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80 Dodge 13 Reservations and Going Strong - 09/29/07 12:43 PM
Thank you to all who attended our WineStyles wine tasting party last Wednesday. We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to have had a good time tasting the wine and viewing the 80 Dodge model and selections room. We also would like to report that toward the end of the night another reservation was made bring the total number of reserved units to 13. For anyone who could not attend we will be having an Oktoberfest themed part on Oct. 17th from 5pm-7pm at our model/selections center. We are located on the 3rd floor of the U.P. Streamliner Federal Credit Union (3 comments)
Papillion NE-Growing Strong - 09/28/07 05:33 PM
According to the city web site, Papillion.org, the population of Papillion NE is approximately 18,000 with a median household income of $63,992. Home buyers can be confident when investing in Papillion NE. Despite the continued talk of pressure in the real estate market, Papillion is continuing to grow, and there is little to support the recent slow down that I feel the media and the national market has created. One of the most recent additions to Papillion is the Shadow Lake Towne Center located at 72nd Street and HWY 370. This open shopping center consists of 880,000 sq ft of retail space (0 comments)
Oktoberfest at 80 Dodge. In true Germany form, lederhosen not required, 80 Dodge will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 17th, a bit late we know, at our selections center from 5pm-7pm. All are welcome. Come taste many different beers and enjoy a few appetizers while viewing the 80 Dodge Condo model and selections center. The details again: Wednesday, October 17th, 2007at 210 N78th Street, Omaha NE5pm-7pm RoyKotzRealtor.com (0 comments)
"In my mind we are moving to down town" -Mayor Mike Fahey-College World Series - 09/27/07 11:24 AM
The College World Series has been played in Omaha for over 50 years with many games being played at the Rosenblat Stadium. The CWS and baseball in general are steeped in tradition. So it is no surprise that, with Omaha working on details for a new ballpark and the NCAA giving it's blessing, some Omaha residents and college baseball fans are fighting to keep the series at Rosenblat. I am not sure, however, that there is much chance of stopping the construction of a new ball park after hearing Mike Fahey's comment, "In my mind, we are moving down town". This coming after the (0 comments)
I've Made My Decision - 09/26/07 09:47 AM
After long deliberation, research, and some help from the AR community, http://activerain.com/blogsview/214639/Do-I-Stay-or, I have made my decision on whether to start my own real estate brokerage or continue to run my business within NPDodge Real Estate. First, I thought about how is one of the most successful and the largest real estate business in Nebraska, that alone makes it hard to leave. Then I got to thinking about a comment I made on the companies blog here on AR, http://activerain.com/blogsview/190203/The-Best-Real-Estate. I know these relationships would continue, however would I be cutting off my support (although I would still have the AR community). Another big factor is (5 comments)
I joined the 80 Dodge Condo project as part of the NPDodge Condo Sales team at the beginning of the year, and being a part of this project has been more exciting then I would have expected joining a sales team could be. The condo market is strong in Omaha NE and with new projects like 80 Dodge, J-Lofts, The River Front, SOMA, Wall Street, and Midtown Crossing changing the landscape of Omaha and following the "Urban Design Element" created by Omaha by Design and adopted by the planning board and city council, Omaha is transforming into a city with many living options (1 comments)
Below is a Market Report of codo sales in Omaha NE in the last 60 Days. This report does not reflect those projects which are only accepting reservations, rather it is actual closed sales. (0 comments)
Jeff Turner-Hyped on Coffee??? - 09/19/07 10:18 AM
I am sure most you here at ActiveRain are familiar with Jeff Turner of RealEstateShows.com and his blogs, but have any of you ever seen him speak? Yesterday, invited Jeff back to speak to any agent in town that wanted to learn more about internet marketing. And, by the way the turn out was pathetic. I guess there wont be much competition in Omaha when it comes to internet marketing. Anyway, Jeff introduced us to Web 2.0 and highlighted several of the sites available to help us with our marketing. Obviously NPDodge paid for him to come and speak, however usually when you (13 comments)
Why I Love the Rain - 09/19/07 10:13 AM
I have been on Avtive Rain for about 4 weeks now, and it seems everyday I learn somthing new. The Rain in an excellent place to meet people, learn, and ,I think most importantly, get possitive reinforcment on where the market is headed. The possitive atmosphere here on the Rain is probably my favorite part. Any Thoughts? (5 comments)
