Buying Omaha Real Estate

Find out everything you need to know about buying real estate in Omaha, NE.

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

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 10:43am. 33867 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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FHA Loans for First Time Buyers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 3:58pm. 3125 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.

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What to Look For in a Home Inspector

Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 10:45am. 2593 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. 3251 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. 5586 Views, 0 Comments.

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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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Top 7 Townhomes, Condos & Flats in Omaha, NE

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 12:07pm. 8641 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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Renting & Buying Historic Homes

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 2:59pm. 3688 Views, 0 Comments.

It's the mystery, history, and romance attached to historic homes that many people find attractive. For some people, renting a historical home is a good option. While renting a historic mansion is not without its challenges, it is certainly a good option for people who are unable to buy a mansion or historic home.

Whether you want to rent or buy a historic home, you will find useful information and links in this post.

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Renting Historic Homes

Unoccupied historic homes often require caretakers to help protect the home against weather, pest damage, vandalism, and fire. Sometimes societies, private organizations, or programs administered by cities will pay for the upkeep of the home and provide the caretaker with rent free accommodations within the…

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Omaha’s Gold Coast Historic District

Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 4:49pm. 6877 Views, 0 Comments.

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Located in Midtown Omaha, the Gold Coast Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. According to the Gold Coast Historic District Preservation Association, 357 properties have historical significance in this area.

The Gold Coast Historic District is comprised of Blackstone, Cathedral, and Joslyn Castle. These neighborhoods reflect the housing styles of the times, including Tudor Revival, Classical Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Prairie Style, and Jacobethan Revival.

Gold Coast Location

The Gold Coast District is comprised of roughly 30 blocks between 36th, 40th, Jones, and Cuming Streets.

History of the Gold Coast District

During the 1920s, Omaha's Gold Coast was a social…

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Home Buying: A Home Features Checklist

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 4:18pm. 4297 Views, 0 Comments.

Deciding to buy a home is a huge financial decision. Once credit checks have been done and a price limit has been set, many people relax, thinking the rest (touring different homes and picking one) will be easy. But is difficult to rely on memory alone for keeping track of the features of even a few homes. It is also difficult not to be swayed into thinking that one very appealing feature in a home can make up for a lack of other features that you wanted.

Eat-in KitchenBefore looking at any homes, it is a good idea to go through the following checklist and decide what features are important to you. Make sure you identify which features you must have and which features you would like, but could live without. Stick to your original features list and only let your…

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Top Five Most Popular Omaha Neighborhoods

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 2:32pm. 26658 Views, 0 Comments.

downtown_omaha_380Both the public and the private schools in Omaha's most popular neighborhoods receive excellent ratings from parents.

Benson

Benson is a historic neighborhood in North Omaha. Students attend Benson West Elementary School, Monroe Middle School, and Benson High School.

Throughout Benson, there are numerous live music venues and a main street with businesses, a post office, and a library. Gallagher Park is located within Benson at 2936n North 52nd Street.

Additional popular attractions include eclectic stores, excellent restaurants and cafes, a Farmers Market on Saturdays, and a Community Center that is used for events, activities, and classes. These attractions are all within walking distance of available parking. View Benson homes for…

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