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Financial Moves You Can Make During Coronavirus Quarantine
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 27, 2020, 9:20 AM
Coronavirus news has left a lot of us thinking about our finances. During this turbulent time, it’s important to protect yourself and finances.
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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It will influence mortgage rates but unlikely we will ever see 0%. 
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Should you look at homes outside your budget?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 23, 2020, 1:39 PM
Why would you look at homes outside your budget. There are a few reasons and they aren't reasons that actually break the bank.
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How to Accurately Price Your Home for Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 6, 2020, 9:33 AM
Your home has probably appreciated since you bought it but do you know how much it’s worth? Avoid these red flags if you're going to sell this year.
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Home Sellers See Record Profits
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 3, 2020, 1:14 PM
In 2019, sellers netted an average of $65,500, the highest level in 13 years.
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4 Housing Trends to Expect in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2020, 11:37 AM
The Federal Open Market Committee met for the first time in 2020 and based on minutes from last month's meeting, no interest rate movement is expected.
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Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing Home Sales
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Could Densification Give Builders More Space to Build?
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 22, 2020, 9:14 AM
Across the country, home shoppers are competing over a limited homes. That crunch is not enough lots to build on, a shortage we predicted in 2012.
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of childcare. One report found childcare costs have risen 49% in the last 25 years.
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Housing Market May See An Early Home Buying Season
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2020, 10:48 AM
Lower rates plus a more stable interest rate environment will likely trigger mortgage momentum heading into the new year.
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Fannie Mae: Upbeat Outlook for New Home Construction in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 2, 2020, 4:29 PM
Researchers predict single-family housing starts will accelerate 10% in 2020 after just a 1% growth this year.
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What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2020
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 30, 2019, 10:22 AM
Although recession rumors persisted throughout 2019, the economy does not appear to be slowing down drastically.
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Is the home the next family heirloom?
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 27, 2019, 1:17 PM
What do you do if you inherit a house? The three main options, move into the home and live there, turn it into a rental to income, or sell it for a profit. 
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Happy Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 20, 2019, 8:46 AM
Wishing you a happy Holiday season and a joyous New Year.
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Americans of All Ages are Not Moving
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 19, 2019, 1:46 PM
If you’ve been house hunting in recent months, you’ve probably noticed fewer homes for sale. There is a housing inventory shortage and the data proves it.
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Gen Z FICO Scores Exceed Millennial FICO Scores
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 18, 2019, 1:30 PM
New data reveals that Generation Z (people born in 1995 and onward) have higher credit scores than both Millennials and Generation X.
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Real Estate Experts Warn Against These Kitchen Trends
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 16, 2019, 1:20 PM
What was hot will soon be not. Watch out granite, quartz is here to stay.
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Rental Rates Rise, Especially for Single-Family Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 9, 2019, 10:59 AM
Renters are about to start paying more every month, according to data from CoreLogic, due to a shrinking supply of single-family rental homes.
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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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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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Warning: 7 Outdated Home Décor Trends According to Real Estate Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 28, 2019, 9:51 AM
All good trends must come to an end! It all depends on how long you plan on living in your home. Your style preferences come first.
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Many Seniors Prefer Multigenerational Housing
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 14, 2019, 4:45 PM
In 2018, 20% of Americans lived in a home that included adults from two or more generations. Multigenerational living is growing more common.
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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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Home Buyers Rank Air Conditioning Over Proximity to Family and Friends
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 25, 2019, 10:06 AM
Buyers and renters today consistently rank features over location.
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Profile of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 23, 2019, 9:59 AM
Comparing the first-time home buyers of today to twenty years ago.
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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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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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Millennial Homeowners Driving Home Improvement Spending
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 20, 2019, 11:33 AM
Millennials have found that buying a home that needs renovations allows them to become a homeowner sooner to build valuable equity faster.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Single Female Homeowners Outnumber Single Male Homeowners
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 27, 2019, 7:12 AM
According to a new LendingTree study, single women are outpacing single men in becoming homeowners.
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Why Rental Data Matters – Especially for Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 23, 2019, 10:09 AM
Rental prices fluctuate more rapidly than sales prices and can be a good indicator of housing market health.
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AirBNB Enters Home Building Business
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 2, 2019, 2:34 PM
AirBNB, a popular service for home sharing and vacation rentals announced its plan to enter the home building business to build homes designed for sharing.
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Real Estate Predictions for 2019
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 31, 2018, 10:13 AM
After several years of a red-hot housing market, activity is expected to slow, and that’s good news for home buyers.
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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.
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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.
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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%
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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