Four ways for a beginner to invest in real estate

It's easy to get caught up on all of the glamorous house-flipping and renovation shows on the cable channels. The shows always portray things as incredibly easy, and it seems like the investors always earn a profit. This is not always the case in real life. Fortunately, there are many ways to invest in real estate. If you're just getting started you may want to consider some of the following options.

1. A REIT, or real estate investment trust. The corporation or trust that manages the REIT uses investors' money to buy and manage properties. This is a great way to invest in commercial properties or apartment buildings -- the kind of properties that are usually out of reach for a beginning investor. Plus, the REIT already has a management team in place so you don't have to do all of the hard work yourself. REITs are ideal for stock...

How to Save Your Home From Foreclosure

One out of every 200 homes will be foreclosed upon, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Foreclosure is a traumatic experience that no family should have to experience. It contributes to depression and marital problems, and causes distress among family members. Many homeowners report they even avoided their lenders out of embarrassment during financial struggles. You may not be able to prevent job loss, but there are some things you can do to save your home from foreclosure.

  1.  Call the lender. Let them know that you are having financial trouble before you miss a payment. There are ways they can work with you to avoid foreclosure. They don't want to own your home, but they need you to help yourself so they can help you.
  2. Check your terms to see if you have any coverage for your situation. For example,...

Enjoy a Meal Downtown

As you're unpacking boxes and arranging furniture, hunger is likely to strike. Since you might not have your refrigerator or pantry stocked full of food quite yet, we thought we would recommend a few great restaurants in Omaha.

Spaghetti Works Restaurant - Located in the center of Old Market, this restaurant offers diners a unique dining experience as it's housed inside a restored warehouse. Its menu offers something for just about everyone with choices such as Cajun Shrimp Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan, and Lasagna.  This is a place everyone can find something to eat. 

Block 16 - Block 16 is known for its farm to table street food. The owners met in Metropolitan...

Things to do for Halloween in Nebraska

The fall is upon us and that means the leaves are falling, the weather is cooling down and we are getting ready for Halloween.  I'm sure you are like the rest of us and wondering whats going on and what activities we can do for the holidays. We have taken the time to gather the most comprehensive list of websites that provide the best lists of things to do. Take a look at the websites and let us know what you think.  Have a safe Halloween and happy holidays! 


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Four Ways Homeowners Can Save Money on Utility Bills

Congratulations! You've just bought a home. The pictures are hung, the furniture is arranged, and the refrigerator is full of food.

Now that you're organized, it's a good idea to take a minute to learn how you can keep your utility bills as low as possible. Here are four ways new homeowners can save money:

1. Replace Your Air Filters

One of the first things you should do is change the air filter for your air conditioner or furnace. Old filters don’t filter the air very well causing the units to work harder resulting in more energy usage. When the HVAC unit is used on a regular basis, it's recommended that homeowners change the filter once a month. This reduces energy consumption up to fifteen percent.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to automatically lower when you're sleeping...

Things To Do This 4th of July

This has been a crazy few weeks for Omaha and the fun keeps going.  With the College World Series wrapping up with a crazy finish we still have the Olympic Swim trials and the Fourth of July!  This is a great time to eat lots of food, spend time with friends and family, listen to some live music and watch fireworks. We have compiled a list of websites that provide things to do this upcoming weekend. Smile until your cheeks hurt and laugh till you cant breathe, we hope you have a great weekend and next time invite us! Let us know if we missed any evens or if there is another website we should add.

Relocating to Omaha

There are so many reasons to be excited about relocating to Omaha. This dynamic, friendly city has a low-cost of living and great family oriented activities. 

Many people moving to Omaha from out-of-state are pleasantly surprised by the affordability of housing here. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median home price in Omaha is around $155,000. That goes hand-in-hand with Omaha's low cost of living, nearly ten percent below the national average.

Omaha boasts four Fortune 500 companies: Mutual of Omaha, Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific and Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. The economy is strong, with an unemployment rate that usually hovers around 2.5 percent -- often the lowest in the country! Omaha also has a creative, business-friendly vibe with a lot of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The arts and cultural...

Things to do in Omaha Nebraska

When living in Omaha, Nebraska, you will find that there are plenty of things you can do to spend your free time. Many of these activities revolve around the outdoors. Unfortunately, the weather doesn't always accommodate outdoor activities. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor museums and other establishments you can enjoy as well.

Joslyn Art Museum

One of the best things about this museum is that it offers a free admission. When visiting the museum, you will be able to take a look at a number of beautiful paintings and sculptures. While some of the exhibits are permanent, there are some that are only available for a certain period of time.

Omaha Children's Museum

Omaha Children's Museum allows kids to explore the world around them in a unique way. Plus, it is designed so that adults can enjoy the process of exploration as well. It was first built-in 1976, but went through an entire renovation...