We want YOU!

January 13th, 2014

We want YOU!

The Advantage Team with Keller Williams Real Estate is looking for help and we want you! We are currently looking for a part-time office assistant to join our team. The ideal assistant will thrive and enjoy a variety of activities. You will need to have strong communication skills, ability to multi-task, and have a proven track record of administrative knowledge as well as social media skills.  Previous experience in real estate is ideal. We are looking to grow and this position is a key part to our success. If you are interested in learning more please contact us at 402-671-0406 and ask for Brad or Kari.

 

We want you!

 

10 Things Buyers and Sellers do that cost them money

January 8th, 2014

10 things buyers and sells do that cost them money

We all want to be able to save a little money whether it be to buy or first home or even when we are getting ready to sell our home. Here are 10 things that buyers and sells do that will cost them money.

10. They believe everything they read on the internet. Yes having the internet at our fingertips is great, but sometimes the information that is out there is not always 100% correct.

9. They don’t do their due diligence. (ie. Insurance costs, schools, crime and environment.)

8. They watch too much HGTV. Those shows are great for ideas on how to design your home, but the also can set unrealistic ideas and expectations on the home buying or selling process.

7. They think they can do it all on their own without help.  Let’s face it we all need help and selling or buying a home is a huge process and it doesn’t hurt to get help on one of life’s biggest decisions.

6. They don’t get their financing in order. It’s always important when buying or selling a home to have your finances in order, you don’t want any surprises along the way that could delay the process.

5. Limit the searches to open houses, ads or the internet. These are all great stepping stones, but it’s nice to have a private showing on the property that will really help you get a better feel of the property.

4. They don’t think about long term like 5 years down the road.

3. They don’t interview and hire an experienced agent to work on their behalf. This is a huge decision you are making so it’s always key to hire an experienced agent to help you along the process with any questions, concerns or any other real estate needs you may have.

2. They lost money because they really didn’t know the market.

1. They don’t get a home warranty. Don’t know the process and didn’t do a home inspection. Ended up

spending lots of money in home repairs.

When you are think of selling your home or buying one of the first things you should do is interview

and hire an experience agent. One that is loyal to you and cares that you are making a good decision.

We meet so many people who think buying a house is easy. There is so much to know and if you don’t

work in the real estate market how can you really know if what you are doing is the right thing. Our goal

is the to educate you and guide you so you have the knowledge to make the right decision. Buying or

selling a home is fun but it is stressful as well. We will help make the process one you will want to tell

your friends about.

Oh by the way… whenever you come across people who are thinking about buying or selling a home and

who would appreciate the kind of service we offer, we’d love to help them. So, as these people come

to mind, just give me a call with their names and business phone number. I’ll be happy to follow up and

take care of them. Let me help you so that you don’t do the 10 things buyers and sellers do that cost them money.

 

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Random Acts of Kindness

December 21st, 2013

 

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With the holiday season upon us. You hear a lot about people doing random acts of kindness. Have you ever been a person who have given a random act of kindness, or perhaps you have been a lucky person to receive a random act of kindness. So with all of that being said. We thought of some fun ideas, both big and small, that can be considered random acts of kindness.

1.It might sound simple and easy enough, but HUGS, yes hugs, letting your loved ones know that you love them, appreciate them. It can go a long way.

2. Hold open the door for the person walking behind you, it’s the little things that can really turns someone’s day around.

3. Did an employee at the store, restaurant or even a coworker go above and beyond to help you out? Write a note to the manager and let them know what a great job that person did and how much they helped you out.

4. Know someone who is having an off day, write a funny sticky note and leave it somewhere unexpected.

5. Days like today, when it’s starting to snow…take the time to scoop your neighbor’s sidewalk or help them with the driveway or even clear the snow off the cars.

6. Take the time to volunteer, if it’s just an hour or two or one day a month, helping out others is a great way to show your kindness.

7. Smile and simply say hello to a stranger.

8. Give blood visit your local American Red Cross to see if you are eligible to donate.

9. Pay-it-Forward, waiting in line for your favorite cup of coffee, why not take the time to pay for the person behind you. It creates a crazy train reaction.

10. See those bell rings out, doing their random acts of kindness. Why not ask them if they need a water,hot chocolate or a coffee.

Did you know that doing a random act of kindness for others with benefit you as well? It will make you feel good. It creates a “helpers high” when your brain releases two powerful mood boosters: dopamine and endogenous opioids. It also is found to reduce stress and lower anxiety and depression.

 

Contact us about your home buying and selling needs.  We are in the neighborhood to help.

