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Buying a Home for the Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2019, 10:20 AM
During the holidays, home buying and selling activity tends to slow down, if you're a buyer this can work to your advantage.
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5 Home Improvement Trends from the Home Improvement Research Institute
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2019, 11:14 AM
Many homeowners are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates to reinvest in their home through improvement projects rather than search for a new home.
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Seniors Need to Consider the Financial Perspective of Their Home
Posted by aneedham - Nov 11, 2019, 10:43 AM
After years of living independently and countless memories, you’ve made the difficult decision to move into an assisted living facility.
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Looking to flip homes?  Look in the Midwest!
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 7, 2019, 7:03 AM
Home flipping is one of the ways real estate investors make money. The practice is usually popular in markets experiencing rapid appreciation.
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Are you financially prepared for an emergency?
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 4, 2019, 7:42 AM
A study shows that man Americans are unprepared for an emergency like a car accident or unexpected medical cost.
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Expect Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 22, 2019, 8:53 AM
After a busy Spring, and two late-in-the-year rate cuts we're expecting an even busier Fall, bidding wars included.
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Are you making this big money-saving mistakes?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 18, 2019, 8:46 AM
While most of us know we are “saving for retirement,” we may forget we are actually “investing for retirement.” 
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Investing in Real Estate vs. Stocks
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 16, 2019, 8:43 AM
While all investments come with a degree of risk and reward, investing in real estate tends to appreciate over time, and it is a useable, tangible asset.
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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.
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Average Consumer FICO Score Reaches 706
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 4, 2019, 10:10 AM
If you are getting ready to refinance or buy a new home, find out your credit score.  A good credit score will help you qualify for your home loan. 
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What Not to Do When the Fed Cuts Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2019, 10:01 AM
Lower interest rates mean a lower cost to borrow money, but also a lower return on your savings investments. Here's what not to do when the rates drop.
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Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover this?
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 27, 2019, 11:13 AM
Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover some unexpected hazards in addition to fire, theft and weather damage?
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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.
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Watch Out: 7 Common HOA Rules You May Accidentally Break
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM
Seemingly routine changes to your home’s exterior or a friend visiting in a Recreational Vehicle may violate the rules and leave you with a fine or worse.
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Listing Your Home?  Emphasize These Features if You’ve Got Them
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 16, 2019, 10:34 AM
Zillow analyzed 4.6 million sales across the country and found that these features tended to sell homes faster and, in some cases, net a greater profit.
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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.
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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.   
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Brand New
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 26, 2019, 1:59 PM
There are ways to spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank. Not ready for a full bathroom makeover, try these ideas.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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6 Garage Renovation Ideas
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 2, 2019, 11:58 AM
Realtor.com reports garage space ranks just as high as an updated kitchen for some prospective home buyers.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Are Parents Hurting Homeownership?
Posted by Mike Dein - May 27, 2019, 10:12 AM
Millennial’s trend of moving back in with mom and dad has increased substantially and hurt their credit scores and could hinder buying a home.
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New Listing: 9103 Hanover Street Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by John Hardy - May 24, 2019, 12:24 PM
Well maintained, a nearly new multi-level with vaulted ceilings, open concept living priced under $200,000.
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Keep These Phrases OUT of Your Offer Letter
Posted by Mike Dein - May 21, 2019, 3:19 PM
A personal letter could be the extra push you need to get your offer accepted; it could also sour the deal.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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60% of Home Shoppers are Willing to Renovate.
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 24, 2019, 11:18 AM
Whether it’s the HGTV effect, or limited homes for sale, buyers are willing to spend on home renovations.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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%.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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3 Outdated Financial Tips You Might Still Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 4, 2019, 1:54 PM
What made sense for your parents years ago may not be relevant to today’s economy.
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Why Mortgage Points are Getting Popular Again
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2019, 2:43 PM
Whether or not points will benefit you financially depends on how long you plan on staying in your home, and your loan. Read more to determine.
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