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10 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

May 21, 2019 A home is an investment. Here are ten ways to increase that investment’s value.

If you own your home, it’s probably the biggest contributor to your net worth. Increasing the value of your home is nearly always in your best interest, but a homeowner needs to pick and choose between the many improvement options available. Here are ten home improvement projects that increase the value of your home, make […]

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Creating a Functional Outdoor Living Space

May 21, 2019

When the weather’s nice, few things are as appealing as an evening spent outside, relaxing after a long day. With spring here and summer on its way, many homeowners are looking at their lawns, ready to use them to their fullest potential. If you’re hoping to make the most of your home’s outdoor living space, […]

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6 Steps to Setting Up a Successful Neighborhood Watch

May 15, 2019

Neighborhood watch programs have many benefits beyond reducing crime. From building community to establishing good relationships with local law enforcement to raising property values, these programs have bettered countless communities since the 1950s. They remain an effective way to combat everything from burglaries to street violence. For those interested in making their homes safer, we’ve […]

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The Pros and Cons of Living Near a University

May 02, 2019

Almost every big city and most mid-sized towns have a college, university, or trade school within their limits—often within residential areas. This means that when you’re looking to buy a home, you are likely to find quite a few listings near college campuses. These can be appealing to college graduates who are ready to buy […]

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What is Home Equity?

May 01, 2019

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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Strategies for Coming Up with a Down Payment

February 20, 2019

Securing a down payment can be the most daunting aspect of home ownership. Whether you’re aiming for the minimum or hope to put down 20%, saving and gathering the initial funding can be challenging for anyone. At First Option we want to help everyone become homeowners, and so we’ve compiled a few strategies for coming […]

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Designer Secrets to Making Small Spaces Feel Big

January 23, 2019

Whether you’re putting your house on the market or hoping to enliven the home in which you live, it helps to make small spaces feel bigger. A home that seems cramped is unappealing to buyers and uncomfortable to owners, so expand it! The following strategies, used by designers, can really open up a space, attracting […]

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