December eNewsletter

Real Estate Agent with Nebraska Realty -

Welcome to the second issue of At Home, my new e-newsletter.  The goal of At Home is to provide you with valuable information about the Omaha area real estate market, a Home Tip, a Quick Note from Steve, and my monthly Trivia Challenge.  Congratulations! To Curt V. for submitting the correct answer for my Trivia Challenge (Will Ferrell, Wedding Crashers) and being drawn.  He received a $20 gift card to Douglas theaters.

Real Estate Market Flat!

November 2006 was pretty flat for Omaha area real estate.  As the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving, everyone is thinking of shopping for Christmas (including my wife), but some are thinking of shopping for a home.  Family discussions turn to buying a home or selling a home when they realize they need more space.  Normally in December or January we will start seeing an up tick in home sales.  Listed below are some of November 2006's market statistics. 





# of Listings


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Coop sales





In house sales





Notes: DOM = Days on Market, Coop Sales = two different real estate companies were involved in the sale, and In-House Sales = homes sold and listed by the same real estate company.

Note: information has not been verified, is not guaranteed, and provided by Great Plains REALTORS Multiple Listing Service, Inc.

Home Tip

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

All heating appliances or systems - no matter what fuel is used - produce toxic fumes and gases as a part of the process of creating heat. One of those gases is carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is sometimes called the "silent" killer because it is colorless and odorless. The symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu: headaches, nausea, dizziness, irritability and confusion. The result of such poisoning can be death.

Sometimes, a blocked chimney, collapsed chimney liner, or improperly installed appliances will allow the gas to seep into the home. To help protect your family and friends:

  • Have appliances inspected regularly.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in any room containing a heating unit and in each bedroom. These inexpensive devices emit an audible alarm if CO levels rise.
  • Open the damper to allow smoke up the flues when the fireplace is in use.
  • Never leave your car running in an attached garage, or next to an open door or window.
  • Do not use portable fuel-fired heaters, charcoal grills, or gas lanterns indoors.

For more information on Carbon Monoxide and the prevention of poisoning, see the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. You might also check out their most recent product safety recall information. Recently, a Weil-McLain boiler series was recalled because of a mistake on packaging which indicated the boiler was safe to use with propane. If used with propane without the proper conversion kit, carbon monoxide can build up due to incomplete combustion.

Article courtesy of National Property Inspections

Quick Note from Steve

The holiday season is a time to enjoy family and friends.  I want to thank all of my friends, family and clients for referring or using my real estate services this year.  I really do appreciate your referrals. In the busy month of December, be sure to remember those that are not with us any longer, those that are less fortunate, and remember it's a time to celebrate another great year. 

Trivia Challenge Question:

What movie quote is this from: "Oh, GREAT and POWERFUL Steve, what do you want?"

Here is a picture of Nick drawing the lucky winner for my Trivia Challenge.

Networking Partner:

Jeremy Siragusa, Financial Advisor

Have you reviewed your financial fitness?

It's always a good idea to review your "financial fitness" on an annual basis.  Take the time each year to consider your actions on the following:

•·         Don't put off setting up a financial plan

•·         Increase savings, reduce debt

•·         Save up for big-ticket purchases

•·         Explore ways to fund your children's education

•·         Examine your insurance coverage

•·         Plan your retirement

For more information, contact:

Jeremy Siragusa, Financial Advisor

Waddell & Reed




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