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New listing alert: 3213 Blackhawk Drive

December 6th, 2013


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Check out this great new listing Alert: 3213 Blackhawk Drive in Bellevue.  This spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath split entry home in the popular Oakridge subdivision, in Bellevue is waiting for you to call it home. This new listing alert: 3213 Blackhawk Drive won’t last long!  Why wouldn’t you want to call this place home.

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The large kitchen offers oak cabinets, beautiful flooring through-out the main floor and the living rooms has floor to ceiling bay windows. The lower level has a fireplace to help keep you warm on these cold winter nights and ideal for entertaining.  The open floor plan on the main level allows for ease of entertaining, family gatherings or just watch the world pass by the front window. If you want to soak your cares away, the master bathroom awaits you and will leave you feeling relaxed with its spa-like feeling with granite countertops and wainscoting.

New Listing Alert: 3213 Blackhawk Drive

 

Want to enjoy the great outdoors? This home offers that too! The large treed green space gives a great amount of privacy for you to entertaining and feels like your own personal retreat. It’s the perfect location is nestled away from heavy traffic but within minutes of Offutt, shopping, food and much more.

Be sure to check out this great new listing alert, Contact us today to set up a personal showing of this beautiful  home in the Oakridge Subdivision of Bellevue.  We are hear to help you, whether you are buying or selling a home.

New Listing Alert: 7107 S 180th Ave

December 4th, 2013

New Listing Alert 7107 S 180th Ave

New Listing Alert: 7107 S 180th Ave.  This beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in the  SunRidge subdivision won’t last long.  The home has all that you could ask for and more! The home has new carpet, new flooring in the kitchen and an amazing open floor plan. The fireplace greets you on those cold winter days. The surround sound system allows you to enjoy your favorite music all through the main level. This home also features a main floor laundry. This home does not have any HOA dues.

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The walkout lower level is ideal space for older kids, mother-in-law suite or even an opportunity for extra income with a second kitchen, full bath and bedroom. The large family room area also makes this space great for entertaining.

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Want to spend some time outside? The deck off the main level or the walkout level allows you to view the professionally landscaped yard with sprinkler system.

 

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Be sure to check out this great new listing alert, Contact us today to set up a personal showing of this beautiful ranch home.  We are hear to help you, whether you are buying or selling a home.

 

How to sell your home this winter

December 3rd, 2013

snowflakeRegardless of the time of year, there will always be buyers out there searching for their new home.  Why not take advantage of the dip in the temps to improve how to market your home and enhance its features.

Here are just some simple tips on how to help sell your home this winter.

Maintain the walkways. It’s simple, shovel, scoop, salt/sand your sidewalks and driveways can do a few things. It can prevent a possible buyer from slipping and falling while viewing your home and it also shows that you, as the owner, take pride in your home and how it looks, starting with curb appeal.

Make it cozy. This time of year, is a great time to show off the warm and inviting qualities of your home. Do you plan to decorate for the holiday’s? Perfect, what’s more inviting then a wreath on the front door or a nice throw over the back of a chair.

Turn on the focus. Does your home have a fireplace? You don’ t have to light the fireplace or even turn it on, but by placing a few logs in there can make it look like it’s ready to go.

Clean the Clutter.  Yes, it’s cold outside, but that does not mean the potential buyers need to see the hats, boots, gloves, shoes and so on, the minute they walk in the door. If you have a closet, neatly place everything there. Don’t want your potential buyers to get the snow all over the carpets, place a basket of booties next to the front door for the buyers to slip on over their shoes while viewing your home.

Turn on the lights.  We all know with winter months it tends to get darker a little sooner outside, so make sure your inside lights are on and the your home is well lit, that’s right every light in the house is on and the drapes are open to help with the natural light coming in as well.

Turn up the heat.  Brrrr, it’s cold outside. Go ahead and adjust the thermostat to a warmer setting maybe even just a degree or two, to help invite in those potential buyers. A good side note though, most buyers will keep on their coats so you don’t want to make it to warm and have them become overly warm.

Are you thinking of selling or buying your home this winter?  Contact us today to set up a time to meet and help you with your home buying needs.

Celebrate a Down-Home Christmas on the Farm at Wessels Living History Farm in York, Nebraska

December 2nd, 2013

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Take a step back in time and find out what it was like to celebrate Christmas in the 1920s on a working farm. The beloved Wessels Living History Farm, located in York, will be hosting a splendid holiday event – Christmas on the Farm. This old-fashioned Christmas event will be celebrate from December 7 through the 23.

Forget about the iPods, smartphones, televisions and video games; thanks to this wonderful celebration, you and your children will be able to see what it was really like to connect with one another while working and living together on a working farm.

