is it a potential $10,000 removal expense? What about those odd splotches on the ceiling — are they leftover tossed spaghetti stains […]

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The Risks of Selling a Home FSBO

May 10, 2018 risks of FSBO

On paper it sounds like a great idea: sell the home yourself, save thousands on a realtor’s commission. In our DIY age, listing your home For Sale By Owner seems doable, even sensible. In reality, though, there are quite a few risks involved when you decide to do it alone. To ensure you’re making an […]

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How Much Home Can I Get in Different US States?

May 06, 2018 Housing markets across the U.S. vary wildly. Here’s what $300,000 can get you in different states.

Not all real estate markets are created equal. Housing prices vary considerably across the U.S., and what can get you a palatial home in one state might get you a small townhouse in another. Interested to learn more? Get in touch with us, or contact us on Facebook or Twitter!   Why do real estate markets differ? Local real […]

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What to Look for in a Neighborhood

May 05, 2018 What Makes a Good Neighborhood

Buying a new home can also mean changing neighborhoods or even cities. House hunting involves more than just looking at open houses and evaluating a home’s curb appeal. It also means checking out new neighborhoods, new communities, and a whole new environment that you’ll eventually call home. A main local hang Plenty of neighborhoods might […]

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Goal Setting Techniques for Planning for Your Future

May 03, 2018 goal setting techniques

Pick up any self-help book and you’ll see a common theme: most successful people agree that to be successful, you must set goals. The logic is simple. If you can’t formulate your goals, you won’t be able to achieve them. Whether you have financial or relational ambitions, having a strategy to grasp them is wise […]

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How to Save Money For Your Down Payment

April 29, 2018 Down payments are often a household’s biggest one-time expenditures. Here’s how to save for one.

Purchasing a home means coming up with a down payment, and coming up with that money can be difficult for homebuyers. A down payment is one of the single largest expenditures that most households ever make. It’s often in the tens of thousands of dollars, and sometimes the equivalent to an annual salary. Here are […]

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