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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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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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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.
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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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Coconut Shrimp
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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Your Moving Day Checklist
Posted by Mike Dein - May 22, 2018, 9:50 AM
Remember these top tips for a stress-free moving day.
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Things To Do This Summer
Posted by John Hardy - May 17, 2018, 10:52 AM
Who says there's nothing to do in Nebraska? Festivals, fairs and fun are beginning and there's something for everyone.
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Why Some Millennials are Skipping Starter Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - May 14, 2018, 5:14 PM
Millennials have delayed homeownership long enough to advance to a comfortable place in their career and qualify for the financing needed for a larger home.
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NEVER Put These Expenses on Credit Cards
Posted by Mike Dein - May 10, 2018, 2:56 PM
NEVER put these expenses on credit cards. Credit cards are no longer the "emergency use only" tools they once were. Outstanding consumer credit card debt surpassed $1 trillion in 2017, the highest it's ever been.
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Credit Scores Could Improve
Posted by Mike Dein - May 6, 2018, 12:19 AM
Earlier this month, all three major credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, announced they would exclude tax liens from consumer credit reports.
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Housing Homeless Veterans
Posted by Mike Dein - May 4, 2018, 12:25 AM
HUD and VA Commit $43 Million Toward Housing Homeless Veterans
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Unmarried Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - May 3, 2018, 6:00 AM
What Unmarried Couples Should Know When Buying a Home Together.
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Market Forecast April 2018
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 23, 2018, 11:14 PM
Market Forecast Existing Home Sales, Case-Shiller Home Price Index, New Home Sales
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10 Maintenance Tips for Spring
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 13, 2018, 6:29 AM
Now that winter’s grip is close to breaking it will be time to take advantage of spring's bright sun, warm winds and longer daylight hours.
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10 DIYs That Can Increase the Value of Your Home
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 12, 2018, 10:50 AM
It may be a surprise that some simple fixes can actually significantly increase the value of your home by appearance alone. The best part is that you don’t have to break your wallet.
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Winning By a Letter
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 9, 2018, 11:44 PM
Discover how an offer letter can put your offer over-the-top, even if it's not the highest.
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FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limits
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 27, 2017, 7:06 AM
Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the maximum conforming loan limits for the second year in a row.
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Seasonal Home Sales Cycle
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 1, 2017, 1:47 PM
Sometimes January is the perfect month to sell your property. With less competition and active buyers there's a good chance you'll get your asking price.
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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.
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The ABCs of Selling Your Home
Posted by John Hardy - May 2, 2017, 3:00 PM
The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide of what to expect and how to prepare for selling your home from pre-sale to moving day. We're here to help.
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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.
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Stage a Perfect Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 1, 2016, 2:30 PM
Staging done right can be the difference between closing a deal quickly, at great price, or sitting on the market for weeks. Staging gone wrong, well...
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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.
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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.
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A Cinderella Real Estate Tale
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 2, 2016, 6:00 PM
Not everyone lives in a castle in an enchanted forest but with the right marketing magic you can make even the most wicked of houses marketable.
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Finding Your Home's Sweet Spot
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 7, 2016, 2:29 PM
Under-marketing is what happens when your agent fails to key in on features your property may have that could have attracted more buyers—and better offers.
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Trying to Time the Housing Market
Posted by John Hardy - May 3, 2016, 6:12 PM
Marketing your home properly can be the difference between selling it or just having it on the market, no matter what the market conditions might be.
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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.
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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?
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Is Your Property Priced Incorrectly?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 2, 2016, 1:56 PM
The housing market swings with the economy and no matter how much you’ve invested in your home, you’re subject to its current market value.
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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!
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To Buy Or Not To Buy?
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 1, 2015, 12:52 PM
Buying a home is a commitment, not a game. So, if you’re sitting on the fence about whether or not to buy a home in Omaha, we have some things to consider.
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Is New For You?
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 3, 2015, 12:46 PM
Looking for new construction? New home construction has picked up all over the country. Lots are disappearing fast and claiming premium prices.
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