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What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 3, 2020, 11:22 AM
The coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic has caused a global economic slowdown and American businesses and taxpayers are feeling the impact.
Financial Moves You Can Make During Coronavirus Quarantine
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 27, 2020, 9:20 AM
Coronavirus news has left a lot of us thinking about our finances. During this turbulent time, it’s important to protect yourself and finances.
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%.
Household Items You Should Be Cleaning but Probably Aren’t
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 28, 2020, 9:08 AM
Did you know that the kitchen is the germiest part of your home? Cleaning your home is always a good idea, especially in the midst of cold and flu season.
Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing Home Sales
Could Densification Give Builders More Space to Build?
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 22, 2020, 9:14 AM
Across the country, home shoppers are competing over a limited homes. That crunch is not enough lots to build on, a shortage we predicted in 2012.
Credit Score Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 17, 2020, 9:45 AM
Typically, a higher credit score shows lenders that you're responsible with your debt and may help you get a better interest rate but beware of these myths.
Housing Market May See An Early Home Buying Season
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2020, 10:48 AM
Lower rates plus a more stable interest rate environment will likely trigger mortgage momentum heading into the new year.
Fannie Mae: Upbeat Outlook for New Home Construction in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 2, 2020, 4:29 PM
Researchers predict single-family housing starts will accelerate 10% in 2020 after just a 1% growth this year.
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.
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 20, 2019, 8:46 AM
Wishing you a happy Holiday season and a joyous New Year.
Americans of All Ages are Not Moving
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 19, 2019, 1:46 PM
If you’ve been house hunting in recent months, you’ve probably noticed fewer homes for sale. There is a housing inventory shortage and the data proves it.
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.
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.
Avoid Debt this Holiday Season
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 13, 2019, 1:32 PM
You want to shower your loved ones with gifts but you don't want the holidays to become a season of debt you'll still be paying for next year.
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.
Why School Districts Matter, Even if You Don’t Have School-Age Children
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 9, 2019, 10:32 AM
It will influence the overall value of your home. When it comes time to sell, it may even help you sell faster and earn a larger profit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips For Safe Online Holiday Shopping
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 1, 2018, 11:18 AM
Don’t let cyber criminals Grinch you this holiday season.
Soccer in the Streets Converts Unused Public Space into a Place to Play
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 8, 2018, 10:05 AM
Since the flagship fields in Atlanta were established, other American cities are showing interest.
How the Rust Belt is Attracting Millennial Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 7, 2018, 11:06 AM
Midwestern states including Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, sometimes known as the Rust Belt, are experiencing a revival as Millennials put down new roots.
40 Outlandish Things To Do In Omaha
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 25, 2018, 1:10 PM
Like our State slogan, "Honestly, it's not for everyone.", these off-the-beaten-path things to do are honest and quirky.
Generation Z Home Buyers Entering the Market with Help from Family
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 23, 2018, 1:55 PM
According to Zillow, 3% of last year’s home buyers were born after 1995, meaning over 100,000 homeowners across the country are 23 and younger.
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.
Improving Shared Spaces Starts with Keeping Sidewalks Clean
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 25, 2018, 2:28 PM
Metros across the country have experienced a recent influx of new sidewalk clutter in the form of dockless electric scooters.
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.
Trees Do More Than Lower Heat in Dallas Neighborhood
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 9, 2018, 11:27 AM
Because of the “heat island” effect, urban areas tend to be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than surrounding rural areas.
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
For Sale by Owner: Proceed with Caution
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 17, 2018, 2:50 PM
Home sellers choose the FSBO route because they believe they will earn a larger profit by not having to pay their real estate agent a commission fee.
How Planning Ahead Can Save You Money on these Housing Expenses
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 6, 2018, 2:07 PM
Homeownership advocates often tell you that owning a home is cheaper than long-term renting and this argument is one of the oldest debates in real estate.
What Are Words Worth?
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 29, 2017, 2:29 PM
Property descriptions can have a huge influence on how fast your property sells and at what price, ultimately putting more money in your pocket.
Selling a Home With Pets
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 4, 2017, 2:12 PM
You’ve listed your house, it has tons of curb appeal and you’re sure you’ll be getting multiple offers but they don’t come. What’s wrong? Possibly pets.
Technology Changed the Real Estate Market
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 7, 2017, 2:45 PM
A lot has changed in the last few years. What worked before may not work in today’s market. If you’re not sure what that means you need to read this.
Get The Best Price
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 4, 2016, 2:20 PM
So, you're ready to sell your property. Want to get the best price? Start with our advice and you'll walk away with more cash in your pockets.
Avoid Seller Mistakes
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 6, 2016, 1:50 PM
We’ve come back to the sale prices we haven’t seen since the recession but even with the positive momentum you don’t have the leisure of being lazy.
Everybody Feng Shui Tonight
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 5, 2016, 2:58 PM
Feng Shui promotes harmony by arranging your home to make its energy (chi) flow positively. The concept has caught on and is appealing to buyers.
Social Syndication — On Like Kong!
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 1, 2016, 2:32 PM
Real estate agents today have more computing power than the Lunar Lander. Is your agent taking advantage of this or still waiting for their fax to come in?
Does Your Listing Have Googlejuice!?
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 5, 2016, 1:10 PM
Googlejuice! Googlejuice! Googlejuice! What's Googlejuice? Our way of getting your property shown in more searches than other realtors can. It's showtime!
Expose Your Real Estate
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 7, 2015, 3:09 PM
More than 94% of all homebuyers find their home online. We market your property online and everywhere else for dominant exposure.