April 28 2017

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May Events in Omaha

Topics: Agent News

5/1: Leashes at Lauritzen | Lauritzen Gardens 5/1 – 6/4: Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists Exhibit | Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum 5/1 – 5/15: Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks | Lauritzen Gardens 5/1 – 5/7: Leading Ladies | Omaha Community Playhouse 5/2: Bastille: Wild, Wild World Tour 2017 | Orpheum Theatre 5/3: Yoga in […]

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5 Tips for Crafting a Counter-offer That Doesn’t Scare Away a Potential Home Buyer

Topics: Home Seller Tips

If you’ve recently put your home up for sale, one of the most exciting parts of the selling process is getting an offer. However, all is not said and done once you’ve received an offer, as you’ll probably want to negotiate a better price. If you’re wondering how you can counter without losing a potential buyer, here are some tips when the time comes to negotiate.

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April 27 2017

Shelly Ragan

Case-Shiller: February Home Prices Grow at Fastest Pace in 3 Years

Topics: Home Values

According to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, February home prices grew at their fastest pace in three years. While home prices have steadily grown in recent months, growth rates slowed in many areas month-to-month; the escalation of home prices from January to February indicates stronger housing markets. National home prices increased by 0.20 percent in February to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.80 percent appreciation.

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Trees to Plant for Arbor Day

Topics: Around The Home

  Arbor Day is just around the corner, and as Nebraskans, we should know how to celebrate properly! This holiday lands right in the middle of planting season, which means this week would be a great time to plant some trees in your yard. When planting trees in the Midwest, you’ll have to find varieties […]

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Are You ‘Mortgage Pre-approval Worthy’? Learn How to Assess Your Finances in 10 Minutes

Topics: Home Mortgage Tips

Finding the right home and the right mortgage can take a lot of time and energy, so it’s important to consider whether you’ll be prepared for approval before diving into the process. Whether you’ve had some financial setbacks or you just want to have an idea ahead of time, here are some ways to quickly determine if you’ll be pre-approved for a mortgage.

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Buying a ‘Micro’ Home? Be Sure to Consider These Major Lifestyle Changes First

Topics: Home Buyer Tips

With the cost of a home on the rise and the concept of being sustainable becoming more popular, many people are considering moving to a smaller home to minimize their impact. It’s important, however, to consider what living small is really like before deciding that it’s the right move for you. If you’re curious about life on a smaller-scale, here are some things to contemplate beforehand.

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7 Appreciative Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Topics: Lifestyle

Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day, and this is the best time to show your appreciation for the people you work with! If you are still struggling for ideas on what to get or do for them, we have seven ideas on how to show your appreciation. Coffee or Tea Gift Card Most people love a […]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 24, 2017

Topics: Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates fell below three percent according to Freddie Mac. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage dropped from 4.08 percent to 3.97 percent; the average rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage fell by nine basis point from 3.34 percent to 3.23 percent. The average rate for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage was eight basis points lower at 3.10 percent. Discount points averaged 0.50 percent for fixed rate mortgages and 0.40 percent for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage. Lower mortgage rates are good news for home buyers challenged by rapidly rising home prices based on high demand and low supplies of homes for sale.

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Your Debt-To-Income Ratio and How It Affects Your Mortgage

Topics: Home Mortgage Tips

When you’re delving into the market in the hopes of finding your dream home, it’s likely you’ll come across the term debt-to-income ratio. This may not seem important at first, but your DTI is the key to determining the amount of money you can put into your home and just how much you should spend on a monthly basis. If you’re curious about what this means for you, here’s how to calculate it and how it can impact your mortgage.

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