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Home Decor Trends for 2018

by The Jansen Team

Looking for a way to keep your home fresh with the new year?

Here is a list... 

Complementing Colors that Also Contrast
Bright red and vibrant blue or cool grey and a playful green. While these types of colors provide a deep and dimensional contrast, they also complement each other quite well.

Everything is Getting a Little Fringe
In the coming year, you will see throw pillows, wall hangings, even some furniture pieces adorned with a stylish new brand of fringe.

Artisan Crafted Everything!
Anything hand crafted and artisanal inspired will definitely be trending. In many ways, 2018 will pay homage to the timelessness of true craftsmanship.

Simply Fun Rugs
Featuring everything from giant clocks, to tropical prints, to geometric shapes, area rugs in any room of the house are going to be a very popular, and potentially colorful choice!

Farmhouse Meets Fabulous
A reinvented farmhouse style will be a recurrent design motif in 2018. In the new year, farmhouse style will enter with a whole new level of chicness added to it.

Make your home hot for 2018!

Easy Winter Preparation

by The Jansen Team


 

Here are just a few steps that may help you lower your utility bills and protect your biggest investment.

•           Reverse Your Ceiling Fans - If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan's blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. The fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling.

•           Caulk Around Doors and Windows Plus Add Weatherstripping - Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements. Weatherstripping can help seal air leaks in areas of your home, such as doors, windows and attic access points.

•           Clean the Gutters and Check Downspouts - If your gutters are full of leaves, twigs, etc., water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim. Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.

•           Chimney Sweep - Make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.

•           Check Snow Supplies and Equipment - Make sure you have snow shovels and a roof rake on hand. Stock your ice melting compound to melt ice on walkways. Have your snow blower and generator serviced before you need it.

Welcome to the winter season!

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

by The Jansen Team


 

For many people, homeownership is a BIG dream. Purchasing a home is the most complicated financial transaction most of us will ever make, and since that home will serve as the location for so many of the memories you will make going forward, it’s easy to understand why people build it up in their heads. But unfortunately, sometimes the fact that homeownership is such a big dream causes people to hold off until “later.”

 

But sometimes “later” never comes! The truth is that, as long as it makes sense for you financially, the time to start your home search is NOW! Read on to discover 4 reasons why.

 

Prices are going up. You know the phrase “good things come to those who wait”? Well, a lot of times that is true. But in today’s housing market, waiting isn’t going to get you anywhere! The truth is that prices are still going up and not projected to drop anytime soon. CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have gone up by 6.7% over the last 12 months and are expected to go up another 5% next year. Home values are on the rise for the foreseeable future, so waiting doesn’t save you any money.

 

Mortgage rates are projected to go up. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors all project that mortgage rates will increase by this time next year. If you expect to need a mortgage (as most homebuyers do) to purchase your home, understand that waiting is likely to result in higher monthly payments due to interest and more interest paid out over time.

 

You’re already paying a mortgage! There is certainly responsibility associated with homeownership and if you aren’t ready for that responsibility, we don’t advise you purchase a home. But if you are ready for that added responsibility, you have to understand that renting is no different than paying a mortgage except for the fact that it is your landlord’s mortgage that you are paying, not yours.

 

You’re ready for the next step. Only you know if now is the right time for you to become a homeowner. But, as we mentioned earlier, people often overestimate what it takes to become a homeowner and trick themselves into waiting longer than necessary. As we have seen with rising home prices and mortgage rates, waiting too long could result in substantially higher overall costs.

 

So, what do you think? Is it time for you to become a homeowner? Curious to see what homes are out there and what your price range might be? Browse our updated list of the area’s available homes! Want to talk to one of our expert agents about your situation? Get in touch. We are ready to help you.

5 Easy Ways to Save for a Down Payment

by The Jansen Team

Here at The Jansen Team, we make dreams come true! By helping people purchase their dream home, we help them live their best life. But the truth is that we only help homebuyers with the last leg of what can be a very long journey.

 

But these days, money is tight and the market is hot. We understand the hesitancy many people feel to jump into homeownership. But the truth is that we work with homebuyers all the time who realize they are perfectly capable of owning a home if they only get a little creative with their saving.

 

Today, a 20% down payment is no longer a hard and fast requirement. There are other ways to start with a smaller down payment and still end up in the house of your dreams. Keep reading to find out 5 easy ways to save for a down payment.

 

Cut out the coffee.

 

Some people absolutely need their coffee in the morning. But does it have to come from an expensive coffee shop? The average store bought latte costs $3.78. Over a year, that adds up to over $1,300. Buying whole bean coffee from the store and making your own at home could save you a lot of money in not very much time.

 

Start a swear jar.

