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Flexible Ways to Use the FHA Loan
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 25, 2020, 10:50 AM
The FHA Loan is a popular home loan for first-time home buyers because of its low down payment options and more lenient credit score.
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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It will influence mortgage rates but unlikely we will ever see 0%. 
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9 Million Homeowners Could Save with a Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 25, 2020, 8:55 AM
On the fence about a refinance? About 9.4 million homeowners could save an average of $272 per month if they refinanced their mortgage at today’s rates.
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What can you do about your debt before you buy a home?
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 12, 2020, 8:53 AM
When you apply for a mortgage, or any other loan or line of credit, your lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio or DTI.
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Home Sellers See Record Profits
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 3, 2020, 1:14 PM
In 2019, sellers netted an average of $65,500, the highest level in 13 years.
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4 Questions to Answer Before You Refinance Your Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 27, 2020, 10:09 AM
A refinance is a new loan that comes a new mortgage and closing costs. Whether or not it's right for you, depends on your answer to these four questions.
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3 Surprising Documents You May Need for Your Mortgage Application
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 20, 2020, 10:22 AM
Be prepared before you start your application. Before you apply, gather bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs and possibly these three documents.
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of childcare. One report found childcare costs have risen 49% in the last 25 years.
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Watch Out for Haphazard Home Renovations
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 2, 2020, 4:39 PM
Buying a home that was recently renovated can be a great find or a big mistake. 
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What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2020
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 30, 2019, 10:22 AM
Although recession rumors persisted throughout 2019, the economy does not appear to be slowing down drastically.
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Cash-Out Refinances Reach 12-Year High
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 26, 2019, 7:06 AM
According to a data analytics firm, refinance volume climbed 132% in the third quarter of 2019, the highest level in three years.
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End-of-Year Finance Mistakes to Avoid
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 23, 2019, 10:55 AM
Pay attention to finances now or it could cost you next year. Review your finances now to cut excess spending and take advantage of opportunities to save.
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Gen Z FICO Scores Exceed Millennial FICO Scores
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 18, 2019, 1:30 PM
New data reveals that Generation Z (people born in 1995 and onward) have higher credit scores than both Millennials and Generation X.
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Real Estate Experts Warn Against These Kitchen Trends
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 16, 2019, 1:20 PM
What was hot will soon be not. Watch out granite, quartz is here to stay.
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What Co-Signing on Someone Else’s Mortgage Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2019, 10:09 AM
If you have a good credit and steady income you may be asked to co-sign someone's home loan. If they miss a payment your FICO score can drop 90- 110 points.
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5 Home Improvement Trends from the Home Improvement Research Institute
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2019, 11:14 AM
Many homeowners are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates to reinvest in their home through improvement projects rather than search for a new home.
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Are you financially prepared for an emergency?
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 4, 2019, 7:42 AM
A study shows that man Americans are unprepared for an emergency like a car accident or unexpected medical cost.
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Expect Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 22, 2019, 8:53 AM
After a busy Spring, and two late-in-the-year rate cuts we're expecting an even busier Fall, bidding wars included.
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Many Seniors Prefer Multigenerational Housing
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 14, 2019, 4:45 PM
In 2018, 20% of Americans lived in a home that included adults from two or more generations. Multigenerational living is growing more common.
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Average Consumer FICO Score Reaches 706
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 4, 2019, 10:10 AM
If you are getting ready to refinance or buy a new home, find out your credit score.  A good credit score will help you qualify for your home loan. 
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What Not to Do When the Fed Cuts Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2019, 10:01 AM
Lower interest rates mean a lower cost to borrow money, but also a lower return on your savings investments. Here's what not to do when the rates drop.
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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. 
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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%.
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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.
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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.
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Builders Cutting Prices to Stay Competitive
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 6, 2019, 1:19 PM
Study finds that 25.1% of newly constructed homes experienced a price drop in Q4 of 2018. Home shoppers in 2019 may be able to get a deal.