The 80 Dodge condos will be located near the corner of West Dodge Rd and 80th Street in omaha NE. 80 Dodge will offer a high energy and high amenity lifestyle in West Omaha. It will offer all the conveniences of maintenance-free condominium living as well as the benefits and value of a superb West Dodge location. The amenities will include: An Outdoor Terrace LevelYear-round Swimming PoolParty/wine tasting RoomPrivate Fitness FacilityConcierge ServiceIndoor ParkingPanoramic ViewsMaintenance-Free LivingClick on the link below to view the walkscore.com rating and map of amenities within walking distance of 80 dodge. 80 Dodge Walk Score What is Walk Score?Walk score helps home buyers, renters, and (6 comments)
??Snap Shots?? - 09/17/07 08:53 AM
I was just commenting on a post when I saw that there were small icons next to each button at the top of my page as well as next to several other items on the members blog site. I did not click on the icon because it wanted to down load Snap Shots. Can any one tell me what this is? (2 comments)
Sarpy County NE Car Seat Safety Check Events - 09/16/07 04:27 PM
CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK EVENTS Alegent Health is sponsoring car seat safty checks in Sarpy County NE through November. Below is additional information as well as times and locations for the checks. The Event is FREE. 9:00 am to Noon August 25 - Midlands Hospital (11111 S. 84th Street, Papillion) September 22 - Shadow Lake Towne Center (Highway 370 & 72nd Street) October 6 - One World Community Health Center (4920 S. 30th Street) November 17 - Saturn of Bellevue (903 Alberta Avenue) What to expect: * Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians on site to inspect and/or install your car seat(s). * Bring child(ren) if possible. Expectant parents are (0 comments)
Our model has been open only a short while now and we are already 17% reserved. The success has pushed us past our first reservation goal and we have implemented our first pre-construction price increase. Congratulations to those who have reserved their units.
We are told that the next price increase could come as soon as 4 weeks from now. So, now is the time to stop by the selections center/model, get a price quote on the unit of your choice, and make your reservation. Reservations are non-binding and completely refundable. (0 comments)
Here a couple events you may want to mark your calendar for. September 22, 2007 Harvest Festival17111 S 138th st. Springfield 402.253.2479Soaring Wings Vineyard. The harvest is in! To celebrate pop-country and folk rock music with BBQ and International Award Winning Wine will be featured. Enjoy the wine, music and cork tossing, grape stomping contests.$12 adults 21 and over $7 12-21, under 12 free September 22-October 31, 2007 Vala's Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival12103 S. 180th st. Gretna402.332.4200Vala's should be a fall tradition every year-there's so much fun packed into one place. You can: hayrack rides,pumpkins,campfire,haunted farmhouse,storybook barn,country bakery,pig races,and a pumpkin eating dragon! Discounted (0 comments)
New Hospital Under Construction in Bellevue NE - 09/10/07 12:02 PM
Earlier this year ground was broken on a new medical center in Bellevue NE. The hospital will have 100 private beds and the overall size of the medic center will be 250,000 sq ft. This wil be a full service hospital, and will provide many services. PLease view the attached link for more information. Nebraska Medical Center (0 comments)
Eagle Ridge Market Report 9/10/07 - 09/10/07 11:46 AM
Below is a market report of the home listing, pending, and the last six months worth of homes sold in the Eagle Ridge subdivision in Papillion NE. (1 comments)
A Few Testimonials - 09/10/07 11:34 AM
For Service above and beyond the call of duty... "Roy, You made this process bearable through your professionalism, patients, and good humor." Thanks, Bob and JuneThank you... "Dottie and I cannot thankyou enough for all your help finding our home. You excelled at every opportunity." Sincerely, Ken and Dottie "Roy Kotz was great. He did a wonderful job. Gave a great presentation in his interview, had great knowledge of the Papillion & Bellevue area. easy to work with and open to suggestions to use the base housing office to advertise." "Roy was super fantastic." Jon & LizaRoy, Good Job! You more than exceeded (1 comments)
Selecting Service Providers - 09/10/07 11:27 AM
Termite and Pest Inspection As part of your offer, you may require a termite and pest inspection. This company not only inspects for termite damage and pest infestations, but also inspects for dry rot and water damage, among other things. The company that performs the inspection is important to you as a buyer, because you want to be sure they do a good job. It is important to the seller because it is customary that they pay for the inspection and some types of repairs that may be required.You should determine which company you want to perform this inspection and make (0 comments)
How FHA and VA Financing Affects Your Offer - 09/10/07 11:25 AM
VA and FHA Appraisals Home appraisal inspections on FHA and VA loans are a little more detailed than on conventional loans (and more expensive). The appraisers are required to perform certain minimum inspections as well as evaluate the market value of the property. Although these inspections are not as detailed as a professional home inspection and should not be considered a substitute, sometimes repairs are required.These are additional costs the seller would not be obligated to pay for someone obtaining conventional financing, so your offer should include a maximum figure for these repairs. Otherwise the seller is signing the equivalent of (0 comments)
