Omaha Home & Real Estate Blog

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.

If you are considering buying a home in the near future, you should know about some of the changes we are going through.

In the video below, I cover several ways the home buying process has changed in the past month including...

  • Home Showing Restrictions
  • Inspections
  • Closing Time Frame
  • And More

If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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If you drive around midtown, you may spot homes that still have asbestos roofs.

Asbestos was once a widely used building material, especially in siding and roofing material. Despite its versatility and efficiency, it can be dangerous if damaged or disturbed.

We just uploaded a guide on the website - "Everything You Need Know About Asbestos Roofing." 

Please read through it and if you have any questions that aren't answered, please reach out. 

I've sold a lot of homes in the midtown area (Dundee, Country Club, and Morton Meadows) so I'm familiar with these types of roofs.

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De-cluttering is extremely important when selling your home. Renting a dumpster is a very helpful (and cost-effective) way to get rid of stuff you don’t want anymore. A clean, decluttered home sells faster and often for more money.

Guide to Renting a Dumpster in Omaha

Before you rent a dumpster, please make sure none of the things you are throwing away can be donated.

There are a few things to know when renting a dumpster. That’s why we just published the Complete Guide to Renting a Dumpster in Omaha.

The guide answers common questions, like

  • What sizes do dumpsters come in?
  • How long can I rent a dumpster?
  • What can I put in a dumpster?
  • What else do I need to know?
  • How much does a dumpster cost?

And we also provide real pricing from local companies so you

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Are you worried about interest rates? In the video below, I take a look at current interest rates and where they are headed in 2020.

Currently, interest rates are low so if you already own a home, it might be a good time to refinance.

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It’s been a very long time since we posted about the most expensive homes sold in Omaha. We are back, and I hope you enjoy this post.

These are the 5 most expensive homes sold and listed in the MLS in 2019.

#5

Sales Price: $1,725,000

9230 Capitol Avenue
Omaha, NE 68114

9230 Capitol - Omaha, NE

6 Bedrooms
8 Bathrooms
9,295 Square Feet

Located in Westchester / District 66

Description: Inviting six-bedroom home, constructed by McNeil Company in 2001 to the highest standards. Exquisite finishes and architectural details throughout. Extensive exterior lighting and landscaping provides a stunning setting in central Omaha. The open kitchen, family room and informal dining area are the heart of this home, offering access to the private patio area, including an

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According to new data released by the Great Plains Regional MLS for November 2019, the Omaha area real estate market is still very strong.

Let’s take a look at some of the numbers from November 2019:

November 2019 Omaha Area Real Estate Statistics

Average Sold Price: $225,092 (Up 2.8% from November 2018)
Homes Sold: 978 (Up 1.7% from November 2018)
New Listings: 1,150 (Down 9% from November 2018)
Pending Listings: 932 (Up 3.7% from November 2018)
Days on the Market: 20 Days (Down 4.8% from November 2018)

All data from Great Plains Regional MLS. Report © 2019 ShowingTime.

This report covers residential real estate activity in the Omaha area, which includes the counties of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington in Nebraska; the

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A couple weeks ago, the Welcome Home Team was recognized by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate as the #10 team nationally in the number of homes closed. Better Homes has over 11,000 agents and 350 offices nationwide.

Last year, we did more than 100 transactions and almost $30 million.

This is truly a team award. I couldn’t have done any of this without my fantastic team. I started what has become the Welcome Home Team back in April 2017. At that point, there was no name, and it was just me and John Watson. Luke Cavagnaro and Mark Gorup joined shortly after to make up our small but mighty team. My team is made up of not only amazing real estate agents but even better human beings.

We are also fortunate to have so many clients that have put

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Overseeding & Aerating

Overseeding in early September is important to a healthy lawn. Summers in Omaha can wreak havoc on grass. A healthy lawn next year starts today.

Furance Maintenance

Before temperatures start to plummet, have your furnace serviced. As with other winter jobs, the sooner you call contractors, the more likely you’ll find them available and affordable.

Plant a Tree or Some Shrubs

In Nebraska, fall is the BEST time to plant trees and shrubs. Visit the Nebraska Forest Service website or a local extension office for tree recommendations.

Replace Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years because the sensors wear out. When was the last time you replaced your smoke detectors?

Don't Rake ALL Your

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Yesterday, Omaha received 6.16 inches of rain. It came up just short of the highest-ever-one-day rainfall total of 6.46 inches.

When we get that amount of rain, homeowners get very, very nervous. Nervous about their roof leaking and nervous about water in their basement.

After the rain stopped yesterday, I did a quick video. I shared a few tips on how to prevent water in your basement. Sometimes the easiest (and cheapest) fixes make the biggest difference.

 

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I love talking about real estate.

And there is never a shortage of people asking me about the current market. Everyone wants to know.

The answer is complicated because it depends on what “market” you are asking about. Are you a buyer? A seller? What price point? Location?

In general, homes are selling fast. Really fast. Unless you are talking about the luxury market (let’s say $400k and up). Those homes are taking longer to sell.

Homes between $100k and $250k in many neighborhoods are selling in days if not hours. And many with multiple offers.

How is this market compared to last year?

Compared to this time last year, there are FEWER homes on the market. And home prices (not including new construction) are up 9%. Yes, 9%! If you are a

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