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Take a Fun Trip Down the Platte River with Bryson’s Airboat Tours this Summer

Bryson has always been adventurous. And now, every day he goes to work it’s considered an adventure.

What started as a friendly favor has transformed Bryson’s Airboat Tours into a booming business. In 2004, Bryson took a cancer patient and her friend for a ride on the Platte River on his personal airboat. Those passengers told their friends, families and doctors, and soon his phones were ringing with requests for rides. It seemed the airboat rides lifted spirits and provided a serene experience for those who needed it most. And that is where the idea of creating a career out of a hobby began.

Years later, the business has transformed into a popular, local getaway. Bryson’s Airboat Tours not only takes people on adventurous rides up and down the Platte River but also caters to individual and group needs. If adventure is wanted, adventure will be delivered; however, if riders are more interested in seeing the scenery at a slower pace, a peaceful and relaxing ride will take place. Bryson’s Airboat Tours even has lunch and dinner tours for those looking to take romance to a new level. And for those lucky riders who are at the right place at the right time, wildlife such as bald eagles, deer, river otters, turkeys and beavers may be seen, sometimes just a few feet from the airboat.

http://www.brysonsairboattours.com/index.html

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Visit Heartland of America Park in Omaha for Gorgeous Views!

Catch the spectacular Heartland of America Fountain with its 320-ft water jet and light show. Lewis & Clark Interpretive exhibits, WWII and Airborne Memorial Sculptures and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the Lewis & Clark Landing. Gondola rides by Heartland Gondola. Located across the street from the historic Old Market area. Pet friendly outdoor areas.

https://www.visitomaha.com/listings/heartland-of-america-park-and-fountain/56947/

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Take a Step Back In Time at The Durham Museum in Omaha

OMAHA’S HOME TO HISTORY

Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at The Durham Museum. Making its home in one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, Union Station, The Durham Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the region and offers a broad-range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.

https://durhammuseum.org/101782968_w

How The Schneider Group at Nebraska Realty Helps You Sell Your Home

We are a forward thinking company, that provides our customers with professional friendly service, and common sense solutions for your real estate needs.

Nebraska Realty is a locally owned full service real estate company with over 425 associates to choose from to help you sell your home. Marketing plans and fee structures may differ slightly depending on the individual REALTOR®, the condition and salability of the property, and unique needs of the client. This kind of flexibility for REALTORS® is one thing that makes Nebraska Realty very different from most other companies in Omaha. We are a forward thinking company, that provides our customers with professional friendly service, and common sense solutions for your real estate needs. We will always be honest, we will never nickel and dime, and we provide our clients and our REALTORS® with the most current tools, resources, and services to help them sell their home as fast as possible and for the most money.

The Most Powerful Marketing Tools

The most effective marketing options in today’s real estate industry are through the MLS, website exposure, and good old-fashion signage. Over 90% of the buyers that purchase homes find the home as a result of one of those three. This is one reason that it is crucial to use a REALTOR® to help sell your home because two out of three of those options can be accessed only through partnering with a real estate company. Although, not all companies or agents are created equal in these areas. To get the true benefit from these powerful marketing tools, there is a lot of time, money, and expertise that goes into showcasing the property correctly, and delivering that property to as many potential buyers as possible. Nebraska Realty understands this, which is why we spend so much time developing these tools, and training our associates how to most effectively use them.

MLS Exposure

The Multiple Listing Service is a comprehensive database of homes that are currently for sale, are under contract, have sold, or were listed but never sold. There are over 150 companies with over 2500 REALTORS® that belong to the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS® and have access to the Great Plains MLS. When a home is “listed” with a broker who is a member of the OABR, it is generally input into this database so that all REALTORS® have access to the information about these properties. When a REALTOR® is working with a buyer, this is where they will go to find available properties for sale that meet the buyer’s criteria.

Website Exposure

Your listing will appear on all of the top local websites, and top national real estate websites. In fact your listing will be on literally 100’s of websites! According to the National Association of REALTORS®, over 85% of all buyers search for a home on-line. By providing maximum website exposure, you can rest assured your property is being seen by anyone that is doing their home shopping on-line.

Listing Syndication & Preferred Placement

Having your property show up on tons of websites is great, but if your Omaha area home is marketed on oceanfrontcondos.com, it doesn’t do much good. Some companies will boast about all of the websites they syndicate to, but many of these sites are irrelevant to those searching for your home. We are very selective about the websites we allow to receive our listing feed. Nebraska Realty seeks out the best, most trafficked real estate websites to promote our listings. We even have marketing arrangements with certain websites that allow Nebraska Realty listings to show up first before other companies’ listings, as well as, widgets that are constantly scrolling Nebraska Realty listings.

