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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Moving Day Checklist
Posted by Mike Dein - May 22, 2018, 9:50 AM
Remember these top tips for a stress-free moving day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.