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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...
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.
Posted by Rick Kanne on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 11:01 AMBy Rick Kanne / June 16, 2021Comment
Introducing Clay Warren
Clay has been a licensed Realtor since 2017 and with the OmahaRealEstate.com 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,...
Posted by Blanca Martinez on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3:23 PMBy Blanca Martinez / June 8, 2021Comment
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!
Posted by Rick Kanne on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:46 PMBy Rick Kanne / May 16, 2017Comment
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.
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.
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...
Posted by Rick Kanne on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:56 PMBy Rick Kanne / May 15, 2017Comment
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.
Posted by Rick Kanne on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:53 PMBy Rick Kanne / May 9, 2017Comment
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.
Posted by Rick Kanne on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:49 PMBy Rick Kanne / May 3, 2017Comment
When you’re delving into the market in the hopes of finding your dream home, it’s likely you’ll come across the term debt-to-income ratio. This may not seem important at first, but your DTI is the key to determining the amount of money you can put into your home and just how much you should spend on a monthly basis. If you’re curious about what this means for you, here’s how to calculate it and how it can impact your mortgage.
What’s Your DTI Ratio?
One of the best ways to determine whether or not a home is affordable for you is to first calculate your DTI ratio. To get this amount, add up all of your monthly payments including any credit card, loan and mortgage payments, and divide this amount by your gross monthly income. The amount you get is your DTI percentage and this will help to determine how much your monthly payment should be.
What Does Your DTI Mean?
Your DTI percentage helps to determine the amount of house you...
Posted by Rick Kanne on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:47 PMBy Rick Kanne / April 26, 2017Comment
Many millennials are expected to enter the housing market in the next year with the interest rates still low. However, while it may be a good time, it does not necessarily mean that it’s the right time for you to make the investment. If you’re currently weighing your options when it comes to home ownership, here are some things to consider before you decide put the money down.
Are You Struggling With Student Debt?
It’s possible to invest in a home when you’re still paying down student debt, but if you’re also struggling with a low-paying job and a high debt load, it may not be the right time to buy. Instead of trying to make ends meet to pay a monthly mortgage payment, it might be a better decision to pay off some of your debt, lower your interest costs and consider investing later on. This will also enable you to afford more home when you decide the time is right to buy.
Posted by Rick Kanne on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:41 PMBy Rick Kanne / April 18, 2017Comment
There are so many ways in which you can green up your home and make it more sustainable these days that many people are considering tankless water heaters. While this can certainly be the right option depending on the space you have and the type of water you use, here are some things to consider before you decide to invest in the switch.
Maximizing Your Space
One of the biggest issues with a traditional water heater is the amount of space it takes up, whether it’s a side closet or a closed-off area in the basement. Fortunately, one of the benefits of tankless water heaters is that they can be wall-mounted almost anywhere in your house so they won’t need their own separate space. The traditional water heater may be bulky and require an area of its own, but your tankless water heater will not have to work around the needs of the rest of the house!
Heating What’s Needed
While a traditional water heater stores water and will be able to supply hot water...
Posted by Rick Kanne on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:44 PMBy Rick Kanne / April 5, 2017Comment
Yes, this miracle product does more than fix squeaky hinges on doors! Most of us have a can of WD-40 laying around the house, but don’t know some of the incredible things that it can do. Here are our five favorite uses for this product.
Five New Uses for WD-40 | CBSHOME
Clean off chewing gum
Next time you have gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, or heaven forbid, in someone’s hair, you can clean it off with a little bit of WD-40. Just spray the gum liberally and it should slide right out. No bad haircut necessary!
Remove crayon from walls
Is your little artist getting a little carried away with their artwork? You can remove crayon from walls and other surfaces with WD-40!
Posted by Rick Kanne on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:30 PMBy Rick Kanne / March 17, 2017Comment
The idea of embarking on home renovations may strike many homeowners as an expensive one, but there are plenty of ways that you can easily upgrade your home without spending a lot of money. If you’re looking for improvements that will truly (and frugally) improve the value of your home, here are a few do-it-yourself options you may want to consider.
Change The Lighting
There are few small fixes that will improve the look of your home like lighting, so one of the best things you can do for the overall look of your house is change out some of your bulbs. Instead of going for a light that will look dingy or orange, choose a tone that’s not too bright but will still illuminate your rooms and highlight their best features naturally. Much like a coat of paint, the right light can change everything about the way a visitor will view your home.
Consider A Cabinet Makeover
One of the most outdated features in a kitchen is the kitchen cabinets, and it’s also one of...
Posted by Rick Kanne on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:36 PMBy Rick Kanne / February 27, 2017Comment
Last week’s readings on new and existing home sales provided further evidence of strengthening housing markets. Both categories of home sales exceeded December’s readings. Consumer sentiment was lower in February than for January and average rates were mixed with fixed rates higher and the rate for 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages lower. Consumer sentiment lower in February.
New and Previously–owned Home Sales Higher in January
Home sales volume rose in January regardless of obstacles including higher mortgage rates and rising home prices. The National Association of Realtors® reported more sales of pre-owned homes in January. 5.69 million homes were sold on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis in January, which surpassed expectations of 5.57 million sales and December’s reading of 5.51 million sales of previously-owned homes.
New home sales also rose in January. 555,000 new home sales were reported, which fell short of 586,000 new home sales expected. 535,000...
Posted by Rick Kanne on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:42 PMBy Rick Kanne / February 15, 2017Comment
The post-election period is often one of uncertainty, and the time since the 2016 election has been no different with regards to market force and the financial world. With a new administration taking office, there are many questions regarding how Donald Trump’s presidency will impact the market and your mortgage. If you’re wondering what the predictions are for the coming year, here are a few things the experts are considering.
An Increase In Rates
Due to an expected hike in rates by the Federal Reserve, it’s unlikely that potential homebuyers will be able to get the low interest rates of previous years. While higher rates are likely, the proposed tax plan and budget of Donald Trump may lead to increased inflation and could also have an impact on rates down the road. The low rates of previous years certainly made homeownership a more feasible option, but it’s still a good time to get into a home before they rise even more.