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Over 8 Million Borrowers Could Save with a Mortgage Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 17, 2019, 10:50 AM
With a rate and term refinance, a homeowner lowers their monthly mortgage payment by originating a new loan with a lower interest rate.
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You’re Closing on Your Mortgage! Avoid These 5 Things
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 26, 2019, 1:40 PM
You're almost to the finish line, don't blow your closing in the final minutes
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Are Parents Hurting Homeownership?
Posted by Mike Dein - May 27, 2019, 10:12 AM
Millennial’s trend of moving back in with mom and dad has increased substantially and hurt their credit scores and could hinder buying a home.
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New Listing: 9103 Hanover Street Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by John Hardy - May 24, 2019, 12:24 PM
Well maintained, a nearly new multi-level with vaulted ceilings, open concept living priced under $200,000.
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5 Questions to Ask that Could Save You Money
Posted by John Hardy - May 8, 2019, 11:52 AM
Sometimes asking a simple question could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
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Analysis of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer.
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 22, 2019, 10:05 AM
On average, first-time home buyers make up a little less than half of total home buyers on the market.
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Report: Healthy Housing Market this Spring Home Buying Season
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 11, 2019, 2:04 PM
Spring is in the air in the Omaha housing market.
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Trump Calls to End Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 2, 2019, 11:09 AM
President signed a memorandum calling for an “overdue" reform of the housing finance system.
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Tax Day 2019 Checklist: Did you get all your home-related deductions?
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 1, 2019, 1:01 PM
Tax Day, or the last day for tax payers to file their income taxes, is Monday, April 15th. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, it’s time to get started!
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Flooding in Midwest Could Have Lasting Impact
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 25, 2019, 1:06 PM
Heavy rains and rapid snowmelt following last week’s “bomb cyclone” have caused severe flooding throughout the Midwest.
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VA Loan Originations More than Double for First-Time Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 20, 2019, 1:43 PM
The VA Loan has become the loan of choice for first-time home buyers who have served or are actively serving in the US military.
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Caution: Home Inspection Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 18, 2019, 2:10 PM
Home inspections are one of the most important steps in the home buying process and could reveal costly or dangerous problems you could face down the road.
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The Next Big Housing Trend May Be Small
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 6, 2019, 11:37 AM
The next most popular single-family home may be a townhouse. Over the past year, the "single-family attached" market is up 24%.
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HomeFundIt™ Review: Ryan and Aimee's Story
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 15, 2019, 11:32 AM
HomeFundIt™ crowdfunding could give you the boost you need to purchase a home sooner.
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3 Things First-Time Home Buyers May Not Know
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 13, 2019, 11:00 AM
Looking to buy your first home now, or sometime in the future, it’s never too early to do your research.
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Builders Cutting Prices to Stay Competitive
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 6, 2019, 1:19 PM
Study finds that 25.1% of newly constructed homes experienced a price drop in Q4 of 2018. Home shoppers in 2019 may be able to get a deal.
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3 Outdated Financial Tips You Might Still Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 4, 2019, 1:54 PM
What made sense for your parents years ago may not be relevant to today’s economy.
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Why Mortgage Points are Getting Popular Again
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2019, 2:43 PM
Whether or not points will benefit you financially depends on how long you plan on staying in your home, and your loan. Read more to determine.
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Why Rental Data Matters – Especially for Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 23, 2019, 10:09 AM
Rental prices fluctuate more rapidly than sales prices and can be a good indicator of housing market health.
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Can you get a mortgage with a credit freeze?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 14, 2019, 10:21 AM
While it protects you in cases of stolen identity, it also prevents legitimate lenders from accessing your credit.
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Don’t Make this Home Renovation Mistake
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 7, 2019, 2:27 PM
In 2017, 1 in 3 homeowners paid for some of their renovation project with a credit card, this is a dangerous debt to take on.
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Real Estate Predictions for 2019
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 31, 2018, 10:13 AM
After several years of a red-hot housing market, activity is expected to slow, and that’s good news for home buyers.
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Mortgage Debt Reaches 10-Year High
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 7, 2018, 12:32 PM
The Federal Reserve announced outstanding mortgage debt totaled $10.2 trillion in the second quarter of 2018, up 2.7%
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Can you afford to buy a home? How much to spend on housing?