The farm will be decorated with brilliant old-fashioned Christmas displays, including an entire parlor room filled with fanciful Christmas trees. You will have the chance to tour the farm and the farm house, participate in a number of holiday-themed activities and even sample some delightful traditional holiday treats. A wood burning stove will be ready and waiting to be fired up in the kitchen, fresh churned butter sits on the table and the story of life in the 1920s comes to life through interactive displays – and by the help of a knowledgeable tour guide, who will walk you through the home and explain what life was really like for this farm family.

Head on down to the farm from December 7 through the 23 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. You and your entire family will be sure to enjoy this blast-from-the-past Christmas celebration; and you will surely gain an appreciation for what life was like as a farmer in the 1920s. This event is sure to spark the magic and the wonder of the true meaning of Christmas in your entire family.

To find out more information about this amazing holiday event, visit the Wessels Living History Farm website at livinghistoryfarm.org, or call 402.710.0682.

If you’re interested in buying or selling real estate in the general Omaha area please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thanks,

Kari Witt

402-578-5274

Happy Thanksgiving to You

November 28th, 2013

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Wobble, Wobble, Wobble and a Gobble, Gobble, Gobble to you.  What? You don’t speak Turkey? Well let us translate for you. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

We are so thankful for all our amazing clients, not only just this past year but ALL of our real estate career. We have some pretty amazing people who have allowed us to join in and help them with their real estate needs. You guys are awesome! We hope you all are enjoying your turkey/ham/pizza/ what every your Thanksgiving day meal may be and are creating new memories and reliving the traditions. Again, we just want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and so many thanks to all of you. We are very lucky to be able to spend some time with family and friends, we hope that you all get to do the same.

We look forward to helping those of you who are still looking to buy or sell your home and start creating new memories their own memories.  Contact us with any questions you may have, it’s okay we will wait until after your Thanksgiving nap.

New Listing Alert 13307 Glenn Street Omaha, NE 68138

November 26th, 2013

New Listing alert 13307 Glenn Street

Are you looking for your new home for the holidays?  Well relax, we just did the looking and this is it! This new listing alert is for the home located at 13307 Glenn Street. This beautiful 3 bedroom home features a fenced backyard without neighbors directly behind you and a large patio. How great for outdoor entertaining is that?

great view of the backyard entertaining space

You said you wanted a home in a great location? How about this one just minutes from Werner Park, nearby interstate access which can get you to Nebraska Crossing outlet shopping, downtown Omaha or pretty much anywhere in just a matter of minutes.  It’s also within walking distance to Westmont Elementary school.

If you don’t feel like being outside, the inside has amazing space as well with an updated kitchen that features new cabinets, countertops and backsplash. Did you know the dishwasher has never been used?  The large open floor plan allows for you to entertain with ease. The lower level has even more great space for you, including a full four-piece bathroom.

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Contact us today to set up your own personal showing of this great Westmont subdivision.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell your home. We would love to help.

 

My family has lived in Papillion for 11 years now. My husband is retired Air Force so we have lived in other places but I always tell people that this has been the best place I have lived so far. We are local real estate agents with Keller Williams Realty, located in Papillion, and have our  real estate team named the Advantage Team.  If you ever have and real estate questions please feel free to contact us  or call us at (402) 578-5274. We are happy to help!

 

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Get in the Spirit of the Season at Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival

November 25th, 2013

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The holiday season is upon us and Omaha is ready to help you get into the spirit with their annual Holiday Lights Festival. Starting on November 28 and spanning the entire season, until January 5, Downtown Omaha will be transformed into a dazzling Winter Wonderland, bedecked and bedazzled with millions of lights and other holiday decorations.

Mayor Jean Stothert and the Downtown Omaha Inc Foundation invite you and your entire family to come on down to the Downtown Omaha area this holiday season. You will be completely delighted by the more than 40 blocks that have been transformed into a spectacular holiday display. In addition to the lights, which are beyond dazzling, a number of traditions will also be celebrated, including:

  • The CenturyLink Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony, which marks the start of the event
  • The Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert, where spectators will get into the spirit with classic holiday music.
  • The Pacific Life Insurance Company Sounds of the Season, which is held every Saturday from 7pm to 8pm and features a local choral group playing holiday tunes.
  • The Conagra Foods Ice Skating Rink, where you and your family can enjoy skating Thursday’s through Sunday’s.
  • The Wells Fargo Holiday Lights Family Festival, which offers you the opportunity to experience many of the areas attractions for free, and even features a trolley service.
  • The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular, which ushers in the New Year with a superb bang.

The event is also committed to putting an end to hunger. Each year, they sponsor a ‘Shine the Light on Hunger’ program; a charitable event that invites the community to donate non-perishable foods to those who are less fortunate.

If you live in the Omaha area, including Papillion, there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by celebrating at Omaha’s Holiday Light Festival.