Omaha Home & Real Estate Blog

If you're just interested in viewing the newest listing in the Omaha metro area, we've created a page just for you.

Our New Listings page contains properties listed in the Omaha area over the past three days.  This page is updated daily - new properties are added and old listings are removed.

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Golfing and boating are two very popular summer activities in the Omaha metro area.

What does this have to do with real estate?  Well, some people love these activities so much that they choose to live in a golf course or waterfront property.

Finding one of these properties can be a difficult task.  Not any more.

We've just introduced two specific pages on our website that list these properties.  Here are the links...
Golf Course Listings
Waterfront Listings

Each page has a list of all the golf course properties and all the waterfront properties in the Omaha metro area.  If you have a specific price in mind, you can quickly narrow the search to a specific price range.

We already have a page on our website for condos in Omaha, and specific areas (Dundee, District…
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Fluff Your Stuff Interior ReDesign, Inc. offers interior design services for residential and commercial clients.  We design spaces our clients love at a more affordable price.

Our clients are people who want an updated, designer, or complimentary look while utilizing as much as they can from their existing pieces. Fluff Your Stuff offers a variety of services from home staging, organizing, architectural renderings, to a full service design firm with merchandise lines offered at a lower price than currently shown in retail stores.

Our signature service is called the “Fast Fluff.” Clients receive two hours, two Designers, for $200.  They, the client, can choose how to utilize that time.  We can “Fluff” a space, provide you with a detailed design plan

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West Omaha enjoyed exceptional sales activity through October. Sales did slow during November and December however. 1,441 transactions took place in 2009. Those 1,441 transactions are UP from 2008 sales (1,133) by 27%.

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Sales in November and December fell to 47 units in each month. The decline in sales activity tends to be typical for this time of the year as the market winds down during the fall as we approach the Holiday Season. In one sense the decline is healthy as it means that people focused on the Holiday Season, which seemed to bolster retail activity. Activity in dining establishments seemed to be strong as well. Both events have been interpreted as positive signals by this appraiser.

Another reason for this decline is attributed to the

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restoreomahalogo_201The Restore Omaha conference is this weekend.  What is it?  It's described as a "conference to promote the practice of historic restoration and to provide educational opportunities and information to the public and professionals".

You can see the entire conference schedule over at the Restore Omaha website.  The conference is March 5th and 6th at the Metro Community College South Campus at 27th & Q Streets.  There is a small registration fee, but if you're thinking about buying or restoring an old home, then it may be well worth your time and money.

Here are titles from a few of the sessions:

  • From Rags to Riches - The Restoration of a Grand Victorian
  • Restoration of a Commercial Building
  • How to Write a National Register Nomination
  • Selecting,
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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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radon-2_300Radon 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. 

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 20,000

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On Wednesday, there was a post on this blog by Jason Hellman - a mortgage planner with Dundee Mortgage Services.  Over the coming weeks you'll see posts by other professionals in this community who offer real estate related services.

I've been in real estate almost ten years, and in those ten years, I've worked with hundreds of individuals and companies offering real estate related services.  When you buy a house, it's important that your real estate agent has experience so he or she can recommend a reliable home inspector, mortgage broker, title company, etc.  I've worked with a lot of people in town, and in the coming weeks you'll see posts on this website from professionals I trust.

To make this the most useful website for home buyers and sellers in

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