Omaha Moves Here
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 21, 2018, 8:46 AM
Wishing you a happy Holiday season and a joyous New Year.
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.
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.
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.
Community First Focus Helps Rehabilitate Homeless
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 26, 2018, 5:38 PM
This model of addressing homelessness emphasizes stable housing before unemployment and substance abuse.
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.
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.
Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach and Sausage Spaghetti Squash
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 27, 2018, 10:30 AM
This creamy, cheese-garlicky spaghetti squash really hits the spot for fall and the garlic is sure to ward off VAMPIRES!
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.
How many houses should buyers see in a day?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 22, 2018, 1:57 PM
Overdoing it with home tours may cause you to forget details about specific houses and mix properties up.
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.
Fabulous Zucchini Lasagna
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 4, 2018, 2:55 PM
This hunger-satisfying Zucchini Lasagna is a delectable, low-carb meal that’s gluten-free and loaded with vegetables.
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.
Potato Crusted Cod
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 28, 2018, 8:43 PM
This Easy Potato Crusted Cod only takes 25 minutes. It’s delicious and paired with a nice pasta and asparagus for a healthy weeknight dinner.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 1, 2018, 9:07 AM
Coconut Shrimp is an irresistible, mouthwatering piece of heaven! You can eat as a main dish or an appetizer.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crispy Chicken Strips
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 20, 2018, 1:34 PM
This recipe for chicken strips is super easy and super crispy. Now you can make up for years of deep-fried denial by making these at home.
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.
Factors That Can Impact Your Property Value
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 13, 2018, 4:31 PM
When you consider that your home is probably one of biggest investments you own, it makes sense to do whatever you can to preserve its value.
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.
Feds Cracking Down on Uptick in Wire Fraud
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 9, 2018, 5:29 PM
Financial institutions around the country have seen an increase in wire fraud activity this year, especially through email phishing and ransomware.
Growing a Healthy Lawn
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 6, 2018, 3:14 PM
This summer’s gotten off to a hot start, here are some watering tips to help you maintain a healthy lawn.
How to Spot What’s Hiding in a Staged Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 2, 2018, 2:39 PM
While home staging can accentuate a home’s nice features, it can also cover up some unwanted damage.
Summer Gardening Made Easy
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 26, 2018, 11:08 AM
If everyone had a green thumb the world would be a colorful place but not everyone does so these easy-to-grow plants will make a great start to your garden.
First-Time Home Buyers: How to Compete in Today’s Market
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 25, 2018, 10:10 AM
Low inventory and an influx of home buyers has created a competitive housing market for first-time buyers and starter homes are feeling the crunch.
Home-Made Ice Cream
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 19, 2018, 9:25 AM
Nothing is cooler than one of our property descriptions that can bring you top dollar for your property. This family ice cream recipe is no exception.
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.
Coming Up: What to Watch in Housing
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 17, 2018, 2:58 PM
A list of the top issues impacting real estate and mortgage lending over the next three to seven years.
Buyer Tips: House-Hunting Red Flags
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 11, 2018, 9:59 AM
Buying a home is a huge financial commitment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you put down that deposit.
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.
Asian Fusion Grilled Beef Lo Mein
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 1, 2018, 2:57 PM
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms. Our version typically includes a grill.
Your Mortgage Shouldn’t be One Size Fits All
Posted by Mike Dein - May 31, 2018, 2:18 PM
This year’s Mortgage Bankers Association conference most prevalent topic of discussion was the growing market for different types of mortgage loans.
Three Reasons Not to Buy The Best House on the Block
Posted by John Hardy - May 30, 2018, 9:24 AM
So, you found the perfect house right in the area you wanted to find the perfect house and it doesn’t need a lick of work. HUGE SCORE, RIGHT! Not so fast.