Avoid These Six Rookie Mistakes

Buying your first home is a major milestone and a life-changing event. It’s also unfamiliar territory, with new terminology, contractual obligations, and important decisions that have to be mastered, met and made in a short period of time. Get ahead of the game so that you can avoid these six rookie mistakes. Not Even Starting. […]

Don’t Make it Harder to Sell Your Home

There’s an old expression: One man’s meat is another man’s poison. To put it another way, your dream home may be someone else’s nightmare. Worse, your choices could make it difficult to sell your home. It’s hard to think of selling a home you haven’t even purchased, but here are some things to consider before […]

Holiday Theme Party Ideas

The holiday season is full. Full of joy. Full of love. And full of activities. For those who are brave, in addition to all that is already going on, some decide to host a holiday party. Between the decorating, shopping and cooking, it can be a lot. If you’re throwing a festive holiday get-together this […]

October 2018 Housing Market Recap

Our October 2018 Housing Market Recap shows existing home sales rose nationally for the first time in 6 months. Sales increased in 3 of the 4 US regions, with only the Midwest dropping slightly. Prices continued their steady climb, as they have for well over 6 years. The pace of sales was slower than it […]

A Grateful Family

During this season of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share a few reasons why members of our First Choice Family are thankful. Their words paint a picture of why we are a grateful family. “Grateful to have my health, family, a home, and employment” – Thomas Babigian | Senior Mortgage Loan Originator | NMLS#: 7989 | […]

Truths About the Reality of Home Improvements

There’s nothing wrong with reality television. From The Real Housewives of Atlanta/Beverly Hills/Dallas/New York (take your pick) to The Bachelor, reality television provides us with an endless supply of guilty pleasures that help us escape the reality of our daily lives. This can cause a problem when we start to define our reality by the […]

Four Keys to Holiday Travel

Grandmother’s pumpkin pie. Aunt Lou’s home-baked rolls. PeePaw’s snoring. There are just certain things that make the holidays complete. Without them, the celebrations aren’t the same. That’s why so many families travel during this time of year. Hoping that you and your family have the most enjoyable season possible, we’ve provided the four keys to […]

Five Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season

Your neighbors may still have their jack o’ lanterns still on their front porch, but Halloween has come and gone. That means one thing: the holidays are officially here. Before you start lugging the decorations from the basement or attic, now is the perfect time to consider five ways to save money this holiday season. […]

Is Your House Haunted?

A recent survey found that over 60 percent of Americans believe they have seen a ghost. Four in ten believe their pet has seen one, too. In addition, one in three people believe that have lived in or stayed in a house that is haunted. The top response to seeing a ghost? Scream and run […]

September 2018 Housing Market Recap

September existing home sales fell after August sales were flat. Prices increased again, as they have for over 6 and a half years. The pace of sales was slower than it was in August, but still faster than a year ago. Sales slowed across all four major regions, and overall housing inventory is up from […]