omaha real estate: Buying Costs Mount This Spring - 03/19/18 10:21 AM
This information is brought to you by Shawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS® Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska Serving Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
       
Are you looking to purchase this spring? The combination of increasing prices and rates is making the price tag steeper.The average monthly mortgage payment has risen by $168, or 12.7 percent, year-over-year, according to an analysis by realtor.com®. The average monthly mortgage is now $1,486, up from $1,318 in February of last year.
Concurrently, 30-year interest rates have gone up meteorically, and list prices are up 10 … (1 comments)

omaha real estate: Eight Ways to Boost Your Home's Value - 03/19/18 09:58 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
         
If home improvements are in your forecast this year, Consumer Reports suggests eight surefire ways to increase your own comfort while boosting the value of your home by as much as 35 percent should you decide to sell.
The kitchen is king – An updated kitchen is high on the list of most home shoppers today. Think stainless steel sinks and appliances, and note that quartz countertops are challenging granite and … (1 comments)

omaha real estate: Home Shopping? Know What You Can Afford - 03/19/18 09:52 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
         
Shopping for a home can be a great experience—especially for first-time homebuyers who have always dreamed of owning their own place. However, it’s critical to know how much you can truly afford. After all, there is more to consider than just the price of a home.
Thanks to online calculators and apps, it’s easy to figure out how much a mortgage payment would be on a house, but that monthly payment is … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: How to Design a Calming Bedroom - 03/19/18 09:45 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
         
When the day is done, nothing is more relaxing than retiring to your bedroom. Unless, of course, your bedroom isn’t a calming space. Below are several tips for designing a sleeping space that brings calm and comfort.
Cool colors. There is nothing calming about a blood red bedroom. Choose a cool hue like gentle blue, green or gray to fall asleep easier.
Window covers. Say it with us: black out shades. Make sure … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: Boosting Your Home Security On the Cheap - 03/19/18 09:20 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
         
Even if you can’t afford a home security system, you can protect your home and family with some quick, easy fixes that provide peace of mind without dipping deep into your pockets.
Try these tips from HGTV, the home and garden channel:
Change the locks – If you haven’t changed the locks since you moved in, someone out there has a key. Upgrade the locks, and while you’re at it, check the … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: Four Ways to a Higher Credit Score - 03/19/18 09:05 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
           
Improving your credit can take time, often many months. But there are some things you can do to raise your credit score quickly, even if only by a few points.
Pay Bills on Time
Payment history is the most important factor in FICO scores, accounting for up to 35 percent of a credit score. Paying your bills on time—regardless of whether it’s a credit card bill or a utility bill—can significantly improve … (2 comments)

omaha real estate: 5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money - 03/19/18 08:53 AM
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The savings rate in America is pretty abysmal. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts, according to a 2017 GOBanking Rates survey.
Without savings, people can be forced to take on debt when they lose their job, get sick or have major car repairs. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to trick yourself into saving money, whether for retirement, college, a new car, vacation or a rainy … (1 comments)

omaha real estate: How to Boost Your Curb Appeal Before Selling - 03/19/18 08:46 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela Miller, REALTORS®Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities
 
         
Taking care of your home’s exterior and yard is always important, but when your house is up for sale in the spring, it’s even more crucial.
When prospective buyers visit a home in the winter, they’re not likely to spend much time outside. And with trees bare of leaves and flowers not in bloom, a little imagination is needed to envision the house during these months. But when spring arrives, it’s up … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: 5 Mistakes All New Homeowners Make - 03/19/18 08:38 AM
This information is brought to you byShawn & Angela MillerBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln and Omaha NebraskaServing Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities.
 
         
Buying your first home can be one of the happiest moments of your life, but too often people let the joy interfere with their rational thinking and make mistakes that can quickly change the mood to one of frustration.
Here are five mistakes new homeowners often make in their first year:
1. Hiring the wrong person. It’s not uncommon to want to make some changes in your new home; be it painting rooms, adding … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: Lincoln & Omaha Homebuyers: Terms Every Homebuyer Should Understand - 03/19/18 08:32 AM

         
If you’re buying a home, you’ll more than likely be obtaining a mortgage, which you may not know much about. In fact, unless you’ve been involved in a home sale before, there are many things you will be learning about for the first time.
Here is a handy list of some of the key terms that every person involved in a real estate transaction should understand.
Appraisal: The written analysis of the estimated value of a property, as prepared by a qualified appraiser, which often determines if you will qualify for the loan.
Closing: One of the last steps of any … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: How to Make Your Home's Entryway Pop! - 03/19/18 08:26 AM

