top omaha realtors: Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream - 04/20/17 06:58 AM
Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream Forbes.com recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”
The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs.
The national index score was rounded out to 100 in January and saw a modest jump to 100.5 in February.
Alaska represented the lowest score on the index at 80.7, due mostly to the recent collapse in … (0 comments)

top omaha realtors: Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act - 04/18/17 06:20 AM
Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of Omaha homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s Omaha real estate market.
Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, revealed in a recent article that:
“The biggest challenge to buyers … (2 comments)

top omaha realtors: Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing - 04/13/17 06:29 AM
Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less covered aspect of the mortgage market is that requirements to get a mortgage have eased while rates have risen.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quantifies the availability of mortgage credit each month with their Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI). According to the MBA, the MCAI is:
“A summary measure which indicates the availability of mortgage credit at a point in time.”
The higher the index, the … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: : NEW LISTING! Bellevue Home for Sale in High Meadows - 04/12/17 08:54 AM
 
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This well-maintained ranch is a perfect starter home and is waiting for you in High Meadows subdivision. You’ll love the simplicity of the home when you step inside. The bright, updated kitchen has beautiful new cabinets, counters, subway tile backsplash, oven, dishwasher and flooring. In the remodeled bathroom you’ll find a new tiled shower, vanity, lighting, floor. Both bedrooms have walk-in closets. Other updates include new roof, windows and doors. The oversized garage with a workshop and new garage door is perfect for someone who loves cars. Close … (6 comments)

top omaha realtors: The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home - 04/11/17 05:54 AM
The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.
In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using an Omaha real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, … (0 comments)

top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Omaha Home for Sale in Lake James Park - 04/07/17 12:00 PM

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Incredible 1.5 story home with limestone exterior located in the heart of Lake James Park boasting a serene neighborhood.  The beautiful kitchen has a lovely glass backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy your meals in the dining room by the wood burning fireplace. Upstairs is an amazing space great for an office or study room. The bathroom is updated with new vinyl, lighting and refinished vanity. Other updates include new garage door ’16, new windows, flooring and paint ’16 and new roof ’15. Relax in your large backyard, … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars - 04/06/17 06:36 AM
Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year will be no different!
Buyers have already been out in force looking for their dream homes and more are on their way, but the challenge is that the inventory of homes for sale has not kept up with demand, which has lead to A LOT of competition for the homes that are available.
A recent Bloomberg article touched on the current market conditions:
“It’s … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Omaha Home for Sale in Park View Terrace - 04/05/17 12:24 PM

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Prepare to be impressed with this amazing multi-level home with vaulted ceilings and beautiful wood floors in the living room and bedrooms. The large eat-in kitchen is updated with new counters and backsplash. The main bathroom has incredible updates including new vanity, sink, fixtures and shower. The walkout basement includes a family room and a huge storage room. Relax and enjoy an afternoon tea on the long front porch while enjoying the view of the neighborhood. The backyard includes a fire pit and privacy fence perfect for playing, … (3 comments)

top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Omaha Home for Sale in Summer Glen - 04/04/17 02:51 PM

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Come see this amazing ranch situated in Summer Glen. It has a large kitchen with island, beautiful Maple cabinets and floors, modern brushed nickel hardware and fixtures. Relax and enjoy the privacy of the amazing tree line from the deck. With 3 bedrooms up and a huge finished family room with room for an office and a recreation room in the walk-out basement, this home is a rare find in this price range. Other features include fold out workbench in the garage, new insulated garage door, security system … (5 comments)

top omaha realtors: 15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? - 04/04/17 06:13 AM
15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is... If it hasn't sold yet, maybe it's not priced properly.
After all, 15,014 houses sold yesterday, 15,014 will sell today and 15,014 will sell tomorrow. 15,014! That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR)  latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales are at an annual rate of 5.48 million. Divide that number … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: Consumer Confidence in Economy and Housing is Soaring - 03/30/17 07:26 AM
Consumer Confidence in Economy and Housing is Soaring The success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be a great year for Omaha real estate. Here is just a touch of the news coverage on the subject.
HousingWire: “Consumers’ faith in the housing market is stronger than it’s ever been before, according to a newly released survey from Fannie Mae.”
Bloomberg: “Americans’ confidence continued to mount last week as the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index reached the highest point in a decade on more-upbeat assessments about the … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Bellevue Home for Sale in Clearwater Falls - 03/28/17 01:58 PM