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 5, 2018, 1:39 PM
For most Americans, both renters and homeowners, housing is their largest expense. But how much is too much to spend on housing costs?
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Saving for a Down Payment Might Take up to 7 Years or More
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 10, 2018, 9:34 AM
Getting creative could cut saving process down to months with one of our partners.
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What Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation Means for the Future of the CFPB
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 17, 2018, 1:40 PM
The Senate's vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has Washington questioning what will happen to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Market Forecast October 2018
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 15, 2018, 2:11 PM
Builder sentiment was positive last month. Housing starts jumped, but building permits tapered off. Existing home sales were unchanged.
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Buyer Beware: How to Spot Down Payment Wire Transfer Fraud
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 22, 2018, 3:16 PM
CNBC reported on a new variant of wire transfer fraud schemes targeting home buyers at the time of closing.
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Millennials Delay Marriage, Not Homeownership
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 17, 2018, 2:25 PM
In 1985, 75% of first-time home buyers were married, today, it’s 57%.
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First-Time Home Buyers Outnumber Repeat Buyers
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 4, 2018, 2:15 PM
Despite the down payment obstacle, first-time home buyers continue to dominate the housing market.
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More First-Time Home Buyers Using Retirement Money for Down Payment
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 21, 2018, 2:21 PM
In an alarming trend, one in three homeowners ages 21-34 from took out loans against their retirement account to pay for their down payment.
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Should You Buy First or Sell First?
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 17, 2018, 1:53 PM
Each route has its own advantages, depending on your situation. Read this then consult with us on the best option for your situation.
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Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Popular Again
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 7, 2018, 11:27 PM
With an adjustable-rate mortgage, the interest rate will move up or down after a fixed period of an introductory rate that lasts three to seven years.
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How to Really Retire Early
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 1, 2018, 4:55 PM
Simply saving money is not enough to build wealth. It’s not about how much money you save, but what you do with that savings.
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Don’t Believe This Big Credit Card Myth
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 25, 2018, 1:28 PM
Lenders use the credit score to evaluate a borrower’s ability to repay the loan. Your credit score is integral to your ability to qualify for a mortgage.
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Homeowner Equity Hits Record High
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 23, 2018, 1:29 PM
This month, tappable homeowner equity, reached the highest level ever recorded.
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How to Buy a Home When You’re Self-Employed
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 12, 2018, 5:59 PM
Buying a home when you are self-employed or own your own business will require more documentation than if you are a salaried employee with a yearly W2.
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Mortgage Application Denied. What to do Next
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 18, 2018, 9:39 AM
While it’s a setback, mortgage application denial does not have to mean the end of your home search. Take these proactive steps to get you back on track.
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Coming Up: What to Watch in Housing
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 17, 2018, 2:58 PM
A list of the top issues impacting real estate and mortgage lending over the next three to seven years.
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Your Mortgage Shouldn’t be One Size Fits All
Posted by Mike Dein - May 31, 2018, 2:18 PM
This year’s Mortgage Bankers Association conference most prevalent topic of discussion was the growing market for different types of mortgage loans.
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Why Some Millennials are Skipping Starter Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - May 14, 2018, 5:14 PM
Millennials have delayed homeownership long enough to advance to a comfortable place in their career and qualify for the financing needed for a larger home.
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NEVER Put These Expenses on Credit Cards
Posted by Mike Dein - May 10, 2018, 2:56 PM
NEVER put these expenses on credit cards. Credit cards are no longer the "emergency use only" tools they once were. Outstanding consumer credit card debt surpassed $1 trillion in 2017, the highest it's ever been.
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Credit Scores Could Improve
Posted by Mike Dein - May 6, 2018, 12:19 AM
Earlier this month, all three major credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, announced they would exclude tax liens from consumer credit reports.
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Housing Homeless Veterans
Posted by Mike Dein - May 4, 2018, 12:25 AM
HUD and VA Commit $43 Million Toward Housing Homeless Veterans
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Unmarried Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - May 3, 2018, 6:00 AM
What Unmarried Couples Should Know When Buying a Home Together.
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How To Repurpose Closed Mall Space
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2017, 7:18 AM
With retailers struggling to keep up with online sales, the landscape of the modern American mall is changing.
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FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limits
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 27, 2017, 7:06 AM
Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the maximum conforming loan limits for the second year in a row.
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