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NebraskaRealty.com has become one of the Omaha area’s most popular real estate websites. We designed NebraskaRealty.com with one thing in mind, the consumer. People go to real estate websites to primarily look at homes so we wanted our website to have all of the things people look for like great search tools, lots of photos and video, all Omaha MLS listings, and helpful information, but in a easy to use format. We believe that we have the best real estate website in the Omaha area, but we are always working hard to improve.

However, a website is only as good as the traffic you drive to it. It is becoming more and more challenging to keep up with complex, but crucial search engine optimization that ensures your website is one of the first to appear when someone is doing a general search. At Nebraska Realty, we spend a considerable amount of time and money through web-based marketing and traditional advertising to drive as many potential real estate consumers to NebraskaRealty.com as possible. This helps ensure maximum exposure for your home.

Trained Professionals

Nebraska Realty offers more personalized education for our REALTORS® than any other company in the Omaha area. This means that you will have a skilled professional to assist you through the pricing, marketing, buyer qualification, contract negotiation, inspection, financing, title, and closing process of your home. We offer approximately 250 training classes per year for our associates, and we teach over 100 different class topics. The classes are generally taught by experienced top producing REALTORS®, or industry experts in their fields such as financing, home inspection, and new construction. We are always revamping and adding new classes to keep up with today’s real estate industry. This is crucial because marketing techniques, communication, contract language, and buyer/seller expectations are changing all the time.

Fastest Average Market Time

Since 2004 when we started tracking market time stats, Nebraska Realty has lead the competition each year in lowest average days on market. Statistics were generated directly from the MLS for sold residential homes during each calendar year. Comparisons were based on companies that sold a minimum of 200 listings per year.

Professional Signage

In today’s real estate industry the overwhelming majority of buyers for your home are going to be found through the MLS and the internet. The third best marketing option is still good old-fashion signage. Whether it is a standard yard sign, a banner, or a large sign for a development or commercial property, your REALTOR® will provide you with a quality professional looking sign. You can be assured that your sign will stand out to attract the most attention. Your REALTOR® may also provide directional signs to point more traffic to your home. There are some restrictions in certain areas so talk with your REALTOR® for more information. You can be proud to have the Nebraska Realty name on your sign, as we are a great locally owned full service real estate company with the reputation for friendly people and giving back to the community.

Additional Marketing Options

Every seller and their property are different. Some may require additional, more traditional marketing to offer added exposure for the home. Your REALTOR® has his or her own marketing plan, and will be able to give you an idea of which marketing options are right for your home, and will explain which ones may or may not be the most effective. Your REALTOR® may provide other options including open houses, real estate magazines, newspaper, TV, e-marketing, flyer or post-card distribution, reverse prospecting, and more. Not every form of marketing is effective for every home. Consult with your REALTOR® to determine the options that are best for you.

Communication & Feedback

One of the most crucial parts of selling your home is choosing an agent that will stay in regular communication with you, and provide HONEST feedback. The last thing you want is an agent that only tells you what you want to hear. You need to choose an agent that will provide you with a communication plan, and that outlines their method and timing of feedback. A big part of a REALTOR®’s job is to get feedback for their clients, and communicate that efficiently and effectively. If you have several showings on your home and no offers, this is a sign that something probably needs to be changed. It may be price, condition, or some other factor, but you need to know in order to make that change because the longer your home sits on the market, usually the less money you will receive. Our associates understand the importance of good communication, and honest feedback. We believe these two factors have played a key role in our company leading the competition in lowest average days on market for several years in a row.

Price the Home Correctly

Our associates will prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) for you that will give you a unbiased professional opinion of what the market would be reasonably willing to pay for your home.

The single most important factor in selling your home is pricing it correctly. The absolute worst thing you can do is to over price your home, especially in a buyer’s market. Generally you will end up getting less for the home than you would had you priced it correctly to begin with. Our associates will prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) for you that will give you a unbiased professional opinion of what the market would be reasonably willing to pay for your home. They will give you an honest assessment of what your home is worth, which can be hard to do because people love their homes, and sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what their home’s true value is. Be leery of companies or agents that tell you they can sell your home for more than “that other company.” The industry term for this is “buying the listing.” Agents sometimes try to inflate the price to ensure you will like what you hear so you will give them the listing. They also try to do this to justify a higher commission rate. Don’t fall for this trap. Always ask to see the data in which they used to determine the price. Agents may differ slightly on what they believe your home is worth, which is normal. You just want to be concerned about the one that is way above everyone else. Our associates will provide you with a list of comparable home sales, and market stats so that you can see how they arrived at the suggested list price for your home.

