January 2014

Found 4 blog entries for January 2014.

Heating a home with space heaters can be tempting, especially in states like Nebraska which can have brutally cold winters. There are many dangers, however, associated with using these types of devices. According to the National Fire Protection Association one third of all heating related home fires are caused by problems with space heaters.

Why Space Heaters Are Dangerous

Fire is the most obvious danger when using a space heater, but there are other potential problems associated with heaters. Direct contact with a heater can cause burns and even shock. Using extension cords or plugging the heater into the same outlet as other appliances can increase the chance of the plug becoming overheated. Sometimes space heaters release carbon monoxide, which

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Do you have questions about what exactly a mortgage is? 

If you do, I'm here to help. I work with several mortgage brokers in Omaha; I know these brokers and trust them. These brokers are happy to sit down with you and educate you about what exactly a mortage is and what options are available to you. 

If you are little shy (or if you want to learn about mortgages in pajamas at midnight), take a look at the video I found below.

The video was created by the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The video covers the very basics. If you want to learn even more, he's created a video about mortage interest rates. 

As I said before,

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Due to a new state law, property owners in Douglas and Sarpy County can get an early look at their home valuations.

Starting today, property owners can visit the Douglas County and Sarpy County Assessor's website to see the newly update property valuations.

If you think your property's assessment is too high, you can dispute it. Last year, we created a quick guide on How to Protest Your Home Valuation in Omaha, Nebraska (Douglas County).

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When selling a house, most people try to do so in the summer or spring. These times of year are easier to sell a home as people naturally look at places when the weather is nice. On the other hand, some opt to sell their place in the winter. Here are five tips to get the most when selling your house in the winter.

Keep it warm

A potential buyer who walks into a cold and drafty house will quickly get tired of the place. To avoid this potentially costly issue, a homeowner should turn his or her thermostat to a comfortable temperature. Upon walking into a warm room, a potential buyer will feel more at home and will not want to leave so quickly.

Accentuate the positives

Sometimes, one can show off the cool parts of owning a home in the

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