February 2010

Found 3 blog entries for February 2010.

This weekend is the Annual Omaha Home & Garden Expo as well as the Lawn, Flower & Patio Show at the Qwest Center.  For more information about the show, check out an article in today's World-Herald or visit the shows' official website.

If you're looking for a home, shows like this are a great opportunity to find out what it costs to do improvements to your home.  It's also a great way to get ideas, see some of the new trends, and plan for the spring and summer months.

If you are heading to the show, be prepared to deal with a lot of activity at the Qwest Center.  This weekend is the state high school wrestling championships.

Here are the expo hours...

2/18 - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2/19 - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2/20 - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2/21 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Yesterday, the Omaha World-Herald highlighted some of the development occuring on Omaha's north side.

long-school_275Over the long-term, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is hoping to spur $200 million in private development in this area. The current commercial development occuring in North Omaha is impressive, but there is still a long way to go. You can read the article to see specific projects that are underway or have been completed.

One of the projects highlighted is a residential development along 24th Street called the Long School townhomes. The townhomes were developed by NeighborWorks Omaha.

The townhomes offer residents an opportunity to have a live-work space.

I created a page on our website dedicated to the Long School townhomes. On that page,

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mortgage-house-money_200Our media machine in the US has a bizarre and strange habit of confusing the general public with half-truths and bad information.  The main-stream media’s job is simple –  sell advertisements.  They are continually crafting stories to grab at our emotions.  We read and watch and they sell more advertisements.

Below are three gotchas that the media isn’t reporting on today.  These may be serious impediments to your new home purchase or refinance.

Mortgage Rates are going to go up.

As part of Federal stimulus efforts, the U.S. Treasury committed to buy $1.25 Trillion in mortgage securities.  Expert opinions vary, but conservative estimates tie this to approximately 0.5% to 1.0% artificial reduction of retail mortgage rates.  This program ends March

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