The Schneider Group Welcomes Angela Coleman, REALTOR

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Angela Coleman

Being in the customer service industry for over 8 years has taught me that trust, integrity, reliability, and communication are at the forefront of any strong business relationship. It is my goal to give every customer that service when helping them buy or sell a home. I strive to keep my clients informed and updated on their purchase or sale, and take them through the entire process in an open and stress free environment that they can enjoy.

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my husband Julous and two beautiful children. We enjoy going outside, trips to the zoo, or just relaxing at home and watching movies!

Learn More About Angela HERE

 

Let’s BUST 💥 Home Buying Myths!

“You need excellent credit and no debt to get a loan”
There are a number of factors that go into mortgage approval, and while creditworthiness and debt-to-income ratio are both considered, you do not need to be ‘excellent’ in either of these areas in order to get a mortgage loan. The minimum credit score necessary for a conventional loan is 620, and an FHA loan with 3.5% down requires a score of 580. With the median FICO credit score in the U.S. at 700, a buyer doesn’t need to have excellent credit in order to qualify for a mortgage loan. As for debt-to-income (DTI) ratio: while it’s best to have as little debt as possible when looking to purchase a home, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (government-sponsored agencies that publish standards for conventional mortgage approval) have the maximum allowable DTI at 50 percent, meaning those with current debt are not at a loss when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage loan.
 
This is A LOT to know… working with a local lender is your best bet to find the loan program best for you. Contact us to be referred to a lender we trust! 402.740.8159

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME

25398211_1381214462006379_6791705663193102485_oBuying a first home can be a daunting process. Apart from the somewhat complex issue of financing, there is the matter of finding the “perfect home.” Here are some things buyers should maybe not sweat—and some surprising facts about what they should be concerned about.

☞Your furniture doesn’t fit

As you look at all those houses on the market, you may be visualizing how your favorite chair and dining room table will fit in the space. Unless your furniture has some special significance to you—it came over on the Mayflower with your great-great-great grandma—it’s probably not something you should let guide your decision. You may decide that the other features of the home are just what you want, even if your furniture doesn’t fit. You may want to use the new home as an excuse to upgrade your furniture.

☞The décor is hideous

Let’s face it: some people have horrible taste in wall colors. A seller may have had a fondness for deep purple paint on the living room walls and other deeply saturated primary colors in every other room. These colors will influence your impression of the home. Try to resist these kinds of negative impressions; painting is cheap, even if you hire a contractor to do the work for you.

☞What you can’t change

Although you can change many attributes of a home, like décor, furnishings and even appliances, there are those that you can’t change, such as the view, construction, and location.

☞The most important feature

An important aspect of the location, and one that most buyers pay attention to, is the school districts. Realtor.com conducted a survey of 1,000 home buyers in 2013 to explore the importance of schools to their buying decision. Even though the survey is from four years ago, there is every reason to believe they are relevant today.

The survey found that 3 out of 5 home buyers surveyed said that school boundaries would drive their home purchasing decisions.

☞When asked about school districts:

90.53 percent said school boundaries are “important” and “somewhat important.”
2.04 percent were “neutral” around importance of school boundaries
7.43 percent said school boundaries are “unimportant” and “very unimportant”

School districts also affected what they were willing to pay for a home:

23.59 percent would pay 1 percent to 5 percent above budget
20.70 percent would pay 6 percent to 10 percent above budget
8.98 percent would pay 11 percent to 20 percent above budget
40.33 percent would not go above budget

School districts were also more important than a pool or spa—two generally popular amenities:

62.39 percent would do without a pool or spa
50.60 percent would give up accessibility to shopping
Even for the young home buyer who does not plan to start a family soon—or ever—these findings are important. A home is the largest investment most people will ever make, and keeping the market appeal in mind for that time in the distant future when they may be ready to sell can make that first home an even better investment.

Source: TBWS

The Schneider Group Welcomes Janelle Tierney, REALTOR

The Schneider Group is excited to announce the addition of Janelle Tierney to our team!

Janelle’s passion is helping people. She enjoys what she does and it shows. She doesn’t want to just sell you a home or sell your home, she wants to work together to make this process as smooth as possible.

She can be contacted at 402-213-8981 or janelle@nebraskarealty.com

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Janelle Tierney

The Schneider Group endorses Gladki Sales & Design for Staging

The Schneider Group uses Gladki Sales and Design for their staging needs. Gladki provides a wide range of home services to fit home owner needs. Their services include staging your home to attract potential buyers, building and refurbishing your furniture finds to bring them new life, interior design to make your house become ‘home’ and organize and revise your space to make it as functional as possible. There are unlimited options depending on your vision and budget and we will do our best to build the best plan with ease.

You can learn more about Gladki Here: https://www.facebook.com/gladkidesigns/