 

A swear jar is like a high stakes piggy bank. Even if it’s not swearing you want to do less of, adding a dollar to a jar every time you do a particular thing (say, eat fast food or buy a latte) can add up quick. Plus, it could help you make a positive change (and maybe save even more money)!

 

Eat on the cheap.

 

Most of us spend way more time and money eating out at restaurants than is necessary. Yes, we’re busy, and yes, the food is delicious, but if you are serious about saving enough for that down payment sooner rather than later, you might want to consider putting a limit on how often you eat out.

 

Cut the cord.

 

Cable isn’t cheap, especially if you have the sports, movies, and everything else under the sun package. Thankfully, there are many emerging entertainment options that are much cheaper, or even free. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime allow you to enjoy many of your favorite shows for a fraction of the price of traditional cable.

 

Track your progress.

 

No matter what tactics you decide to use to save for your down payment, the one thing we absolutely suggest you do is track your progress. Tracking your progress makes it much easier to know whether you are behind schedule, ahead of schedule, or right on track. It’ll help you understand whether or not you need to adopt a new tactic or just press on with what you’ve been doing.

 

Want to learn more about working with The Jansen Team or view our properties that are currently on the market? Visit our recently redone website! Want to talk with an agent about preparing your down payment or finding your dream home? We’re ready to talk with you today.

Homeownership Tips You Might Not Think About

by The Jansen Team

Whether you recently became a homeowner, you have bought your second or third home, or you are about to take the plunge and buy your dream home, you are have a great responsibility! As we have discussed before, being a homeowner has its many benefits. When you purchase a home, you are making a sound financial investment in your future. But in order to get the most out of that investment, homeowners need to keep up with annual maintenance of their home.

 

Read on to find out which maintenance tasks are absolutely essential for homeowners to perform each year. If you do, you’ll have an investment that will appreciate for years to come.

 

Save 1% of the home’s value. The general rule of thumb is that annual maintenance of a home will cost about 1% of the home’s value. So, even if you don’t have plans for big renovation projects, it would be wise to plan on setting aside at least 1% of the home’s value. The truth is that, as a homeowner, expenses can and will hit you from every direction, and often when you least expect it. Costs like a new roof or driveway can potentially eclipse that 1% figure on their own, so you always want to be prepared.

 

Update your emergency kit. You don’t necessarily need a bunker full of years’ worth of provisions, but as a homeowner, you absolutely need to be prepared for weather emergencies that may leave you without power for a day or two. It’s important to keep this kit in a safe, easy to find place, and to make sure that it always has the things that it needs, such as flashlights, canned goods, batteries, and first aid. Check it once a year to make sure nothing is expired or needs replacing.

 

Know your humidity. As you probably know, humidity can cause problems in a house. Too much humidity can cause dangerous health problems like mildew and mold. Too little can cause surfaces to crack and peel, not to mention potential itchiness and sore throats. Buy a hygrometer and check that the humidity in your home is between 30-50%.

 

Salt your water softener. Many homeowners don’t know that they need to maintain their water softener by adding salt periodically. Without having the proper amount of (rock, NOT table) salt in the water softener, the minerals present in the water will start to harden and form big, heavy mineral rocks. These will ruin your water softener and you’ll have to replace it. For a guide to salt and your water softener, click here.

 

Take a photo. Taking a photo is a great way for you to not only track the evolution of your home through time, but to also be able to notice small things that may need your attention. Whether it’s peeling paint or a gutter that has come loose, taking a photo and comparing it to previous years’ versions will help you stay on top of the little things that add up over time.

 

We hope this blog has got you thinking about what it takes to be a smart homeowner. If you have questions about homeownership, the Omaha real estate market, or working with The Jansen Team, we would love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch.

Want to Sell Your Home? You Need a Professional

by The Jansen Team

Driving around Omaha, you probably see all kinds of real estate signs in the front yards of different homes. While some signs represent our industry’s best-known companies and real estate teams, (like NP Dodge and The Jansen Team, for example!) others represent homeowners who have decided to go the FSBO (For Sale By Owner) route.

 

In this blog, we want to talk about why you need to hire a professional real estate agent if you really want to sell your home. While it might feel tempting to save a little bit of money and do it yourself, you’ll soon find out why going the FSBO route is not worth the trouble.

 

You need to gain the trust of buyers. Here is the first and one of the most important reasons why you need a professional real estate agent to sell your home fast. A home is the most complex, expensive purchase that most people are ever going to make. That’s why trust is so important. With a FSBO, there is little reason to have trust and confidence in the seller. They have likely never sold a home before and may not really know what they are doing. Seeing the name and logo of an experienced real estate team in the yard means that the transaction is going to be as quick and smooth as possible.

