house hunting | First Option Mortgage, LLC - Part 5

Study Links Happiness Levels to Commute Times

June 13, 2018

Ever dream about the dream commute? Is shaving 10, even 20 minutes out of your morning and afternoon drive at the center of your American Dream? If asked what’s the most miserable part of their day, most people don’t think twice: It’s consistently their drive between home and work. For decades the daily commute has […]

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7 Ways to Help Your Kids Adjust to Moving

June 11, 2018

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, it’s difficult to adjust to a new home, especially for kids. The process can often make them feel like their wholes lives have been uprooted, which isn’t entirely untrue. New neighbors and a new school is a dramatic change, but you can prepare them for it. […]

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5 Things College Graduates Should Know When Buying a Home

June 04, 2018

According to a Pew Research Poll, 15% of all 25- to 35-year-old Americans are living with their parents. Quite a few of these people are college graduates, and the challenges of the job market and student loans have kept them from leaving the nest. It may be more difficult for college graduates to buy a […]

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The Risks of Selling a Home FSBO

June 01, 2018

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 to Dramatically Improve Your Kitchen for Under $500

May 30, 2018

All potential homebuyers have their own deal breakers when looking at houses, but just about every one of them looks at the kitchen as soon as they walk in the door. A renovated kitchen can make or break a home sale. Unfortunately, a mid-level kitchen renovation can also make or break your bank: the average […]

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8 Qualities of a Great School District

May 29, 2018

Anyone who’s even thought about buying a house has heard this before: “Look at the nearby schools.” Whether you’re single, a retiree, or young parent with a home full of kiddos, local school districts matter when it comes to real estate. Families or couples who hope to start families won’t want to live in a […]

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How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal in a Single Afternoon

May 27, 2018

You could modernize every appliance, repaint every room, and stage the perfect open house, but no one would notice if they never walk inside. It can be argued that your home’s curb appeal is the most important component of selling your home, since so many people judge the exterior of houses like the cover of […]

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