Omaha Moves Here
A Buyer’s Market Likely Coming this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 20, 2019, 11:34 AM
Many buyers are taking their time shopping for homes and bidding wars have declined, turning the seller’s market of previous years into a buyer’s market.
Watch Out: 7 Common HOA Rules You May Accidentally Break
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM
Seemingly routine changes to your home’s exterior or a friend visiting in a Recreational Vehicle may violate the rules and leave you with a fine or worse.
Listing Your Home? Emphasize These Features if You’ve Got Them
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 16, 2019, 10:34 AM
Zillow analyzed 4.6 million sales across the country and found that these features tended to sell homes faster and, in some cases, net a greater profit.
Think You’re Saving Money on that Fixer-Upper? Think Again!
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2019, 10:28 AM
Survey discovers fixer-upper buyers spent much less than buyers who bought move-in ready homes but spent more than that difference to make it livable.
Would a Recession Impact Today’s Housing Market?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 12, 2019, 1:11 PM
Networks have been reporting on an impending recession. Although it would not be unusual, it will likely not have the same impact on housing market.
Do the Math: How much do you need to save for a down payment?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 10, 2019, 8:38 AM
To determine how much you will need to save for a down payment, start with these equations.
How Soon is too Soon to Sell Your Home?
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 6, 2019, 11:49 AM
Most real estate professionals recommend waiting at least five years after buying a home before selling it but sometimes you benefit from selling sooner.
Tesla Tests Rental Solar Panels in Six States
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 3, 2019, 10:20 AM
Tesla is pioneering a rental program with no installation costs and no time commitment.
Po' Boy Burnt Ends
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 31, 2019, 10:44 AM
We've substituted chuck roast for beef brisket here, but the recipe works the same for both. Enjoy! You can make these on the smoker or in the oven.
Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Brand New
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 26, 2019, 1:59 PM
There are ways to spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank. Not ready for a full bathroom makeover, try these ideas.
4 Ways to Reduce Your Biggest Expense During Retirement
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 22, 2019, 2:58 PM
Financial contributors at the Motley Fool compiled this list of four ways to reduce your biggest expense during retirement.
Millennial Homeowners Driving Home Improvement Spending
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 20, 2019, 11:33 AM
Millennials have found that buying a home that needs renovations allows them to become a homeowner sooner to build valuable equity faster.
Choosing the Right Size Home: Floor Plan vs. Square Footage
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 8, 2019, 5:12 PM
Bigger isn't always better. A larger home with poorly used space won’t serve you as well as a smaller home with the right layout.
5 Most Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes, According to Realtors
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 5, 2019, 3:56 PM
Working with a Realtor or real estate agent can help you avoid any rookie mistakes.
Solar Panels Could Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 31, 2019, 11:35 AM
Zillow researchers uncovered that homes with solar panels sell for 4.1% more on average than similar homes without solar power.
Build-to-Rent Housing Growing Popular
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 29, 2019, 11:25 AM
With foreclosure and distressed property sales at an all-time low, investors are looking for new ways to satisfy demand for single-family rental homes.
Voodoo Pinheads Fried Sweet Corn
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 19, 2019, 12:41 PM
A fabulous and different way to enjoy sweet corn as a side dish to almost any meal.
Over 8 Million Borrowers Could Save with a Mortgage Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 17, 2019, 10:50 AM
With a rate and term refinance, a homeowner lowers their monthly mortgage payment by originating a new loan with a lower interest rate.
The Cost of Selling to an “iBuyer”
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 15, 2019, 10:40 AM
Selling through real estate startups like Knock and OpenDoor may be a tempting offer but you'll net 11% less when fees and other costs are considered.
Read This Before Buying a Home With a Pool
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 5, 2019, 2:47 PM
A pool could mean endless summer fun and higher resale value or it could become a pitfall if you don’t do your due diligence or maintain the pool.
6 Garage Renovation Ideas
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 2, 2019, 11:58 AM
Realtor.com reports garage space ranks just as high as an updated kitchen for some prospective home buyers.
Easy Baked Mediterranean Cod
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 29, 2019, 11:07 AM
This great recipe is scalable, fast, delicious and a great way to relax on a hot day when you want to eat lighter.
You’re Closing on Your Mortgage! Avoid These 5 Things
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 26, 2019, 1:40 PM
You're almost to the finish line, don't blow your closing in the final minutes
Are you making these common house hunting mistakes?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 24, 2019, 9:28 AM
Your new home is going to be the place where you host your holidays, raise your family, and make happy memories. Don't get caught up in the chase.
Are You House Poor?
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 22, 2019, 11:06 AM
38% of home buyers exceed their budget, putting them at risk of not being able to keep up with the costs of homeownership.
Interior Design Firms - What to look for?
Posted by Lindi Janulewicz - Jun 20, 2019, 10:15 AM
What should you look for when you are looking for an interior designer?
How much is too much for your down payment?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 11, 2019, 12:59 PM
Larger down payments may eliminate the cost of mortgage insurance and lower payments but you don’t need to put everything you have toward your down payment.
How Smart Home Tech Can Help Retirees Age In Place
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 7, 2019, 10:31 AM
New tech can turn any home into a retirement home. Millennials' smart home devices and technology is also appealing to retirees and seniors.
Good vs Bad Debt
Posted by John Hardy - May 31, 2019, 10:45 AM
As a consumer, it’s important to understand the differences between good and bad debt and how to use credit responsibly to maintain a good credit score.
How Multi-Generational Living Impacts Home Design
Posted by John Hardy - May 29, 2019, 10:31 AM
Baby Boomers are often called the “sandwich generation” as they simultaneously care for their children and parents.
