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Fun Things To Do Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

This is it for March 2019 – the final weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Looking for things to do to fill your calendar? Well worry not, we have you covered. Below we have listed a few events and adventures for you to check out in and around Omaha, NE this weekend that are sure to keep a smile on everyone’s face. You will be delighted to find everything from comedy performances and sporting events, to walking food tours, plays, comedy shows, dinosaur exhibits, a LEGO expo and much more! 

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: March 29th & 30th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S. 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Jay Leno
When: March 29th
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Creighton vs. Illinois State NCAA Men’s Baseball Game & Fish Fry 
When: March 29th
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha | 1200 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Come From Away
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: March 29th & 30th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Fred Tomaselli
When: March 29th & 30th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: March 29th & 30th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival: CINEsound Series at Film Streams
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater | 1340 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE

What: Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Ralston Arena | 7300 Q Street Ralston, NE

What: Winnie the Pooh at The Rose
When: March 29th & 30th
Where: The Rose Theater | 2001 Farnam Street Theater Omaha, NE

What: The Robot Zoo
When: March 29th – 31st
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum | 28210 West Park Hwy

What: Enchanted Forest
When: March 30th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: Nebraska Brick Days: LEGO Fan Expo
When: March 30th & 31st
Where: 1 Arena Way Council Bluffs, IA

What: Old Market District Walking Food Tour
When: March 30th & 31st
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations 

What: Omaha Zoo Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass
When: March 30th
Where: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Teddy Bear Weekend
When: March 30th & 31st
Where: 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental Railroading
When: March 30th & 31st
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

Resources For Those Affected By The Nebraska Flooding

by Nancy Heim-berg
Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by the recent flooding in our beautiful state of Nebraska. There is no denying the destruction and devastation such natural disasters can cause. In light of the flooding, we wanted to dedicate and fill this blog post with resources that will help people who are needing information and a little guidance during this difficult time. So if you or someone you know have been affected by the recent flooding, please keep reading for relief resources that are available: 
 
*Official Nebraska Government Website* 
 
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
-NEMA hotline number for those affected by the flooding looking to seek answers to their questions: (402) 817-1551
-If you are looking for information regarding debris cleanup, please contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at (402) 556-2476
 
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska DHHS communicated that counseling and information services are available for those dealing with flooding:
 
-Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
-Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: 1-800-464-0258
-Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-985-5990
 
 
What you can do to help those in need:
*Official Nebraska Government Website* 
 
*Official Nebraska Government Website* 
 
 
 
While we cannot always predict when flooding will occur, below we have listed a few steps to take before, during and after flooding to help families prepare for the future: 
 
Before:
-Be sure to take inventory of valuable items in your home
-Make sure to create a household emergency kit and an emergency plan that everyone is privy to 
-Have a copy of your contact information and insurance policy handy
 
During:
-Be sure to avoid driving or walking through floodwaters, even if the water seems shallow
-To avoid fire, turn off your electricity and gas at the main switches
-Find higher ground or stay in the upper portion of your home
 
After:
-Make sure to only return to your home when you have been given the ‘all clear’ by officials
-For drinking and food prep, always boil the water until authorities tell you otherwise
-At all costs, avoid downed power lines and standing water as it could be electrically charged and cause serious harm
-Grab your camera and snap pictures of the damaged items/property, and contact your agent as soon as you can

Omaha, NE Weekend Fun!

by Nancy Heim-berg

Wracking your brain for fun things to do this weekend with family and friends? Fear not, we have you covered! Below we have listed a few can’t-miss events and adventures that are happening in and around Omaha, NE this weekend for you to take advantage of. Everything from sporting events, comedy shows, music concerts, theater performances, pizza tours and yoga in the aquarium are waiting for you! Enjoy! 

What: Arendelle at Night
When: March 22nd
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Creighton vs. Maryland NCAA Men’s Baseball Game & Fish Fry
When: March 22nd
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha | 1200 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE

What: Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill Live in Omaha
When: March 22nd
Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Unlock Midtown Puzzle Game
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Midtown Crossing | 3229 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 South 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: March 22nd & 23rd
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures 
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 South 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: March 22nd & 23rd
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Human Condition
When: March 22nd & 23rd
Where: 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: March 22nd & 23rd
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Winnie the Pooh at The Rose
When: March 22nd & 23rd
Where: The Rose Theater | 2001 Farnam Street Theater Omaha, NE

What: The Robot Zoo
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum | 28210 West Park Hwy

What: A Slice of Omaha Pizza Tour
When: March 23rd & 24th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations

What: Haunticon Omaha 2019
When: March 23rd
Where: 2234 South 13th Street Omaha, NE

What: Justin Timberlake: The Man of the Woods Tour
When: March 23rd
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 North 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: 32nd Annual Orchid Show and Sale
When: March 23rd & 24th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Zoo Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Backstage Pass 
When: March 23rd
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 

What: Yoga in the Aquarium
When: March 22nd – 24th
Where: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 

Simple Lawn Tips For A Thriving Spring In Omaha, NE

by Nancy Heim-berg
With the first official day of spring on Wednesday, we thought today would be the perfect time to discuss a few tips and tricks for getting your lawn ready for the change of season (sayonara winter!). After all, nothing says spring time like seeing a lush, beautiful lawn each day. Keep reading below for eight simple lawn care tips:
 
1.) Our first tip for you is to fill the garden by planting flowers and foliage that are able to withstand the cool Omaha nights. Better yet, to reduce work down the road, you may look into planting summer blossoms such as dahlia’s. 
 
2.) We know, we know - weeding is everyone’s least favorite part of all this. But plain and simple, it must be done. You should think about starting now and breaking the work up by tending to small patches so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the workload. Your future self will thank you! 
 
3.) The third tip we have for you is to aerate the soil, which improves the uptake of water and fertilizer, as well as aids in reducing soil compaction. Concerned where to find an aerator? Fear not – they can usually be rented through lawn and garden stores! 
 
4.) Did you know that the beginning of spring is an ideal time to put down grass seed? It’s true! All you have to do is lightly rake the seed into the top ¼” of the soil, lightly water a few times daily and wait for your grass to grow. 
 
5.) Our next tip is around trimming trees and shrubs. You should remove any damaged or dead branches from woody plants, and trim any summer-flowering shrubs. 
 
6.) Grab that mower! It is a good idea to begin cutting the grass as soon as you think it needs a little trim. You also want to try and not cut off more than a third of the blade at one time. 
 
7.) Now is the time to tend to your compost pile if you turned an eye to it throughout the winter months. Don’t have a compost pile? Now is a great time to start one!
 
8.) Last but not least, let’s fertilize that lawn. Although it is a good idea to hold off on this until the grass is actively growing, once you see this happening you should lightly apply the fertilizer. Additionally, you should do another light application about six weeks later.  

As the week begins to wind down, we wanted to bring you a few events and adventures that are happening in and around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE this weekend. You will find everything from sport events and art exhibits, to walking food tours, karaoke fun, yoga in the aquarium, a castle tour and much more. And don’t forget to grab your ‘something green’ for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! 

 

What: Attic Adventures
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE 

What: Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Lancers vs. Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Game
When: March 15th
Where: Ralston Arena | 7300 Q Street Ralston, NE 

What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: March 15th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Human Condition
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE 

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: March 15th
Where: 510 N. 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Of Mice and Men
When: March 15th & 16th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: March 15th & 16th 
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: The Robot Zoo
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum 

What: The Bridges of Madison County
When: March 15th & 16th 
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Air Play
When: March 16th
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Night of Nostalgia
When: March 16th
Where: Nebraska Brass Band | Marian High School Performing Arts Center

What: Old Market District Walking Food Tour 
When: March 16th & 17th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations 

What: St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at Lauritzen Gardens 
When: March 17th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Aquarium
When: March 16th & 17th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Joslyn Castle Public Tour
When: March 15th – 17th
Where: Joslyn Castle | 3902 Davenport Street Omaha, NE

Homeowners Associations In Omaha, NE - Are They Right For You?

by Nancy Heim-berg

Homeowners Associations (HOA’s) – many people love them, many people are not a fan. But before you decide which side of the line you stand on, let’s first discuss some details about what an HOA is and a few of the pros and cons surrounding living in a development with one. Let’s dive right in! 

What is an HOA? | 
An HOA is an organization within a planned community, condominium or subdivision that is in charge of creating and enforcing rules and regulations for the properties that reside within its jurisdiction. 

Pros of an HOA |
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The first pro we are going to discuss is amenities. Did you know that HOA’s typically offer and manage community amenities such as tennis courts, pools, parks and community centers? All of which are assessable to community members. 

-Another pro is that HOA’s typically handle community maintenance such as landscaping, snow removal and upkeeping the private roads within the community.  

-HOA’s are also responsible for making sure all members abide by the set standard of appearance for their homes. This ensures that your pesky neighbor can’t paint their house bright pink or have an unruly, overgrown lawn. 

