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Bill and Susie are about to sell their biggest investment - their home. They've put several improvements into the property every year. Bill and Susie want to get the best Realtor. Here's what I recommend for the Omaha Metro Area real estate market. Make appointments with 3 top Realtors in your ar...
I have discussed real estate trends in my blog several times but there is a definitely new trend that retailers say are the result of "staycations."  When this term first emerged in a big way last year it meant simply not going abroad for a get-away.  However, with the deepening of the recession ...
Good news continues to pour in for the Omaha real estate market.   1. Nebraska's housing market is one of "the hottest in the country."  According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Nebraska ranked 5th in the nation for gains in existing home sales over the same time last year.  Nebra...
Metro Omaha real estate has continued to improve in 2009. According to statistics from the Omaha Area Board of Realtors, in the first half of the year, 355 more homes were placed under contract than in the first half of 2008. The $8,000 tax credit the federal government is offering for first-time...
I've written several entries on what a Seller should do to their house if they wish to put it on the market.  I thought I would seek out some other authorities on the subject and turned to appraisers.  The usual advice of updated paint, carpeting, thorough cleanings and enhanced curb appeal were ...
"It's important we set the price high so we have room to negotiate," the Seller tells me.  I hear Sellers say the same thing nearly every time we meet to set the asking price of their home.  I don't agree and here are six reasons: 1. Agents sell homes.  They are the ones that get Buyers to your h...
Happy 4th of July!! I've decided to take a break from real estate issues and wish each of you a peaceful, happy Independence Day.  Most of all I would like to thank the men and women throughout the past 200+ years who have given up their pursuits to defend our country both here and abroad.  To th...
Another busy weekend here in Omaha.  The annual Summer Arts Fair is the place to be.  I was at the Farmers' Market this morning down in the Old Market and we could see all the booths set up for the fair.  I love the Farmers' Market with its throngs of happy shoppers examining all the gorgeous veg...
The house is listed with the Realtor of your choice.  All photographs of family and friends and precious collectables have been packed away.  The stager has been there and the house is ready for potential Buyers.  The call comes from the Realtor to schedule the first showing.  Is there anything m...
You are about to sell one of the biggest investments in your lifetime.  You've put several improvements into your property every year.  For some it's more than a few years, it may be more like 10 or 20 years.  Why would you consider hiring anything but the best to market and sell your home?  The ...

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