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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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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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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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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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As most of us know, Easter is a Christian holiday in which the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. 

But somewhere along the way, the religious narrative was hijacked by a fuzzy-eared fellow named the Easter bunny. That made us think, "How exactly did this happen? And how did this bunny end up toting around eggs?!" Not to mention the baskets, the pastel colors and the coloring of said eggs. 

So, we did a little digging into the history of the Easter bunny and found some pretty interesting things. 

The Easter Bunny Doesn't Come From the Bible

Even though the Bible is the source of the resurrection narrative upon which the holiday is based, it's dfeinitely not the source of the famed bunny. The bunny as an animal or a symbol isn't mentioned

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It's not every day that you run across a good meatball. 

They tend to be a thing of the past in most parts, specialty you get a few times a year when you have enough energy to mix up some ground meat, throw in spices and toss them in the oven while the noodles boil. You might splurge once in a while on a meatball sub, but it never quite tastes the same, does it? 

Well, for those of you who crave a consistent menu of meaty spheres, your manna is ready to fall from heaven. According to recent reports by the restaurants Facebook page and by the Omaha World-Herald, a restaurant by the name of The Blackstone Meatball is set to open sometime this summer.

Wait...a Restaurant Devoted to Meatballs? Umm....

Don't worry. Blackstone's concept is more than

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