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3 Steps to prepare before moving day!

What size truck do you need? How many boxes? Is the old couch coming, too? Better figure it out now.

Properly preparing for any move — whether big or small — is essential for a successful, low(er) stress moving experience.

Assessing everything in and outside your home that you want to take along — and figuring out exactly how you’ll actually get everything on your list into your new space — is essential when preparing to move. Here are three steps to pulling it off.  

Taking inventory

Making a list of all your belongings may be daunting, but it’s necessary for a flawless moving experience. Take comfort knowing that once you commit, the benefits of a home inventory don’t end on moving day.

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13263 Binney St- SOLD

Beautiful custom home built by Ted Grace. 1.5 Story in Eagle Run West, backs to Champions golf course. One owner home with lovely highend finishes throughout. Living Room features large windows and soaring ceilings with lots of natural light. Kitchen has an open hearth area w/fireplace, large mudroom off to kitchen. Master BR w/huge bathroom & walk-in closet. 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths & office area. Spacious walk-out basement w/kitchen & playroom.

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15420 Farnam Circle - SOLD

Take a look at this beautiful home getting ready to hit the market! Looking for your new home in the Millard North Schools area don't miss out on this gorgeous home! 

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528 Brentwood Rd - SOLD

Beautifully maintained Dist. 66 Ranch on .3 acres! Hardwood floors throughout. 3 season knotty pine enclosed porch. Ann addtional 300 sq. ft. 409 additional sq.ft. in basement. Drywall up. Great for a rec room. Huge flat lot. Won't last! "AS IS"

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3704 Hawthorne Ave - SOLD

Stunning turn of the century 2 1/2 story home in the heart of historic Bemis Park. Main floor boasts spacious rooms for entertaining with original wood floors, paneling, fixtures and built-ins. Updated kitchen features granite countertops, gas range and ceramic tile floors. Second floor has huge master suite w/full bath, a Jack and Jill bedroom layout and office/sitting room. Lower level in-law suite w/seperate entrance. Newer windows and roof. Just minutes to downtown Omaha/Creighton.

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2002 N 204 St - ACTIVE $1,050,000

Beautiful property that not only can be used as a home, but also for an office and business all in one. 4+acreage land. Great sized 3 bed, 2.5 bath Ranch with a walk out basement.

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14924 Burt Dr - SOLD

Gorgeous south facing 2 story in Seville! Spacious family room with a fireplace and a wet bar. Kitchen has a center island, a pantry and hard wood flooring. 4 nice sized bedrooms. Master suite includes a sitting room and full bath with a whirlpool tub. Well landscaped, privacy fenced yard. Newer high end presidential roof.

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21706 Edgevale PL - SOLD

One owner home, custom build for them in 1976. Very well maintained. 4 very good size bedrooms, HVAC System less than 10 years old.

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8805 Raven Oaks Dr - Sold

"LOSEYOURSELF IN NATURE AND FIND PEACE" with this West-facing home, backing to natural woods and surrounding by hundreds of perennials. A 2 year old tiered deck gives a vision point as deer, turkey, and red fox stroll by. Low taxes, vacant adjacent lot(also for sale) which allows for a spacious priceless atmosphere. Relax in an interior with aspects of a sunken main level den, cathedral ceilings, wood floors, and finished LL Rec room. Easy acess to airport, old Market, and west Omaha.

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15815 Young Circle - SOLD

SOLD - Don't want to build new? Buy this near new spacious Ranch with Vaulted Ceilings throughout the main floor! 3 bed, 2 bath, 3 car garage nestled in a cozy cul-de-sac on .02 acres with no backyard neighbors. Basement has over 1150 finished sqft for entertaining, plus a room for tons of storage space.

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5075 S 176th Circle - SOLD

This gorgeous home sits on a large cul-de-sac lot and includes a huge private park-like backyard. Tons of amenities including Brazilian cherry flring, soaring ceilings, open flr plan, ceramic tile flring, formal dining room & much more! The kit has SS appliances, pantry, island & dining area. Finished walk-out LL w/ 2nd
kit, rec rm w/ bar, bonus rms & a two ¾ baths. Partially covered deck, 8 person Jacuzzi, lovely landscaping, new roof, dual zone htg w/ antibacterial system and so much more!

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New construction ranch style home mini tour

Different Ranch models of new construction

 

I spend a lot of my time working and showing builder model homes and I have seen a lot of recent interest in small ranch homes.  A ranch is a single story above ground home with a basement below ground with one or more bedrooms above ground.   Most of these builders base their pricing with an unfinished basement which is generally 100% of the size of the main floor so a ranch style home will usually have a very large basement when compared to other styles.  The 3 different builders and floorplans I will discuss are all at $220-250,000 without a finished basement.

It is quite common to get a request to build these as handicap accessible and all of the builders can modify these plans to accommodate.   Generally all will have plumbing roughed in for a bathroom in the basement and there is lots of room to expand below. 

This first home is the Garnet plan from Richland Homes...

January Market stats

Hey it’s Realtor David Neese from OmahaRealEstate.com and here are our Omaha real estate market stats for January of 2016. 

If you have a home to sell this is definitely the time to get it on the market as we are definitely cruising along in a hot seller’s market.

Comparing January of 2015 to 2016 we see some rapid acceleration in sales.  Active homes for sale dropped 18.35%, from 2,964 to 2,420 which is a huge drop in inventory.

Average time on market for homes that actually sold dropped 28%, that’s right 28%!  It was down from 57 days a year ago to 41 days this year.  Mind you days on market always drags a bit in the winter here for some crazy reason.  What is interesting is the size of the drop considering the harshness of this winter compared to last year’s winter.  ...

Omaha real estate market stats for December 2015

Omaha real estate market stats for December 2015

Omaha has seen steady increases in real estate sales all throughout 2015 and December of 2015 compared to December of 2014 is no exception. 

There has been a 16.49% decrease in inventory meaning homes are getting harder and harder to find.  The average list price is up 6.46% and average sales price is 7.31% higher than the previous December.

The average overall sales price for December was $194,462 which includes new construction.  For existing homes the median sales price was $152,450 which was a 6.19% increase over the prior December. 

New construction saw an annual increase of 5.27% growing from 285k a year ago to 301k for 2015.  New construction saw a 4.45% increase in homes sold over the prior year with 1,615 new homes sold throughout metro Omaha. 

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill...