Omaha Home & Real Estate Blog

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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Tie racks, you've had your day. 

It's time to clear out all preconceptions of the perfect Father's Day gift and start out with a clean slate. Why not? After all, this is the guy who taught you how to fix lawnmowers, taught you everything you know about Nebraska football and made sure your boyfriend knew who was boss while you were in high school. 

Twenty years ago, finding dad a gift was pretty much a simple affair. Head to his favorite store, pick up a wallet or a watch and then your done. Every once in a while you might've mixed it up with a pair of tickets to a football game or a bottle of cologne. But let's face it; dad's are usually men of singular taste. What works once often works many times over. 

But let's mix things up a bit. We

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Are you ready for some music? 

We're just few months away from MAHA, the nonprofit indie music festival that's grow immensely over the past few years and is once again to rock Omaha from noon to midnight on August 20 at Aksarben Village.

Tickets for the event are $55 for general admission and a $185 VIP package that includes VIP parking, $50 in festival money, access to air-conditioned bathrooms, catered food, VIP-bar access and premium main-stage viewing. 

This year's festival has a couple of things going on that we think you'll love. First, the music, then, the ability to donate to the festival to keep it going. 

MAHA 2016's Lineup: Passion Pit Leads the Way

Headlining this year's list of musicians and bands is Passion Pit, the

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Finding the right graduation gift for your newly minted college freshman-to-be doesn't have to be that difficult. 

Traditional choices are adultish things like really expensive pens, a nice watch sans  Velcro or a solid stack of cash. But then again, we live in the technology age, so a shiny new MacBook Pro is also within the realm of appropriate gifts.

Laptop or watch, one could argue they're both necessary for passage into professional life, but, in one way or another, lacking a bit in the creativity department. 

So, we scanned the blogs, top-10 lists and tech websites to find some innovative gift-giving ideas for the college graduate. 

The Equation Geek Watch

Okay, so we said watches should give way to a little creativity, right?

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Graduation season has come upon us. 

With North, Benson and South students already feeling the thrill of graduation and Central, Bryan, Northwest and Burke still to go, we thought it would be fitting to put together a couple of posts pertaining to graduates. Our first entry will focus on some of the greatest graduation speeches of all time, while the next post will give you a few ideas for graduation gifts. 

So, take a moment to cherish your child's development from that little toddler lumbering around your home to the intelligent, motivated graduate they are today. Now, let's get into the speeches!

1. Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2007

No speech list would be complete without the musings of one of America's greatest business leaders.

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Is there anything quite like the sound of a wood-fired train roaring to life, it's smoke billowing out into the open sky as it lurches down the track? 

If you happen to work at or visit the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, your answer just might be, "No." 

And this week, the museum announced it would kick off its seasonal, free family events that will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday from May through August. 

Each Friday the evening will center on a theme and include a variety of family friendly activities. 

According to the Omaha World-Herald, this Friday's event is themed, "All in a Day's Work." Those who attend can participate in a variety of events including mail sorting, cracking a "secret" code and decorating park ranger

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Feeling a little stressed? 

Then it might be time to head down to Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, where workout group Yoga Rocks the Park kicks off this Sunday for their weekly yoga sessions accompanied with live music. 

The hour-long sessions are free, last one hour and begin at 4 p.m., weather permitting. A children's yoga class begins before the adult class and costs $10. Kids between the ages of 4 and 10 can participate. Live music will take place during the adult session, as well as 30 minutes beyond the conclusion of Yoga Rocks. Beginners are welcome.

Though the class is free, Yoga Rocks is accepting donations. Money raised from the yoga series will go toward the Bike to Sight campaign, through which international doctors from the

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Spring is in full swing and it's time to make some changes around the home. 

Knowing where to start and what to do, however, can be a little tricky. While there's always the classic option of repainting a room, rooms or the outside of your home, there are plenty of interior design projects you can launch to transform the look of your favorite spaces.

Modern Farmhouse Photo by KDW Home/Kitchen Designworks - More traditional living room ideas

 

Some of these tips we've gathered are as simple as picking up a few pillows, while others take a little more time and planning. All of them, however, are guaranteed to spruce up your house. Enjoy! 

The Living Room: Less is More

Houzz contributor Judith Taylor is an award-winning designer based in Toronto. Her

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This month marks a very masked, very magnificent day in Omaha.

Cameron Mackintosh's version of Phantom of the Opera is here, and it features new special effects and lighting as well as the classic story line from Andrew Lloyd Weber. Mackintosh's interpretation is drawing rave reviews from critics. The powerful production is in full swing and runs through May 1 at Orpheum Theater. 

 

You may recognize the Phantom ... during this tour he's being played by Chris Mann, a former contestant on the hit reality show The Voice. According to Omaha.broadway.com, the production sold out during it's many shows in the United Kingdom. 

Tickets are available for shows today through closing night. Here's a list of performances still available at the time of

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March 20 marked the beginning of the spring season.

Even though Omaha is has been toiling under clouds, wind and rain this week, homeowners are eager to get outside again and get cracking on home projects. Whether you've got a few tasks leftover from before the snow came, or you're just looking forward to throwing on some shorts and trimming up some foliage, we're sure you've got a list (even if it's a short one) of projects you want to tackle. 

Just in case you missed a few things, we've done some research and gathered three essential projects for the spring season. We sourced some of these tips from HGTV's great article on spring projects. 

1. Get some compacted soil and fill those low spots around your foundation.

With spring rain

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