-Being part of an HOA ensures that the neighborhood appears clean and neat, not only making your home more appealing to potential homebuyers, but also possibly increasing the value of your home. 

-Lastly, it is always nice to have an HOA to step in on your behalf if any issue were to arise between you and a neighbor. While we always have the best of intentions when it comes to conflict, the truth is, things happen. And turning things over to your HOA to resolve makes it much easier for both parties involved. 


Cons of an HOA |
-One of the most obvious downsides of an HOA is the cost, which varies based on things such as property and amenities provided.

-Another potential con of an HOA is the unexpected fines and fees that can arise. That is why it is always helpful to fully understand what is expected as you, the homeowner, in order to avoid being penalized. 

-Lastly, as with many things in life, there is always the chance that things can get political and in turn be frustrating for some of the members involved. 

Choosing the best home and neighborhood for your needs is of utmost importance to our team.  Please contact us with any questions you may have and check back to view our blog weekly for great home buying and selling tips!

Events And Adventures Around Omaha, NE This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

We can almost see the weekend! And speaking of the weekend, do you have plans yet? If not, keep reading below to find a few of the fun events and adventures that are happening all around our beautiful city of Omaha, NE this weekend. So grab your family and friends for a few days filled with sporting events, plays, a walking food tour, art exhibits, the Omaha Film Festival and everything dinosaur at the Lauritzen Gardens. Whatever you are into, we are sure there is something to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy! 

What: American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Blackstone Walking Food Tour
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: 3804 Farnam Street Omaha, NE

What: Creighton vs. Purdue NCAA Men’s Baseball Game
When: March 8th
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha | 1200 Mike Fahey St. Omaha, NE

What: Dinosaur UpROAR
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: ’30 Americans’ Exhibition
When: March 8th & 9th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Attic Adventures 
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Dino Nights
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Human Condition
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE

What: Fred Tomaselli
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Of Mice and Men
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: March 8th
Where: 501 N. 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 

What: Omaha Film Festival
When: march 8th – 10th
Where: 2110 S. 67th Street NE 68106

What: The Robot Zoo
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

What: Creighton vs. DePaul NCAA Men’s Basketball Game
When: March 9th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th Street Omaha, NE 68102

What: Bockfest German Celebration
When: March 9th
Where: German-American Society Inc. | 3717 S 120th Street Omaha, NE

What: Dance Chance Omaha Dancing Event
When: March 9th
Where: Bancroft Street Market | 2702 S. 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts
When: March 8th – 10th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Film Streams’ Sights on Sounds: Big Time
When: March 10th
Where: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater | 1340 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE

What: The Bridges of Madison County
When: March 8th – 10th 
Where: 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE 68132

For first time home buyers, the feelings of excitement for their new abode can often be accompanied (and at times overshadowed) by feeling nervous and overwhelmed by the whole home buying process. Fear not, this is totally normal! However, with a little knowledge under your belt, the whole process can begin to feel more familiar - thus calming the nerves – and allowing you to get back to enjoying the experience. And as you may have guessed, that is exactly what we are going to be chatting about in today’s blog. Below we have listed ten tips to help first time home buyers understand and navigate the home buying process with ease. Enjoy!
 
1.) The first tip is to attain a copy of your credit report. There are numerous online websites you can get this from to better understand the health and history of your credit so there are no surprises.
 
2.) The second tip is to improve your credit score if necessary. There are various ways to do this such as paying down high balances on cards that are currently open.
 
3.) The third tip is to get pre-approved before you start your house hunting search. This will allow you to understand what you can afford and thus search areas/neighborhoods accordingly. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with something that is out of your budget range. 
 
4.) The fourth tip is to see if you qualify for an FHA loan, which is a government-backed mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration, and popular for first time home buyers.
 
5.) The fifth tip is to know and fully understand your down payment options. 
 
6.) The sixth tip is to hire an experienced real estate agent to represent and work with you during the home buying process. This is a very crucial step as you will be working closely with your agent and you want to be sure they are familiar the local market and understand your wants/needs.
 
7.) The seventh tip is to budget for all homeownership expenses. Many people only focus on what the house itself with cost, but sometimes do not consider all the other costs that will arise. Again, you want to do your best to alleviate all surprises for the future.
 
8.) The eighth tip is to understand your debt-to-income ratio, and to make adjustments where needed.
 
9.) The ninth tip is to check for first-time home buyer grants and programs to see if you can take advantage of any that are being offered. 
 
10.) And finally, our tenth step is to fully understand the different types of loans that are available. This will ensure that you are making the right decision for you and your family. 

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