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How the 28/36 Rule Can Help Omaha Homebuyers Budget a Home Purchase

How the 28/36 Rule Can Help Omaha Homebuyers Budget a Home PurchaseBuying a home in Omaha is no small purchase and as such, some buyers have been tempted to stretch their budget as thin as possible in an attempt to afford the Omaha home they really love. Unfortunately, this is a very big risk that can end in buyer's remorse or maybe even the loss of your home when you can no longer stretch things to make ends meet. 

The best way to be prepared for buying a home is to make sure you are in a financially stable place to purchase one that you will enjoy living in. There are many ways to budget for a home purchase to make sure it is well within...

Expert Advise on Preparing for the Closing Process on a Home Purchase

Expert Advise on Preparing for the Closing Process on a Home PurchaseThe actual closing process on a home sale can be a bit different when you ask different people. For some they define it as the entire process that takes place after you have made an offer on the purchase of an Omaha home. For others it can be the actual final process of signing the closing documents alone to button up everything after the due diligence process which is the inspection and appraisal.

 For the sake of keeping things simple we will refer to the closing process as getting ready to sign the final paperwork and switch over official...

New Programs in Nebraska that can Help Pay for Green Upgrades

New Programs in Nebraska that can Help Pay for Green UpgradesWith a recent hike in the cost of many items especially ones used for a comfortable living environment, some homeowners in Nebraska and all around the country are looking for ways to be able to save money on their expenses. One of the most popular ways that homeowners in Nebraska are looking to save money is by installing energy-efficient features within their homes.

If you are an Omaha homeowner that is considering a few green energy upgrades to your home there is good news. There is a federal program offering homeowners incentives to pay for energy improvements. This incentive is...

The Importance of Knowing You Have Adequete Home Insurance Coverage

The Importance of Knowing You Have Adequete Home Insurance CoverageOwning a home in Omaha can be one of the soundest investments you make and one of the largest. With this large investment, you want to make sure that it is well protected in the event that anything unexpected should happen. When something does happen having insurance coverage to help get you back on your feet is what most owners rely on.

Recently as homes have quickly appreciated in value and continue to increase in value some homeowners have been surprised to find that their homeowner insurance policy does not have adequate coverage for the damages that have or could happen to their home. It is a good idea to renew your policy periodically to...

Living in Omaha: How to Find Creative and Cheap Opportunities for Date Night

Living in Omaha: How to Find Creative and Cheap Opportunities for Date NightIf you have just moved to Omaha or are considering a move here, you may be wondering what there is to do here or looking for information on the best places to enjoy the things you love to do. Maybe you already live in Omaha and would like to learn more about activity opportunities in the Omaha area. 

A great way to enjoy Omaha is going out on a date with your special someone. And what is even better is getting out of the typical dinner and movie box while also saving some money on the cost, because with today's current inflation saving a penny while still having...

Brand New Riverfront Area Condos Coming to Omaha

Brand New Riverfront Area Condos Coming to OmahaThe first construction condominium community in the downtown portion of Omaha in over 10 years is hoping to become a reality. There has been a vacant plot of land near the Omaha riverfront for a significant amount of time and there is now a proposed residential condo project for the area.

Builder Milestone Development has petitioned the city of Omaha to approve $2 million in tax increment financing to help offset expenses associated with certain environmental and other constraints for building the condo building in the area. This new residential condo community will be named River Place and is met with much anticipation as it is the first...

How Omaha's Blackstone District has Changed Through the Years

How Omaha's Blackstone District has Changed Through the YearsThe Blackstone District in Omaha holds much of the city's history it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Omaha. Recently there has been a modern revitalization of this area making it even more intriguing and integral to Omaha. It is a place of many local businesses, historic hotels, and some of the best dining in Omaha. 

 In the past decade, this district has seen a large number of developmental changes as part of the urban core strategic plan put into place by the Omaha Chamber.  The city also has plans for a street car running directly through the district to bring more traffic to the area. As more...

Where Can I Take My Kids to Have Fun in the Winter if I Live in Omaha?

Where Can I Take My Kids to Have Fun in the Winter if I Live in Omaha?If you just moved to Omaha, are considering a move to Omaha, or even if you have lived here for quite some time, you may be curious to find some activities in Omaha where you can take your kids out for some fun instead of sitting around inside the house. 

Omaha and the surrounding areas/towns have quite a bit of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy during the winter. So if you just moved here, or already live here and are looking for something fun in Omaha in the winter read on. 

Kid-Friendly Activities to Enjoy in Winter When You Live in Omaha

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Why Papillion is Omaha's Most Popular Suburb to Live

Why Papillion is Omaha's Most Popular Suburb to LivePapillion is a small town located south of Omaha and is considered Omaha's most popular suburb. Papillion is home to around 20,000 people and has been named the number two city to live by Money Magazine in 2015. It continues to rank highly on several best-of lists. Papillion has grown quite a bit in the last few years but has continued with its focus of offering a small-town feel to its residents.

What Makes Papillion so Attractive to Young Families?

Papillion has become an amazing place to raise a family in the greater Omaha area not just because of the amazing schools. In addition to one of the best school districts and some of the best schools in the area, families enjoy local city events including...

Holiday Shopping Events in Omaha 2022


Holiday Shopping Events in Omaha 2022When it comes to holiday gift shopping anybody could go out to the nearest big box store and pick up a piece of clothing and wrap it and give it to a friend. But what makes a gift even more special is finding something that is handmade and one-of-a-kind and helps to support local businesses. A great way to do this is to find local holiday shopping bazaars in your area.

Local holiday shopping events happening in and around Omaha

Holiday Pop Up Shops at Mulhall's

Mulhall's is happy to host local pop-up shops every holiday season. They have been hosting local vendors since the beginning of November and will continue to do so through December 17. Mulhall's is located at 3615 N. 1 20th St. in Omaha. To get the full details of what vendors...