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…)

Test Drive Your Neighborhood Before Buying a Home

The house you choose is obviously an important part of buying a home, but so is the neighborhood you’re choosing. The perfect house in the wrong neighborhood won’t give you the experience you’re after. You need to make sure you’re moving to a place that suits your lifestyle and needs. You can read online guides to the hottest neighborhoods or look up nearby restaurants and amenities on Google, but the best way to get a sense of a neighborhood is to test drive it yourself. That way, when you make the move to buy a home, you can be sure your neighborhood suits you. (more…)

3 Roadblocks to Avoid When Buying a Home

Simply put: Buying a home is a process. It takes time, money, and multiple parties to get everything done. There are plenty of places to get snagged along the way, and there’s nothing more frustrating than missing out on a house you truly love, due to some preventable reason. In today’s blog, we cover three common roadblocks that you can easily avoid, making the home buying process much easier for yourself. Keeping these things in mind, you can approach the home search with confidence. Don’t let this process stress you out! You got this. (more…)

Set a Goal for Your Open House

Obviously, the goal for any open house is to find a buyer for your home. However, this can be a little dodgy when used as the only way to measure the success or failure of an open house. There are more intricate steps involved in getting that buyer into your open house. That’s why it’s helpful to set smaller goals for your open house. These simpler goals help keep you on track and increase the likelihood that you reach your ultimate goal. In today’s blog, we explore the small goals you can set for your open house to help you ultimately close that final deal. (more…)

More Staging Tips for Selling Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, you want to sell it quickly and you want to receive the best price possible for it. Some factors, like market conditions, can be out of your control. You probably need to sell your home on a tight timeline and you can’t just wait around for things to change. However, there are other factors that you can control, like the appearance and layout of your home. Proper staging techniques can showcase the highlights of your home and invite potential buyers to see themselves living in the space. So here are some more staging tips for selling your home. (more…)

It’s Time to Find a Loan Officer for Your Mortgage

Efficiency is a must during the homebuying process, especially in a hot housing market. Right now, it seems like just about every housing market is a hot one — definitely Omaha. If you want to purchase a home in Omaha, you need to have your ducks in a row before the process even begins. If you visit an open house and fall in love with a property, but you don’t have pre-approval for a mortgage, you have almost no chance of securing that home. Pre-approval is your first step in the homebuying process. To get pre-approved for a home loan, you’ll need to work with a loan officer. (more…)

Is Your Real Estate Agent a Local?

Your real estate agent can be a huge help to you when you buy or sell a home. They’re much more than just a person who lines up showings on your behalf. Your real estate agent should be a resource that you lean on and trust throughout the process. Do you have questions about homeownership, local ordinances, or neighborhood features? If your real estate agent can’t answer those questions, they should be able to point you to someone who can. In order for your real estate agent to be the best resource possible, they should be a local in the market where you’re buying or selling. (more…)

What Should Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover?

Purchasing a home can be a huge step in your life, and while that home represents a practical place where you will grow and create memories, it also represents an important investment. It’s an investment that you want to protect. That’s why homeowner’s insurance is a must for your house. Choosing the right level of homeowner’s insurance may be difficult if you’ve never done so before. Even if you do already have homeowner’s insurance, how can you be sure you have the right coverage? In today’s blog, we cover what your homeowner’s insurance should cover. (more…)