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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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Your Moving Day Checklist
Posted by Mike Dein - May 22, 2018, 9:50 AM
Remember these top tips for a stress-free moving day.
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.
Housing Homeless Veterans
Posted by Mike Dein - May 4, 2018, 12:25 AM
HUD and VA Commit $43 Million Toward Housing Homeless Veterans
Posted by Mike Dein - May 3, 2018, 6:00 AM
What Unmarried Couples Should Know When Buying a Home Together.
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.
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.
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.
Facts Tell. Stories Sell.
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 24, 2017, 5:26 PM
A marketable story about your property and its benefits can put you in a position to sell faster.
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.
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.
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.
Spicy Thai Orange Chicken
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 4, 2017, 2:53 PM
A little sweet, a little spicy and will blast your taste buds. Serve with rice, a green salad or egg rolls for a fast and delicious meal-on-the-go!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Is Your House On The Market, or Only Listed?
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 6, 2015, 5:37 PM
Is your house actually "on the market" or is it "only listed" on the MLS? Pricing your property too high can cause a lot of damage. Discover the dangers.
Make Your House Stand Out
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 1, 2015, 5:15 PM
You wouldn't hire an attorney who doesn't understand law. So why would you hire a realtor who doesn't understand marketing?
Who Let The Dogs Out?
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 4, 2015, 5:07 PM
A BIG reason prospective buyers don’t buy a house is odor. If you’re trying to sell a home that wreaks of pets your buyers my walk before they even look.
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.
Shut The Front Door!
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 2, 2015, 3:01 PM
Team Hardy can help you plan your next move. These simple steps to make sure nothing gets left behind, unless you want it to, of course. Plan. Move. Relax.
5 Proven Pre-Sale Tips
Posted by John Hardy - May 5, 2015, 2:48 PM
These tips will help sell your home faster and for more money. No one wants to dump money into a house they're selling but these proven are wallet-friendly.
Love Thy Neighbor
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 7, 2015, 2:35 PM
How do you protect yourself from a less-than-desirable neighbor? If you're already settled into a home, we offer some tips on how to make the most of it.