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Designer Secrets to Making Small Spaces Feel Big

January 25, 2018 small spaces feel big

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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6 Steps to Setting Up a Successful Neighborhood Watch

January 24, 2018 neighborhood watch

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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How to Qualify for a Mortgage When You’re Single

January 14, 2018 single homeowner

People get married for countless reasons. Love generally plays a crucial role, but so do dreams of family, companionship, and a sense of security. Qualifying for a mortgage isn’t a common incentive to tie the knot, but it’s often an added benefit. With two incomes and double the credit history, married couples can sometimes qualify […]

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10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

August 18, 2017 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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July Housing Market Analysis

July 28, 2017 The housing market is hot, and low supply and high demand means that sellers are in charge.

Part of our mission at First Option Mortgage is to keep you informed about the latest trends in the housing market. Whether you’re trying to sell your home or refinance your mortgage, we want you to make informed decisions when you venture into the market. The real estate market is hot. Very hot. Houses are […]

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What’s My REAL Mortgage Payment?

July 21, 2017 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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How Much Home Can I Get in Different US States?

July 01, 2017 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. Why do real estate markets differ? Local real estate markets are driven by three main factors that vary across the country. […]

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