Are Parents Hurting Homeownership?
Posted by Mike Dein - May 27, 2019, 10:12 AM
Millennial’s trend of moving back in with mom and dad has increased substantially and hurt their credit scores and could hinder buying a home.
New Listing: 9103 Hanover Street Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by John Hardy - May 24, 2019, 12:24 PM
Well maintained, a nearly new multi-level with vaulted ceilings, open concept living priced under $200,000.
Keep These Phrases OUT of Your Offer Letter
Posted by Mike Dein - May 21, 2019, 3:19 PM
A personal letter could be the extra push you need to get your offer accepted; it could also sour the deal.
5 Challenges Home Sellers Face in 2019
Posted by Mike Dein - May 17, 2019, 10:44 AM
No matter what the market is doing, home sellers will face various challenges in 2019.
1 in 6 Home Buyers Get Down Payment Assistance from Seller
Posted by Mike Dein - May 14, 2019, 1:03 PM
Saving for a down payment has become increasingly difficult as home prices rise, rents go up, and student loan debt reaches record highs.
5 Questions to Ask that Could Save You Money
Posted by John Hardy - May 8, 2019, 11:52 AM
Sometimes asking a simple question could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Survey: Home Buyers of All Ages Looking for Lawns
Posted by Mike Dein - May 7, 2019, 3:12 PM
Second to a kitchen renovation, buyers of all generations liked a nice, big lawn.
Natural Disasters Have Lasting Impact on Credit Scores
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 26, 2019, 10:28 AM
The Urban Institute identified zip codes to determine the long-term effects on residents’ credit scores.
60% of Home Shoppers are Willing to Renovate.
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 24, 2019, 11:18 AM
Whether it’s the HGTV effect, or limited homes for sale, buyers are willing to spend on home renovations.
Analysis of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer.
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 22, 2019, 10:05 AM
On average, first-time home buyers make up a little less than half of total home buyers on the market.
Report: Healthy Housing Market this Spring Home Buying Season
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 11, 2019, 2:04 PM
Spring is in the air in the Omaha housing market.
One Mistake Could Cost You Your Down Payment
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 8, 2019, 11:09 AM
BEWARE: Wire fraud scams could cost Omaha home buyers.
Inspired Design: Introduction
Posted by Lindi Janulewicz - Apr 5, 2019, 11:00 AM
Interiors Joan & Associates is an interior design firm with studios in Omaha and Lincoln. We pride ourselves on delivering beautifully designed homes for our clients for over 55 years! We'd like to introduce you to designer Beth Settles - who will be sharing tips and highlights from our home design projects with you.
April Simple Home Maintenance Tips
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 3, 2019, 2:03 PM
Spring is a great time for routine maintenance both inside and outside your home.
Trump Calls to End Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 2, 2019, 11:09 AM
President signed a memorandum calling for an “overdue" reform of the housing finance system.
Tax Day 2019 Checklist: Did you get all your home-related deductions?
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 1, 2019, 1:01 PM
Tax Day, or the last day for tax payers to file their income taxes, is Monday, April 15th. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, it’s time to get started!
Flooding in Midwest Could Have Lasting Impact
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 25, 2019, 1:06 PM
Heavy rains and rapid snowmelt following last week’s “bomb cyclone” have caused severe flooding throughout the Midwest.
How Schools Influence Home Buying Decision
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 22, 2019, 11:52 AM
Half of all the buyers with children under the age of 18 are influenced by the school districts, individual schools and quality of each.
VA Loan Originations More than Double for First-Time Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 20, 2019, 1:43 PM
The VA Loan has become the loan of choice for first-time home buyers who have served or are actively serving in the US military.
Caution: Home Inspection Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 18, 2019, 2:10 PM
Home inspections are one of the most important steps in the home buying process and could reveal costly or dangerous problems you could face down the road.
Braised Corned Beef Brisket
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 8, 2019, 1:45 PM
A St. Patrick's Day must-have in our house. My kids HATED corned beef until now.
The Next Big Housing Trend May Be Small
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 6, 2019, 11:37 AM
The next most popular single-family home may be a townhouse. Over the past year, the "single-family attached" market is up 24%.
Zillow vs. Redfin: Who has the Most Accurate Estimate?
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 4, 2019, 9:34 AM
While it doesn't sound like much, plus or minus 5% on a $350,000 home is a $35,000 window. Who wants to leave that on the table?
Fabulous Fried Chicken
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 1, 2019, 11:34 AM
Who says you can't rival Colonel HarlandSanders' fried chicken at home? You may not have a commercial pressure cooker but a deep fryer works just as well.
Surprising Home Renovation That Usually Pays for Itself
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 27, 2019, 11:38 AM
Remodeling magazine states that updating garage doors tend to recoup 97.5% in its 2019 Cost vs. Value Report.
2019 Buyers Have the Most Options in 5 Years
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 25, 2019, 12:20 PM
First time the housing market opened the year with more homes than the previous year.
Red Flags the IRS Will Be Watching
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 18, 2019, 2:02 PM
Tax season is upon us and American taxpayers are in the process of filing for returns, receiving refunds, and paying taxes due.
HomeFundIt™ Review: Ryan and Aimee's Story
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 15, 2019, 11:32 AM
HomeFundIt™ crowdfunding could give you the boost you need to purchase a home sooner.
3 Things First-Time Home Buyers May Not Know
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 13, 2019, 11:00 AM
Looking to buy your first home now, or sometime in the future, it’s never too early to do your research.
What's Your Biggest Bathroom Pet Peeve?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 8, 2019, 11:27 AM
Name one thing your partner or roommate does that absolutely drives you nuts.