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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.