Omaha Home & Real Estate Blog

You must go through the closing process whether you are buying or selling a house.

There are numerous papers to sign, inspections to conduct, and approvals to obtain. How long does the closing process take? 

Check out our video to learn more about the closing process!

Everyone involved in the deal has a role to play during the closing process. If anyone drops the ball, the closing can be postponed. As a consequence, it's critical to understand your duties so there aren't any delays.

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Spring has sprung, or at least it’s about to. And beyond the usual seasonal deep clean, there’s tons homeowners can do to refresh their living spaces this time of year. To learn even more about how to rejuvenate your home with spring decor elements, we’ve tapped two local designers.

 


Photo by Lisa V Lupo, Courtesy of Black Awning

Bryan Frost, interior designer, self-proclaimed vintage hoarder and founder of Black Awning is our first professional expert. He specializes in designing and decorating historic homes in and around Omaha and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Interior Design Program. To update spaces for spring, Bryan prefers to incorporate floral prints and cottons and rattan, which are natural textures that

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If you are thinking about buying a home in 2021, there are a few things you should be doing right now.

In Omaha, we have a crazy seller's market so it's important to be prepared and have all your ducks in a row before you start touring homes.

In summary...

  1. Get Pre-approved
  2. Save Money
  3. Talk To a Real Estate Agent

 

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Radon gas is a topic that almost always comes up when buying or selling a home.  Most people don’t know much about it, but know that they have to deal with it when they sell their home. 

While dealing with a radon problem is necessary when selling, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General urge all American s to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon even if they aren’t selling.  In honor of the EPA’s “National Radon Action Month” I thought I would give you some of the facts about radon. 

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You can't see, smell or taste radon, but it could present a dangerous level in your home.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about

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Omaha continues to be a seller's market, but there is one small change in the data to pay attention to.

 

If you are a homeowner, you are seeing a lot of appreciation in your home. For 2020, home prices appreciated 8.3%. In 2019, home prices went up 5% compared to 2018. 

One interesting change in the data is the 9.5% increase in new listings compared to December of last year. Omaha has an inventory problem so if more homes hit the market, that's a good thing.

December 2020 Omaha Area Real Estate Statistics

Average Sold Price: $267,219 (Up 8.3% from December 2019)
Homes Sold: 1,191 (Up 13.1% from December 2019)
New Listings: 930 (Up 9.5% from December 2019)
Pending Listings: 842 (Up 17.1% from December 2019)
Days on the Market: 16 Days (Down

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In the cold of a Midwest winter, it’s easy to hibernate at home. But this year, skip the Netflix and instead, use your downtime in a productive way - by making your house more energy efficient. Not only is this better for the environment, but it also can lower your monthly electricity bill. Saving the planet AND saving money? We call that a win-win. To best tackle a home energy makeover, we spoke to a sustainability engineer about the top tips to lower your energy consumption. Read on for her expert suggestions to make your home more energy efficient!

 

Photo by Dan LeFebvre on Unsplash

  1. Set your thermostat conservatively. In winter, 68 degrees is the recommended temperature, while summertime calls for 74 degrees for maximum savings. Each

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According to new data released by the Great Plains Regional MLS for November 2020, the Omaha area real estate market is still very strong.

Home values continue to rise while selling quickly (on average in just 15 days).

Inventory is very low so it looks like homes will continue to sell very quickly as prices continue to rise. It remains a seller's market in Omaha.

November 2020 Omaha Area Real Estate Statistics

Average Sold Price: $271,189 (Up 8.4% from November 2019)
Homes Sold: 1,207 (Up 7.8% from November 2019)
New Listings: 1,061 (Down 8.5% from November 2019)
Pending Listings: 958 (Down 0.6% from November 2019)
Days on the Market: 15 Days (Down 31.8% from November 2019)

All data from Great Plains Regional MLS. Report © 2020

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A handmade wreath tied with ribbon and bells. A festive snowman stationed in your yard. Twinkling lights that adorn your home. All of these can signal that the holiday season has arrived, but only one of these can cause intense frustration year after year. Putting up outdoor lighting is always a chore, but in some years due to weather, it can actually be quite dangerous. For homeowners who’ve considered outsourcing this tedious task, we’ve done the legwork for you! 

 

Courtesy of Brite Ideas 

 

To learn all about outdoor holiday lighting and more, we chatted with Josh Scearcy, the Vice President of Business Development at Brite Ideas Decorating. Brite Ideas is actually a longtime Omaha landmark; the company was founded in Omaha by Travis

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The time has come to make your list and check in twice...and that means shopping for holiday gifts for all your loved ones. Luckily for all of us who call Omaha our “homaha”, there are tons of independent small businesses that make unique gifting a breeze. Read on for ten of our team’s favorite small shops in Omaha and beyond.

 

Courtesy of Chocolat Abeille

Sweet Favorite: Chocolat Abeille

This Old Market chocolate shop offers almost too pretty to eat morsels along with locally-sourced honey and other specialties. Their top seller lately? The internet famous hot cocoa bombs, which can be picked up locally or shipped nationwide. Stop into Chocolat Abeille for all of your elevated sweets needs!

 

Courtesy of Made in Omaha

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At a time when people are desperate for some holiday cheer,  Santa’s Rock N Lights is here! 

Werner Park is hosting a drive-thru animated light show that is socially safe and touch-free. Me, my wife, and 18-month old son went last week, and he loved it!

Courtesy of Santa’s Rock N Lights

 

To make it even more fun this year, the number of lights has been doubled, and the routes were made longer in every location. Layout has been re-imagined with themed worlds of light including a dinosaur world. You get to enjoy over 700 feet of tunnels including their new techno rainbow tunnel.

 

Courtesy of Santa’s Rock N Lights

 

Make it your family’s socially-distanced touch-free experience-from-the-safety-of-your-car holiday tradition. The

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