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First Time Buyers


There are a lot of tips out there for first time home buyers but one of the best we can give is to get an agent. It may seem obvious as to why that's our advice but trust us, it's solid. Buying and selling real estate is a complex matter.

At first it might seem that by checking local picture books or online sites you could quickly find the right home at the right price. But a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties -- even two identical models on the same street -- are precisely and exactly alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. Also, no two transactions are alike.

In this maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing and negotiating, it makes sense to work with professionals who know the community and much more.

First Time Buyer Facts

60% of first-time home buyers purchased a home because they had a desire to own a home of their own.

-The median household income for first-time buyers was $67,400.

-79% of first-time home buyers are 32 years old and younger

-Three major reasons first-time homeowners are ready to buy are because they are ready, mortgage financing options are available, and home affordability.


Give us a call if you're ready to take the real estate plunge!

This hot housing market means homes are moving fast in the metro. Our current stats and trends show homes going for an average of 97% of the listing price and the median time spent for a home on the market is 5 weeks.

If you’re selling, getting your home to-do list done, like updates to give your home a new and fresh feel, is a key advantage. A home that is priced right and ready to go has a great market to enter.

Just about everyone knows to get your curb appeal in shape and to tidy up but we've collected a few tips that you may not have heard but can have a real impact.

Half-empty closets - Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Light it up- Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

The kitchen comes first- You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

Always be ready to show- Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

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The Jansen Team
NP Dodge Real Estate
601 N. 108th Circle
Omaha NE 68154 USA
402 330 5954
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