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3 Outdated Financial Tips You Might Still Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 4, 2019, 1:54 PM
What made sense for your parents years ago may not be relevant to today’s economy.
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Why Mortgage Points are Getting Popular Again
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2019, 2:43 PM
Whether or not points will benefit you financially depends on how long you plan on staying in your home, and your loan. Read more to determine.
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Why Rental Data Matters – Especially for Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 23, 2019, 10:09 AM
Rental prices fluctuate more rapidly than sales prices and can be a good indicator of housing market health.
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Can you get a mortgage with a credit freeze?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 14, 2019, 10:21 AM
While it protects you in cases of stolen identity, it also prevents legitimate lenders from accessing your credit.
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Don’t Make this Home Renovation Mistake
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 7, 2019, 2:27 PM
In 2017, 1 in 3 homeowners paid for some of their renovation project with a credit card, this is a dangerous debt to take on.
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Real Estate Predictions for 2019
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 31, 2018, 10:13 AM
After several years of a red-hot housing market, activity is expected to slow, and that’s good news for home buyers.
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Mortgage Debt Reaches 10-Year High
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 7, 2018, 12:32 PM
The Federal Reserve announced outstanding mortgage debt totaled $10.2 trillion in the second quarter of 2018, up 2.7%
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Can you afford to buy a home? How much to spend on housing?
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 5, 2018, 1:39 PM
For most Americans, both renters and homeowners, housing is their largest expense. But how much is too much to spend on housing costs?
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Saving for a Down Payment Might Take up to 7 Years or More
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 10, 2018, 9:34 AM
Getting creative could cut saving process down to months with one of our partners.
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What Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation Means for the Future of the CFPB
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 17, 2018, 1:40 PM
The Senate's vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has Washington questioning what will happen to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Market Forecast October 2018
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 15, 2018, 2:11 PM
Builder sentiment was positive last month. Housing starts jumped, but building permits tapered off. Existing home sales were unchanged.
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Buyer Beware: How to Spot Down Payment Wire Transfer Fraud
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 22, 2018, 3:16 PM
CNBC reported on a new variant of wire transfer fraud schemes targeting home buyers at the time of closing.
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Millennials Delay Marriage, Not Homeownership
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 17, 2018, 2:25 PM
In 1985, 75% of first-time home buyers were married, today, it’s 57%.
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First-Time Home Buyers Outnumber Repeat Buyers
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 4, 2018, 2:15 PM
Despite the down payment obstacle, first-time home buyers continue to dominate the housing market.
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More First-Time Home Buyers Using Retirement Money for Down Payment
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 21, 2018, 2:21 PM
In an alarming trend, one in three homeowners ages 21-34 from took out loans against their retirement account to pay for their down payment.
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Should You Buy First or Sell First?
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 17, 2018, 1:53 PM
Each route has its own advantages, depending on your situation. Read this then consult with us on the best option for your situation.
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Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Popular Again
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 7, 2018, 11:27 PM
With an adjustable-rate mortgage, the interest rate will move up or down after a fixed period of an introductory rate that lasts three to seven years.
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How to Really Retire Early
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 1, 2018, 4:55 PM
Simply saving money is not enough to build wealth. It’s not about how much money you save, but what you do with that savings.
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Don’t Believe This Big Credit Card Myth
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 25, 2018, 1:28 PM
Lenders use the credit score to evaluate a borrower’s ability to repay the loan. Your credit score is integral to your ability to qualify for a mortgage.
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Homeowner Equity Hits Record High
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 23, 2018, 1:29 PM
This month, tappable homeowner equity, reached the highest level ever recorded.
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How to Buy a Home When You’re Self-Employed
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 12, 2018, 5:59 PM
Buying a home when you are self-employed or own your own business will require more documentation than if you are a salaried employee with a yearly W2.
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Mortgage Application Denied. What to do Next
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 18, 2018, 9:39 AM
While it’s a setback, mortgage application denial does not have to mean the end of your home search. Take these proactive steps to get you back on track.
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