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Where Do Families Live in Minneapolis?

July 07, 2014

Where to live is the first decision you’ll have to make when you’re moving to Minneapolis. The choice depends on what you want out of your home. Floorspace, walkability, local businesses, and nearby lakes all vary, depending on the Minneapolis neighborhood you choose. Homebuyers with kids, though, often look for the areas where other families […]

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56 Housing Markets Show Strong Growth in 2014

June 25, 2014

In some parts of America, you’d never know the recession ever happened—at least, not from a housing perspective. According to a new report released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the housing markets in 56 cities have returned to or exceeded their pre-recession levels. This is significant, especially for homeowners in metro areas […]

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3 Surprising Factors Affecting Local Real Estate

June 20, 2014

Most people tend to focus on the particulars when they assess the strength and future of a local real estate market. Inventory (the old supply-and-demand question) and the city’s economy tend to carry the most weight in appraisals and predictions of how well homes will sell and appreciate. These factors are certainly important and do […]

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A Homeowner’s Guide to the Best Farmers Markets in Salt Lake City

June 19, 2014

Since the creation of the supermarket, local (and quite often fresh) food has been hard to come by for many homeowners. As the suburban sprawl pushed farmland farther and farther away from cities, fresh food became harder and harder to come by. If people didn’t have enough yard space to garden—or enough time, or enough […]

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The Las Vegas Housing Market Is Back on Track

June 18, 2014

Despite the hot weather in April, the housing market felt a bit cooler in Las Vegas to start the spring, but recent gains in May have put the area’s housing market back on track. Since January 2012, Nevada homes have gradually regained their value, which had been hit particularly hard by the economy. The recent […]

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The (Nearly) $10,000 Leap in the Phoenix Median Home Price

June 16, 2014 Apply for a mortgage loan with First Option Mortgage for competitive mortgage rates in Phoenix.

Home values are climbing in Phoenix—or leaping, depending on how you look at it. Median home prices increased $9,500 this March, a tremendous boost for any city, but especially a metropolitan area that the recession hit particularly hard. The growth in the Arizona real estate market has encouraged local and national economists, and it’s a […]

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The Ultimate “Is This Neighborhood Right for Me?” Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 11, 2014

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and closely evaluating the neighborhood is extremely important. Our infographic walks you through the nuances of appraising your potential neighborhood and provides the resources you need to determine if the neighborhood you’re considering is right for you. Have a look and be sure to […]

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