How Financing Details Affect Your Offer - 09/10/07 11:23 AM
Other Financing Details in Your Offer Your offer should also contain information on whether you are obtaining a fixed rate or an adjustable rate mortgage. It should also state whether you are obtaining conventional financing or obtaining a VA or FHA loan. Cash Offer If you are one of those rare individuals making a cash offer to buy a home, it makes sense to provide some documentation with your offer that shows you have the funds available. A bank statement would be fine. If you have to liquidate stock or some other asset, your offer should give a timetable on when you (0 comments)
Writing an Offer - Safeguards Regarding the Property - 09/10/07 11:21 AM
Final Walk-Through Inspection Before closing, you will want to revisit the property to ensure it is in the condition you have required in your offer, and to inspect that any required repairs have been performed. You should do this no sooner than five days before you intend to close. Make sure this right to do a final inspection is included in your offer to purchase the home. Inspections You Should Require Inspections You Should RequireBesides appraisal and the termite inspection, you should also have a professional go through the house and seek out potential problems. Of course, you will have inspected the (0 comments)
Offering to Purchase Real Estate- the Basics - 09/10/07 11:19 AM
Transfer of Possession A transaction is considered "closed" once the deeds have been recorded. Then you own the home. However, it is not always possible for you to occupy it immediately. This can happen for several reasons, but the most common is that the seller may be purchasing a home, too. Usually, it is scheduled to close simultaneously with your purchase of their home.It is sort of like being at a red light when it turns green. Although all the cars see the light change at the same time, the guy at the back of the line doesn't begin moving until (0 comments)
Major Factors Influencing your Offer Price - 09/10/07 11:18 AM
The Final Decision on Your Offer Price Comparable sales information helps you to determine a base price range for a particular home. Adding in the various factors like property condition, improvements, market conditions, and seller motivation help determine whether a "fair" price would be at the upper limit of that range or the lower limit. Perhaps you will feel a fair price is outside of that price range.The "fair" price should be approximately what you are willing to agree on at the end of negotiations with the seller. The price you put in your offer to begin negotiations is totally up (0 comments)
Comparable Sales and Your Offer Price - 09/10/07 11:16 AM
Other Factors Influencing Your Offer Price Gathering and analyzing information from comparable sales helps to establish the range of prices you should consider when making an offer to buy a home. More weight should be given to the most recent sales, but even so, you need to do a bit more analysis before setting upon the price you will offer. That is because you also need to consider the condition of the property, improvements, the current market, and the circumstances behind the seller's decision to sell. Comparable Sales - Pending Transactions The most valuable information would be the most current, of course. (0 comments)
The Business Cycle and Buying a Home - 09/02/07 11:50 AM
Should You Try to "Time the Market"? One problem with attempting to time your purchase to the business cycle is that no one can accurately predict the future. Another challenge is that interest rates are generally higher during a depressed market and income may not be keeping up. For that reason, fewer people can qualify for a home purchase than in more prosperous times.Why You Should Not WaitPlus, this strategy generally works best for first-time buyers. People who already have a home usually need to sell it in order to buy their next one. If a "move-up" buyer wants to buy (3 comments)
Showing Your House to Home Buyers - 09/02/07 11:47 AM
Keeping the House Tidy and Neat Not everyone makes his or her bed every day, but when selling a home it is recommended that you develop the habit. Pick up papers, do not leave empty glasses in the family room, keep everything freshly dusted and vacuumed. Try your best to have it look like a model home - a home with furniture but nobody really lives there. Lighting, Fragrances, Pet Control and More LightingWhen you know someone is coming by to tour your home, turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights - even during the day. At night, a lit (0 comments)
The Listing Agent - Marketing Your House to Homebuyers - 09/02/07 11:46 AM