 

You want to get the best price. If you’re selling your home, it should be a given that you want to get every dollar you can. While you will always have to pay a commission to your real estate agent, most sellers end up finding that cost well worth the price when they consider the fact that homes sold by professionals consistently fetch higher prices AND the innumerable hours of stressful work that the homebuyer saved themselves by hiring a pro to do it for them.

 

You don’t have the expertise. Have you ever tried to repair a car or other complex piece of machinery? If you aren’t a professional mechanic, you probably had a difficult and frustrating time. It also probably took you 3-4 times longer to complete the task than it would have taken a professional (if you ever got the job done at all!). The same is true for real estate. Some people tend to have the idea that houses sell themselves. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Selling a home is a complex process and without extensive knowledge of the market and the industry, you will struggle to keep your head above water.

 

Consider this: of those homebuyers who first start shopping for homes online, (that’s just about everyone these days) 96% end up buying from a real estate agent or team. That shows that the vast majority of sales are still happening by way of top producing agents and teams like ours. So, if you’re ready to list your Omaha area home and want to make sure it gets sold fast, and for the best price, give us a call! We are ready to go to work for you today.

Omaha Area Real Estate Market Update: 2017

by The Jansen Team

 

2017 is halfway over and we have experienced quite the year so far. We have helped people in the Omaha and Council Bluffs metro area buy and sell their dream homes, and what an amazing feeling that is! Our team can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

 

Let’s take a look at the year so far in Nebraska and Iowa.

 

Nebraska

 

The Omaha market has been HOT as can be this summer and our agents have been busy fielding calls and showing homes. Take a look at some of the numbers, below:

 

At the end of June there were 2,251 homes for sale, which is down nearly 10% from last year. There were 1,380 homes sold for the month, down over 13% from last year. Inventory data indicates we are still in a strong seller's market with only 1.7 months of inventory on the market.

    
The number of average days homes spent on market in June was 21, which is the lowest we have seen in over five years.

 

The average sold price was $227,000 which is also the highest we've seen in five years.

 

Iowa

 

The Council Bluffs market has also been heating up as of late, with many buyers falling in love with beautiful homes in old neighborhoods. Check out some statistics:

 

On June 30, there were 328 homes for sale down 23% from last year, and 156 homes sold for the month, down 6% from last year. The data tells us Iowa is in a seller's market as well with only 1.8 months of inventory on the market.

    
The number of average days on the market in June was 42.

 

The average sold price held steady at $155,000 which is the highest it has been since July 2016.

 

If you are looking to buy a home in the Omaha metro area, you should know that things are moving very fast! If you’re ready to start looking for your dream home, get in touch with The Jansen Team. With one of the area’s most experienced agents on your side, you’ll be ready to navigate this very active market. Contact us today!

Selling Your Home? Ask Your Real Estate Agent These Questions

by The Jansen Team


 

Are you considering selling your Omaha area home? The market is hot as can be and now is a great time to sell. But if you’ve never sold a home before, you probably have all kinds of questions and doubts about the process. Our agents deal with these kinds of questions and doubts all the time and we can assure you, it is totally normal!

 

We can also assure you that you will feel much better about the prospect of selling your home once you are partnered with the right agent and know the right questions to ask. Read on to find out which questions you absolutely must ask your real estate agent when selling your Omaha area home.

 

Do you have experience in this neighborhood?

 

You want to make sure that this is not your real estate agent’s first rodeo in your neighborhood. Having working knowledge of all that goes into the home sales process is important, but so is understanding the factors that impact the neighborhood. Where are the most recent comparables? In what ways do they differ from your property? Are there any other factors (commercial developments, etc) that could impact the value of your home going forward? The Jansen Team’s agents have extensive knowledge of every neighborhood in Omaha.

 

How did you determine your listing price?

 

You’re likely selling a home that means a lot to you, emotionally. It’s not an easy decision, and you want to understand that your agent’s proposed listing price is fair and accurate. After all, a home that is priced too high will sit on the market forever, and a listing price that is too low will obviously leave you with less money than you deserve. Our agents will always be upfront with you about what a reasonable listing price is for your home, as well as the reasons why.

 

What is your plan for selling the home?

 

It’s important to understand how your real estate agent is going to sell your home. These days, it’s not enough for an agent to stick a sign in the yard and wait for calls to come in. You want to work with a team that is going to use their network as well as advanced marketing techniques and technologies to get the best price for your home as quickly as possible. At The Jansen Team, we’ll do everything in our power to find the right buyer for your home.

 

How should I prepare my home to be sold?

 

First impressions are crucial when it comes to selling your home. It’s important to prepare your home to be sold. Often, there are small repairs that need to be done that you have neglected to notice because you’ve just gotten used to them over time. You’ll also need to clean up the house and figure out the best way to stage your home for showings.

