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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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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Single Female Homeowners Outnumber Single Male Homeowners
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 27, 2019, 7:12 AM
According to a new LendingTree study, single women are outpacing single men in becoming homeowners.
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CFPB Reverses Course: Seeks Compliance Authority on Military Lending
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 25, 2019, 1:40 PM
Decision made to stop supervising lending to active duty service members. MCFPB to wait for complaints from service members to instigate investigations.
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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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Getting to Know a New Neighborhood
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 17, 2019, 1:04 PM
You can change a house, but not the location. Shopping for a new home? Don’t forget to look around the neighborhood before getting emotionally attached.
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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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How the New Tax Law Impacts Your Vacation Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 4, 2019, 2:59 PM
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) implemented early last year, was the most sweeping tax reform passed in decades.
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AirBNB Enters Home Building Business
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 2, 2019, 2:34 PM
AirBNB, a popular service for home sharing and vacation rentals announced its plan to enter the home building business to build homes designed for sharing.
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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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How Builders Can Plan Ahead for Deconstruction
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 19, 2018, 9:41 AM
Builders are building structures that once deconstructed can be repurposed or recycled.
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Trend: Millennials Buying First Homes in Cities Over Suburbs
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 17, 2018, 10:17 AM
Millennials are 21% more likely to buy their first home in an urban area compared to Generation X counterparts.
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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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Market Forecast December 2018
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 3, 2018, 11:22 AM
Heading into the end of the year, mortgage rates have leveled out after rising following September’s interest rate hike.
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3 Common Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 1, 2018, 10:12 AM
Common Renovation Mistakes To Avoid. HGTV hosts of the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott compiled a list.
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When a "Bargain" Really is a Bargain
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 28, 2018, 10:02 AM
When Is A Bargain Really A Bargain? Finding a “bargain” could be good news for savvy shoppers but the description could be misleading.
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How to Be a Landlord When You Retire
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 18, 2018, 11:09 AM
A new trend is emerging among retirees who choose to downsize in retirement, converting their former home into rental properties.
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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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What does your home insurance cover?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2018, 2:28 PM
Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $20 to $30 billion of damage to commercial and residential properties throughout North and South Carolina.
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Market Forecast Third Quarter 2018
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 21, 2018, 11:05 PM
Market Forecast: Housing Market Index, Existing Home Sales, and Housing Starts and Building Permits.
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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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Getting the Best Return on Investment for Your Remodel
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 28, 2018, 2:17 PM
A home renovation project improves the livability of the home and can increase the resale value, learn how to get the most return on your investment.
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Omaha Real Estate Market Correction Coming
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 25, 2018, 11:01 AM
Just like every other industry, Real Estate has cycles. Here's what to expect
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If You Live in a Flood Zone, Read This
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 23, 2018, 2:38 PM
Even if your home is not located on a shore or beach, you may be living in a flood zone. More than 41 million Americans currently live in flood zones.
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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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Amazon Unlikely to Disrupt Mortgage Lending
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 15, 2018, 2:02 PM
With Amazon tapping into so many industries, it’s not surprising that a rumor has started about a possible mortgage lending division.
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Millennial Home Buyers’ Biggest Regret
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 13, 2018, 2:29 PM
20% down on a home can eliminate mortgage insurance costs but consider the additional costs before sinking your entire savings into the down payment.
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Finding the Right One
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 10, 2018, 1:35 PM
Falling for a home too hard, too fast, can cost you. Before you make an offer on a home it’s a good idea to get to know it.
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Proposed Bill Could Mean Higher VA Loan Fees
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 8, 2018, 2:22 PM
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018 recently moved to the Senate after getting approved with a vote of 382-0 in the House of Representatives.
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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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