An Open House An open house when your property is first placed on the market can be very important, but not for the reasons most homeowners think. Just like with advertising, most visitors to open houses rarely buy the house they come to look at. They may not even know the price of your home when they stop by to visit - they probably just followed an "Open House" sign to your door.An open house performs a similar function to the neighborhood announcements - it lets all of your neighbors know that your house is for sale, and it practically invites them (0 comments)
The Listing Agent - Marketing Your House to Other Agents - 09/02/07 11:44 AM
Marketing Sessions Your agent probably belongs to a local association of Realtors and they often have meetings once a month. At these meetings there is often a "marketing session" where some agents stand up and tell about their listings and other agents stand up and tell about their buyers. Your listing agent has an opportunity to "pitch" your house at these marketing sessions.At the same time, these sessions may not be as effective as they were in the past. One reason is that they are often more social occasions than serious business meetings. Another reason is that, as technology has expanded, (0 comments)
The Listing Agent & Marketing Your Home - 09/02/07 11:42 AM
Flyers and a Brochure Box Your agent should prepare a flyer that displays a photo and provides details about your house. There should also be a phone number so buyers can contact your agent to get additional information. The flyers should be displayed in a prominent location in your home and also in a brochure box attached to the "for sale" sign.The brochure box is convenient for those buyers who drive by and just happen to see the "for sale" sign in front of your house. It provides enough information so they can determine if they want to follow up with (1 comments)
Listing Commissions and Related Issues - 09/02/07 11:40 AM
How and When Listing Commissions are Earned Your listing contract specifies a listing price. Your agent's job is to bring a "ready, willing and able" buyer to present an offer. If you reach agreement with the buyer, then the agent has done his job and earned the commission. Once the sale has closed, the real estate broker gets paid from the proceeds of the sale.If the buyer proves unable or unwilling to conclude the sale, the house is placed back on the market and the agent has to begin earning his or her commission all over again.However, if the seller backs (0 comments)
Details of a Listing Contract - 09/02/07 11:38 AM
Resolution of Disputes There are times when you and your agent have a disagreement that you cannot resolve by yourselves. Maybe the agent did a poor job or misrepresented something. Maybe your agent was really doing their job correctly, but you did not understand. Perhaps the agent will have a dispute with you.The listing contract specifies what methods will be used to settle such disputes. You can choose to accept binding arbitration, which is usually cheaper than hiring a lawyer and going to court. Usually, matters that can be dealt with in a small claims court are excluded from having to (0 comments)
Types of Listing Contracts - 09/02/07 11:36 AM
Exclusive Right to Sell Giving a real estate agent the "exclusive right to sell" your property does not mean that there will not be other agents involved. Your agent is the listing agent and part of his or her job is to market your home to other agents who work with buyers. Those agents will show your home to their clients. Regardless of who sells the home, even if you sell it yourself to a friend at work, your listing agent will earn a commission.An exclusive right to sell is the only type of listing an effective real estate agent will (0 comments)
Want to Start Off With a High Sales Price? Beware - 09/02/07 11:34 AM
Dropping Your Price...Too Late? Later, when you drop your price, your house is "old news." You will never be able to recapture that flurry of initial activity you would have had with a realistic price. Your house could take longer to sell.Even if you do successfully sell at an above market price, your buyer will need a mortgage. The mortgage lender requires an appraisal. If comparable sales for the last six months and current market conditions do not support your sales price, the house won't appraise. Your deal falls apart. Of course, you can always attempt to renegotiate the price, but (1 comments)
Getting Your House Ready to Sell - 09/02/07 11:30 AM
Fixing Up Outside the House Most real estate advice tells you to work on the outside of the house first, but unless there is a major project involved, we believe it is best to do it last. There are two main reasons for this. First, the first steps in preparing the interior of the house are easier. They also help develop the proper mind set required for selling - beginning to think of your "home" as a marketable commodity. Second, the exterior is the most important. A homebuyer's first impression is based on his or her view of the house from the (0 comments)
Papillion NE ranked #6 Best Place to live - 09/01/07 09:46 AM
Papillion Nebraska named #6 "Best Place to Live" by Money Magazine I always new we had something here. Glad to see I wasn't wrong. Hope is doesn't change. Click on the link below to read the article online and see where your city ranked in Money Mags. article on best places to live. Papillion ranked #6 (0 comments)
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