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This magnificent home is your haven in Clearwater Falls. It’s only two years old. Come inside and discover a gorgeous, large kitchen with eat-in area and breakfast bar. Relax in your own master bedroom with deluxe shower and dual vanity. The lower level family room is perfect for entertaining or as an office. Fresh paint throughout. Other features include an extended garage, fireplace, blinds, and a large, flat backyard. Walking distance to a new elementary school, safe neighborhood perfect for walking and biking and close access to Offutt … (3 comments)

top omaha realtors: Millionaire to Millennials: Buy Now! - 03/28/17 06:05 AM
Millionaire to Millennials: Buy Now! Self-made millionaire David Bach was quoted in a CNBC article explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to wealth.”
Bach went on to explain:
"If millennials don't buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to this day is 38 times wealthier than a renter."
In his bestselling book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” Bach does the math:
"As a renter, you can easily spend half a million dollars or more on rent over the years ($1,500 a … (0 comments)

top omaha realtors: What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates? - 03/23/17 06:25 AM
What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates? Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying:
Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center:
“In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time we have rate increases, we have increases in nominal home prices. We expect this to be more pronounced, as there is a big demand-and-supply gap at the present time.”
Scott Anderson, Chief Economist for Bank of the … (2 comments)

top omaha realtors: 4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring! - 03/21/17 06:00 AM
4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring! Here are four great reasons to consider buying an Omaha home today instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.9% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year.
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey … (1 comments)

top omaha realtors: Which Homes Have Appreciated the Most? - 03/16/17 06:08 AM
Which Homes Have Appreciated the Most? Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual increase in the median existing-home price at 7.1%. CoreLogic, in their most recent Home Price Insights Report, reveals that national home prices have increased by 6.9% year-over-year.
The CoreLogic report broke down appreciation even further into four different price categories:
Lower Priced Homes: priced at 75% or less of the median Low-to-Middle Priced Homes: priced between 75-100% of the median Middle-to-Moderate Priced Homes: priced between 100-125% of the median High … (0 comments)

top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Multi-level Home for Sale in Prairie Pointe - 03/15/17 02:22 PM

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Exceptional multi-level home in Prairie Pointe is waiting for you. Come inside and discover the open floor layout with cathedral ceilings on main level and laminate wood flooring. The beautiful kitchen boasts oak cabinetry, subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Great family room on lower level features fireplace & wood blinds. Other updates include carpet, garage door and paint ‘15, AC ’14, roof ’13 and windows ’12, new light fixtures and tile entryway. Sprinkler system. 220 electrical in the garage. Super private backyard w/nice landscaping. This home … (4 comments)

top omaha realtors: How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your Home - 03/14/17 06:23 AM
How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your Home Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.
1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In reality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for their house (see chart below).

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top omaha realtors: NEW LISTING! Omaha Home for Sale in Southridge - 03/10/17 09:23 AM

BUY THIS HOME & HAVE NO PAYMENTS FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS, CALL 402-676-6700.
 
THIS IS IT, the home you have been hoping would hit the market! Come in to discover an absolutely stunning 3-bedroom home in South ridge. New carpet and fresh paint throughout. The large open kitchen has beautiful laminate flooring, a breakfast bar, and a pantry. Immaculately maintained & updated. Master bedroom has vaulted ceiling with two double closets and a great bathroom with skylight and a new shower. Lower level includes a family room with a beautiful wood burn fireplace. Enjoy the view of your large fenced backyard … (6 comments)

top omaha realtors: Housing Market Expected to “Spring Forward” - 03/09/17 07:20 AM
Housing Market Expected to “Spring Forward” Housing Market Expected to “Spring Forward” Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.
Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.
Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and … (3 comments)

 
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