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23 Things Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

Originally posted by Emily Starbuck Crone, Nerd Wallet.  Buying a home can be nervewracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process is complicated and fraught with unfamiliar lingo and surprise expenses. To make the first-time home buying journey a little less…

March Newsletter

Homeowner Tax Breaks The interest on a home equity loan or home equity line of credit can also be deducted when you file your taxes. The total amount of your state and local property taxes is deductible from your federal tax filing. Rental property owners are able to deduct the cost of repairs and improvements made to…

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips. Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is Orignally posted by Douglas Trattner on HGTV.com – It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to…

February Newsletter

Have you heard of NIFA? NIFA stands for Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and they offer some pretty amazing programs with first time home buyers in mind. For instance, they have a Home Buyer’s Assistance program (HBA) in which the required down payment is as low as $1,000. Most first time home buyers I work with…

10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

Try these ideas to turn your backyard into a relaxing outdoor oasis. 1. Dress Up Your Deck Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck. A pergola covered with luxurious vines and an abundance of plants in containers…

Get Organized: Take a 10-Day Simplification Challenge

Organizational expert Emily Ley helps us get a jump-start on our New Year’s clear-outs. Originally posted on Houzz by Becky Harris on January 4, 2018 Emily Ley has twin toddlers and a 6-year-old, runs a business that employs five people, writes books and creates the popular organizer line Simplified Planner. To make it all work and…

First-Time Home Buyer Checklist: Have You Done Everything?

Originally posted on April 4, 2017 by Daniel Bortz on Realtor.com Think you’re ready to buy your first home? Congrats! That’s a big step—and one where it’s wise to know for sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row first. To help you figure that out, here’s an all-in-one first-time home buyer checklist with everything…