What Role Does Emotion Play in Selling Your House?

Home purchases and sales are huge moments in your life. Your home is likely a place where you’ve created many important memories. It may be where your children have grown up, or where you fell in love. It can be easy to become attached to a home, and that’s okay! That’s part of the personal value you attribute to your home. However, when it comes to selling your home, you need to be objective. It may not be possible to be totally objective about selling such an important part of your life, but here are some tips to help. Emotion will play a role in selling your house, but you don’t want it to create a disadvantage. (more…)

Save Money with Preventive Maintenance for Your Home

No homeowner enjoys having to shell out a chunk of cash for a repair, and yet, sometimes it’s unavoidable. If your water heater goes out, or you have a broken window, those issues require immediate attention, and likely, the help of a professional. However, there are some maintenance issues that are in your control as a homeowner. Preventive maintenance goes a long way toward saving homeowners money. By taking a few consistent, preventive measures around the house, you can reduce the likelihood that you need significant repairs or replacements. (more…)

What Do You Want from Your Real Estate Agent?

If you’re buying or selling your home, you’ll probably want to work with a real estate agent during the process. During the massive undertaking that is buying or selling a home, it can be easy to forget that selecting your real estate agent should be exciting. Your real estate agent is your partner during the process, and choosing the right person can make everything feel a lot easier. If you’re about to choose a real estate agent, it’s time to get excited! You’re about to gain an ally. So, it’s time to ask yourself, what do you want from your real estate agent? (more…)

Do You Have a Home Inspection Lined Up?

Home inspections sound tedious, but they’re actually a vital part of the process for selling or buying a home. If you’re looking to purchase a particular home, you’ll want to have it inspected by a professional beforehand. The home inspection process can reveal any potential hazards or deficiencies within the home. If your inspection uncovers a problem, you can modify your offer or pull out from the offer altogether. Conversely, as someone selling a home, you don’t want to have the rug pulled out from under you. You should know everything about your home before it hits the market. (more…)

Should You Use a Video Tour to Sell Your Home?

When you make the decision to sell your home, you’d like to complete the process quickly, but you’d also like to get the maximum value for your home. Sometimes, homeowners don’t even realize all of the assets that their homes have going for them. That’s where working with a real estate agent helps. In addition to working with an agent, you may consider using photos or a video tour to help increase interest in your home. Before you decide whether or not to take this step, you should consider what type of resources you can put behind the project. (more…)

Is Pre-Approval a Must for Buying a Home?

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a veteran of the process, you’re aware that making a home purchase takes time and legalease. Anything you can do to speed up the process is a huge help, and one of the biggest first steps that you can take is seeking pre-approval for your home mortgage. Pre-approval is a guarantee from a lender that you can finance an offer on a home (up to a certain value and with a specified interest rate). This makes you a serious buyer and moves you to the front of the list when making an offer on the home you want. Pre-approval is a must for getting the home you’re after. (more…)

Stage Your Home, Inside and Out

You may fashion yourself an amateur Joanna Gaines, or you may not know the first thing about interior design. Either way, you probably know that staging is a crucial part of selling your home. Even if it’s not a skill that you feel like you have personally, you can still rely on the help of a professional to stage your home. The proper staging during an open house can make a huge difference when it comes to drumming up interest in your home, and the asking price that you can set. Here are some home staging basics to help you get ready to sell. (more…)

Why You Should Call Omaha Home

As metropolitan populations continue to grow around the country, the cost of living has risen steadily. Large markets are more expensive than ever, while the job opportunities in these places no longer outpace those in other areas. Value is important when you’re searching for a house, and more importantly, a place to call home. There are many factors to consider when choosing a place where you’ll raise a family, build a career, and establish a life. Cost, opportunity, safety, and culture are all important. It’s time to learn how Omaha checks all of those boxes. (more…)

Are You the “Perfect” Homebuyer?

If you’ve never purchased a home before, you probably have a lot of questions and expectations. You may have heard numbers thrown around in regards to the credit score and need and the percentage of a down payment that you need to get started. While your credit score and down payment do play a role in the terms of the loan you receive, the criteria for buying a home may not be as strict as you’d think. You actually don’t need to be the “perfect” homebuyer to purchase a property. You may already be ready. (more…)

Never Bought a House Before? That’s Okay

Many people who actually want to begin the homebuying process don’t do so because they’re intimidated by the whole thing. It’s understandable. The homebuying process for first-time buyers can feel complex, exhausting, and frustrating. (It can feel that way for veteran buyers too.) If you need a roadmap to help you get started, that’s perfectly okay. In this week’s blog, you can find a rough outline of steps that you should take as you prepare to begin the homebuying process. You’re in the right place! (more…)