While it may not officially be winter yet, don't forget to winterize your home
before the real chill hits! Here is a quick checklist to follow:

  • Protect Your Pipes. Pipe insulation is an simple and cost effective way of preventing your
    pipes from bursting when the temperature drops and remains low.
  • Time to Weatherproof. Weatherstripping (or installing storm doors and windows if you
    need them) will prevent cold air from entering your home or heat from escaping it, which
    will reduce your power bills.
  • Check your Fireplace. Animal nests or creosote buildup in your fireplace can be
    hazardous. Have an annual inspection before building your first fire of the season.
  • Block the Cold. Caulk around windows and use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air
    from entering your home.
  • Change Your Thermostat. Have you switched out your thermostat to a programmable
    version? If not, add this one to your list. A programmable thermostat lets you customize
    your heating so the system doesn’t run when you don’t need it.
  • Save on Your Energy Bills. Call your local power company to see if they conduct energy
    saving assessments. It’s often a free service in which a representative will identify specific
    changes to make your home more energy efficient and save you money.

The Housing Market is Red-Hot in the Heartland!

After years of soaring real estate prices in popular coastal areas, demand has notably slowed in
these markets as home prices have far exceeded wage growth. Now, it’s smaller, midwestern
cities that are gaining all the traction, with real estate in these heartland markets seeing lots of
action.

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the housing market has illustrated a
noticeable shift in activity toward the center of the country. The article describes markets that are
seeing so much interest, prices are rising and bidding wars are commencing as a shortage of
inventory – particularly for starter homes – has buyers competing for properties.

But while the economy has been strong, the housing market has not parodied this strength.
Instead, home sales have lagged as houses languish on the market for days. “That divergence
has stumped economists,” the article notes. “But the growing strength of housing markets in the
heartland suggests that strong economic fundamentals are helping, just not where prices have already grown faster than incomes for seven years.”

But will the action in the Midwest be enough to prop up the housing market as a whole? Only
time will tell.

If you think it might be time for you to sell or buy, feel free to reach out! I am more than
happy to answer any questions you may have!

Recently Expertise.com completed a nationwide
review of Real Estate Agents and I was lucky
enough to have earned a place on their 2019 list
of the Best Real Estate Agents in Omaha.

Without the help of my wonderful clients this would not have been possible so from the bottom of my heart, thank you! If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling a home, please don’t hesitate to reach out

Does the thought of Spring cleanup already have
you overwhelmed?

Green Sky Lawn Care handles many aspects of lawn care service, including cleanup and mulch. Reach out to Matt Pavel at 402-740-4515 or greensky@gmail.com for more information!