 

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the Omaha area, get in touch with us at The Jansen Team! Our team of agents has tons of experience selling homes all over the Omaha area and we are confident that we can get you the best price for your home. Questions along the way? That’s totally normal and we’ll be right there to provide you with the answers.

10 Fun Summer Festivals in Omaha

by The Jansen Team


 

Summer is almost officially here! And that means that every weekend provides exciting opportunities to get out and experience fun events in and around Omaha. Below is a list of 10 events we can’t wait to attend this summer. Read on to learn about some great summer festivals in the Omaha area.

 

Taste of Omaha | June 2 – 4. Food lovers, rejoice! Taste of Omaha is your yearly opportunity to taste all sorts of delicious foods, all in one place.

 

Omaha Beer Fest | June 9 – 10. You wouldn’t believe all the different varieties of beer they are making these days. Omaha Beer Fest is a unique chance to try hundreds of different craft beers from over 80 breweries, including some great local beers.

 

Omaha Summer Arts Festival | June 9 – 11. This year marks the 43rd year for the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. Located right downtown, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and purchase art from 135 local and national artists.

Junkstock: Summer Edition | June 9 – 11. Don’t be fooled, because you’ll find a lot more than just junk at this great outdoor event. From arts and crafts to vintage furniture and delicious food, you’re sure to find something special.

 

John C Fremont Days, Fremont, NE | July 14 – 16. There are all kinds of great events during this weekend of fun in Fremont. From a battle of the bands to an antique car show, it’s a great event for the whole family.

Railroad Days 2017, Lauritzen Gardens | July 15 – 16. Omaha has a rich history in the railroad industry. Learn all about it and teach the kids, too, when you attend this fun and educational event at beautiful Lauritzen Gardens.

 

Native Omaha Days 2017 | July 31 – August 7. Celebrate the history of north Omaha during this annual week-long event full of arts, food, and fun.

 

Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival, Elkhorn | August 11 – 12. The name says it all! Watch beautiful hot air balloons and enjoy local wines in a lovely outdoor west Omaha setting.

 

Maha Music Festival, Omaha | August 19. Maha has grown in prominence in recent years, and is drawing some big time acts to Aksarben’s Stinson Park. This year, Run the Jewels, Belle & Sebastian, and Omaha natives The Faint headline.

Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island | August 25 – September 4. This year’s Nebraska State Fair features a concert by country star Brad Paisley, as well as all the other fun festivities you’ve come to expect from our state fair.

 

We hope you’ve marked your calendar with some of these exciting events, and we hope you and your family have a great summer! If buying or selling a home is on your agenda this summer, get in touch with The Jansen Team! Our team of expert agents knows the Omaha real estate market up and down, and we are ready to get you the best price for your new home. Click here to get in touch!

 

Why 3D Tours are Essential for Home Sales Today

by The Jansen Team

 

A lot has changed about the world of residential real estate since we started here in Omaha many years ago. But one of the things that has changed most is the way people shop for homes and the way we show them to prospective buyers. The internet has changed so much about this process and we have many new technologies we can use to help make the process easier for buyers and sellers alike.

 

The home tour has always been the turning point in the buying process. A potential buyer may see a home they like from the outside, but when they get inside, that’s the moment of truth. Maybe they love it and are ready to buy, maybe they think it’s hideous and unworkable, or maybe they see potential and are considering renovations. Whatever the case may be, it’s during the home tour that the possibilities really start to emerge for the buyer.

 

That’s why our favorite new tool for showing and selling homes today is the Matterport 3D Tour. It shows a potential buyer the possibilities of their new home in a fun, revolutionary new way. So what is it? A Matterport 3D tour is an immersive online 3D tour that is so real it’s like being there. It allows prospective buyers to get an extremely accurate feel for the interior of the home without ever leaving their desk!

 

How does it work? Essentially, a camera takes a series of 360° photos and then stitches them together so that you can virtually move through the space and look all the way around you at each step you take. So it gives you the opportunity to see the space from different angles. It allows you to get a close up view of surfaces. Outside of being able to touch, it’s just like being in the home. You can also zoom out from your first person view to a bird’s-eye “dollhouse” view. This gives you a good overall idea of the space in total.

Our agents absolutely love this tool. From their perspective, it allows them to show more homes to that buyer in a smaller amount of time. It’s a time and energy saver, too, and that extra time and energy can come in handy when it’s crunch time and you need to get that offer in on your dream home. Having a Matterport 3D tour done also makes the seller’s life easier. It tends to mean fewer walkthroughs of the home and a fast closing time!

It has always been our philosophy that the more we can do for our clients, the more they will support us and refer us to their friends and family. We think that Matterport 3D tours are a great way to support our buyers and sellers with the latest and greatest technology. Want to schedule a Matterport 3D tour to help sell your home? Contact a member of The Jansen Team today!

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