First Ohio Blog2021-09-28T16:49:12+00:00

Important Information about Home Inspections

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, chances are you’ve taken part in a home inspection. This common practice is one of the many steps in the homebuying process and can have a major impact on the sale price of the home. Depending on what it reveals, the home inspection might even be the make-or-break moment in the sale. [...]

May 12th, 2022|

Can Rising Gas Prices Effect the Housing Market?

Thanks to inflation, rising home values, and pandemic-related supply chain factors, consumers have gotten used to paying more for many of the goods and services we all need to get by. This increase in pricing hits especially hard at the gas pump. With the price of gasoline rising steadily nationwide, many households are feeling the crunch. Though we all know [...]

April 28th, 2022|

Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Whether enjoying a robust burst of floral colors or the literal fruits of your labors, a home garden can transform your outdoor space as well as your life. Whatever you decide to plant, springtime is the right time to begin planning your gardening for the year. Here are a few simple tips to help prep your garden for success. Layout [...]

April 14th, 2022|

Tips for a Budget Smart Home

A new generation of household devices have been designed to make your life easier through your home’s internet connection. This “internet of things” as the trend is called can transform your house into a smart hub that saves you valuable time and money with minimal effort. Though many of these new technological wonders carry a hefty price tag, filling your [...]

March 31st, 2022|

Special Mortgage Rates for First Responders

Our communities depend on the brave men and women who answer the call when others are in need. First responders come in many forms, but they’re always there when trouble strikes. We can never offer enough thanks to the selfless individuals who work day in and day out responding to emergencies. That’s why a special program exists offering reduced mortgage [...]

March 17th, 2022|

Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance

From the logistics of moving to securing a mortgage and so much more, homebuying can be a stressful, complicated process. The last thing a new homebuyer wants is the surprise of an unexpected expense. One such concern faced by millions of homebuyers each year is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. If you are unfamiliar with this term, let’s take a [...]

February 23rd, 2022|

5 More Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

Last time, we looked at five simple steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The opportunities to go green today are almost limitless! Here are five more tips for an Earth-friendly home that won’t hurt your pocketbook. Swap Regular Light Bulbs for LED Bulbs The switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to the curly-que compact fluorescent bulbs [...]

February 10th, 2022|

Refresh Your Space: Interior Design Trends for 2022

Whether starting a new routine at the gym, reading more, or achieving some lofty career goal, setting your intention for the new year can provide some much-needed change. The same is true for your home. Now is the perfect time to refresh your living space with an up-to-date look. Here are a few of our favorite interior design trends for [...]

January 27th, 2022|

Is the Future of Real Estate in Bitcoin?

By now, odds are you’ve heard of the boom in cryptocurrencies—decentralized currencies such as Bitcoin that are popular with the web-savvy crowd. Since Bitcoin’s debut over a decade ago, cryptos have been gaining in popularity as an alternative means of commerce and investment.Are cryptocurrencies the future of finance? Could you purchase your next home using Bitcoin? Only time will tell. [...]

January 13th, 2022|

What’s in Store for the Home Market in 2022?

Thanks in part to record-low interest rates, 2021 was a challenging year for would-be homebuyers. Lenders providing cheap money for home purchases naturally led to a real estate gold rush, creating a cutthroat seller’s market. With little available inventory, average home prices increased dramatically, and many buyers were simply priced out. Will these unprecedented trends continue into 2022? Thing could [...]

December 30th, 2021|