How to Stage Your Home to Look Inviting

Staging your home is all about striking the right balance. While there are some general best practices that you can use, you also need to consider who your target homebuyer is. If you’re selling your slick, modern home, you want a clean, pristine look on the inside. If it’s a homey cottage, your home should feel cozy. The end result that you’re after is a staged home that matches the aesthetic of the architecture and the people who will be buying your home. Here are some tips on how to stage your home to look inviting to potential buyers. (more…)

Understanding Fixed- and Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

Buying a home for yourself isn’t only a matter of searching for the right property. You also need funding to make the purchase. Unless you have the flexibility to pay cash for a home outright, which is unlikely, you’ll need a home mortgage. When you go to apply for a mortgage, again, you have options. Some mortgages are fixed-rate loans, and some are adjustable-rate mortgages. Based on the names alone, you can already understand the key difference between the two mortgages, but in today’s blog, we explore the advantages and disadvantages supplied by both. (more…)

Do You Have a Home Inspection Service?

00Whether you’re on the buying or selling end of a real estate transaction, you need to have a quality home inspection service that you trust. If you’re buying a home for the first time, you may not already have a service that you’re comfortable with, but you’ll need to find one. Your home inspection service provides a thorough evaluation of the safety and quality of a home that you want to buy or sell. If there are any structural issues or wear and tear beneath the surface of the home, the inspection process should discover these problems. A home inspection services assures you that you’re buying or selling a quality home. (more…)

Is the Home You’re Buying an Investment?

There are many reasons why someone might want to buy a home. When you choose a home for yourself, you’re picking a place where you and your family will grow together and create special memories. This is an emotional reason for buying a home. Of course, you’ll want to consider the financial reasons for buying a home as well. At times, people will offer the argument that “buying a home is an investment.” Is that true? The answer to that question can be different depending on the particular situation you find yourself in. So, is the home you’re buying an investment. (more…)

What Makes a Good Seller’s Agent?

In hot housing markets, properties tend to move quickly, but selling quickly and getting the best price for your home don’t always go hand-in-hand. Working with a partner to sell your home can help reduce stress and ensure that you get a great price for your property. A seller’s agent is your partner during this important time. If you’ve never worked with a real estate agent to sell a home before, you may not be sure where to start. To point you in the right direction when making this decision, today’s blog covers what makes a good seller’s agent. (more…)

Does Your Home Have Features That Buyers Want?

Selling your home is a big decision, but you don’t want it to come with a big timeline. You want to sell your home fast, but how can you ensure that happens? You could sell your home below market value to get the deal done — not exactly an appealing option for most folks. You could make sure that your home is desirable to potential buyers. Making sure that your home meets consumer demand could be a matter of some simple home renovations or upgrades. Before you get into full DIY mode or call a contractor, make sure you know what features potential buyers actually want. (more…)

What Is Extended Dwelling Coverage?

A home purchase marks a huge moment in your life. When you make such an important financial decision, you’d like to have some guarantee that your home will be alright. While you can’t prevent natural disasters from occurring, you can work against them. Homeowner’s insurance — specifically, dwelling coverage — gives you peace of mind. With a homeowner’s insurance policy in place, you can rest assured that damage to your home and the costs associated with rebuilding your home will be accounted for. In addition to standard dwelling coverage, you may also want to consider extended dwelling coverage. (more…)

Start Saving for Your Home Down Payment Early

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that you can make. It takes plenty of time, consideration, and preparation. That last part is key. You may not be considering buying a home in the next year, but you still need to lay the groundwork for this decision. Saving for a home down payment early will help you move forward on your own timeline. It can be incredibly frustrating when you decide you’re ready to buy a home but you realize your finances aren’t on the same timeline. Not every road to homeownership is the same, but here are some tips as you start saving for this landmark purchase. (more…)

Explore Highlights in the Omaha Area

Whether you’re moving for work, or you’re looking for an exciting, affordable city to call home, Omaha presents a great option for people of all ages. There are family-friendly attractions, fun restaurants and bars, and captivating cultural touchstones all across the Omaha area. If you’re haven’t explored the Omaha area before, or if it’s simply been a while, you’ll be excited to discover all that the city has to offer. In today’s blog, we wanted to touch on a few highlights around the area and get you excited to have an adventure in your own city. (more…)

What Is the Function of a Real Estate Agent?

Are you someone who likes to do things yourself? Often times, if you’re willing to go the extra mile, teach yourself a little something, and put in some work, you can save yourself a lot of money and time on a project. No one likes getting stuck with a middle man when working on a project, but sometimes, you want the help of an expert. That’s what a real estate agent is. Your real estate agent is someone whose expertise you can trust during the home buying or selling process. When it comes to choosing a neighborhood, understanding the marketplace, and securing financing, your real estate agent is your teammate. (more…)