        The entrance of your home says a lot about your character, from interior design to overall aesthetics. Below are some helpful tips for making sure your space wows you and your guests every time.
Kill the clutter. Clutter is a huge no-no in your entryway, as it impacts the entire vibe of your space from the moment you set foot in the door. However, this can be hard, as the entryway is the space you dump your keys, mail, boots and coat. To remedy this, make sure you have designated, tucked away spaces for everything you store … (1 comments)

omaha real estate: Best Home Improvements to Add Value to Your Home! - 03/12/18 11:13 AM

         
It may be easier to recoup some remodeling costs on your home than others.
If you plan to live in your home for years, then you’ll enjoy a remodeled kitchen or bathroom. But if you’re doing it to help raise the selling price of your home, you may want to consider the following.
Of the 30 most popular remodeling projects that retain value at resale, only one — attic insulation — averaged a high enough cost being recouped to pay for itself and adding to a home resale’s value, according to a report by Remodeling Magazine.
But some home … (1 comments)

omaha real estate: 6 Easy Upgrades That Will Help Sell Your Home - 03/11/18 09:19 AM

        When you’re ready to list your home for sale, you want it to look its best. But some upgrades are worth more than others if you’re talking about what appeals to a buyer. Fortunately, we know some quick and affordable tricks that will give your home the facelift it needs:
A fresh coat of paint. Nothing refreshes a home more than a new coat of paint. It’s a worthwhile and inexpensive upgrade that will more than pay for itself. A lighter color will also open up rooms, making your home seem brighter and more spacious.
Improved lighting. Replace … (3 comments)

omaha real estate: Home Buyers: 4 Things You Shouldn't Do in A Seller's Market - 03/11/18 09:16 AM

         
Purchasing a home can be an exhausting process as it can take a while to find the right fit. When you find the house you want, making a bid quickly can be the difference between buying it and missing out, especially in a seller’s market.
A competitive housing market with low inventory can create bidding wars and other issues. Here are 4 things you won’t want to do in a seller’s market:
Not getting pre-approved for a loan. Finding a mortgage lender and getting pre-approved for a home loan should be one of the first things you do … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: 5 Reasons Why Your Home Is Not Selling - 03/11/18 08:43 AM

         
Some say it’s a seller’s market. In many areas, homes are being snapped up before the lawn sign goes into the ground. So why has your home been languishing on the market without a serious taker?
Real estate professionals share the top reasons why a home does not sell, and provide a bit of advice about what you can do to help make a sale happen: 
It’s priced too high. Even in a seller’s market, if a home is listed above established market value, prospective buyers may pass. Settling on the right asking price is critical. Work with … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: Lincoln & Omaha Homeowners - 75% Think Now is a Good Time to Sell! - 03/11/18 08:35 AM
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the findings of their Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey. The report covers core topics like, “if now is a good time to buy or sell a home, the perception of home price changes, perceived ability to qualify for a mortgage, and [an] outlook on the U.S. economy.”
The survey revealed that 75% of homeowners think now is a good time to sell, compared to 70% last quarter. This is a considerable increase from more than a year ago when 66% agreed.
Even though homeowners believe that now is a good … (2 comments)

omaha real estate: The Difference an Hour Will Make This Spring - 03/09/18 06:20 AM
Some Highlights: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Unless of course, you are a resident of Arizona or Hawaii! Every hour in the United States: 614 homes are sold, 81 homes regain equity (meaning they are no longer underwater on their mortgage), and the median home price rises $1.51! … (3 comments)

omaha real estate: If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet… Definitely Check the Price! - 03/08/18 06:32 AM
The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over the past year. Demand has remained strong ­throughout spring as many real estate professionals are reporting bidding wars with many homes selling above listing price. What about your house?
If your house hasn’t sold, it could be the price. If your home is on the market and you are not receiving any offers, look at your price. Pricing your home just 10% above market value dramatically cuts the number of prosp­­ective buyers that will even see your house. See chart below.

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omaha real estate: Lincoln & Omaha Home Prices: The Difference 5 Years Makes - 03/07/18 03:38 PM
The economists at CoreLogic recently released a special report entitled, Evaluating the Housing Market Since the Great Recession. The goal of the report was to look at economic recovery since the Great Recession of December 2007 through June 2009.
One of the key indicators used in the report to determine the health of the housing market was home price appreciation. CoreLogic focused on appreciation from December 2012 to December 2017 to show how prices over the last five years have fared.
Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, commented on the importance of breaking out the data by state,
“Homeowners in the … (0 comments)

omaha real estate: Lincoln & Omaha Homeowners - Data Shows It's A Great Time to Sell! - 03/05/18 06:11 AM
We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high, and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.
Let’s look at the data covered in the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index and Existing Home Sales Report.
REALTORS® CONFIDENCE INDEX Every month, NAR surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.” This month, the index showed (again) that homebuying demand continued to outpace the supply of homes available in January.
The map below … (4 comments)

 
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