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Last week, the Douglas County Assessor’s Office posted preliminary property valuations for 2017. Some homeowners are in for a shock.

My preliminary valuation went up 14% and that is after it went up a state mandated 7% last year. If you are frustrated or confused about the preliminary property valuation, there is something you can do.

How to Find Your Preliminary Valuation

Visit the Douglas County Assessors valuation lookup page. At the bottom, you will select “I agree,” and you will be taken to a page where you can either enter your address or your name to find your property. Once you find your property, click on it and you can view your preliminary value.

The preliminary value can be found under “Value Information.” You can compare your

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Put yourself in a position to succeed by doing these 3 things right away.

1) Talk To a Loan Officer... Today

It’s never too early to talk to a mortgage professional. One of the most important steps of the entire home buying process is determining what you can afford and securing a loan. Many would be homeowners get all excited about buying a home, only to find out they have a poor credit score.

Knowing how much you can afford is crucial. If you are window shopping online for $400k homes but later find out you only qualify for a $300k home, not only will you be disappointed but you would have wasted valuable time. It’s never realistic to look at homes you can’t afford. You end up being overly critical about good homes in your budget because

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Have you ever wondered how much luxury homes are selling for in Omaha? Here is a look at the most expensive homes sold in Omaha in 2016.

#5 - $1,500,000 - 1239 N 138 Cir

1239 N 138 Circle

Nestled on nearly an acre, this Linden Estates home comes in as the 5th most expensive home sold in Omaha in 2016. It is the biggest home on the list with 10,737 square feet. It has 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

#4 - $1,552,500 - 6424 Chicago St

1239 N 138 Circle

A colonial-style home located in Fairacres comes in at #4. It has 6,245 square feet and features 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

#3 - $1,575,000 - 14307 Cuming Street

1239 N 138 Circle

This tuscan-style home in Linden Estates was the third most expensive home sold in Omaha in 2016. It boasts an eight car garage. The home itself is

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Last week was the opening weekend of Farmers Markets around Omaha. Below is a schedule of the most popular Farmers Markets in the metro area.

Old Market

Open every Saturday
May 2nd — October 17th
8:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Aksarben Village

Every Sunday
May 3rd — October 18th
9:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Village Pointe

Every Saturday
May 2 - October 3
8:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Charles Drew Health Center

Every Wednesday
July 22 — August 26
3:30 PM — 5:30 PM

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Maybe we shouldn't spoil the surprise for you, but there's a whole new crop of stores popping up around Omaha, and one of them is right here in Dundee, near the Gold Coast Real Estate Group.  We have to hand it to them for their marketing campaign, although it's probably not for the reasons you think.

Park in front of the new "convenience store" called  Painful Itch-n-Go and run in for a pack of cigarettes or a can of soda and the joke's on you!  Unless you did a double-take upon reading the storefront sign and noticed something strange about the name, you'll be running headlong into a marketing campaign designed to raise awareness about STDs in Omaha.

Or were you considering investing with Chlamydia Marketing Group?  Walk in for a consultation

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With fireplaces aglow to combat the frigid winter temperatures we're experiencing this year, the Omaha Fire Department is reminding residents to make sure their fire alarms are prepared to alert you in the case of an emergency.

"It is so important to have a working smoke alarm," Omaha FD said on their Facebook page this past week. "If you don't have one, please don't wait."

According to Omaha FD's page, residents can fill out a form provided by the fire department in order to receive a free fire alarm. If need be, the fire department will send someone to you home to install the lifesaver.

"We want to make sure every home in Omaha has a working fire alarm," the fire department said on their page. "Don't risk you family's safety without one!"

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You've got 12 months to make your home amazing.

This past week the website Good Men Project (GMP), a manly mecca which features a variety of male-focused topics, published a very helpful story about what DIY home projects you can do each month to keep your house in good shape and prepare it for spring, summer, fall and winter.

"'Seriously, this is the year I'm going to get a handle on home maintenance,'" GMP's Tom Gillaspie wrote, repeating the mantra we all seem to say at one time or another. "Unfortunately, (there are) some of us who aren't great at routine maintenance. Sometimes you remember the air filter, sometimes you let it slide. No harm, no foul -- right? Maybe, maybe not."

The Twelve Month Home Maintenance Plan

While most

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For as long as there have been emerald lawns, there lawnmowers have been green with envy. Gas lawnmowers wax jealous of the eco-friendliness of electric lawnmowers, while mowers powered by electricity long for the untethered freedom enjoyed by the gas-powered cousins. Comparing the two types of mowers is more than just a matter of preference...both machines offer homeowners great and not-so-great characteristics. Let's take a look at several different factors. First, noise.

The Noise Factor

There's nothing like the sound of a gas-powered Briggs & Stratton in the morning, is there. The rattling, gurgling, machine-gun like clatter of a gas lawnmower is a definite disadvantage of their kind. On the other side of the fence is the über-smooth quietness

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Old trash collection days are out the window.

This past month, the City of Omaha and its trash collection contractor Deffenbaugh Industries redrew routes for garbage collection, yard waste and recycling, the Omaha.com reported.

The new changes will take place on Jan. 5. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the change will affect 130,000 households and about 95,000 of those households will have a new pickup day. The city will send out postcards on Dec. 29 reminding residents of the forthcoming trash route changes, the World-Herald said.

The City of Omaha Solid Waste Management's website, www.wasteline.org, includes an app which allows residents to enter their address to find out which day their trash and recycling will be collected.

 

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Who among us hasn't made the mad scramble on the way to the front door, frantically searching for keys as the minutes tick away until we're supposed to meet a friend, arrive at the doctor's or attend a school event?

You wrestle and wrangle with drawers and who-knows-what in the hopes of seeing those shiny metal door-openers dangling before your eyes.

Of course, the same goes for a lot of household things. Purses. Computers. Even pets.

As every homeowner knows, keeping track of what's important is, well, important.

 

A Way To Track What's Important

California-based startup TrackR has created a small keychain fob equipped with GPS and able to track whatever it's attached to.


The small, aluminum device offers several features which will

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