Determining Your Homeowner Wants vs. Needs

One of life’s great struggles is accurately differentiating between your wants and needs. In any given situation, you probably have a list of things you absolutely need, and a much longer list of things that you want. Being able to distinguish between the two is vital during the home search. Any feature that your prospective home has is a feature that you’ll be paying for. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for in your new home. When you start with a list of needs, you’ll be less likely to overpay for your new home. (more…)

Attract More Potential Buyers to Your Open House

An open house is an incredibly useful tool at your disposal when you want to sell your home. An open house allows you to show off the best features of your home and get people excited about the property. When you have multiple interested parties, you’re more likely to get an offer at or above asking price. (An open house also forces you to clean and organize your house before you get ready to move!) You may have your home staged and your cheese tray purchased, but how can you be sure that people will actually come? Are are some tips to help you attract more potential buyers to your open house. (more…)

How to Build Credit Before Buying a Home

If you’re not a personal finance nerd, making a foray into the world of personal credit and home financing can feel a little overwhelming. You probably just want to buy a home. Having a good credit score will be a huge ally in the process! You can begin building, repairing, or improving your credit score by taking some simple steps. If you’re not trying to buy a home in the immediate future, this is actually the perfect time to start focusing on your credit! It takes time to build a strong credit score, and the steps you take don’t have to be complicated. (more…)

What Features Will You Actually Use in a Home?

The homebuying process is at both times a wonderful, open-ended experience, and a tedious search for a needle in a haystack. In theory, you’ll get to choose the perfect home of your dreams that comes in under budget. In practice, you’ll likely have to compromise, and the process can be long. It’s important that as you make your home wishlist, you think about the features that will actually use in your new home. Make sure you don’t miss out on an ideal home for you and your family because you’re being stubborn about a particular feature that you might not even use! Here are a list of features to consider as you search for your new home. (more…)

Can Buyers Picture Themselves Living in Your Home?

Everyone likes feeling “at home.” Your home is where you’re comfortable. It’s where you make memories with your family. Evoking those sensations is a huge asset when it comes to selling your home. You have to make sure that prospective buyers can actually picture themselves living in your home. A buyers that you don’t know won’t have the same emotional attachment to your home as you do. When you stage your home for showings, you need to make sure that your home feels comfortable, but not too lived in. Here are some tips to help prospective buyers feel at home. (more…)

Step Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal with These Tips

In almost all of life’s adventures, getting your foot in the door is the first (and at times most difficult) step. When you want to sell your home, you need to get prospective buyers’ feet in the door, literally. The best way to attract buyers to your door is with curb appeal. When your home catches the eye of real estate agents and eager homebuyers, you’ll be more likely to develop leads and sell your home faster. Take advantage of these simple tips to help up your home’s curb appeal as you begin the selling process. (more…)

Home Upgrades That Actually Improve Home Value

You hear people say that “your home is your investment,” all the time, but the act of buying a home alone isn’t like putting money into a mutual fund. Yes, your home should increase in value over time, but you’ll always need a place to live, and while your home is increasing in value, so are other homes. Enter the home upgrade. The theory goes that by performing home renovations and upgrades, you can add value to your home in a way that will pay for itself. But is that actually true? Not all home features are the same. Here are some home upgrades that have actually been shown to improve your home’s value, and help it sell faster. (more…)

How Can You Tell What Your Home Is Worth?

Property value can be a tricky thing to determine. Often, the true value of a home is in the eye of the owner. You have memories and history tied to your home, and these sentimental experiences have value for you! While your home isn’t purely a monetary investment, you do want to make sure that when it comes time to sell, you get the maximum value for your home. So, how can you tell what your home is worth. In today’s blog, we explore the factors that determine home value, and where you can start when you need an estimate for your own home. (more…)

Why Are Homes Selling So Fast in Omaha?

If you’re an Omaha local, or you’ve searched for a home in this housing market, you already know that Omaha is one of the fastest selling real estate markets in the entire country. In fact, an Omaha World Herald article points to this market as being the fastest. That’s good news for both buyers and sellers of homes — or at least, it can be good news. When the market moves quickly, you need to be able to act quickly. If you can’t then you may miss out on the home you’re looking for, or the ideal buyer for your home. In today’s blog, we explore why homes are selling so fast in Omaha, and how you can be prepared. (more…)

Are You Maximizing the Value of Your Home?

Selling your home is a big undertaking. You have a lot of sentimental value tied up in your property, and you want to make sure that sentimental value translates to monetary value. Of course you can’t put a dollar value on the sentimental value of your home, but you can make sure that you maximize the monetary value of your home. You may not even realize all of the features that your home includes. That’s why working with a real estate agent and staging your home are such important steps in the selling process. This is how you can maximize the return on your home. (more…)