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Mortgage Outlook: Rates May Creep Upward in February

  • Holden Lewis
  • February mortgage rates forecast

    I predict that mortgage rates will edge upward in February as the Federal Reserve moves toward restoring bond markets to normal.

    The Fed has been intervening in bond markets to push down on interest rates and keep money flowing through the financial system during the pandemic. As that intervention draws to a close, mortgage rates will rise faster than the yields on the 10-year Treasury note, which is the vehicle that the government uses to get a 10-year loan. Usually, 30-year mortgages and 10-year Treasurys rise and fall roughly in tandem. But they got out of sync during the pandemic.


How to Clean Your Home's Air Filters for a Healthy House

Keep your HVAC system running efficiently with these simple maintenance tips. It's easier than you might imagine to clean an air conditioner filter or furnace filter. Here's exactly how and when it's time to replace them.

7 Unexpected Ways to Upgrade Your Home Office

Refresh your decor and boost productivity with these impressive home office improvements.

How to Help Clients with Vacation Homes

Buying vacation homes can be a happy experience for agents and clients. Whether clients have dreamed about the purchase for a long time or fell in love with a location instantly, they are usually excited about their decision. Vacation homes are often in beautiful settings, which can be fun for agents to show and for clients to tour. Here’s how agents can help with these special purchases:



Vacation homes are often second or even third homes, which means your clients likely have a completely different set of needs and expectations than they do for their main residence.  Ask them lots of questions before you start showing them properties to pinpoint what’s important to them. Do they want a more relaxed style of living? Are they willing to sacrifice living space for coveted views? Do they plan on entertaining lots of company? Is proximity to recreational...

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Best Pumpkin Patches Near Omaha

Our 2021 Omaha Area Pumpkin Patch Guide is here!

Discover 16 of the Best Pumpkin Patches near Omaha, and find where you can pick pumpkins, explore corn mazes, and go on hayrides near you! Find an Interactive Map of Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards here!

→ Looking to go apple picking? Find the Best Apple Orchards near the...

How to Paint and Stencil Tile Floors for a Budget-Friendly Update

Get the look of pricey patterned tiles at a fraction of the cost. Learn the tricks to a long-lasting finish with this tutorial on how to paint and stencil tile floors.

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Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall

If you're trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers' market we're in today won't last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later.

1. Your House Will Likely Sell Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes continue to sell quickly – ...

Sunshine For Kids Golf Tournament OmahaRealEstate.Com Team

Get to know Sunshine For Kids Foundation! The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities and opportunities for children with cancer so they may once again do what Kids are meant to do… have fun and celebrate life. For over 30 years, this great company has supported, volunteered for, chaperoned and loved the Sunshine Kids. The many fundraising activities undertaken each year by the network Brokers, Managers and Sales Professionals of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices play a major role in helping put smiles on the faces of Kids with cancer everywhere.

OmahaRealEstate.Com Team is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event and brokerage.  If you are interested in making a donation visit

Annual Sunshine Kids Foundation Golf Tournament was hosted @ Tiburon Golf Club & Banquet Facility. We had 49 amazing sponsors with a total of 54 teams!

Here are...

Pet Parents Are Calling This Water Bottle A 'Must-Have' For Dogs

It has more than 11,000 five star ratings on Amazon.

By Samantha Driscoll 
June 28, 2021
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One of the best parts of owning a dog is getting to bring them along on all of your outdoor adventures. When you take your dog on a long walk, hike or even an extended road trip, it's important to keep them hydrated. There are tons of collapsible and portable water bowl options...

10 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Summer


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10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer


Warmer weather is here, which means it's time for backyard barbeques, evenings spent on the patio, gardening, and playing catch with the kids. Break out the home maintenance checklist. We're here to help you get your home ready for summer with these tips. 

1. Get Your A/C Tuned Up


While there are ...

Clay Warren

Introducing Clay Warren

Clay has been a licensed Realtor since 2017 and with the Team for his entire career.  He and his fiancé Kelly will be tying the knot this July!  They both love art, music, traveling, their pets, and the outdoors.  Kelly is the dental hygienist for the Walnut Creek Pediatric Dental office and they call Pepperwood Village home here in Omaha.  Clay is passionate about his real estate career and always stays on the cutting edge of knowledge for his clients.  It is his goal to provide some of the best service in the industry so that the people he does business with feel confident in securing a real estate agent for life.  He takes his client’s interests to heart and always strives to do the best he possibly can for them with integrity, dependability, and accountability being...

Brandon Robben

Introducing Brandon Robben.

Brandon Robben has been a part of OmahaRealEstate.Com team since the beginning (over 6 years) and a licensed realtor in NE, for 8 years. Brandon has been married to his amazing wife Michale for 6 wonderful years and they have a handsome 4 yr. old and fun golden retriever named Willie! Brandon is a proud family man who enjoys traveling, long walks on beaches, watching football, spending family time! Brandon goes above and beyond to ensure his clients find the perfect home!




Bachelors of Science - Kinesiology



Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Keep Your Kitchen Cool

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What to do Before Contacting a Realtor

When it comes time to buy or sell a home, you might think that your first step is to contact a real estate agent. But don’t be hasty! There are some key things that will make your real estate transaction smoother if you accomplish them before sitting down with your Realtor.

  1. Get pre-approved

The best thing you can do before meeting with a real estate agent is to get pre-approved. Sit down with a mortgage lender and run your numbers. They’ll determine what you are pre-approved for a mortgage which will be helpful when deciding on a budget. Many real estate agents won’t meet with clients until they are pre-approved, so accomplishing this step will be helpful in the long run.

  1. Decide on what you want

You don’t have to know exactly what you want when it comes to your new home, but nail down some basics like area of town,...

Til’ Debt Do Us Part: How to Get a Mortgage If One Spouse Has A Poor Credit Score

A poor credit history is a reality for many people, but it can be particularly daunting when it comes to investing in a house. Fortunately, simply because you or yours have experienced bad credit doesn’t mean that you should be penalized in the future. If your spouse has struggled with bad credit in the past but you’re both preparing to move forward and invest in a home, here are some tips for getting it together financially.

Face The Music

Many people who have bad credit are too scared to take a look at their credit report and broach it honestly, but it’s important to come to terms with the problem so that it can be fixed. Instead of ignoring it, get a copy of the credit report and review it for any errors so that you can update these if needed and be aware of the issues impacting your credit score. While there may not be any inaccuracies on the report, knowing what you’re dealing with will give you a point to start from.

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3 ‘Hidden’ Costs You’ll Uncover Buying Your First Home – and How to Plan for Them

Are you about to become a first-time home buyer? If so, there’s a lot to get excited about. You’ll soon be a home owner, able to customize and improve your living space as you see fit.

Of course, buying a home is an investment unlike any other. To get the best deal on your home, you’ll need to be diligent. Let’s have a look at some of the hidden costs you may uncover when buying your first home.

#1: The Home Inspection (And What It Finds)

A major step before buying any home is the inspection. A licensed inspector will go over the home from top to bottom, looking for current or future issues. The inspection itself isn’t very costly. But any unresolved issues that come up may lead to expensive problems later.

If possible, try to ensure that the seller pays for any necessary repairs. When you take possession of the home, it should be in top condition.

#2: Taxes And Fees You’ve Never Even Heard Of

You already know about the major...

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