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As a member of the Hopkins Minino Home Team, I am eager to assist you with all of your real estate needs. The Hopkins Minino Home Team is ranked amongst the top 3 RealtorĀ® Teams in the Omaha metropolitan area. I am committed to providing you with the utmost attention to detail, to listen to your needs and to counsel you on all facets of your real estate transactions.

As a third genteration Realtor, I have access to the knowledge and expertise needed to provide you the top level of service you deserve. Whether you are buying, selling or relocating, I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

There are currently 23 blog entries published by Steve Minino.

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Choosing to Rent Out Your Home

Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 1:35pm. 3324 Views, 0 Comments.

In the current housing market, some people find it difficult to sell their homes. Downsizing to a house payment that is less than the amount that they are currently paying can be the only option for a homeowner whose home simply isn't selling. Rather than taking a significant loss on the value of their home, many sellers opt to rent out their home rather than sell it at a reduced price to buy themselves some time. This scenario isn't all that uncommon across the country. Many homeowners have become unwitting landlords, even if it's only until they can sell their home in a more favorable market.

Know the Local Rental Laws

Most homeowners would rather not become landlords, but if it's the only viable way to avoid taking a huge hit when they sell their…

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Five Tips For Saving That You Haven't Heard of Yet

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 10:43am. 33872 Views, 0 Comments.

MoneyNeed some motivation to save up for that down payment? Want to put more back into your mortgage? You've likely heard many tired tips and tricks for saving: buy in bulk, stick to a budget, the list goes on and on. We've collected some tips you likely haven't come across yet, to give you the extra help you need to reign in your spending so that you can make some headway on purchasing your home.

    1. Get healthy. Paying attention to your own health and wellness is probably the most overlooked strategy for giving your bank account a boost. There are many reasons that being healthy physically will make you healthy financially. For starters, being healthy means you'll be able to work more days, which means more money in your bank account. It also means less…

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Fire Prevention Tips for the Home

Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 4:38pm. 4342 Views, 0 Comments.

Smoke AlarmJust this past Thursday, a fire at an apartment building at 144th St. and West Maple Rd. rendered 30 residents (possibly more) homeless. All those inside the building were evacuated, and none were injured, although one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. In December, another residential fire destroyed homes in a building just minutes from Thursday's fire. The December fire was caused by something burning that was not properly extinguished, and this may have been the case for the most recent fire too. Your home is likely your biggest investment, so we'd like to provide some tips to help prevent these awful fires:

  • Some tips for directly preventing a fire include, as you likely already know: never leaving a burning…

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FHA Loans for First Time Buyers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 3:58pm. 3127 Views, 0 Comments.

First Time Home BuyersIf you're looking forward to buying your first home, but you're concerned about qualifying for a traditional home loan, you might want to consider applying for an FHA loan. The FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, has been offering mortgage insurance since the 1930s, and offers buyers a means of getting a mortgage that they might not otherwise be eligible for.

The Pros

For first time buyers, often the greatest hurdle to getting a mortgage is having enough money to cover the down payment. One of the biggest benefits of getting an FHA loan is that the down payment can be as low as 3.5%. This puts home ownership within reach for a lot of buyers, particularly those in their twenties and thirties, who might not have much capital on-hand.

FHA loans…

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What to Look For in a Home Inspector

Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 10:45am. 2594 Views, 0 Comments.

Home InspectorA home inspection is a critical part of buying a home, but how do you choose who to hire? While you can look online or in the phone book, the best way is to get a referral from someone who's worked with a local inspector in the past and had a positive experience. Ask friends, family, and of course your real estate agent, who can suggest potential home inspectors to interview. When you've collected a few names, it's important to learn more about each home inspector, to find the right one for you. You'll want someone who:

    • Performs home inspections as their full-time job.
    • Is licensed if your state requires licensing. You can check to see which states require licensing here.
    • Has been an inspector for at least a few…

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Red Flags to Watch for When Buying a Home

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 5:30pm. 3253 Views, 0 Comments.

Home BuyersWhen house hunting, it can be easy to become emotionally attached to a property. Maybe it's in the perfect location, or it has that fireplace you've always wanted. Before you start planning where your grandmother's hutch is going to go, it's imperative that you take a closer look at the house to make sure there are no potentially costly issues lurking behind that great first impression.

Here are some of the most important items to watch for as you look for homes. They're not necessarily deal breakers, but they could be indicative of serious issues, so be sure to investigate further if you come across any of the following problems.

Cracks in the foundation. If there are lots of small cracks, or cracks that are bigger than a quarter of an inch, it…

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Buying "Green" Homes in Omaha, NE

Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 5:27pm. 5589 Views, 0 Comments.


Many people are attempting to build or remodel homes in Omaha to Green Building Standards. But home builders, architects, designers, and home owners all have different perspectives on what a "green" home in Omaha looks like. So if you are looking to buy a green home, how can you be sure that it is a green home? Do all certified green homes have the same features?

First, true green homes are certified. A Nebraska Certified Green Built home will have documentation that a buyer can see. Homes built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards will also have documentation. There are different levels of LEED certification, so if you are looking to buy a LEED built home, ensure that you understand what the different levels are. Some…

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Omaha, NE Golf Courses, Golf Course Homes & the Transformation of the Fontenelle Golf Course

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 12:55pm. 4104 Views, 0 Comments.

omaha_golfOmaha has dozens of excellent golf courses surrounded by beautiful golf course homes. Award-winning golf courses in Omaha include: The Happy Hollow Club & Course, Shadow Ridge Country Club & Course, Omaha Country Club, Players Club at Deer Creek, and Quarry Oaks Golf Club. There are, however, dozens of other great golf courses to enjoy in Omaha.

Homes near golf courses are often highly prized because they offer wide open, perfectly manicured landscapes and exciting games of golf to watch. Golf communities ensure that residents have easy access to private or public golf courses. Omaha's exquisite golf course communities are perfect for golfers and their families.

Omaha Golf Course Homes & Communities:

    • Deer Creek - off 120th Street and State…

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Top 7 Townhomes, Condos & Flats in Omaha, NE

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 12:07pm. 8646 Views, 0 Comments.

Omaha Loft Living

Have you ever considered living in an Omaha townhome, condo, or loft?

Perhaps, you want an affordable home, the security of nearby neighbors, and a yard that requires little to no maintenance. Maybe a luxury Omaha condo with a fantastic view, custom finishing, and maintenance free living is more your style. Or perhaps you favor the trendy, art scene of the urban, historic district of Omaha and living in bright, open, modern lofts.

Whatever you prefer, checkout the condos Omaha has to offer. Here is our top 7 list of townhomes, condos, and flats in Omaha.

Top 7 Condos, Flats, and Townhomes in Omaha

Number 7: Aspen Condos

Located at 8941 Miami Street, Aspen Condos is in the center of Omaha. Amenities include: granite countertops, custom…

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Tremendous Growth in Papillion

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 11:14am. 8763 Views, 0 Comments.

Papillion New ConstructionThis summer, Papillion has been preparing for many new building projects. From downtown Papillion to Midlands Place, new businesses are opening, or planning to open, all over town. It is good to see these new businesses opening and replacing piles of dirt after months of waiting for permits.

Papillion's Chick-fil-A at Market Point, near 72nd Street and Peters Parkway, has recently opened its doors for business. Shadow Lake Towne Center has additional new stores moving in including Piers 1 Imports, Weight Watchers, and Charter West National Bank. There are rumors that Project Photon and numerous smaller projects are in the works.

There are still many planned projects for Papillion. SAC Federal Credit Union will be in a four-story building southeast…

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